Situated along the western edge of Kruger National Park, Thornybush Game Reserve, South Africa is a private wilderness covering 11 500 hectares. This is Big Five country and guests enjoy superb safaris escorted by professional guides and skilled Shangaan trackers.
You can fly from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg and also from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) in Nelspruit directly to Royal Malewane's private airstrip (luggage is restricted to 15kg)
Alternately, you could take scheduled flights from main centres in South Africa to airports in Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa and Nelspruit (KMIA) which can then be followed up with lodge transfers by road.
The road journey from Johannesburg takes about 5 hours (525km) on good national roads.
Take the N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway meets up with the N4 highway
Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit)
About 60km (37 miles) past Middleburg take the R540 to your left
Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
Take the R36 (which becomes the R527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Ohrigstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
At Hoedspruit take the R40 south (to the right) towards Bushbuckridge
Continue 6km (3.7 miles) and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road
Continue 14km (8.6 miles) on tarred road and turn right onto Guernsey Road, following the signs to Thornybush Game Reserve
Continue 9km (5.5 miles) on gravel road passing Thornybush Game Reserve Gate on the left
Continue a further 2km (1.2 miles) and turn left at Waterside at Royal Malewane gate and continue as directed to the lodge