Thornybush The River Lodge
Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Thornybush The River Lodge guarantees a private and personalised safari experience in Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in Greater Kruger Park, South Africa. 

Why We Love it and You Will Too

  • Make the most of superb game viewing opportunities right from the lodge itself, secluded in a magnificent setting amid vast bushveld panoramas of this 14000-hectare private reserve.

  • Sprawl out and enjoy time to yourself in your luxurious suite overlooking the seasonal Monwana River, with its own elevated viewing deck and private plunge pool.

  • Make the most of guided safaris in open 4x4 game vehicles with sundowner drinks served on cue during your late afternoon/evening drives. 

  • During bush walks, expert Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their knowledge of medicinal uses of the numerous plants and trees in the Thornybush reserve, along with tales of traditional folklore.

  • Wake up to panoramic views, or unwind after a long day with a soak in the tub, where you can still enjoy the stunning bushveld vistas.

Your Thornybush The River Lodge Experience

Is it a special birthday? A honeymoon? An anniversary? Whatever you’re celebrating, a safari experience at Thornybush The River Lodge is guaranteed to make it a memorable one. 

Thornybush The River Lodge is kept to a small occupancy ensuring a personalised and uninterrupted wilderness experience. You also have the opportunity of reserving the entire camp for your exclusive use, should you want a completely private safari. 

A typical day at the lodge starts as the sun rises over the bushveld and a chorus of birdsong can be heard from the surrounding canopy of trees. After an early morning wake up call and some much-needed freshly brewed coffee and rusks, it is off on the 4x4 game drive with your Shangaan tracker-guide to seek out wildlife (yes, you can also see the Big 5). 

Since each experience at The River Lodge can be completely customised, we can also schedule more evening drives instead of those early morning wake-ups, should you prefer a little extra time to laze in. This is the kind of lodge where nothing is ever rushed and you can take your own time to simply enjoy relaxing within this natural environment. Tuck into a late breakfast as you gaze out over the seasonal Timbavati River, and take a tip from the hippos by wallowing in your private plunge pool throughout the afternoon.

Thornybush Private Nature Reserve is filled to the brim with wildlife which can often be seen right from the lodge, but if you’d like to step out a little you can also join a bush walk to observe tracks, and examine certain plants alongside under the guidance of expert trackers. After a busy day exploring, indulge in a private dining experience beneath the stars, and say “yes” to sundowners served as the African sun sets beyond the horizon. This really is as good as it gets when it comes to an intimate Kruger safari experience. 

Thornybush Game Reserve - South Africa
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  • Mon - Fri. 08:00 - 17:00
  • Saturday. 08:00 - 12:00
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