Thornybush Game Lodge

Located within the beautiful Thornybush Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, is the 5 star Thornybush Game Lodge. A perfect place for any occasion, the lodge provides all of the necessary ingredients for guests to enjoy their stay, from romance to privacy to luxury. The animals known as the 'Big 5': leopard, rhino, buffalo, lion and elephant can all be seen within the reserve, which is predominantly open savannah.

There are 18 luxury suites and 2 larger family suites. All suites include air-conditioning, mini bar, safe, separate bath and shower, outside shower, telephone and hairdryer. The lodge offers guests a variety of services including a swimming pool, library with internet access and a spa among many other facilities to ensure a smooth holiday.

How to get to Thornybush Game Lodge

Access by air from the Hoedspruit Airport which is approximately a 30 minute drive from the lodge. The drive time to Thornybush Game Lodge by road from Johannesburg is approximately 6 - 7 hours.

Activities at Thornybush Game Lodge

Twice daily game drives in open vehicles and walking safaris.

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Thornybush Game Lodge Reviews

Read what our previous clients thought of Thornybush Game Lodge

Client Score: 5 out of 5 based on 5 reviews 5 View more reviews
Thornybush Game Lodge

Robert and Patricia Midgley


Amazing,wonderful,died and gone to heaven! Spoilt throughout and truly a memeorable experience from start to fininsh. Food superb,lodges exceptional and our Ranger Wayne was so knowledgeable and professional we felt truly blessed.Saw the big 5 and our anniversay present from him was the sighting of a leopard and cub- WOW! Would go back in a heartbeat.

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Mr Alan Molloy


Thorny bush was an absolute delight. could not have asked for any more. everybody was very polite, friendly, helpful and could not do enough for us. Also the level of appreciation for the tip we left was lovely, couldn't be thanked enough! The food was the best i have ever experienced anywhere, a very wide variety and introduction to many new fantastic foods and local cuisines, one particular dish that i have had to learn to cook for the wife! Successfully i might add! I have looked to go back to thorny bush on a number of occasions already, we are desperate to return. Our Ranger Mike Lentz was excellent, knowledgeable and a genuinely all round lovely person. We have kept in touch since arriving home.

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We cannot say enough about our experience at Thornybush! The people working there were excellent. Our ranger was so knowledgeable and the tracker was very dedicated to his job. I couldn't believe that they were both up at 4:30am to say goodbye to us. The managers did everything possible to arrange outside trips. Our room was filled with flowers, candles, and champagne on our first night of our honeymoon, and I will never forget walking into that. The dinners they arranged,especially a lantern lit dinner in a dried up river, were also a memory we will keep forever. The work that went into that dinner was remarkable. The little touches meant so much, like having hot towels for our hands and small drinks ready for us when coming back from game drives. The only thing that would have made it more perfect would have been more opportunities to explore the area during the day. There is a down time between game drives; breakfast after game drives is around nine and there is nothing planned until 3:30 with the exception of eating. There wasn't much else to do during the day other than eat! We did arrange an outing one day, but there weren't many options for that time between 9-3. We are not people that usually sit around when in a foreign country. Aside from that, we will continue to rave about the place, the food, the people, and the room. Everything there was perfect and made for a very special honeymoon. We would recommend going to Thornybush to everyone we know!

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Selected Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries that visit Thornybush Game Lodge

All South Africa Itineraries
Lion on game drive

Cape Town, Hermanus, Panorama Route and Kruger Family Holiday

Cost For Family of 4
From $11,000 (Includes international flights from JFK)
South Africa
Cape Town, Hermanus, Thornybush Nature Reserve, Panorama Route