Waterside Lodge

Thornybush Waterside Lodge is tranquilly situated on the banks of a lake, with phenomenal outlooks on the African bushveld and enclosed by well-kept gardens and leafy trees. The lodge blends well into its surroundings, complementing the locale with quaint timber and thatch styling. Medium in size with only 20 suites, Waterside affords guests unlimited privacy while remaining practical for larger parties with homely warmth and intimacy.

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  • Secured deposit
  • 100% financial protection
  • Stringent safety & hygiene standards
  • Tried & trusted by our clients
  • Emergency medical care

The 20 suites are spacious and cosy with rustic tones and comfortable furnishings ensuring a stay is relaxing, awash with authentic African undertones. Rooms include air-conditioning for staying cool from the warm African sun and en suite bathrooms that provide a separate shower and bath.

In between safari activities the lodge provides various facilities to guests. For those not wishing to lose touch with the outside world there is internet access in the library while a cooling dip in the property's pool is always welcome, a laundry service and gift shop are also on offer. The lodge is very much family friendly, with children's programmes in place and babysitting services available.

Getting There

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.


Game drives and nature walks.

Read what our previous clients thought of Waterside Lodge

Review of Waterside Lodge

Michelle Lee and Garrett Rich

Waterside Lodge was without a doubt the best hotel experience we've ever had. Our stay went above and beyond our expectations. The safaris were well-guided, and we loved the exclusiveness of exploring a private reserve. It felt like we had the whole place to ourselves to explore. The service, food, and facilities were phenomenal. They fed us delicious food all day, left bedtime stories during turn-down service, and on our…

18/07/2019 Read full trip review

Review of Waterside Lodge

Shane and Caroline Doyle

We so enjoyed every minute we spent there, the Safari, the food, the service....everything. It was not like anything we had previously experienced.

28/09/2016 Read full trip review

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