Thornybush Nature Reserve Safaris

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Set adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve offers a private game viewing experience with spectacular Big 5 sightings - buffalo, lion, elephant, rhino and leopard. Found in the heart of the rolling Lowveld this stunning reserve is characterised by a year round pleasant climate and a landscape that is primarily open savannah; an advantage for game viewing.

Bird Hyena sighting on a Thornybush Nature Reserve safari Cheetah cub

Explore the sprawling reserve with thrilling excursions both on foot and by vehicle; open Land Rovers are the chief method of exploration, while guided bush walks are an exciting addition to the experience. The reserve holds an impressive biodiversity of species, with hundreds and hundreds of bird, almost 150 species of mammal and over 100 reptiles.

On a Thornybush Nature Reserve safari a range of well-appointed accommodations are on offer, all of which deftly remove guests from the realms of civilisation and place them deep into big game country. Expect comfortable interiors and strong service from these havens in the wilderness.

Thornybush Nature Reserve Highlights

  • A stunning Big 5 reserve
  • Open savannah scenery proves an advantage when searching for game
  • Highly trained guides deliver thrilling game drives and bush walks
  • A range of well-appointed properties providing a comfortable base from which to explore

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Selected Thornybush Nature Reserve Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Thornybush Nature Reserve

All South Africa Itineraries
Winelands

Classic Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger Explorer

Days
12
Cost Per Person
From $3,750 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Winelands, Thornybush Nature Reserve
Lion on game drive

Cape Town, Hermanus, Panorama Route and Kruger Family Holiday

Days
14
Cost For Family of 4
From $10,920 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Hermanus, Thornybush Nature Reserve, Panorama Route
Safari Rhino

Kruger and Dubai Luxury Escape Holiday

Days
12
Cost Per Person
From $2,870 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Locations
Thornybush Nature Reserve, Dubai, Panorama Route
Cable Car

Cape Town, Panorama Route and Safari Holiday

Days
12
Cost Per Person
From $3,820 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Thornybush Nature Reserve, Panorama Route

Thornybush Nature Reserve Accommmodation

All South Africa accommodations
  • Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp
    Exterior

    Experience an incredible tented experience deep in the Thornybush Game Reserve with magnificent views over the bushveld and fantastic game viewing.

  • Monwana Game Lodge
    Suite deck

    Found in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, Monwana Game Lodge provides phenomenal Big 5 game viewing and luxury accommodation.

  • N'Kaya Game Lodge
    Lounge area

    Hidden deep in the Thornybush Game Reserve, N?Kaya Game Lodge overlooks the stunning Drakensberg mountain range. Expect intimate accommodation and excellent activities.

  • Serondella Game Lodge
    Deck

    Hidden deep in the Thornybush Game Reserve, Serondella Lodge overlooks the Inyoni Pan and offers superb levels of game viewing, particularly of elephants.

  • Shumbalala Game Lodge
    View from deck

    Situated on the banks of the Monwana River, Shumbalala Game Lodge offers excellent wildlife viewing, in the heart of the game rich Thornybush Game Reserve.

  • Thornybush Game Lodge
    Reception

    Thornybush Game Lodge offers a great base from which to explore the spectacular Thornybush Nature Reserve and see the Big 5. Spacious and exclusive, the property juxtaposes luxury with untamed wilderness.

  • Waterbuck Game Lodge
    Bar and pool

    Set in the stunning Thornybush Nature Reserve, experience spectacular wildlife viewing and impeccable service from this small and private lodge.

  • Waterside Lodge
    Suite

    Set on the banks of a lake, Thornybush Waterside Lodge owns a tranquil setting. A comfortable accommodation with authentic African undertones enjoy superb game viewing and nature walks.

  • Royal Malewane
    Royal Malewane Bedroom

    A charming colonial lodge in the Kruger, relax in the spa, enjoy culinary delights and take in the majesty of the Big 5.