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Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
419 Reviews
Guide Price £2,029 per person
Based on 05 March 19, staying for 4 nights full board in a Luxury Suite (2 adults sharing). Flights not included.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A deluxe lodge, close to Greater Kruger National Park

Offering  unrivalled big game viewing, fantastic views over the savannah and nearby waterhole, a newly renovated spa and a sparkling pool, Thornybush Game Lodge is a very stylish safari retreat which is only enhanced by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine.

As a slightly larger safari lodge, Thornybush offers the versatility to cater for couples seeking a romantic setting and seclusion, as well as families and bigger parties. Children are truly welcomed and entertained at Thornybush, with game drives and special activities tailored to meet their needs, including a complimentary 'Ranger in Training' pack. 

The private reserve is home to an abundance of species including the Big Five – elephants, rhino, Cape buffalo, lion and leopard. Predominantly open savannah, and with a near-perfect year-round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination. 

  • Swimming pool and outdoor spa tub
  • Exceptional Big Five safari experience
  • Stunning accommodation
  • A popular venue for bush weddings
  • State-of-the-art beauty spa

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Deluxe

Location Type

National park
  • Check-in Time:
    13:00
  • Check-out Time:
    11:00
  • 20 rooms
  • Transfer duration: approx 1-2 hours from Hoedspruit airport
  • Floors have lift access: No

Main Facilities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Lodge

Board Basis Options

  • Full Board

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

Thornybush Game Lodge

  • National park
  • approx 1-2 hours from Hoedspruit airport
419 Reviews 99% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 386
  • Very Good 31
  • Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

Sep 17, 2018

5 Star treatment!! Best customer service and amazing adventure!!

The Thornybush experience is unmatched and we loved every part of our stay there. The staff members checked on us during our drive into the lodge to make sure we were not lost. They greeted us with a yummy drink and hand towels and had us settled into the most amazing suite. The food was delicious and every time we ate, they surprised us with meals in a different location. Every dining experience was magical to say the least. Our morning and night drives were so much fun. Ross the ranger (the best ever) made sure we found all the big 5 and then some. Animals roam the lodge and we even woke from a nap to find our swimming pool deck filled with curious monkeys. This is a must-do-must-see location especially if you want 5-star treatment!
Sep 17, 2018

Simply the best of the best!

We have been to the majority of the private game reserves around Kruger Park. This one in every way is simply the best. We were not chasing to mark off the “big five” but wanted quality viewing of whatever we see! Well we got both and virtually each of the three days spent here! Our sighting were just magnificent! Young lion cubs at play, leopard cubs on a long lasting feed. They fed off the carcass for three days offering wonderful photo opportunities and tantalizing the hyenas at the base of the tree. Cheetah, wild dogs and even honey badgers were there to see! Besides the game viewing, which is after all the main reason to visit, the management really try to make the bush experience wholistic with bush dinners beautifully produced out in the bush under the stars. A whole experience on its own. Also surprise breakfasts out in the bush on the morning drives! It’s these thoughtful things coupled with a really great staff with a wonderful work ethic and attitude that really sets Thornybush as top of the tops! An experience not to be missed!
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Thornybush Game Lodge

Facilities

Swimming Pool

Enjoy a relaxing swim in the swimming pool to cool off after a game viewing drive.

Amani Game Lodge Spa

A place of peace and tranquility. At Amani Game Lodge Spa enjoy holistic body, skin and beauty rituals, rejuvenating massages & soothing treatments or the couple's treatment room; an ideal retreat for you and your partner.

Thornybush Game Lodge

Room Types

Thornybush Game Lodge Bedroom

Luxury Suite

The luxury suites offer great views of either the seasonal Monwana River course or riverine thicket and have been carefully designed to provide privacy. Each suite has an en-suite with both an indoor and outdoor shower as well as its own private deck area.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Family Suite

Family Suite

As expected, the Family Suites are larger than the Luxury Suites with the addition of a lounge area with sleeper couch, that converts in to a double bed to accommodate children. Each suite has a private deck and its own plunge pool. Maximum occupany is 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years; or 3 adults.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate Shower
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Thornybush Game Lodge

Family Friendly Facilities

Kid's Programme

On arrival all children receive a complimentary welcome pack which will keep them entertained throughout their stay. Children are allocated to specific rangers who enjoy looking after the younger guests. Game Drives and activities can be tailored to suit children's interests and attention spans. Baby sitters and child minders are available at an additional cost. There are also menu's specially prepared for children.

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