Hotel

Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)
TripAdvisor Review
407 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
407 Reviews 99% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 374
  • Very Good 31
  • Average 2
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Jul 12, 2018

Amazing Safari Experience

Columbia, United States

The moment we arrived until the moment we left, we were pampered, amazed, wowed and impressed. The accommodations are beautiful and the location is spectacular! The staff makes every effort for an amazing experience. The food is delicious and refined but the game drives are what you’re there for and our family had an amazing experience each time we went out! We saw the big 5 the first day and so many other amazing animals to include a male lion’s mighty roar! Our guide,Greg,was knowledgeable, passionate and impressive as was our delightful tracker, July. We are grateful for their efforts in giving us a most memorable experience. Thornybush is forever etched into our brains and we hope we can return one day.
Jun 29, 2018

Wow

Thornybush exceeded all my expectations. We had a fairly large group so we actually used multiple vehicles. Wayne and Grant did a great job of putting us on animals. We were able to see all of the big 5 in 4 game drives, plus several special requests. We had a total of 6 drives at this lodge. They were very knowledgeable and openly shared information. They made the game drives extremely enjoyable. As for the lodge staff, they were so accommodating. Elvis did a great job facilitating meals (all of which were excellent) and Pride makes excellent cocktails. So hard to explain the experience in words but from start to finish, I kept catching myself saying “wow”. Great job.
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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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