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Thornybush Game Lodge

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. 

Hayes & Jarvis Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

 £2,499  per person
Hotel Category
Deluxe
Location Type
National park
TripAdvisor Review
Tripadvisor rating 508 Reviews
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Hotel highlights

  • 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

General Information

  • 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

Hotel Location

Location Highlights

Thornybush Game Lodge

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

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 468
  • Very Good 35
  • Average 5
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 0

What to Expect

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

Reviews

Nov 11, 2019

Best place to stay for a safari!

Thornybush is absolutely amazing, I will be back for sure! The staff are so lovely and friendly, rooms are beautiful and well maintained. Food is delicious and there is so much to choose from, we have three vegetarians and they catered well above and beyond. Game drives were incredible as we were able to go off track (before rainy season) and get very close to the animals without disturbing them. All the game drivers and trackers are fantastic and ask you specifically what you would like to see. The whole resort was very relaxing and wildlife are free to roam! Would highly recommend!
Nov 06, 2019

A great place to stay amazing game rangers and accommodation

Penrith, Australia

Thorny bush was an incredible place to go. I was lucky enough to spend three nights here and they were amazing. The safaris especially Shaun who was a ranger there. So much knowledge and a fun guy as well. The food was great and staff very friendly so this place I would put on the top of my list as the best
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Thornybush Game Lodge

Facilities

a large pool of water

Swimming Pool

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

spa

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

hayesandJarvis kids club

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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