Thornybush Game Lodge

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Thornybush Game Lodge

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Elegant and exclusive, Thornybush Game Lodge offers the complete package for individual guests, family holidays, corporate getaways, small groups or wedding extravaganzas. Exhilarating dawn and dusk safaris, an exclusive on-site spa, gourmet cuisine, the world’s finest wines and sublimely luxurious accommodation await the discerning traveller at Thornybush Game Lodge. A fully-equipped conference centre for sixty delegates completes the picture.


  • The luxury suites are superbly equipped and furnished in the lavish style befitting this five-star lodge.
  • All the suites have private wooden decks, with comfortable seating, overlooking the reserve and waterhole.
  • A number of activities are arranged for children at Thornybush Game Lodge, sign your kids up for the ‘Ranger in Training’ program when booking your accommodation, and they will enjoy fun educational activities throughout their stay.

You should know

  • Children of all ages are welcome
  • Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on game drives

The details

Thornybush Game Reserve's exclusive private 5-star Thornybush Game Lodge provides accommodation consisting of 18 suites and 2 family suites.

Each Luxury Suite is positioned to offer guests privacy and features an en-suite bathroom with a bath and separate indoor and outdoor showers' airconditioning, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and a private deck with a view of the seasonal Monwana River course or riverine thicket. 

The Family Suites are larger than the luxury suites with a comfortable lounge area, a sleeper couch that converts into a double bed for children, a larger private deck and plunge pool. 

The facilities at Thornybush Game Lodge include a curio shop, swimming pool, award-winning Amani Spa, conference facilities, babysitting services, library with internet access, and a charming outdoor boma where guests can take their meals under a canopy of stars.

The Kids at Thornybush Game Lodge program makes it an ideal family getaway. Children receive a complimentary activity backpack and get assigned a ranger upon arrival. Outdoor activities are tailor-made to suit the children’s needs and include game walks and drives. At the end of their stay, children are awarded ‘Ranger in Training’ certificates. 

Thornybush Game Lodge offers unique exclusive safari experiences in both open land cruisers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a nearly perfect year-round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

Thornybush Game Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples, small groups and families looking for a luxurious safari adventure.

Price includes

  • Accommodation, All meals and snacks, All local drinks (soft drinks, house wine, selection of local beers, local spirits), Minibar, Morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced guides and trackers, Wi-Fi.
  • Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our Agents for the best, most current rates available.
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Rates & Pricing

$ 800 USD
$ 600 USD
$ 800 USD
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Highly recommend Thornybush game lodge. The lodge to the food to the safari was exceptional. I will definitely plan on going again.
the lodge is great the trackers and the guides were fantastic and know the bush we saw everything.the breakfast was 5/5 lunch was 2/5 dinners 4/5 staff outstanding it was a great trip thorny busy is a great lodge
This was the center of peace and tranquility of our best vacation ever and we've had some really good one's over the past 15 years. Just from the drive into the lodge one could tell it be a vacation of luxury and viewing the wonderful lodge and as we walked in wart hogs munching on the front lawn. We were met by Kersti Butler and Knstina Perlerius with a damp towel and cold drink promising us a great stay and pressed to do. We were shown to our stylish air-conditioned luxury suite to change - get ready for a very nice lunch and afternoon game drive - we over looked the dry riverbed watched a host of animals play in the sun. At 3:00pm we were met by our guide Ryno Vosloo and tracker Orlando who over the next 3 days would be our constant companions. First afternoon we encountered 4 of the Big Five including a heard of 25 elephants overseen by a huge matriarch giving guidance to her herd, a mother rhino with her calf, a lion and his pride, and other animals to numerous to mention. Our drive (all of them) included a stop with hot or cold beverage and snacks - silver goblets no less. All meals were all first class especially the bush dinner under candle light and the special fireside BBQ. Morning drives were quite early with wake up at 5:00am morning coffee and snack then to the drive vehicle which had a blanket and much appreciated hot water bottle. Every drive and activity was special and I could go on and on speaking of our experience - We'll be back. A special thanks goes out to Ryno and Orlando for an unforgettable time in Africa - Thornybush and it's people are GREAT.
After a pleasant flight of just on an hour we touched down right outside the main lodge. We were pleasantly surprised by the lodge and its surroundings. We have visited many lodges in Africa and weren't too sure what to expect - really fantastic. The surroundings are beautiful with a dry river bed as the focal point. The rooms are well appointed - just a little tired. But I believe they are due for a facelift. The staff were really helpful and the ranger Charles and tracker Peter get full marks. A special last evening was arranged by the ranger and tracker for sundowner's on the riverbank. Beautiful lanterns light the path down to a lovely fire and a table set and decorated with such care.The game viewing was also fantastic, mother leopard and her two cubs playing with each other in the early morning, All of the big five in our 4 night stay. Best of all was a relaxing massage at the spa.
We have just returned from a wonderful family holiday in South Africa. Every single aspect of our trip was fabulous but the pièce de résistance was our two nights at Thornybush Game Lodge.The lodge itself is stunning, the suites magnificent, the food to die for, the people were just so friendly and our ranger Doug and tracker Alson were awesome. The game drives were exciting and the animals we saw were fantastic - lots of lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, buffalo, rhino, honey badger, bush baby, chameleon to name but a few. And all so close you could almost reach out and touch them.......This is surely one of the best safari offerings in South Africa today and we would not hesitate to recommend it.
Recently spent a weekend at the Thorny Bush Lodge and really had a great time. The service and facilities are really top class with great game sightings. The meals really are a treat with very good variety.
I came to Thornybush in a large group on what was a sort of an extended family honeymoon. We had expected it to be quite special for this reason, but I don't think we could have ever imagined how fantastic it would be. The rooms were delightful, right in the bush complete with bath overlooking the river bed, as well as indoor and outdoor showers! The bride and group had a plunge pool too!Housekeeping excelled themselves - I don't think there was a single trip back to the room in which they had done something. From the turn-down including a little note each night providing information about the resort, the country, or life advice, to the lowering and lifting of the mosquito nets, we couldn't have asked for more.As we were such a large group we had two jeeps, each complete with ranger and tracker. On our jeep we had the hilarious Charles and his affable side-kick Peter, both had us laughing on a daily basis. They absolutely added to our trip and became part of the group in no time. I really felt they went far and above to show us the animals we were looking to see.Dedicated to the group for the whole week was also Glory and Godfrey who made sure we were well looked after when it came to dining (and wining) at all times! But the most special thing about this trip were the surprises, the little added extras, special dinners and extra touches which just had us gasping and shrieking in delight every day. I won't tell you too much about that as it would ruin it for everyone else.And of course, I can't forget the animals. In the few days we were there we saw elephants, giraffe-a-plenty, hippos, leopards, mongoose, and so much more. It really was just wonderful! I have been on safari several times before but I had never seen leopard so this was an absolute delight for me.
Thornybush was our first stop on our South Africa trip. Being a little jet lagged and tired from the drive from Joburg, I was probably a bit cranky. However, that changed quickly as we entered the park, saw a few animals, and were greeted like we were family. The place is all about friendly service. After a quick greeting and getting settled, we were off to our first game drive. Amazing is all I can say. The scenery and animals were amazing a very close up. Our guides, Jack and Owen, were incredibly knowledgeable, engaging and informative. There is so much more I can add to my review of Thornybush, but time limits me. The food, rooms, accommodations were all 5 star. We will be back!
Our safari at Thornybush was nothing short of fantastic. Our ranger was Cristoff and his tracker was Herman, who both knew the reserve like the back of their hands and found every one of the big 5 animals and then some. We had rare treats as we caught lions mating, young leopards feeding on a wildebeast, a herd of 14 elephants watering at a pond as our truck sat among them, baby hyenas being nursed by their mothers, two different white rhino herds, hippos, buffalo, impala, warthogs. and much more. Four days may sound like a lot of time but it went fast and every day there were new experiences. The Thornybush Lodge staff are top-notch and so attentive we felt almost self-conscious at first. Our butler was Anthony and he is a gem. Kristina supervised the staff and seemed to be there day and night while we were there. Our lodge was beautifully rustic but extremely comfortable with a bed that seemed the size of a football pitch. We were there during World Cup and the staff went out of their way to see that we could watch the games at night in the lounge area. This was the experience of a lifetime that we will never forget and hope to return some day with grandchildren.
We stayed at the Nkelenga Tented Camp (self catering) in the Thornybush Game reserve. We were a family of 10, staying for 3 nights. For some of us it was our 2.visit.The camp and game viewing is excellent. We enjoyed the privacy of the camp, as we had the whole camp to ourselves.
From the first time landing in the Hoedspruit airport, we had already seen a warthog family! Just the drive from the airport to the lodge was amazing in the fact that we got to see so many different animals. We were blown away when we got to the lodge. It was just my husband and I, our friends, and one other couple staying the first night. There can be a max of 16 people there so you feel very special. Our room was our own little hut, very spacious, nice bathroom with a jacuzzi and outdoor shower. It was secluded in the bushes. We even saw monkey paw prints outside our windows! Every meal felt like a gourmet meal they had prepared just for you. One night they set up dinner outside right in front of the fire pit with the watering hole spot lighted in the background so you could see any animals coming for a drink. They also surprised us on our last day with a breakfast they set up in the African bush! There was a giraffe eating the trees about 50 feet away from us watching curiously. Also, during the day in between safaris we could relax in the main living area with drinks and we could see just beyond the fence monkeys playing, giraffe, and impala.The safaris were amazing. Our guide were very knowledgeable and we had seen most of the big five by the second day. Our guide spent almost three hours on safari tracking a leopard since it was the only one we hadn't seen on our last day, but sure enough we finally found it! What an absolute blast this place was. The atmosphere, food, staff, and experience was all amazing. I already want to go back next year.
We just returned from a trip to South Africa in which we spent 3 nights at the Thornybush Main Game Lodge. The staff was friendly and helpful and the cabins were very nice and comfortable. Food was very good. Of course the highlight of our stay were the early morning and late afternoon game drives. Charles and Peter (our guide and tracker) were very knowledgeable and we saw more animals than we had anticipated. I must admit being a few feet away from Lions was a bit unnerving but also an unforgettable experience.
J. Mac
If you have to decide upon where to go when you win the lottery heres a place for you! Luxury unlimited. You are welcomed and nutured so well here, you immediately feel like you belong. If you can ask for a suite. It's so amazing I could go on forever. The morning and evening drives are so interesting. You get cosy blankets for your knees when it gets a bit cold on the drives. All staff are amazing. Food super.
my husband, and two children (8 and 10) spent 4 nights at the Thornybush main lodge in August. It was wonderful. they brought out a cake for my daughter's 11th birthday and made her feel very special. Of course we saw the big 5. Our safari guide and tracker made sure of it. The entire experience was surreal. It was amazing to be 5 feet away from a lion and not have any barriers between us and the animals. This was supposed to be a once in a lifetime trip, but we can't stay away. We have already booked for next year. A couple of things we learned this year that will come in handy. There are no mosquitos in Kruger in December. We threw away our malaria medicine and none of us got sick. Also we were quite unprepared for how chilly it got some nights. Also the guides prefer it if you wear dark colored clothes so as to not stand out. Another mistake we made this year that we won't make next year.
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178 reviews
Jan 11, 2023
Unorgettable trip in South Africa
We have spent 12 days as a family in South Africa with my 3 children and my wife who is in a wheelchair. Thanks to Pascal, consultant, we were able to spend an unforgettable moment with a great program while being well accompanied despite our constraints. I recommand particularly the "Monwana game lodge" for a safari in Hoedspruit. It's an amazing place with very nice people and a real family atmosphere. Thank you to the entire team for this unforgettable trip.
fabrice dont
Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Oct 21, 2022
Superior service, knowledgeable, transparent, amazing can-do attitude
These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
Damian Glennon
Nov 12, 2022
A great company
What to say! We planned a South African Safari for 2020 with We researched companies and took a chance on one we had never heard of before. Henry Franklin was our agent, we gave him our budget and wish list. He came up with a wonderful looking trip and we made our choices! Then came Covid, preventing us from going. We couldn’t have been in better hands. Henry rebooked everything for the next year. He kept us updated on how things looked there. When in 2021, we decided it still looked iffy, he rebooked us a second time for 2022. We couldn’t have been happier with the service we had in a rough time for all. We had a wonderful experience on our trip when we finally got to go!! Henry had everything so well organized and gave us a detailed list of what transfer companies would be meeting us and when. When Airlink bumped us and put us on standby returning from Victoria Falls, we called the concierge number Henry had given us and Catherine worked hard on this and got us back on our flight. The team had our back and we have no regrets. Would definitely use them again. Our lodging was wonderful, saw the big 5 within first 2 drives. Henry definitely knew the territory and did a great job matching what we wanted with where he suggested we go and stay. Thanks, Henry and Catherine!
Heather Carlson
Sep 5, 2022
Trip of a life time
Well where to starter, África always been my number one dream vacation, I found didn’t know anything about, but pascal made me feel very confident.pascal put my whole trip together (everything I wanted) a trip of a life time. Had the best time in Africa, was everything that I except and a little more. Pascal is the best and I will go back to Africa and will go through that I recommend and is 💯 legit.thank you for everything pascal, you rock!!!
Tricia moyses
Sep 5, 2022
For a second time I booked a safari in…
For a second time I booked a safari in South Africa by and had the great pleasure to be assisted and followed by Dolan Sequera. I have to say I really appreciate his way to communicate with me by phone and/or WhatsApp/mail, I always got a very quick answer to my questions with solutions and or suggestions which solved the doubts/problems I had. A really very very knowledged and professional person I will surely suggest to friends of my or who ever is plannig to visit South Africa! Thank you very much Dolan
antonio caccia
Aug 31, 2022
I've recently interacted with Dolan and…
I've recently interacted with Dolan and hands down he's been the best travel agent that I've every worked with. He was a wealth of experience and knowledge which shows volumes. He took into consideration my budget and my individual needs to tailor make a package with recommendations for my preference,he knows Kruger and Greater Kruger like the back of his hands and I will wholeheartedly recommended his services. He is truly an asset to his institution.
Apr 21, 2022
The best company
I have booked several trips with and they are the best. They are personal and professional and always pay attention to the details to make your trip special. Casper is the best agent I have worked with. We are looking forward to booking another trip!!
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