Thornybush

The 140km2 Thornybush Game Reserve is located near the town of Hoedspruit on the western border of the Kruger. The famous Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo - roam freely in the reserve while great numbers of plains game like giraffes, kudu, zebra and waterbuck can also be seen.

Thornybush’s collection of twelve luxury lodges cater to solo travelers, groups of friends, couples and families alike. Your options here include intimate lodges like the picturesque NKaya lodge that only host 8 guests at a time, deluxe private suites at The River Lodge overlooking the Monwana river and five-star villas at Simbambili Lodge that come with all the luxury trimmings you could possibly wish for.

enter image description here Thornybush The River Lodge

For the budget conscious traveler Thornybush provides a neat feature in its self-catering tented camp, called Nkelenga. This is a great option for groups or families looking for a balance between doing-it-yourself holiday living while still enjoying creature comforts like a full kitchen, housekeeping and swimming pool.

Highlights

enter image description here

• Daily game drives in open 4x4 vehicles with experienced trackers greatly enhance you game viewing experience. Unlike in the public areas of the Kruger, guides are allowed to track animals off-road or at night.

• Photographic opportunities are excellent at Thornybush. Your whole safari experience, including game drives and walks, can be specifically tailored to meet your photographic needs.

• Guided nature walks give you the chance to experience the African bush first hand and the rangers are keen to share local knowledge.

• With over 300 species in the reserve, birding is excellent. Tailored game drives with an experienced guide will have you tick rare and unique species off your list of bird sightings in no time.

• Extensive conservation studies have been done at Thornybush on the ultra-rare Pangolin. This elusive anteater is the most trafficed animal in the world and is critically endangered. While never a guarantee, your chances are good to spot one on a night drive at Thornybush.

Practical information

enter image description here

• Thornybush is about 5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Several daily domestic and international flights depart from OR Tambo International airport. From OR Tambo you can choose to fly to a local airport (Hoedspruit, Nelspruit, Skukuza or Phalaborwa) close to the reserve. From here where a short transfer will get you to Thornybush.

• Bring warm clothing as it gets cold at night and a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect against the heat in the day. Light long sleeved clothing serves as good protection from the sun too.

• Thornybush is situated within a malaria region. Speak to your doctor before you travel for advice on anti-malaria medication.


Our Recommended Itinerary

5 Day Greater Kruger & Sabi Sands safari

day 1 to 2

Relax in style and spot white lion

day 3 to 4

Safari experience of a lifetime in the Sabi Sands

day 5

End of luxury service!

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Kruger National Park in December

The last month of the year is extremely hot as well as the wettest in the Kruger. Expect plenty of rain with hot and humid conditions as daytime temperatures climb well above 30°C. Evenings can be equally hot and humid. December is high season, so the whole of Kruger gets pretty busy. Head for the northern parts of the reserve where fewer visitors venture if it is solitude you are…

Affordable safaris in the Kruger National Park

For the traveller who doesn’t want to rough it, but is also not partial to having the utmost in luxury, the Kruger National Park offers a surprising array of mid-range safari options. Part of making your visit to the park more affordable lies in how you put your trip together: shave off a spa treatment here and a five-course dinner there and soon you’re left with most of the luxury, but…

Kruger National Park in November

The first proper rain of the wet season starts to arrive during November in the form of the occasional afternoon thunder shower. Expect hot and humid days and balmy evenings. The southern section of the park has the highest density of animals and in terms of visitor numbers, November is the calm before the storm of the end-of-year holidays. The upper central and far northern regions…

Kruger National Park in July

July is second only to June as the coldest month in the year and equally dry. ‘Cold’ in the Kruger however only really applies to nights and early mornings, since the daytime temperatures are usually quite comfortable and even fairly hot on some days. The northern parts of the reserve receive fewer visitors which make it a good option if you want to avoid crowds. However, there is a…

Balule

Balule Nature Reserve on the western border of the Kruger National park encompasses 400km2 of unspoiled bushveld. This private nature reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger and neighboring private reserves allowing animals to roam freely. One of the largest rivers in the Kruger, the Olifants River, flows through the reserve and its waters and riverine forests attract high…

Kruger National Park in February

Daytime temperatures remain in the high 20’s and can sometimes rise into the mid-30’s. February sees the last of the summer rainfall and the occasional late afternoon thundershower can occur. The evening temperatures are usually mild. Birding is excellent during the summer months and the far northern regions (Punda Maria and Pafuri) of the park are especially exceptional since it sees…

Popular Kruger National Park Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Okavango Delta safari

Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and Okavango Delta Safari

Explore the famous reserve that offers exceptional game viewing and sight the elusive Sitatunga antelope...

 | Cape Town & Kruger Family Safari (SA 8 days)

Cape Town and Kruger family safari

Combine the best that Cape Town and the Kruger National Park have to offer – beach and bush – for the ideal family holiday...

 | Sabi Sands & Madikwe Combo

Sabi Sands & Madikwe Combo

Our selection of South Africa's top safari lodges and game reserves are guaranteed to suit every taste and budget. Consider this exciting safari package...

 | Big Five safari in the Kruger National Park

Big Five in the Kruger National Park

Encounter the Big Five safari and discover the elusive leopard...

 | Highlights of Southern Africa

Highlights of Southern Africa

Exploring these areas of the Southern African continent should on top of your bucket list...

 | South African bush and beach safari

South African bush and beach safari

Explore the magic of Cape Town followed by the Scenic Garden Route and finally the Big Five members at the Kruger National Park...

 | Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

Two weeks in South Africa - a luxury rail safari

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer: it's white-sand beaches, lush green wine-lands and find the Big Five wildlife in the Kruger National Park. ...

 | Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari

Sabi Sand Game Reserve safari

You'll trek Africa's Big Five members in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve...

 | South African safari

South African safari

Experience the best that South Africa has to offer, with a holiday tailor-made for you ...

Elephant on Game Drive | Cape Town & Kruger Luxury Safari

Cape Town and Kruger Luxury Safari

Combine Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands with a safari in the Kruger National Park for a relaxing and exhilarating South African safari...

Ready to start your adventure?

Your tailor-made African holiday starts here...

How can we get hold of you?

How many people will be travelling?

Details

Please tell us more about your travel plans?


Discover Africa Group needs the contact information you provide to us to contact you about our products and services. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime. For information on how to unsubscribe, as well as our privacy practices and commitment to protecting your privacy, check out our Privacy Policy.

Submitting your inquiry

Oops something went wrong.

We couldn't save your enquiry, sorry for that.

Please sent us an email on: info@discoverafrica.com

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:

 +27 21 422 3498
   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2