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Guaranteeing a sighting of the Big Five is risky, but it's safe to say that visiting Thornybush makes it a probability
Thornybush Game Reserve is as wild and adventurous as its adjacent neighbour, the Kruger National Park, with the added benefit of being privately owned. The reserve's sovereignty gives its experienced rangers a freedom that is absent in the national parks. For starters, open safari vehicles are allowed to travel off-road; another bonus is that game drives are not restricted to daylight hours, and exploring before sunrise and after sunset are customary. Through hard-earned trust, notoriously skittish animals such as leopards have grown accustomed to being watched, and allow vehicles to come breathtakingly close to them.
Thornybush Game Reserve is a treat by anyone's standards. I consider myself blessed to fall into the small category of people fortunate enough to get this close and intimate with the African bushveld and all its treasures.
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Though the presence of the Big Five is worth emphasising, it's equally important to focus on the other wildlife that calls Thornybush home. The reserve's abundance of species never ceases to amaze, from its brilliant lilac-breasted rollers and shy spotted genets to porcupines in their full spiny glory.
The lodges are also diverse, ranging from the rustic yet comfortable Nkelenga Tented Camp to the luxurious five-star Royal Malewane and everything in between. Due to its proximity to Mozambique, Thornybush is the ideal destination to combine with a beach holiday.
If you're after an even wilder bush experience, take a (quite safe) guided walk through the open veld. And for a spot of relaxation and pampering, treat yourself to a full body massage or float in a pool overlooking a riverbed.
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January to March is the best time to witness the Makgadikgadi zebra migration as well as the wildebeest. go there.
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Discover Africa delivered the dream trip! It was a pleasure dealing with Matthys at Discover Africa from start to finish. He made everything as simple and easy as possible. Our trip was tremendous and we would fully recommend anyone planning…
Thank you for the way you organised the trip for us. It was a pleasure dealing with Discover Africa and Matthys in particular. From start to finish, everything was simple and easy. Our trip has been tremendous and we would fully recommend…
Craig and Sue Wood
Working with Megan from Discover Africa to set up our safari was a breeze. She managed to get us to all of the locations we wanted to get to and the camps we wanted to visit. She was incredibly responsive and helped us with any questions or…
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After shopping around for a couple of months, Discover Africa was the one who had the most diverse options for the price. Megan Warrington always responded quickly and was professional and patient with my endless questions. Discover Africa…
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My trip last August to Botswana was arranged by Discover Africa and I couldn't have chosen better. Everything was well organised and I didn't have to worry about anything. The safari tour was far beyond expectations; the accommodation was…
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