The Thornybush Collection

Full Board with Game Drives

Nestled in the heart of Big 5 country, adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park,lies over 14,000 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, Thornybush Nature Reserve.Little needs to be said of this famous reserve that boasts unrivalled game viewing.Best accessed from Hoedspruit airport.

A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the country's finest bush experiences.

Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush has evolved over the years into a visitors paradise, "our collection of Lodges offers something for everyone. Bush lovers can saturate themselves, not only in the big five, but also in the remarkable fauna and flora," while less than enthusiastic bush goers can recoup their sanity relaxing in the luxurious surrounds, enjoying delicious cuisine and pampering themselves at one of the spas. Whatever your preference you never leave Thornybush the same as when you arrived. Testimony to this are the numerous visitor comments, the message is clear once you've experienced Thornybush it changes you profoundly. Each Lodge has been carefully selected to provide a variety of differing experiences and designed to meet the varying pockets of discerning travellers.

Serondella, nKaya, Waterbuck and Monwana are four small intimate lodges that each accommodates eight people in a unique environment, each with their own personal intimacy of space, comfort and warmth. Each of these Camps with a sparkling swimming pool, Bar and differing Dining venues to suit the season and the occasion.

Shumbalala, an exquisite five star property with every possible comfort and privacy, is both spacious and stylish and offers guests the ultimate in personalized hospitality. This Camp boasts an exceptional Presidential Suite with adjoining entertainment area exclusive to this suite which includes two be drooms, Lounge and Dining room and central open fireplace. A feature wine cellar is unique to this special property.

Chapungu, that accommodates 16 guests in Africa's flavour of the lowveld comfort. This Camp too has a central swimming pool, Bar and each tent with private facilities and feature outside bath.

Our only self-catering Camp, Nkelenga, is situated close to a small dam that is home to thirst quenching animals at dawn and dusk. This Camp also has a small private swimming pool, three tents with private facilities, a main homestead with a further bedroom and small mezzanine"dormitory " that sleeps four, designed for children of all ages.

This Camp sleeps a maximum of twelve and is particularly attractive to budget conscious Game enthusiasts.

This Camp is the only camp in the collection that has a Camp rate per night rather than a per person rate per night.

Thornybush Waterside Lodge (formerly Kapama Main Lodge) is located on the Thornybush Nature Reserve. The Lodge is conveniently located on a large expanse of water, the lounge, dining and outside Bar areas enjoying expansive views of both the bush and the waterside.

There are 20 comfortable air-conditioned suites with bathrooms and separate showers, private decks on each suite, all within minutes walking distance of the entertainment areas of the Lodge, including a private Boma for evening dining enjoyment. "This Lodge fits well into the Collection's varied Lodge offerings" Our last Game Lodge in the Thornybush Reserve is Thornybush Game Lodge. This Lodge accommodates a maximum of 40 guests in 18 Suites and two luxury Family Suite s, each with its own plunge pool. This Camp also includes a conference centre that accommodates up to 60 Cinema style, and a feature Wellness centre Spa. A well-known and successful Camp, Thornybush Game Lodge is located alongside the dry seasonal Monwana River and provides a restful bush paradise to weary guests.

Our only Lodge in the Sabi Sand Simbambili, is a five star 16 bedded Lodge, each double suite with private plunge pool. This Lodge is very personal too and Game in this part of the reserve regularly featuring Leopard sightings of particular note and frequency.

All of our Lodges are air-conditioned, and twice daily Game drives in open land cruisers accompanied by experienced Rangers and trackers are the focus of your Game visit.


Thornybush Game Lodge: Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve, Thornybush Game Lodge provides accommodation consisting of stylish air-conditioned suites, with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana Dry River Bed. There are 18 suites all with bath and indoor/ outdoor showers and a private deck, 2 family suites with a lounge area with sleeper couch that converts into a double bed to accommodate 2 children. These suites also have a larger deck with plunge pool.The Amani’s Spa offers luxury treatments.

Chapungu Tented bush Camp: Washed with the warmth and color of the afternoon sun and in true African style, tents overlook the magnificent bushveld. It is here that our guests while away moments relaxing and reflecting on the tranquility and intimacy afforded by this small camp. Eight comfortable tents, each with private facilities and featured bushveld bath, connected by pathways with the main Camp. Situated a few minutes drive from Thornybush Game Lodge, where extensive Spa Treatments are available to all Chapungu Tented Camp guests.

Serondella Game Lodge: This comfortable and intimate Lodge on the banks of a tributary to the seasonal Monwana Dry River Bed, accommodates eight guests in varied accommodation choices. Three luxury Bedrooms, each with excellent vistas from both bedroom and bathroom to the watering hole. For families there is a self contained family suite with three bedrooms, two downstairs and one bedroom upstairs, a reception room with open fireplace between the two downstairs bedrooms. An exclusive Boma Bar area close to the Lodges swimming pool offers rest and refreshment.

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