About The Thornybush Collection

Created by Africa-lovers, for lovers of Africa

Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection has evolved over the years into a visitor’s paradise – the sheer enjoyment of un-spoilt nature.  Visitors can now enjoy the full-blown, unfenced, diversity of the 14, 500-hectare Thornybush Nature Reserve forming part of the Greater Kruger National Park. 

 Our collection of Lodges offers something for everyone be it in the Thornybush Nature Reserve, or in the Northern part of the Sabi Sand. 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 the preference guests 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.

 Our only Lodge in the Sabi Sand Simbambili, is a five-star, 18 bedded Lodge, each double suite with private plunge pool.  This Lodge is very personal too and game in this part of the Sabi Sand reserve regularly featuring Leopard sightings of particular note and frequency.

 Suspend what you know about luxury tented camps.  The collections latest offering, Saseka Tented Camp in the Thornybush Reserve has been reimagined with a gentle nod to nostalgia, but with the emphasis very much on the 21st century design.  The tented suites allow the call of nature and the bush to filter in to allow for a truly immersed safari experience whilst the Leadwood Tented Villa operates as an intimate, camp-within-a-camp, with the central entertainment area featuring a lounge and dining area, private and separate from the rest of the lodge.

 The River Lodge, with just four luxury suites and the superb two- bedroom Royal Suite, the lavish accommodation is limited to 12 guests, ensuring a personalized wilderness experience, where the opportunity to reserve the entire camp for exclusive use, is a reality.

 Thornybush Game Lodge accommodates a maximum of 40 guests in 18 Suites and two luxury Family Suites, each with its own plunge pool.  The lodge also includes a conference center that accommodates up to 60 Cinema style, and a feature Wellness center Spa.   A well-known and established lodge, Thornybush Game Lodge is located alongside the dry seasonal Monwana River and provides a restful bush paradise to weary guests.  

 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 bedrooms, Lounge and Dining room and central open fireplace. A feature wine cellar is unique to this special property.   

 Thornybush Waterside 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 to each suite, all within minutes walking distance of the entertainment areas of the Lodge, including a private Boma for evening dining enjoyment. 

 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.

 Jackalberry Lodge is a place of calm, a place of plenty, and a gathering place for friends and family.  Here, in the heart of the Thornybush Nature Reserve you will find an oasis of understated elegance, the perfect environment to reconnect with wild Africa against a backdrop of the Northern Drakensberg limited to a maximum of 16 guests in 6 standard suites or the two bedroomed Family Suite. Every thatched suite boasts superb views from the private patio or corner tub in the en-suite bathroom, with an extra outdoor shower allowing you to freshen up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush.

 Chapungu, 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.  

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

 We look forward to welcoming you to The Collection.