Meet River Lodge's Resident Magician

What's in a name? The word 'skat' means treasure in Afrikaans, and it's a fitting moniker for River Lodge's, Skattie Mathebula. You'll know when Skattie's been in the house. She has that effect on places as she whizzes from room to room brandishing her magical feather duster, spreading fairy dust and delight wherever she goes. Skattie has the magic...

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Odds or evens? Odd-Toed Ungulates Vs Even-Toed Ungulates

Ungulates are everywhere! During the average South African safari, you'll come across them on a daily basis. The hoofed animals of the savannah are some of the most numerous in Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, but when it comes to survival of the fittest they're not all evenly matched. Odd and Even-Toed: Doing the Numbers The most noticeable diff...

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The River Lodge - Biltong soup

It had to happen – a recipe using biltong courtesy of Thornybush Collection. This dried meat delicacy is about as South African as you can get - it's way up there with the Big Five and Springbok rugby. You haven't experienced a true taste of a South African safari until you've had a bite of these spicy strips of goodness. Biltong is as addictive as...

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Have a Happy Honeymoon with Thornybush Collection

If you weren't lucky enough to celebrate your wedding at one of Thornybush Collection's stunning venues, make it up to yourself as a newlywed, by booking your honeymoon at one of our intimate, romantic lodges. Privacy and Personalisation Thornybush Collection boasts 12 luxurious lodges in our portfolio. Of these, Thornybush Game Lodge and Waterside...

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Meet Saphia Mukansi - Chef at Jackalberry Lodge

You've heard about our Mocha Cheesecake , now it's time to find out who's behind this delicious excess. Meet Saphia Mukansi, chef and master baker at Jackalberry Lodge . Saphia was raised in a South African safari environment. She was born in Justicia which borders on Londolozi Private Game Reserve and grew up in nearby Lillydale. Both her parents ...

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The Nesting Behaviour of the Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill

Nothing speaks of spring in the bushveld like the appearance of the next generation of wildlife. While cubs, fawns, calves and foals may command most of your attention during game drives on your south African safari, you can be sure that there's a newly hatched crop of birds in the wings too. Birds Being Productive Most bird species in Thornybush P...

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