Your African Safari

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Cruiser, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

A typical day

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck overlooking the dam. Shortly after, you depart in your open Land Cruiser with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee or tea and a chance to stretch your legs. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets.

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served back at the camp or a bush site, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region and a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest, with a delicious lunch being served around 1.30pm.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by spotlight.

Upon returning for dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - guests can socialise with a cognac or single malt around the campfire or lounge before retiring to bed.


Service Times

Breakfast or brunch 08h30-09H00 to 10h30 Lunch 13H30 Dinner Winter 19h30-20h00 Dinner Summer 20H00 - 20H30 Meals: Buffet/a la carte/ continental/English breakfast


Morning times that the game drives depart
Summer 05H00 Wake up call/ Morning tea 05h30 Depart 05H45
Winter 05H30 Wake up call/ Morning tea 06H00 Depart 06H15

Times that the walks depart
Summer After breakfast
Winter After breakfast

Afternoon/Evening times that the game drives depart

Summer 16H00 Afternoon Tea - Depart 16H15
Winter 15H30 Afternoon Tea - Depart 15H45