Game Lodge at Thornybush Private Game Reserve

At a glance

  • Understated luxury
  • Adjacent to Kruger National Park
  • Great for small groups and families

Game Lodge At Thornybush Private Game Reserve


This lodge focuses on offering families a safari that’s all about modern comforts.

The largest in the Thornybush Game Reserve, this lodge is a cosy home-away-from-home. It’s been carefully designed to ensure absolute comfort, with modern yet cosy communal areas that invite you to unwind after electrifying game drives. There’s an Amani Spa, an award-winning African spa brand, and a swimming pool to cool off when the day starts to heat up.

Depending on your planned activities for the day, you can enjoy breakfast either at the camp, or gazing out across the riverbed or bush. Lunch is served at around 1.30 after you’ve had time to recover from your exciting game drive and high tea is served before you embark on your evening safari. Dinner, in comparison, is a relatively grand affair, with a three-course meal served either in the outdoor boma, the lodge’s restaurant, or out in the bush.

Back at your luxurious air-conditioned suite, you can enjoy beautiful views from your private deck out across the riverine thicket or seasonal Monwana River, which changes with the passing of each season. Each suite features an en suite, extensive living area and outdoor shower. Of the 20 suites at the lodge, two are specifically designed for families, offering a larger deck with its own plunge pool and a sofa bed for children under 12.

For Families

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Key information

In the Thornybush Game Reserve in Mpumalanga province, sharing an unfenced border with Kruger National Park

Airport transfer time: Approx. 45-50 minutes from Hoedspruit airport
Rooms: 20

Swimming pool, Amani Spa*, wine cellar*, curio shop*, children’s activity programme

Good to know

Children over 6 are welcome on game drives at Thornybush Game Lodge.

Accommodation information

20 suites


• Join Shangaan trackers as you head out on game drives to spot the remarkable nocturnal wildlife • Spot the local birdlife • Indulge with a spa treatment* • Embark on an bush walk with your guide.


Dining room, boma, bar

What's included

Lodge Package • All meals • Tea and snacks • Two daily safari activities • Optional bush walk

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*Denotes local charge