The River Lodge at Thornybush Private Game Reserve

At a glance

  • Plunge pool in every suite
  • Upscale home interiors
  • Dedicated staff for just four suites

The River Lodge At Thornybush Private Game Reserve


A gorgeous home in the bush with seriously beautiful interiors and personalised service.

The most intimate of Thornybush’s lodges, The River Lodge accommodates a maximum of just eight guests. Each is arranged so it’ll feel like your own private escape, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that pull back to reveal the luxuriant foliage beyond. And while each Suite feels secluded, you can book all four suites and claim the place for yourself with family or group of friends. The lodge serves as the main communal area where guests can reconvene after some downtime by the curved infinity pool. The casual dining area has a family table in front of an open kitchen, where mealtimes feel like a gathering of friends sharing food that’s been lovingly whipped up by the passionate team of staff.

Each Suite is elevated and opens out onto a generous private deck so guests can really feel immersed into the beautiful bushveld. Stylishly decorated, they all feature a plunge pool, four-poster canopied beds, a beautiful standalone bathtub looking out onto the deck and an outdoor shower. There’s a Royal Suite with two bedrooms, so small groups or older families can enjoy their own slice of African paradise.

Adults only

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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: 4

Good to know

Guests aged 16 and over are welcome at The River Lodge.

Accommodation information

4 one- and two-bedroom suites


• Join Shangaan trackers as you head out on game drives to spot the remarkable nocturnal wildlife • Go bird-spotting 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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