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Thornybush Main Lodge

Thornybush Main Lodge is an exclusive safari hideaway in the heart of the Kruger region. Set in a 14, 000 hectare reserve, north west of the Kruger National Park, Thornybush Main Lodge is an exceptional property where attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay. We recommend the lodge for guests enjoying a safari and golf holiday in South Africa, and is it featured in our Kruger Golfing Itinerary.

The lodge facilities comprise of a pool, a spa, a library with TV, a boma, and a curio shop. Between safaris browse the library or relax beside the infinity pool with a cocktail.

Thornybush has an excellent children's programme, with a dedicated ranger, each child is given a 'Ranger Training' Kit, and whilst they will not be allowed on full game drives unless over 12 years old, there is plenty of fun and educational activities for them to participate in.

Game Viewing
Not quite the prestige as the Kruger or Sabi Sand Reserve as this is a fenced property. The Big 5 are all resident within the reserve, and you have a good chance to see them all during your stay at Thornybush. 

Stylish air-conditioned suites and extensive living areas overlook the seasonal Monwana River, the bathrooms have massive picture windows overlooking the river bed, the savannah and an active water hole. All the suites have en suite facilities, and some have outdoor showers.

The food at Thornybush Main Lodge is superb, certainly amongst the best we've tried in the Kruger region. Breakfast and lunch are buffets on the deck, offering fantastic variety and imaginative dishes. Dinners can be served in the bush, on the deck, in the air-conditioned dining room, or by the fire in the 'boma', under a canopy of stars. Private dining is also offered. All meals are included.

In our opinion: Thornybush Main Lodge is one of the best safari lodges in the Kruger region. The accommodation is spacious and of a very high quality. The food is excellent - expect to gain some weight!

If you would like more information about staying at Thornybush, speak to our South Africa Safari Holidays team on +44 208 249 5919 (UK) or +65 919 412 56 (Asia). Alternatively you can contact us here by email.

Amenities :

  • A la Carte restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Boma
  • Curio shop
  • En suite bathroom with indoor/outdoor shower
  • Library with TV and DVD
  • Mini bar/tea & coffee making facilities
  • Safes
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
  • wifi

Getting There:
Thornybush can be reached by schedule flights to Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit) from Johannesburg, Cape Town and then 45min road transfer to Thornybush.

Charter flights from Johannesburg & Nelspruit can land directly onto the Thornybush Airstrip.