Thornybush Game Lodge | Thornybush Game Reserve
Nestled in the heart of big five country adjacent to the Kruger National Park, with a huge diversity of mammal and bird species, lies over 14,000 hectares of pristine African Bushveld, that is the Thornybush Nature Reserve. It is here that a superlative safari destination, the elegant and exclusive 5-star Thornybush Game Lodge awaits discovery by the discerning traveller. Thornybush Game Lodge is the personification of perfection. Nothing is spared in the attention to detail.
Enjoy exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open game vehicles and on foot, take a moment to browse in the intimate library or simply relax at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa's glorious sunshine or while away the moments in our Thornybush Spa.
Unrivalled big game viewing is complemented by exquisite accommodation and sublime cuisine. The 20 luxury suites each with private indoor/outdoor showers and viewing decks, overlook the seasonal Monwana River and offer an unsurpassed, 5-star luxury, wild encounter with seclusion and elegance, a seamless experience.
Sweeping vistas can be enjoyed over the African Bushveld and ever-active water hole. Superb attention to detail and highly personalized service make for a memorable stay.
The luxury suites are superbly equipped and furnished in the lavish style befitting this five-star lodge. Calming, earth tones are used throughout to enhance the tranquil atmosphere of your surroundings, and the furnishings and accoutrements are of the highest standard. The en-suite bathroom features a double basin, large bath overlooking the Savannah, indoor and outdoor showers. All suites have air conditioning and feature a mini-bar and coffee station.
All the suites have private wooden decks, with comfortable seating, overlooking the reserve and waterhole. Here you can take some time-out to gather your thoughts, catch forty winks or update your journal while enjoying the benefits of fresh air, sunshine and peaceful surroundings.
The family suites feature a private plunge pool on the deck. Another extra in these units is the lounge which has a sleeper couch to accommodate two children. These large villas cater for a maximum of two adults and two children younger than twelve. Apart from being more spacious, the family suites are furnished and decorated in the same opulent style as the luxury suites.
24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Internet Access (Complimentary), Kiddies Club, Laundry Service (Available), Library, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking, Spa
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Bath, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Mini Bar, Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee
Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Room Service
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wake-up call, coffee, tea and rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Cruiser with experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which varies depending on the season but typically starts early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.
The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.
After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, 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 to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.
One-hour long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you're lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights, we see plains game such as giraffe and wildebeest. Terms & Conditions apply - additional cost.
Amani African Spas is an authentically South African Spa brand, which has a distinctive 360º approach to health and wellness. This is indeed what places Amani Spas apart from other service providers in the country.
Amani's focus is on complimentary health designed and customized for the individual. Amani African Spas offer some unique therapies and are designed to bring balance to the physical, emotional and mental well-being, as well as preserve and enhance youthfulness.
Guests are invited to visit to the community project encompassing local initiatives to provide services to the local communities. Terms & Conditions available on request. Additional costs apply.
Thornybush Game Lodge welcomes children of all ages. Children under the age of 12 receive a special Backpack on arrival and are invited to take part in the many activities available. Activities and times will be discussed with parents upon arrival. The Thornybush Amani Spa also offers children's treatments at an additional cost.
Full Board Plus - Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities
Tea and Coffee Included
Spoken Languages: Afrikaans, English
No. Rooms: 20
Special Interests: Big 5, Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife