Thornybush Game Lodge


The extravagant Thornybush Game Lodge is located in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve end to end by the Kruger National Park and overseeing the cyclical Monwana River.

From honeymooners to the families, Thornybush has to offer a most perfect location for a standard South African extravagance safari: soak up all the excitements of exploring Big Five country before unwinding in style in the lodge’s spacious living areas or on your exclusive viewing deck.

Daily safari drives and guided nature walks provide you with amazing opportunity to spot the plentiful wildlife which resides in this area; you will be heading out on the morning, afternoon and early evening safari drives with expert guides and trackers.

Top of the must-see list is the view of big cats nevertheless there are numerous species of antelope in addition to herds of elephants and buffalo’s. Bird watching too at this location is very excellent.

Children are very well catered for at the stunning Thornybush with specialized, tailored walks and activities; children spa treatments and delightful kid’s meals are all part of the service. Experienced babysitters are available during the day and the evening hours to look after the young ones if parents want a bit of alone time.



  • Located in a private concession adjacent to Kruger National Park
  • Excellent Big 5 game viewing
  • Relaxed and family-like feel
  • Spacious, luxurious accommodation with great views of the Monwana River
  • Family-friendly & kids activities like treasure hunts and baking
  • Fantastic spa facilities with treatments for the entire family

Recent Press

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More Information


South Africa, Kruger, Kruger Private Reserves

Type of Accommodation


Comfort Level



The main lodge has to offer guests a shady shelter to relax and get a bit of safari viewing and bird watching experience from the raised wooden viewing decks. A well-stocked bar, curio shop, washing service, internet connection and childminding facilities are also available.

Thornybush is great for families with kids: children get a fun activity pack which includes a coloring book, crayons along with an interactive safari toy on their arrival.

As you spend lazy afternoons by the pool, pamper yourself with relaxing spa treatments and enjoy a fine wining and dining experience while the kids are entertained by the lodge’s proficient and highly professional staff.

General Facilities

  •  Spa
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Laundry Service
  •  Bar
  •  Babysitting service available
  •  Computer facilities
  •  Children’s Club
  •  Library


Thornybush Game Lodge has to offer excellent cuisine for all the different palettes. Meals can be enjoyed al fresco or under the African stars, in the sophisticated main dining room or next to a crackling fire in a more casual boma. For the more idealistic inclined, private experience; candlelit dinner for two is also on offer.



Thornybush Game Lodge offers eighteen luxurious suites which overlook the seasonal Monwana River. The suites have air conditioning, en-suite bathroom amenities and outdoor showers for those who want to shower under the starry African sky.



Family Suite

For families or those tourists who are seeking a little bit extra, two Family Suites are also available at the all-encompassing Thornybush. Completed with a secluded plunge pool, huge viewing deck and lounge area along with a sleeper couch which also converts into a double bed perfect for children.

Room Amenities


  •  Air conditioning
  •  En-suite bath and shower
  •  Hairdryer
  •  Mini bar
  •  Outdoor shower
  •  Safe in room
  •  Tea & coffee-making facilities
  •  Telephone

Other Room Types

For families or those seeking a little bit extra, two Family Suites are available at Thornybush.

These come complete with a private plunge pool, large viewing deck and lounge area plus a sleeper couch that coverts into a double bed – ideal for children.


  • Animal tracking experience
  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Picnics
  • Specialist guides
  • Guided walking safaris
  • High tea on offer
  • Helicopter flights

Tour Rates

DatesBoard BasisRates From
01 Jan 2019- 31 Dec 2019Luxury Suite- Per person sharing R10252
Luxury Suite- Single guest R15378
Family Suite- Per person sharing R11253
Family Suite- Single guest R16880

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.