A private reserve with a range of lodges


Thornybush Nature Reserve encompasses some 14,000 hectares of pristine wilderness adjacent to the Kruger and is home to a collection of lodges that suit a range of budgets and travel styles.

The reserve itself is home a rich collection of wildlife, including 48 mammal, 230 bird and 54 reptile species. This includes all the Big Five – rhinos are a particular attraction here – and its range of habitats presents varied game views from river beds to mopane woodland, savannah and swamps.

Accommodation in Thornybush ranges from luxurious lodges to intimate family friendly retreats and more adventurous tented options. Expect expert guiding on game drives and walking safaris, excellent food and even the occasional spa. Within a easy reach of Hoedspruit, attractions such as the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre, hot air ballooning, the Drakensberg Mountains and adventure activities in the Blyde River Canyon make for easy day trips. To find out which Thornybush lodge is for you, get in contact with our Travel Designers.

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