Jackalberry Lodge

Jackalberry Lodge

Jackalberry Lodge

From ZAR 4000 per person sharing per night

Lean back and unwind at our Jackalberry Lodge, where views of the nearby waterhole and the distant Drakensberg mountain range, make for a splendid setting.

Seven thatched suites are supremely comfortable, although you may find yourself drawn to the main area where you can relax and watch the wildlife passing by.

Our hacienda has mottled shade for long, relaxed lunches, while our pool and firepit are also firm favorites with guests. Combined, all these elements create a special feeling at Jackalberry, that keep guests coming back time and again.




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Every thatched suite boasts superb views from the private patio or corner tub in the en-suite bathroom, with an extra outdoor shower allowing you to freshen up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush.

All the rooms are elegantly furnished with king-size beds and downy soft linen. The Family Suite has an extra bedroom with twin beds, while the Honeymoon Suite has a private lounge.

Standard Suites

The thatched suites have a home-away-from-home feel, allowing guests space and privacy while also being close to the lodge’s main area.

All suites have both inside and outside showers, as well as a large bath. The private veranda allows for some casual game-viewing or a perfect place to read a book.

The classic safari decor adds a bit of local flair to the chalet-style suites, which are all en-suite.


  • Air-conditioned
  • Indoor bath and shower
  • Outdoor shower
  • Toiletries 
  • Gratuity information
  • Mosquito net
  • Hairdryer
  • Kettle
  • USB / International adaptor
  • In-room safe

The Family Suite

Has two adjoining suites, ideal for a family holiday. Planned in a similar fashion to the other suites, the Family Suite has both inside and outside showers, as well as a large bath.

The private veranda allows for some casual game-viewing or a perfect place to relax between game drives. The classic safari decor adds a bit of local flair to the chalet-style suites, which are all en-suite and come with comfortable, modern furnishings.


  • Air-conditioned
  • Indoor bath and shower
  • Toiletries 
  • Gratuity information
  • Mosquito net
  • Hairdryer
  • Kettle
  • USB / International adaptor
  • In-room safe

Like our namesake Jackalberry Lodge is a place of calm, a place of plenty, and a gathering place for friends and family. Here, in the heart of the Thornybush Nature Reserve you will find an oasis of understated elegance, the perfect environment to reconnect with wild Africa against a backrop of the Northern Drakensberg.

Lodge Features

  • Suitable for families and small groups
  • Pool at the main area
  • Wi-Fi in the main area
  • Spa available on request
  • The camp is fenced
  • TV room
  • Bar
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking

See the lodge layout in the gallery below.

Early Morning and Late Afternoon Game Drives

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Rover with experienced Guides and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start 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.

Guided Bushveld Walks

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 Guide.

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 & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Thornybush Community Project

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.

Hot Air Balloon

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 like giraffe and wildebeest. Terms & Conditions apply - additional cost.


Spa treatments can booked on request. Additional Cost.

On arrival, a warm, friendly welcome by the team, whereby guests are checked in and shown to their rooms to settle in and unpack.

From around 14h00, Lunch is served under the Hacienda or main area.

In-between lunch and afternoon game drive, there is time to swim and relax before departing on game drive.

Guests are woken up in the morning and can enjoy tea and coffee in the main area.

Game Drive departs shortly after. Once back from drive, breakfast is served. Guests are then offered a bush walk during breakfast, if they decide not to participate, they have the rest of the day at leisure. Spa menus are available in the rooms.

Included in your stay

  • Accommodation
  • All meals and snacks
  • All local drinks (soft drinks, house wine, selection of local beers, local spirits)
  • Minibar drinks
  • Morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced guides and trackers.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

For special rates and deals, the inclusive drinks policy may differ from the above


  • Beverages
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities Levies
  • Additional activities

Children Policy

  • ​Children of all ages are welcome
  • Children under 6 years of age are not permitted on game drives unless authorized by management
  • Children under 16 years of age are not permitted on bush walks

The lodge offers baby sitting for children under 6 that cannot go on drive.

TOMSA LEVY & Conservation Fees 

Thornybush Private Nature Reserve A fee of R450 per person per day will be an additional charge.

The fee covers the following levies:

  • Community levy
  • Conservation levy
  • TOMSA levy


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