Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge

From ZAR 13500 per person sharing per night

Elegant and exclusive, Thornybush Game Lodge offers the complete package for individual guests, family holidays, corporate getaways, small groups or wedding extravaganzas.

Exhilarating dawn and dusk safaris, an exclusive on-site spa, gourmet cuisine, the world’s finest wines and sublimely luxurious accommodation await the discerning traveller at Thornybush Game Lodge.

Up to forty people can be accommodated in air-conditioned luxury at Thornybush Lodge, in eighteen luxury suites and two generously proportioned family suites.

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Luxury Suites

Private and stylishly decorated, the Luxury Suites are a joy to spend a night in and difficult to leave.

The large windows above the bath and giant sliding doors to the deck offer incredible views of the riverbed and any animals that may be wallowing there.

Each of the 18 Luxury Suites have an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower and have been carefully designed and spaced to provide privacy. The elegant finishes and extremely comfortable beds complete the impressive rooms.

Suite Amenities

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Bath Tub
  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Suitable
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • International Adaptor
  • Kettle
  • Laundry Service
  • Mini Bar
  • Mosquito Net
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Phone
  • Safety Box
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Toiletres
  • Wi-Fi

Family Suites

Each of the two Family Suites are larger than the Luxury Suites, with a lounge area and day beds to accommodate children.

As with the Luxury Suites, they have an elegant design that offers the perfect oasis of calm and rest after a game drive.

These suites have a large private deck with its own plunge pool.

Family Suite Amenities

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Bath Tub
  • Coffee Maker
  • Disabled Suitable
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • International Adaptor
  • Kettle
  • Laundry Service
  • Mini Bar
  • Mosquito Net
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Phone
  • Safety Box
  • Shower
  • Slippers
  • Toiletres
  • WiFi

Now, with a note of sophistication in the design and layout, our thatched main area overlooks a waterhole and riverbed frequently visited by Elephants, Buffalo and other large game. The classic lower deck flows between the open dining area and a beautiful bar. Sunbirds, attracted to the many aloes which surround the main deck, are just some of the many small delights you can expect on your stay at Thornybush Game Lodge.

The warm-hearted staff, riverbed setting, and legacy of excellence are standout features. Meals, when taken at the lodge, are a mixture of sumptuous lunch platters or lavish buffets. Dinners are elegant a la carte meals on the deck or traditional South African boma dinners, served around the fire.

The kitchen team led by Solly, the legendary master bush chef, will ensure every meal is an occasion! Bush dinners are a firm favourite with our guests, where you get to enjoy a hearty meal, surrounded by lanterns, candles and the sound of the African wilderness.

Lodge Summary

  • Swimming pool
  • Can accommodate groups of up to 40 people
  • Outdoor showers in all rooms
  • Boma for open air traditional ‘braai’
  • Deck, sunken lounge, fire pit
  • Spa 
  • Library
  • Airstrip
  • Mobile coverage & WiFi

Children of all ages welcome

  • Activities available include baking, beading, bug walks and treasure hunts 
  • Babysitting available at an additional cost

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.

Thornybush Africology Spa

Available on request.

A Typical Day At Thornybush Game Lodge


Times will vary depending on the season and are based on sunrise and sunset times

  • Wake-up
  • Morning tea & coffee with a selection of homemade rusks, biscuits and fruit will be served on the deck before departing for your morning drive
  • Game drive, approximately 3 hours
  • Breakfast served on return from game drive
  • Lunch
  • High tea will be served prior to afternoon game drive
  • Game drive, approximately 3 hours
  • Opportunity to enjoy a drink at the bar or freshen up before dinner is served 

Rate Includes


  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Walks on request, can be arranged with your guide
  • All meals
  • Laundry included when booked on certain rates
  • Local beverages included when booked on certain rates

Rate Excludes


  • Beverages when booked on certain rates
  • Champagne, premium wines and spirits
  • 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
  • To guarantee game drive for children, a private vehicle should be booked at an additional cost. This is subject to availability. 
  • Children under 16 years of age are not permitted on bush walk

Additional Information


  • The camp is not fenced but has an electric strand to discourage buffalo and elephant
  • Check in 14H00 / check out 11H00
  • All credit cards accepted except American Express


Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Air Conditioning
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Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Boma
Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Outdoor Shower
Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Pool
Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities WiFi
Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Lounge
Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Wheelchair Facilities
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Thornybush Game Lodge Facilities Library