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Thornbush Game Reserve

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Better private than public!

Private means just that--you need to be staying in one of the lodges at Thornybush and it is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Maggie S
Perfect way to view the big 5.

We stayed here for three nights at the start of our tour of Southern and Eastern Africa. During... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tony R
Ulladulla, Australia
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Adjacent to Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Private means just that--you need to be staying in one of the lodges at Thornybush and it is managed so that max of only 2 jeeps are watching the same group of animals. Everyone has good sightlines, and the roads are in good shape.

Thank Maggie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for three nights at the start of our tour of Southern and Eastern Africa. During our stay we saw all the big 5, including both black and white rhinos. Ony on very few occasions were we more than 5-10 m from the...More

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 6 September 2018

No complaints, the professionalism, friendliness, service, beauty of the place was perfect. We did 3 lodges: Serondella, Chapungu and the Main Lodge. they are perfect. moreover, the reserve is exceptionally rich in animals.

Thank stephchevenot
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Stayed at Nkaya Lodge...we had an excellent guide, good food, very comfortable lodgings. I have no hesitation recommending this particular lodge - which is in the midrance price for Thorneybush

1  Thank fenmen
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Family of four spent four nites at Sabi Sand. Fantastic experience! Luxury accommodations, great staff, great food, great overall ambiance. A total of 7 safari rides and one bush walk. Our guide (Sabre) and tracker (Conright) were the best. We saw every thing and more....More

2  Thank alanrB5020LU
Reviewed 31 March 2018

This reserve provides you with so many opportunities to see wild animals at close hand in the natural environment. Brilliant!

Thank Diana N
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Doctor, ranger and tracker, is expert at tracking the animals on the reserve for excellent views of the many beautiful animals on their reserve, especially the babies.

1  Thank phylp31
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Impossible to describe. So beautiful serene takes ones breath away. This venue is a 6* resort do yourself a favour if you want a real bush experience go River Lodge the only place in the Thorny Bush collection.

Thank RaymondS2363
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We strayed in the Thornybush Lodge and this is the game reserve it sits in. The guides were awesome - superbly knowledgeable and got us close in the to the action without disturbing the animals. We saw all the big game and plenty of smaller...More

1  Thank DiverHP
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Amazing wildlife viewing! Saw the big five plus many, many more. Love the fact that there are no longer fences between the national park and the private game preserve - animals can move freely between the properties.

Thank Carol H
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6 August 2018|
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Response from Diana N | Reviewed this property |
There were salads and vegetarian food available and usually a choice. I cannot imagine that this would be a problem. Staff were always helpful and contacting them beforehand should sort this out and reassure you.
Diane B
13 April 2018|
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Response from Diana N | Reviewed this property |
Thornybush adjoins Kruger, but don't know the distance, sorry. The good thing is there are no fence boundaries between Thornybush and Kruger, so the animals roam freely into both areas.