Situated in the Limpopo Province, adjacent to the world famous Kruger National Park is the 11,500 hectare privately owned Thornybush Game Reserve. A fenced reserve that covers a vast amount of bushveld, the wildlife viewing opportunities are massive. The Big 5 roam freely here along with many species of mammals and birds. Game drives depart early every morning and evening giving you ample opportunity to come across thrilling wildlife sightings, like a leopard on the hunt or a scavenging hyena.

Accommodation in the reserve is varied so you are bound to find something to suit the safari experience you desire.

There is a fantastic family option in the Thornybush Main Lodge. Set on the river bank you can enjoy breakfast while the kids count the monkeys playing in the trees. For true romance and a taste of colonial style, the Royal Malewane has been eyed out by celebrities too. If you are looking to get a little closer to nature Chapungu Tented Camp, with its canvas walls, makes those night calls all the louder!

You are never short of ideas or activities while on safari and Thornybush is no exception. The luxury lodges all have cool swimming pools. Some suites have the privacy of their own plunge pool while some of the lodges will have a larger pool in the communal area. You can idle away the afternoon relaxing, reading or watching the activity unfold in front of you. If you need to stretch your legs certain lodges will arrange walking safaris. The thrill of being “out in the open” with the Big 5 gets the heart racing!

Guiding and tracking in Thornybush is excellent and you are bound to return home with a fountain of knowledge. Learning about and tracking the Big Game is awesome! But sometimes it can be the understanding of the small things that really top your African Safari!



At this flagship lodge, luxury meets the great outdoors and thanks to the expert guides and trackers at Royal Malewane, intimate game experiences and close encounters with the Big Five are just some of the experiences guests can look forward to. As the first lodge to achieve the prestigious Chaine des Rotisseurs Blazon for its cuisine, Royal Malewane caters for the most discerning travellers. Read More

Bushveld luxury and spectacular uncrowded Big 5 game-viewing are what Chapungu Tented Bush Camp is all about. Set in the 14,000 hectare Thornybush Private Nature Reserve adjacent to South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the unfenced camp is a tranquil and private getaway for a magical introduction to the African safari experience. Read More


Basking in a supreme location deep in the heart of the Thornybush Game Reserve, and providing some of Africa's greatest tracts of untamed game-viewing, Shumbalala Game Lodge is surrounded by a vast, wild dry savannah area, where lions roam. Mopane, Acacia and Umbrella Thorn trees dot the landscape while the east-flowing rivers are shrouded in dense outcrops such as fever trees and palms. Read More


Superb five-star accommodation, sumptuous African-inspired cuisine and exquisite game-viewing opportunities are the mainstays of the offering at Serondella Lodge, where regular game drives are geared towards spotting the Big Five, and personal attention and superior service are par for the course. Situated next to the Inyoni Pan, which is floodlit at night, guests are privy to spectacular photographic opportunities from the wide wooden deck. Read More

Thornybush Main Lodge has 18 luxury suites as well as two generous family suites on offer. Main Lodge is all about optimising its exquisite river views, and each suite includes an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a private deck. The larger family suites also feature lounge areas and extra accommodation, as well as a private plunge pool on the deck. Read More


Overlooking a large and active waterhole - where a hippo can often be spotted - Waterbuck Lodge is a safari fanatic's dream, and is well known for its prolific bird life and the large variety of game (including the Big Five) that can be viewed from the lodge's main deck. Or even better - from the secluded wooden decks of the luxuriously appointed individual chalets. Read More