Luxury lodge reserve along a meandering river adjacent to Kruger National Park

Thornybush Private Game Reserve is a 14.000 ha private game reserve boasting uncrowded safari experiences in its mixed woodland eco-zone. Suitable for all kinds of travellers, visitors will be amazed by the variety of fauna and flora, which can be fully appreciated with the help of expert guides, rangers and trackers. A variety of animals are drawn to the area because of the constant source of water in the rivers and diverse vegetation. The reserve also shares an unfenced border with the renowned Kruger National Park and this further supports the ecological benefits of diverse wildlife that can be enjoyed along with Big 5 encounters, especially lion and leopard sightings.


Go on a spotlight-lit night drive to seek out rare nocturnal animals.
Spend warm evenings outside sitting around a fire and watching the stars.
Enjoy dawn and dusk safaris in an open vehicle with fully qualified rangers and trackers.
Learn about the signs of the wild from a knowledgeable field guide on a bush walk.
Spend time bird watching and looking out for over 300 recorded bird species.
Watch awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets completed with a Drakensberg backdrop.

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Best time to go to Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Thornybush Private Game Reserve allows you to experience the bushveld in the winter and in the summer with an almost perfect year-round climate. In the summertime, the air is dry and temperatures are hot yet manageable. As a rule, winters (between May and August) are easier to view wildlife because the bush is less dense. The winter days have pleasant temperatures averaging around 20°C, but it’s advisable to dress warmly for both morning and evening game drives. If you are visiting during the period of November to March, you can expect magnificent thunderstorms.

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