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Set on 14,000 hectares of land adjacent to the Kruger Park, Thornybush Game Reserve is primarily open savannah and is home to the Big Five.

Pride of lion, Thornybush Private Game ReserveGame viewing here is good, and access from nearby Hoedspruit Airport is excellent.

The private lodges on the reserve offer a great range of accommodation and there is something here for every taste.

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    Accommodation choices for Thornybush Reserve

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Thornybush Reserve. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Chapungu Tented Bush Camp , Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

      First Class

      Providing an authentic safari experience reminiscent of a bygone era, Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp is set in the heart of a private game reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park, allowing you to immerse yourself in the area’s superb scenery and wildlife.

    • Serondella Game Lodge, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Serondella Game Lodge

      First Class

      Serondella Lodge is nestled in the heart of Big Five country adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, and includes a huge diversity of mammal and bird species.

    • Presidential suite, Shumbalala Game Lodge, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Shumbalala

      First Class

      Shumbalala is ideal for those seeking an exclusive luxury safari within the Thornybush Reserve. With a maximum of ten guests, your experience is certain to be very private.

    • Luxury suite, Thornybush Game Lodge, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

      Thornybush Game Lodge

      First Class

      Despite being a larger lodge, the quality of the rooms here, and levels of guiding and service are very high. The Audley team has thoroughly enjoyed staying here on their visits to Thornybush, and we highly recommend it.