Luxury Thornybush Game Lodge vacations

Thornybush Game Lodge

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Located adjacent to the renowned Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve provides a luxurious haven for experiencing breathtaking wildlife encounters. With its sophisticated accommodations and stunning surroundings, it offers an unparalleled retreat for nature enthusiasts.

Nestled within the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve and the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the Thornybush Collection offers twelve stunning lodges that seamlessly blend the beauty of the African wilderness with luxurious amenities. With eleven lodges located within the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve and one within the prestigious Sabi Sand Game Reserve, each lodge exudes an air of refined elegance that will leave guests feeling pampered and rejuvenated.

To curate a truly unforgettable journey, we have handpicked some of the finest lodges the Thornybush Collection has to offer. Revel in the splendor of Thornybush, where enchanting landscapes, breathtaking wildlife, and unmatched luxury converge to create a safari experience unlike any other.

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  • Five-hour drive from Johannesburg
  • Private suites and luxury rooms
  • Outdoor pools
  • Sustainability conscious
  • Five-star accommodation

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The largest collection of the Thornybush Nature Reserve. There are 18 five-star suites to choose from. The decor is very chic and the suites overlook the Monwana River.

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The River Lodge is located in the 14,000-hectare Thornybush Private Nature Reserve amidst the verdant bushveld. There are four stunning suites overlooking the Monwana River.

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Simbambili Game Lodge is located in the iconic Kruger National Park. It’s surrounded by jackalberry trees and a wildlife-rich savannah. Manyeleti River flows through it. This is a great place to experience a 5-star South African safari.

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"The cosmopolitan hub of Cape Town is often overlooked as a fantastic travel destination. It has a palpably vibrant character and a flourishing food scene. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to experience something completely different. "

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