THORNY BUSH GAME RESERVE

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Rated 5 Star by South African Tourism Grading Council.

We are one of the few exclusive private game lodges in South Africa that caters for children. Special game drives, activities and a goodies pack are just a few of the special services Thornybush offers.

Groups, families or honeymooners looking for an exclusive, private, and romantic safari getaway, Thornybush Game Lodge can accommodate every guest's requirement, without compromising on its service delivery.

THORNY BUSH GAME RESERVE

Thornybush has Twenty luxurious suites, each with an en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower and private deck, each in full view of the Monwana River - have been carefully designed to offer complete seclusion.

Unrivalled big game viewing is complemented by elegant accommodation and sublime cuisine.

THORNY BUSH GAME RESERVE

Thornybush Game Reserve's exclusive private Thornybush game lodge, provides accommodation, consisting of stylish air-conditioned suites, with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. There are 18 suites, 2 family suites and accommodation caters for a maximum of 40 people collectively.

From within the sumptious individual suites, each with full en-suite facilities, outdoor shower and private decks, sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. Bathrooms boast large glass windows, offering unique game viewing in & past the river bed. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay.

ROOM CONFIGURATION:

18 LUXURY ROOMS:

Each Luxury Room has an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and private deck with a view of the seasonal Monwana River course or riverine thicket and have been carefully designed and spaced to provide privacy.

2 LUXURY FAMILY SUITES:

Each Family Suite is larger that the Luxury rooms with lounge area and sleeper couch; that converts to a double bed to accommodate children. These suites also have a larger private deck, each with its own plunge pool. Maximum capacity 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12 years or 3 adults.

ROOM FACILITIES:

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe in room
  • Separate Bath and Shower
  • Outside shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

LODGE FACILITIES

  • Wake up calls
  • Laundry Services
  • Pool
  • Thornybush Spa
  • Library with Internet Access
  • Boma
  • A fully equipped conference facility
  • Curio shop
  • Children's program
  • Baby Sitting
THORNY BUSH GAME RESERVE

Unrivalled big game viewing is complemented by elegant accommodation and sublime cuisine.

Thornybush Game Reserve's exclusive private Thornybush game lodge, provides accommodation, consisting of stylish air-conditioned suites, with extensive living areas overlooking the seasonal Monwana River. There are 18 suites, 2 family suites and accommodation caters for a maximum of 40 people collectively.

From within the sumptious individual suites, each with full en-suite facilities, outdoor shower and private decks, sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. Bathrooms boast large glass windows, offering unique game viewing in & past the river bed. Superb attention to detail and highly personalised service make for a memorable stay.

In addition to the 20 guest rooms at Thornybush Game Lodge also has 2 Pilot/Guide rooms.

Warm African evenings under the stars make Thornybush Game Lodge an ideal home away from the world. The sheer enjoyment of un-spoilt nature, the invigorating air and the open vistas ,will leave you relaxed and energized for your return to civilization.

OUR SAFARI'S

Thornybush Private Game Lodge offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

Game drives and walks are accompanied by highly trained, and experienced rangers and trackers, ensuring that your African Safari experience is truly memorable. A typical day will include an early morning up-close game drive followed by breakfast either back at the Main lodge or in the riverbed or bush. The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest and may include additional bush walks with your ranger & tracker, browsing in the intimate library; being pampered at the exclusive Thornybush Spa or simply relaxing at the pool with your favourite cocktail as you bask in Africa's glorious sunshine.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea, and extends into the evening to view seldom observed nocturnal species and where possible tailored to suit individual guest's preferences and interests. Sundowners and snacks are enjoyed by guests during the game drive at a remote, scenic spot. Dinner is served in a variety of locations such as, the boma, the deck or even in the bush. Guests may socialise with a Cognac or single malt before retiring to bed ahead of another day's Safari experience.

THORNY BUSH GAME RESERVE

GAME DRIVES AND WALKS

A typical day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck overlooking the riverbed. Shortly after, you depart in your open landrover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. Time to stretch your legs whilst having your sunglasses cleaned & indulge in cool towels in summer, and hot towels in winter. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets.

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthrall you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest for other activities that we offer, with a delicious lunch being served around 1.30pm.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.

Once again, you will break somewhere out in the bush, in a remote, scenic spot to watch the sunset, where Sundowners and snacks are offered to guests whilst you once again stretch your legs.

Upon returning for a gourmet 3 course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - guests can socialise with a cognac, single malt or cigar around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day's adventure.

Where possible, safaris will be tailored to suit individual preferences and interest.

THORNY BUSH GAME RESERVE

WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS

Weddings - Imagine exchanging your vows in an African Dry River Bed at sunset, the bride being serenaded in by African dancers amidst tribal song. This is just one of the ways, weddings can be catered to at any of the Thornybush lodges.

We pride ourselves in catering to virtually any style of wedding from traditional white, to African and can take care of all your arrangements such as the Minister (from most denominations), flowers, menus, cakes, photographer, hair, makeup etc which will be in accordance to your wishes.

To ensure maximum privacy, and your hosts full attention to your every request, we strongly recommend that you reserve exclusive use of one of the smaller lodges, dependent on the size of your group.

Consideration needs to be given to weather conditions and the fact that we are in a nature reserve so certain conditions do apply. Fireworks, for example, are forbidden.

Honeymoons - All our lodges are fantastic romantic destinations for honeymooners and your hosts will ensure that it is a romantic and unforgettable experience.

Thornybush Game Lodge offers a special honeymoon package that includes, an upgrade to a suite (subject to availability or supplement), special private deck dinners, honeymoon turndowns in the bedrooms.

Special occasions - All the lodges offer the ideal ambience for guests celebrating special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other milestones. This information needs to be communicated with your reservations consultant in order for the lodge to prepare for it. We will be delighted to work with you to plan something extra special for your celebration to make it memorable. Examples may include a special private dinner in an African River bed, Tribal dancers to present a cake, a hot air balloon with champagne breakfast etc.

CHILDREN ACTIVITIES

Inzalo prides itself on actively welcoming children of all ages at Thornybush Game Lodge. The other smaller lodges will accept children provided that the family books sole use of the camp. Children at Thornybush Game Lodge have a special program prepared for them prior to their arrival that includes:

  • Regrettably no children under the age of 6 are allowed on game drives.
  • Children are located to specific rangers who enjoy interaction with younger guests
  • Children are located to specific rangers who enjoy interaction with younger guests.
  • They receive a complimentary children's pack on arrival, which keeps them entertained and occupied during their stay
  • Snack packs (cold drinks/cookies) are sent with them on game drives
  • Drives and activities can be tailored to suit children's interest and attention spans
  • Walks are designed to ensure that their safety is taken into account and that they experience activities they might  not normally do in the city.
  • Meal requirements and venues are provided if required by the parents
  • Baby sitters and children minders are available
  • Some of the activities that we do offer for children include:

PICNICS NEXT TO THE POOL

Packed lunch including sandwiches and fruit, eaten on a blanket, next to the pool

EDUCATIONAL WALKS WITH RANGERS

Short walks with their own ranger pointing out insects, tracks of animals, trees and interesting facts

TREASURE HUNT

Children have to find clues around the lodge using books from the library, to get to their treasure. (a little something supplied by parents)

We also have little 'Ranger in Training' packs that consist of:

CANVAS BACK PACKS

COLOURING BOOK

CRAYONS

Safari interactive toy to assist little 'Ranger in Training'