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Fun Time Tours & Safaris have a wide range of packages available for every different taste and adventure. For getaways with a difference we can offer you vast knowledge and experience in the industry.

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KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve

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Kambaku Safari Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which can be found within the world renowned Greater Kruger National Park.

The camp is well situated in this unspoilt natural wilderness area, home to an astonishing array of animals including the Big 5.

Kambaku provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules, with eight well appointed thatched chalets overlooking our own private waterhole.

Attracting guests from around the world, Kambaku combines simple luxury with a high level of environmental consciousness.

With scrumptious bush cuisine in a relaxed, rustic setting our guests can truly unwind and immerse themselves in the restorative powers of nature

KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province
KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province
KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo ProvinceKAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province


Accommodation at Kambaku Safari Lodge comprises of eight thatched, en-suite chalets situated in a semi-circle overlooking our waterhole. Kambaku provides exclusive yet affordable accommodation that is designed, constructed and decorated to reflect the gracious charm and serenity of our surroundings. Each of the eight thatched chalets contains a full en-suite bathroom with both a shower and a bath. To satisfy specific requirements, the rooms offer a combination of family suites, doubles and twins.

Creating a feeling of relaxed intimacy, the camp accommodates only sixteen guests and is ideal for hosting small family gatherings, friends or exclusive business events. The romance of the bush makes Kambaku Lodge an ideal romantic honeymoon retreat. To truly immerse yourself in the rustic bush experience, our chalets are equipped with lanterns for light as well as 220 volt power points for your convenience, which are sustained by our eco-friendly battery bank system. Overhead fans provide welcome relief during summer and our gas geysers provide instant steaming hot water. For those who enjoy a taste of romantic colonialism, our rooms are equipped with four poster beds, crisp white linen and draped mosquito nets.


Kambaku Safari Lodge invites you to relax and take in the tranquil bush surroundings in a variety of comfortable central areas that we have for your enjoyment.

The main lodge has a balance between open plan and private spaces with the spacious bar and lounge area leading to the more private mezzanine floor. Opening out from the mezzanine is a viewing deck with excellent views of the busy waterhole and beyond.

Kambaku’s main lodge has a soaring thatch roof which catches the breeze in summer and creates a lovely feeling of openness. A large crackling fireplace in the lounge area adds to the warmth and ambiance in the evenings. Furnishings are comfortable and cosy, inviting you to put your feet up.

Breakfast and light lunches are served on our veranda. Guests are often entertained by the antics of our resident warthog family and can view the herds of general game that comedown to the waterhole to quench their thirst.

A great place to wile away the hours is near the pool on our sun deck. Have a dip in our pool or just relax with a cocktail.

Dinner at Kambaku is an African affair, accompanied by the Milky Way, a large bonfire and lanterns in our outdoor Boma, which is an African name for “Eating Place”. Sample fine wines and bush cuisine while listening to the night calls of the African Bush. After dinner, some fireside bush stories from the rangers area must before retiring to your chalet for the night.

Our curio shop is stocked with a variety of goods to remind you of us once you back home and you are welcome to browse at any time during the day.

Kambaku has wireless connectivity and mobile phone coverage available for those who want to keep in touch with the outside world.

Kambaku Safari Lodge does not charge a single supplement rate.

Please note children 12 years and under pay 50% of the rack rate when sharing with parents or being accommodated in a family suite. Children 12 years or under will not be allowed to go on game walks. Children under 4 years will not be allowed on game drives.
Private Game Drive Vehicles are available on request at an extra cost enquiries can be done through reservations.

Tariffs are Inclusive of:

  • Luxury accommodation;
  • An early morning and afternoon/evening game drive in an open 4x4 game viewing vehicle;
  • A short bush walk with an armed ranger;
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • Unlimited teas and coffees.
  • Inclusive of 14% VAT

Tariffs are Exclusive of:

  • All Bar and Game Drive Beverages
  • Curios shop items
  • Timbavati entrance fee – Once off conservation fee of R110 per person and R120 vehicle fee. These rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Road and air transfers to and from the lodge (available on request).

Cancellation Policy:

  • Upon confirmation of booking: 25% of full amount
  • Three weeks before arrival: 50% of full amount
  • Two weeks before arrival: 75% of full amount
  • One week or less: 100% of full amount
  • Please note a 10% Admin charge will be levied on credit card and bank transfer refunds due to cancellations.
KAMBAKU SAFARI LODGE – Timbavati Game Reserve – Limpopo Province


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Congratulations, you have found Kapama Private Game Reserve, the best game reserve for an African safari amongst the Big 5 animals of Africa. Kapama is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned game reserves, perfectly positioned in the Limpopo province safari area, renowned for its high density of big game animals. A game drive in Kapama Game Reserve, with a qualified ranger and expert tracker, reveals wild animals and many secrets of the African bush.

KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province
KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province
KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province

Kapama Lodge - a luxurious traditional safari lodge with air-conditioned thatched chalets positioned around a lake fringed with reeds. Calm atmosphere, good dining and friendly staff. Each spacious room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views into the leafy-green Big 5 game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners for lazy afternoons. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch, curves around the pool and on either side is a huge double-sided fireplace creating a wondrous open-plan yet cosy atmosphere. The Rhino Boma dining area with tables arranged under a low thatch in a horseshoe curve, has a central open space where a roaring outdoor fire gives a glow to evening meals. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavours with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes featuring venison like kudu and impala.

KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province

Kapama River Lodge – an impressive and elegant large safari lodge that can accommodate groups without compromising its high standards. Contemporary African décor in double volume thatch lounges create a cavernous effect and the open plan design extends to the pool deck with a large rim-flow pool looking towards a waterhole. The northern Drakensberg mountain range provides a majestic backdrop to the largest private game lodge in the Greater Kruger National Park region. Kapama River Lodge is situated within Kapama Game Reserve, and presents the perfect blend between luxurious safari accommodation and a generous bed capacity of 42 bedrooms. Although large, it is so stylish and roomy and beautifully positioned along a dry riverbed, that guests fall in love with it.

Kapama Buffalo Camp - timeless tented safari style for only 16 guests, with en-suite rooms perched on platforms high above the riverbed and connected to each other by wooden walkways. This is a favourite because of its intimate rustic feel and al-fresco dinners around the open fire. Reminiscent of a traditional African safari camp, Kapama Buffalo Camp offers a unique and intimate experience in the African bush. It is ideal for discovering big game Africa in true safari tented style without compromising on comfort.

Eight luxury canvas tents, each sleeping two, are set on wooden decks built on stilts over a steep-sided riverbank. Wooden walkways interconnect the rooms, which are all in the upper reaches of tall riverine trees. The river below rarely flows and antelopes are seen daily walking along the sandy riverbed. Each tented room has all the usual comforts of electricity, en-suite bathroom, safe, writing table, wardrobe, suitcase stand and tea/coffee facilities. With a maximum of 16 guests at Buffalo Camp, special attention is paid to personal service and the staff become like friends. Kapama Buffalo Camp is a truly authentic way to experience the African bush
Location - Kapama Game Reserve is within the Greater Kruger National Park wilderness area just 4½ hours drive northeast of Johannesburg.

GAME DRIVES - Two daily game drives are part of the fully inclusive tariff and your skilled ranger and tracker do their best to find the animals of Africa for you to admire.

BUSH WALKS - Get some African soil under your feet with a bush walk after breakfast. Explore the environment with your ranger, learn about curative properties of plants and identify animals from their footprints and dung. Large game is avoided when on foot but animals can often be seen from a safe distance.

WELLNESS CENTRE - The latest addition (Opening 1 June 2008) to Kapama is the luxurious wellness centre. Exquisitely nestled in the African bush is a piece of paradise designed to uplift your mind, body and soul. Complete with a state of the art gym, equipped with cardio and weight training facilities, the centre energizes and uplifts in the healing presence of nature.

  • Sensual Steam Treatment for two (2 hrs)
  • Pinotage Bliss (2 hrs 15 minutes)
  • Rejuvenation package
  • Revitalizing package
  • Relaxing package
  • Nourishing package

Apart from the above a range of massages including Hot stone massage, a range of wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures is available as a stand alone option.

KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province

ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI - This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity here in Kapama Game Reserve to ride on the back of an African elephant. Meet the herd in the early morning or late afternoon and learn just how to get onto the back of an elephant and move to its rhythm as they walk through the bush. Elephants need to feed for many hours a day, so just because you are on top, this doesn’t stop them from pulling down branches and grabbing a trunk full of grass as they walk. They are the largest creatures in the African jungle so other animals that you may come across will give way to you. After walking for about an hour, the elephants will return you to the elephant boma. A video can be made of your experience for an additional fee.

HOT AIR BALOON - The giant candy-striped balloons lift off at first light and drift at the mercy of the wind for about an hour. This usually means that you pass right over Kapama Game Reserve and the skill of the balloon pilot is such that you can skim the top of the trees and spot the wild animals below. The hot air balloon landing can be bumpy, so hold on tight then celebrate with a glass of bubbly. This memorable experience is highly recommended.

ROMANTIC SLEEPOUT IN KAPAMA GAME RESERVE - Sleeping out under the African moon on the Kapama Romance Platform could be one of the most memorable nights of your life! Arrive at the double-story wooden platform, to a vision of billowing white mosquito netting surrounding a giant bed of white linen. It will take your breath away. This is your most private night in the bush; it is just you and the African animals in the wilderness.
You are quite safe, as the platform and luxury bathroom underneath (complete with flush toilet, rose-head shower and his ‘n hers basins) are animal-proof. You are nevertheless, supplied with a radio and cellphone for your peace of mind.

HOEDSPRUIT CENTRE FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES - This is an ideal activity for the restless to fill up a morning after breakfast. A guide will take your to the Hoedspruit Centre for Endangered Species facility where cheetah and a number of other rehabilitated animals can be viewed at close range. An educational video is shown to explain the projects undertaken by this unique establishment. A guided tour will follow to view the cheetah and other animals.

KAPAMA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Province

GOLFING SAFARI – HANS MERENSKI - Enjoy a challenging game of golf at the Hans Merenski Country Club Championship Course in Phalaborwa, or the Drakensig Golf Club in Hoedspruit. Both require an early morning departure and a luxury air-conditioned mini safari vehicle will do your road transfers from Kapama. Wildlife often roam around the golf courses, making this game of golf rather unique. Return to the lodge in time for your evening game drive. Clubs are available but prior notice is necessary to confirm availability.

HONEYMOON - Or there is the Kapama three-night honeymoon package, with a night on the romantic Kapama Sleepout Platform. The giant bed is swathed in fine mosquito netting and all lit up with lanterns for a night of complete privacy and romance in the heart of the African wilderness. You are quite safe, as the platform and luxury bathroom underneath (complete with flush toilet, rose-head shower and his ‘n hers basins) are animal-proof. You are nevertheless, supplied with a radio and cellphone for your peace of mind. Relax and absorb the sights and sounds of wild Africa before sinking into a slumber, punctuated by the roar of lions.

WEDDINGS - A wedding in the wilds of Africa is unlike any other wedding celebration in the world. A safari wedding is limited only by your imagination, and at Kapama we let our imaginations run wild. Each occasion becomes a carefully planned and co-ordinated event, and we reach new levels of creativity with each bush wedding we plan.

Kapama Game Reserve has two lodges and one luxury tented camp with the following accommodation facilities:

  • Kapama Lodge: 40 beds (20 rooms).
  • Kapama River Lodge: 84 beds (42 rooms, two of which are full suites).
  • Buffalo Camp: 16 beds (8 luxury safari tents).

The variety of accommodation sizes and styles makes Kapama the ideal venue with a number of wedding options.

TEAM BUILDING - Kapama offers a number of incentive options to groups of which include

  • The Amazing Race
  • Game capture participation
  • Clay pigeon shooting
  • Elephant interaction

AMAZING RACE - The Kapama Amazing Race is loosely based on the highly successful television series, but we use GPS hand units to assist navigation through this African bush adventure.

PARTICIPATING IN GAME CAPTURE - Game capture is often required for relocation of animals, treating wounds, or for attaching anti-poaching tracking devices. Kapama can plan such activity to involve a group to help locate the animal and be present at the darting. They can assist in moving, treating and releasing the animal. This activity is of very limited availability and is hence a very special event.

CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING - Kapama have a equipped clay pigeon range with three automatic machines which are set up for first timers as well as the more experienced shot. This is a great team building exercise or is just jolly good fun.

ELEPHANT INTERACTION - Camp Jabulani’s elephant herd meet the group for a very special African elephant interaction. The herd manager, Paul Coetzee, shares his extensive knowledge about elephants and explains elephant behaviour. Such close proximity to these gentle giants of the African bush is a wonderful experience.

DINING - Various options are available to groups for exclusive dining. These include a bush dinner or Breakfast, formal silver-service dinner with various African bands and cultural dancing.

Moholoholo Game Reserve Limpopo Province

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Forest Camp accommodates a maximum of 20 people in 10 secluded, luxuriously appointed thatched, log or reed chalets. Each chalet is uniquely decorated, has en-suite facilities and ceiling fans in the bedrooms ensuring a most comfortable stay.
The main building is where the dining room and deck are situated. The deck overlooks a small shady waterhole under a canopy of large trees where Nyala and Bushbuck come to quench their thirst together with Samango monkeys under the watchful eyes of birds such as green Twinspots, Paradise Fly Catchers and Pygmy Kingfishers. The waterhole is floodlit at night and visited by nocturnal animals such as Bushpig, Civet and Porcupine.

Scrumptious home style meals are served around a bushveld fire or on the thatched deck set high above the forest floor.

All meals are served buffet style:
Forest Camp is situated on the slopes of the majestic North Eastern Lowveld Drakensberg mountain range. Hidden in a luscious rain forest, below Mariepskop, also known as Moholoholo - "The Very Great One". Approximately 60km from Kruger National Park open Gate.

Host to a unique habitat for over 300 Bird species including 34 species of Raptors and 5 Primates, amongst them the very rare Samango monkey.

Moholoholo Forest Camp will give you a taste at Africa at it's very best!

Our host and hostess’s sincere hospitality makes any visitor feel at home and "part of the family" within minutes after arriving. The lovely setting of the camp soon soothes away stress while the peace and quiet of unspoiled nature becomes a way of life. Country-style cooking enhances the intimate atmosphere experienced at Forest Camp.

As the concept at Moholoholo is based on the environment and nature, we do not have a swimming pool, television, radios, telephones or any shopping facilities. There is however a well stocked shop, filling station and bottle store nearby at Kampersrus

Breakfast is served between 7:15 am to 9.00 am
Lunch between 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Dinner (either buffet or braai) at 7:00 pm
Tea/coffee, rusks & cookies are available 24 hours a day.

Any which're in for the time of your life!


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Mountain View is located in Lowveld Acasia Woodland, approximately 60km from Kruger National Park open gate, and has become a preferred destination for Nature enthusiasts, large School and Wildlife interest groups.

Mountain View Camp is ideal for a bushveld breakaway or as a base to visit many of the other destinations in the Lowveld area.

Sit back, relax and enjoy refreshments on the waterhole deck while the sun casts its last rays over the peaks of Moholoholo, providing you with unforgettable African sunsets.

Prepare for an evening under millions of stars with friends or family, around a crackling bushveld fire and listen to the sounds of Africa at night ... ... You may even here the roar of resident lion. Mountain View will leave you enthralled and a lot closer to nature ...

... Come experience it.!


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5 x Self catering chalets:

  •  2 x 6 Bed Luxury Chalets: 3 Bed roomed chalet with 2 bathrooms; fully equipped kitchen, private braai area on wooden deck and living room with a TV.
  • 1 x 8 Bed Luxury Chalet: 4 Bed roomed chalet with 3 bathrooms; fully equipped kitchen, private braai area on wooden deck and living room with a TV.
  • 1 x 6 Bed River Chalets: 3 Bed roomed chalet with 2 bathrooms; fully equipped kitchen, private braai area and swimming pool in boma , living room with a TV and a separate deck which overlooks the Blyde river.
  • 1 x 4 Bed Chalet: 2 Bed roomed chalet with 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, private braai area on wooden deck and a living room with a TV.
  • Meals
  • Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed at Ya Mati`s unique teagarden
  • Dinner can be self-catering or catered for at an additional cost.


Ya Mati must have the most unique caravan camp sight in South Africa. With eleven exclusive sights carefully sculptured out of the bush, each sight offers total seclusion from the other. Equipped with water, electricity and private braai area, Ya Mati Caravan Camp caters for the discerning outdoor caravan enthusiast, who demands something very special. Thatched ablution facilities offer hot and cold water on tap and tastefully decorated in true Moholoholo style.


Enjoy a special wedding at Ya Mati and make your dreams come true in our beautiful rock and thatch chapel. Moholoholo is situated on the banks of the Blyde River and is surrounded by the Drakensberg Mountains, hidden unde lush trees and beautifully kept lawns.
Weddings of up to 160 can be held in our marquee tent and up to 100 people in our newly built restaurant.


During the day, game and bird viewing can be done on foot, as a number of easy walking trails are available. The hide at the main waterhole is one of the popular places to relax in the tranquillity of the bush. At night guests are taken on a game drive in an open vehicle. A late afternoon drive can be arranged if it is available at the time.

Wildlife includes Sable, Waterbuck, Kudu, Eland, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra, Nyala, Bushbuck, Giraffe, Warthog, Bushpig, Leopard, Tsessebe, Civet, Serval, Caracal, and many others. The prolific bird life makes Moholoholo a bird watchers paradise.

An evening game drive will introduce you to the mystical sounds of the nocturnal forest creatures, and when you hear the lion roar, you'll know...

...You're in AFRICA!


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Nestled in a picturesque setting at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment in the Limpopo Province Lowveld of South Africa, Moholoholo has become a haven for the rehabilitation and care of abandoned, injured and poisoned wildlife.

Wildlife is brought to the center from all corners of South Africa, and once healthy enough are re-introduced into their natural environments. Those creatures who cannot be returned to the wild due to the nature and extent of their injuries, are cared for at the center and are used to educate the many people who visit us each year, both from across South Africa and abroad.

Another important function of the center is breeding. We have successfully bred and released into the wild the endangered Crowned Eagle, Serval and many others.

This Centre is a non-profit organization, relying completely on the support of the public.
Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre was started in 1992 on a Game Farm owned by a wildlife enthusiast Mr. J.A. Strijdom. Brian Jones the manager had a Crowned Eagle when he arrived and then was brought in a day old Zebra, from there word got out that Brian was able to care and release animals and birds…and so the Rehab Centre started.

At first donations where welcomed but as the Rehab grew he realized that money was needed for the medicines and up keep of the cages and plus the expense of feeding so he then decided to ask a fee which started at R5 an adult. The tours lasted from an Hour to two, sometimes three depending on the interest of the public.
The rehab now houses confiscated Lions from a Mozambique Circus, Leopard, Caracal, Serval, Cheetah, Crowned Eagle, Marshall Eagle, Vultures and many more that have been confiscated, orphaned, abandoned or injured.

The costs have been high and at times desperate but the rehab seems to just survive with the donations and money paid by the public to do a tour.

His aim is to get to the public the awareness of the plight of the Environment in Southern Africa.



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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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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

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.


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.



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.



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.


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:


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


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


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:




Safari interactive toy to assist little 'Ranger in Training'


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SHIBULA LODGE & BUSH SPA - Limpopo Province - Waterberg Area

Voted by Getaway as one of the top 10 most romantic destinations in South Africa, and by Elle and Marie Claire as one of the "Pick of the Best" Bush Lodges.

Superbly situated close to the best game viewing areas of the 36 000 hectare private Welgevonden Game Reserve. Shibula Lodge hugs the banks of a scenic river and has magnificent views of the overhanging cliffs, where the antics of the resident baboon troop entertain guests.

SHIBULA LODGE & BUSH SPA - Limpopo Province - Waterberg Area

This malaria-free reserve, where the big five (Lion, Rhino, Buffalo, Elephant and Leopard) roam freely, is home to an extraordinary diversity of plant and animal wildlife, as well as more than 350 species of birds. Shibula has access to the entire 36 000 ha reserve which forms part of a bigger 100 000 ha game reserve.

Guests are assured of exceptional game viewing. Including some of the best Rhino sightings on the continent. Large variety of different antelope can be seen in one game reserve than in any other game reserve in Southern Africa. Rare game species includes Aardvark and Brown Hyena, Eland, Gemsbok, Tsessebe and Bush Pig. Night game drives give the visitor an insight into South African nocturnal wildlife.

Shibula Lodge and Bush Spa, a five star accredited lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo Province, South Africa and offers the discerning visitor African in all its untamed magnificence, along with truly superb standards of hospitality.

Includes VAT and 1% tourism levy. Excludes game reserve levy of R59.00 per person per bed night. Subject to change without prior notice.

All rates are quoted in ZAR (South African Rands) and foreign currency payments are accepted at the daily bank rate of exchange valid in South Africa on the date that payment is received.
Single supplement R1000.00 NETT per person per night
Children above the age of 12 years pay full adult rate

SHIBULA LODGE & BUSH SPA - Limpopo Province - Waterberg Area


Guests have a choice of eight luxuriously furnished suites; all fitted Victorian baths, inside and outside showers, private patios and mini bars.

We have four standard suites, 1, 2, 3, 4. Suites 1 and 4 are not as spacious as the luxury suites, but do have an outside Jacuzzi.

The luxury suites, 5 and 8 both with air con are more spacious and luxurious as the standard suites. Suite 5 has a private lounge with fireplace and outside Jacuzzi. Suite 6 and 7 has a private lounge with fireplace, satellite TV, a private patio and splash pool. Ideal for a family or a small group of four. Suite 8 has a private lounge, fire place and a spa bath in the bedroom.

The décor in the lodge has been acclaimed by all as being exceptional and unique. As far as the décor is concerned, Shibula is a real “lady in the bush”. Lace and crystal subtly blend with authentic African culture. The interior of Shibula gives one a classis ethnic feel.

Decorated by Adila, each piece is handpicked and the special attention to detail has given Shibula its unique classic ethnic feel. Each chalet is individually furnished in a different style and each room has a décor style, which reflects the name of the unit.

SHIBULA LODGE & BUSH SPA - Limpopo Province - Waterberg Area


"Shibula's therapist is on hand to provide relaxing and rejuvenating treatments in our newly renovated Bush Spa in the heart of Welgevonden Game Reserve. Products locally produced in South Africa add to this truly African experience.

Let the natural sounds and smells of Shibula be the background to your personal body treatments with an abundance of exotic herbs and essential oils to provide the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. In the comfort of our Bush Spa take your body on a sense safari! With indigenous base oil ingredients such as Marula and Baobab, rooibos extract and Kalahari Watermelon the true richness of Africa come to life."


  • Conference area seat 18 people
  • Outside bar area
  • Boma area next to conference
  • Basic conference equipment is available

Any special equipment required to be arranged with management


  • Ceremony for up to 28 people
  • Accommodation can be arranged for up to 10 guests at neighbouring lodges


Dine in an intimate wine cellar, enjoy starlight boma dinners, with traditional potjiekos and other Gourmet dishes and be entertained by our resident Shibula singers and dancers. The main deck overlooks the waterhole while listening to the nightly antics of the resident baboon troop, private dining in the Shibula Royal Suite, the Presidential Suite or in the wine cellar.

Table settings are done in an artistic manner by fully trained personnel.

Our own specially designed wine cellar compliments the healthy, distinctly African-inspired freshly prepared cuisine by our master chef. The wine cellar is stocked with an excellent selection of South African award-winning wines.

The wine cellar is an excellent venue for private dining by special arrangement.

The owner of Shibula, Francois Klomp is also the owner of The Freedom Hill Wine Estate, and he is personally involved in our wine selection.


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