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Thornbush Game Reserve

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The Big 5 are so much more are all here! Fun and exciting!

Our first safari experience was awesome having been in Thornybush! All the Big 5 are here and some... read more

Reviewed June 27, 2017
Manila, Philippines
Wildlife galore

The arid terrain was well tended. The roads were all dirt but they were maintained. The game... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2017
Phoenix, Arizona
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“great game”(4 reviews)
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Adjacent to Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Reviewed August 3, 2017

By far one f the better reserves in SA, good safe drivers with extensive knowledge of the wildlife, birds and trees. Enjoy

Thank Chris E
Reviewed June 27, 2017

Our first safari experience was awesome having been in Thornybush! All the Big 5 are here and some other animals that one doesn't get to see everyday. It is a wonderful escape from city life and makes one appreciate nature even more, and develop a...More

2  Thank AngeliNacino
Reviewed June 18, 2017

The arid terrain was well tended. The roads were all dirt but they were maintained. The game drives were well executed and there was plenty to see but there were long drives were we saw nothing at all. The drivers could have communicated better. We...More

Thank lsobel
Reviewed June 16, 2017

On arrival at Serondella we were met by our host Monica and Chewy....personality plus++++ What a lovely Camp....our rooms were spacious and looked out on the watering hole where we spent many hours watching the different animals come and drink...the baboons were especially entertaining...food and...More

Thank Pamella2013
Reviewed June 6, 2017

We visited Thornybush as a part of our stay at Jackalberry Lodge. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. There are lots of animals on the premises and the small fences have been removed so that animals are able to come and go throughout the...More

Thank bbmom53
Reviewed May 10, 2017

Best bush experience ever. Most amazing sightings of the BIG 5 every day. Staff are amazing, very respectful, helpful and hospitable. It was an unforgetable experience. You won't be sorry if you choose this as your destination.

Thank TerriVossS
Reviewed May 8, 2017

Thornbush was an excellent experience of wildlife in the african bush. Especially unforgotten moments with elephants, lions and giraffes.

Thank siehstewoll
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Thornybush Collection is comprised of the most beautiful lodges. I visited River Lodge and the setting, colonial interior and service was absolutely breath taking. The game viewing experience is just on another level. I truly recommend Thornybush as a number one option for a Safari.

Thank Noble_Classics
Reviewed January 21, 2017

I have done many game drives on Thorneybush and always seen something interesting. Large herds of Cape Buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra - but, most exciting of all leopard. On one memorable occasion we saw five separate leopard sightings. One was a large female just starting...More

Thank Zoe G
Reviewed November 12, 2016

We have been fortunate enough to visit Thornybush 3 times and are 5 months away from our next visit. Just can't wait. So what makes this title justified. Well each time we've been we've seen the big 5 and i mean the big 5 which...More

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August 6, 2018|
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Response from Diana N | Reviewed this property |
There were salads and vegetarian food available and usually a choice. I cannot imagine that this would be a problem. Staff were always helpful and contacting them beforehand should sort this out and reassure you.
Diane B
April 13, 2018|
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Response from Diana N | Reviewed this property |
Thornybush adjoins Kruger, but don't know the distance, sorry. The good thing is there are no fence boundaries between Thornybush and Kruger, so the animals roam freely into both areas.