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Thornbush Game Reserve

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Best game viewing ever

We have been fortunate enough to visit Thornybush 3 times and are 5 months away from our next... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa

Group of three couples on the OAT Ultimate Africa pre-trip. Couldn't have asked for a better... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2016
Roni R
Bolivia, North Carolina
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“great game”(4 reviews)
“river lodge”(2 reviews)
Adjacent to Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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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

Thank RobJackson_13
Reviewed October 5, 2016

Group of three couples on the OAT Ultimate Africa pre-trip. Couldn't have asked for a better experience!! Our guide, Rico, along with tracker, Stanley, was amazing- willing to go the extra mile to give us an extraordinary experience!! Lions, leopard, lots of close-up time with...More

Thank Roni R
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Group visit of 11. Great place and beautiful safari scenery. Great rooms and service PLUS friendly staff and rangers. The food is exceptional. Was my first time to be in the safari and it was the best. It is a must see, must feel and...More

Thank Thabang91
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Stayed at the N'Kaya Lodge, had close up views of too many animals and birds to list. Highlights included male leopold and lions.

Thank Trevor S
Reviewed September 9, 2016

This is the fourth time we visited this private game reserve. We had excellent sightings of leopard, lion, elephant, white and black rhino,buffalo, hyaena even a porcupine on a night drive. We stayed for 6 days. We will be back next year!

Thank Erwin M
Reviewed July 8, 2016

The Waterside Lodge at Thornybush, next to the Kruger National Park, was undoubtedly the highlight of our holidays in South Africa. Completely set in a natural and wilde environment by a lake with hippos who came out at night walking between the bungalows. We were...More

Thank Fefi66
Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful time at River Lodge. Dan and John were great guides and we had really great spots of the Big 5 and others. Also very knowledgable and good fun. Adi's cooking was brilliant too and all staff made a great effort to make...More

Thank Voyt K
Reviewed February 25, 2016

We were taken out twice a day early morning and early afternoon. Take a light sweater with you, it is quite cool at 5:30 in the morning. Sun screen is advisable, a good pair of binoculers and a camera. Listen to the rangers ,they know...More

Thank Shlomith F
Reviewed February 6, 2016

We stayed during 4 nights at this parc and made our first game drive accompanied by Jacques and the tracker Eddy. Eddy is sincerely motivated to find the big five for us. During the first drive, we saw elephants, lions and a buffalo. It was...More

Thank Hilje
Reviewed January 13, 2016

Next to the Kruger park but still separate. You can't drive on your own but just with the lodges. They have all the big 5 and even more, you won't be disappointed.

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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.