Experience world-class service at Thornybush Game Lodge

A grande dame in the safari industry, Thornybush Game Lodge was one of the first commercial camps in South Africa and firmly established Thornybush Nature Reserve as a world-renowned game-viewing destination in the Greater Kruger Park. After a recent facelift, the lodge has been given a fresh new look yet retained its classic safari charm. Texture and tone play leading roles – wood, steel, leather, and rattan combine with neutral pops of colour and greenery. On arrival, you’ll start to unwind as you walk down the pathway to the thatched main area overlooking the sandy riverbed. Sit at the fabulous bar and enjoy a harvest table-style lunch as herds of elephants, buffalo, and plains game pass by. Our delicious breakfasts are also served here after the morning game drive as sunbirds flit around the aloes and nyalas graze on our lush lawns. Private and stylish, each one of Game Lodge’s 16 luxury suites comes with everything you may need, including fluffy slippers and an outside shower. The rooms also come with large sliding doors, so you can lie on your bed in your sarong and look out into the bush. In the evenings, dinner is served à la carte or in the boma under the starry night sky. We also treat our guests to beautiful dinners in the bush. Arriving at an Out of Africa setting lit up by lanterns flickering through the glasses on the tables is one of the most breath-taking moments on safari, one you’ll cherish forever. Another key element that’s integral to Game Lodge’s success is the passionate management and staff who’ve worked here for years, and you can expect warm smiles and engaging, personal service throughout your stay.

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Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (10.0)

Free private parking available on-site


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Room type
Number of guests
1 extra-large double bed
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Property practices

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Guest reviews


Value for money
High score for Thornybush Game Reserve

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  • Flom
    Staff was exceptional. They catered to every need. The employees could not do enough. Service was exceptional. This was a once in a life time experience.

Property surroundings

1 restaurant on site

  • Restaurant #1

    No additional info available

Facilities of Thornybush Game Lodge
Great facilities! Review score, 10

Most popular facilities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free WiFi
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Slippers
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Bathrobe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Extra long beds (> 2 metres)
  • View
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Patio
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Tumble dryer
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Game drives
Media & Technology
  • Telephone
Food & Drink
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Minibar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).
  • Accessible parking
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Babysitting/child services
    Additional charge
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
Safety & security
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Air conditioning
  • Wake-up service
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • Pool with view
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Full body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Couples massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Spa/wellness packages
  • Spa lounge/relaxation area
  • Spa facilities
  • Massage
    Additional charge
  • Spa and wellness centre
    Additional charge
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

Thornybush Game Lodge takes special requests - add in the next step!


From 14:00


Until 11:00



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

No age restriction

There is no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa American Express Cash is not accepted Thornybush Game Lodge accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print
Need-to-know information for guests at this property

Please note compulsory conservation and park fees are applicable and excluded from the rates. Please contact the property in advance, prior to arrival for these charges.

Please note that children between 2 – 5 years of age are not permitted on game drives. The lodge offers babysitting facilities at an additional cost.

Please inform Thornybush Game Lodge in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

FAQs about Thornybush Game Lodge

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. Find out the details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Thornybush Game Lodge is 100 yards from the centre of Thornybush Game Reserve. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Thornybush Game Lodge has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • Check-in at Thornybush Game Lodge is from 14:00, and check-out is until 11:00.

  • The prices at Thornybush Game Lodge may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Thornybush Game Lodge offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Spa and wellness centre
    • Massage
    • Neck massage
    • Spa facilities
    • Hand massage
    • Swimming Pool
    • Couples massage
    • Spa/wellness packages
    • Full body massage
    • Game drives
    • Foot massage
    • Spa lounge/relaxation area
    • Head massage
    • Back massage

  • Room options at Thornybush Game Lodge include:

    • Suite

  • Yes, Thornybush Game Lodge is popular with guests booking family stays.