Embark on an exclusive journey into the beating heart of Africa within the greater Kruger National Park!

Wrapped in luxury amidst the untamed African bush, you will experience unsurpassed game viewing opportunities in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, open to the greater Kruger National Park.

Big Five experiences blend seamlessly with 5-star service and amenities.

With just six rooms, including the superb two- bedroom Royal Suite, the luxurious accommodation is limited to 12 guests ensuring a personalized wilderness experience, where the opportunity to reserve the entire camp for exclusive use is possible.

​The public areas are elegantly furnished and comfortable, with a relaxing lounge and dining area.

To complement the wonderful weather, a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool overlooking a covert water hole, is on hand for a refreshing dip, an amenity often shared by thirsty groups of Elephants.

Additional info

Sleeps 12 guests in total

4 x 2 sleeper suites

1 x 4 sleeper suite (Royal Suite)

The main pool is available for use for guests, and each suite has its own private plunge pool

There is a television with satellite available in the main lounge

Mini-bar, snack baskets, and a cell phone are provided in the rooms

All suites have air conditioners

WIFI is available throughout the lodge and suites.

All major credit cards are accepted

We do not provide guide accommodation

International adapters are available for charging equipment

The River Lodge is situated in a Big-5 game reserve. Although an elephant fence assists in preventing elephants from gaining access into the lodge grounds, they and other wildlife do pass through. Please exercise caution at all times and listen to guides and lodge staff.

The lodge is situated in a medium risk malaria area. Please consult your doctor for the correct prophylaxis before travel.

Private vehicles are to be requested in advance and are subject to availability and an extra charge.

The Reserve

Situated in the wildlife-rich Thornybush Private Nature Reserve.

The Thornybush Game Reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park.

The Greater Kruger National Park is 22,000 square kilometers in size making it South Africa’s largest reserve.

It is located in the Limpopo Province and the closest town is Hoedspruit.

A total of 147 mammal species occur in the area, including the famous Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, and Buffalo)

A whopping 517 bird species can be found in the park.

The Thornybush Game Reserve is an eco-tourism reserve.​

The habitat is made up of open savannah woodland with areas of tangled thickets and thorny scrub, hence the name.

Game viewing at Thornybush Game Reserve ranks as some of the best in Southern Africa.

Black Friday deal description

R3799.00 pppn sharing
Minimum 3 night stay

Valid for stays until end Feb 2021.

Excludes 16th Dec 2020 – 10th Jan 2021

Offer valid to book between Monday 23rd Nov until COB Monday 30th Nov. (8 days)

Full Payment up front.

100% cancellation policy unless it is Covid-related.

Black Friday Special
Cancellation Policy
Some Conditions Apply
Price Range
R6,400 - R10,000
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