Thornybush Game Reserve

Next Level Game Viewing

Thornybush Game Reserve is a private game reserve, located near Hoedspruit in Limpopo, Timbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger National Park. By virtue of its location, this reserve promises great wildlife sightings, including the Big Five, and abundant birdlife.

©Peter Delaney
Wildebeest sunrise.

Game drives are offered, accompanied by trained rangers, as well as bush walks with an armed ranger and guide. Visitors can take their game viewing to the next level by going on a scenic helicopter flight, or become immersed in the bushveld by going on a horse riding safari. Thornybush Game Reserve presents itself as an experience for the whole family – an opportunity to reconnect with one another on safari.

Close to Nature

©Nigel Dennis
Lion pride.

Sharing a fenceless border with the equally famous Timbavati Game Reserve guests can enjoy activities not normally permitted in the Kruger Park itself. Your ranger will go off road for close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you'll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move.

Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities. The cool and dry winter months of May to October offer the easiest, most hassle-free game viewing through the October - November build-up to the rainy season sees soaring temperatures and humidity levels but also amazing game viewing at water sources.

The summer rains between December and April mean beautiful green scenery, fantastic bird watching and plenty of baby animals, which increases your chances of seeing predators on your South Africa safari.

Accommodation in Thornybush

When visiting the Northern Province’s Thornybush Game Reserve, you will likely encounter pampering more suited for royalty....more