|06 January - 18 April 2019
24 April - 31 July 2019
01 September - 30 September 2019
01 November - 19 December 2019
|Luxury Suite||R 10,638 pppn sharing||special rate for advance bookings|
|Royal Suite||R 11,718 pppn sharing||special rate for advance bookings|
|19 April - 23 April 2019
01 August - 31 August 2019
01 October - 31 October 2019
20 December - 31 December 2019
|Luxury Suite||R 11,047 pppn sharing||special rate for advance bookings|
|Royal Suite||R 12,169 pppn sharing||special rate for advance bookings|
Embark on a journey into the beating heart of Africa at Thornybush The River Lodge. Here you will be wrapped in luxury and surrounded by the finest of game viewing opportunities, secluded in a magnificent setting amid the vast bush panoramas of the 14 000 hectare Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, adjacent to the greater Kruger National Park.
At Thornybush The River Lodge, Big Five experiences blend seamlessly with 5-star service and amenities. With just four luxury suites, including the superb Royal Suite, the lavish accommodation is limited to 8 guests, ensuring a personalised wilderness experience, where the opportunity to reserve the entire camp for exclusive use, is a reality.
Guests are accommodated in four luxurious suites overlooking the seasonal Monwana River, discreetly positioned to ensure a personalised and private experience for every guest. Each suite is spacious and decorated in sophisticated African chic, flowing out on to an elevated deck with private plunge pool and magnificent views. High-lofted thatched roofs add to the ambience, and the bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open to allow the outdoors in, for ultimate relaxation overlooking spectacular views while you soak in the bathtub. An outside shower completes the experience.
A TYPICAL DAY AT THORNYBUSH THE RIVER LODGE
The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck overlooking the riverbed. Shortly after, you depart in your open Land Rover with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.
After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee & tea. Time to stretch your legs whilst having your sunglasses cleaned & indulge in cool towels in summer, and hot towels in winter. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets.
After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.
Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.
Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.
The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest for other activities that we offer, with a delicious lunch being served around 1.30 p.m.
The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.
Upon returning for a gourmet 3 course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - guests can socialise around the campfire or lounge before returning to bed for another day's adventure.
Where possible, safaris will be tailored to suit individual preferences and interest.
ABOUT THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE
Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African bushveld, this is the Thornybush Game Reserve. The reserve is home to an abundance of species - 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination. The classic bush landscape both absorbs and comforts you as if you’ve happened upon an old friend. A well-known destination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earned its reputation as one of the countries finest bush experiences. Situated within 14 000 hectares of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life. This haven, which is just over 5 hours drive from Johannesburg has scooped numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality. Thornybush Game Reserve has evolved over the years into a visitors paradise. Bush lovers can saturate themselves, not only in the big five, but also in the remarkable fauna and flora.