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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONThornybush Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National ParkPOOLPrivate Plunge Pool (not heated) and Main Lodge Pool
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPANo
OFF ROADYes (for Big 5 Sightings only)AIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALYes
CHILD POLICYNo Children under 16MALARIAYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • With just four luxury suites, including the superb Royal Suite, the lavish accommodation in this intimate luxury camp is limited to 8 guests, ensuring a personalised bush experience.
  • The public areas are exquisitely furnished and comfortably equipped, with a luxurious lounge and dining area where you can observe delectable meals, prepared by a private chef, unfold before your eyes. To complement the wonderful weather, a sparkling rim flow swimming pool overlooking the water hole is on hand for a refreshing dip.
  • The Thornybush Game Reserve features 147 mammals including the "Big Five", approx. 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees species.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 November - 19 December 2018 Luxury Suite R 9,760 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
Royal Suite R 10,750 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
20 December - 31 December 2018 Luxury Suite R 10,432 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
Royal Suite R 11,492 pppn sharing special rate for advance bookings
01 January - 05 January 2019
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
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
MIN/MAX 4 NIGHT STAY SPECIAL OFFER!
From R 7,320 per person per night sharing 
- valid 01 November to 15 December 2018
From R 7,979 per person per night sharing
- valid 07 January to 30 June 2019 

*Long stay special offers above are based on a 4 night stay only in a Luxury Suite, available on a request basis and subject to availability

*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.


RATE INCLUDES
• Luxury accommodation
• All meals
• Selected local drinks
• Dawn and dusk safaris in open land rovers
• Bush Walks
• Teas, coffees & snacks
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation.
• There will be a supplement of 100% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation in the Royal Suite.
CHILD POLICY
• Children of 16 years and older will pay the normal adult sharing rate.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to SA Residents only. Special Discounted rates for International Residents are available on request
• Rates exclude the Conservation Fee of R 353 (2018) / R 395 (2019) per person per booking & a TOMSA Levy of R 14.00 per person per night, which must be pre-paid upon booking. Rates are subject to change.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
5.5 hours by road from Johannesburg. Daily scheduled flights to Hoedspruit Airport and a 40 minute road transfer to the lodge.

ACCOMMODATION
3 x Luxury Suites
1 x Royal Suite

ABOUT THORNYBUSH THE RIVER LODGE

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.


ROOM FEATURES
 

  • Air Conditioning
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge area
  • Beautiful elevated deck
  • Outdoor showers
  • Cotton Linen
  • Bar Fridge Freezer
  • Coffee Station
  • WiFi

 




GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS
FROM JOHANNESBURG

VIA HOEDSPRUIT

  • Take the N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway
  • Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left.
  • Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
  • Continue on this road for approx. 22.5 km until you reach a T-junction
  • Turn left which is still the R40 towards Bushbuckridge and White River
  • After approx. 2 km , turn left onto the R531 towards Orpen Gate , Kruger National Park
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off
  • Immediately on your left is a green gate where a staff member will escort you to the lodge
VIA KLASERIE (RECOMMENDED)
  • The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left. Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Ohrigstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
  • Continue on until you get to the Khamai reptile park on your left. Here you turn right on to the R531 towards Orpen.
  • Continue straight 32km until you get to the R531 / Orpen turnoff to your left, which you will take.
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off
  • Immediately on your left is a green gate where a staff member will escort you to the lodge
FROM THE SOUTH ON THE R40
ON THE R40 FROM BUSHBUCKRIDGE

  • From Acornhoek drive approx. 5km and Turn right onto the R531 , towards Orpen Gate , Kruger National Park
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off
  • Immediately on your left is a green gate where a staff member will escort you to the lodge
FROM THE NORTH ON THE R40
  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
  • Continue on this road for approx. 22.5 km until you reach a T-junction
  • Turn left which is still the R40 towards Bushbuckridge and White River
  • After approx. 2 km , turn left onto the R531 towards Orpen Gate , Kruger National Park
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off
  • Immediately on your left is a green gate where a staff member will escort you to the lodge
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