The self-contained, 11 500 hectare Thornybush Game Reserve is located in South Africa's Limpopo Province. It is home to over 250 bird species, large numbers of general game, the Big 5 including both Black and White Rhino, and Cheetah. The area is made up of mixed woodland and open savannah, complemented by panoramic views of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Game drives are the primary activity, as guests set off with their knowledgeable guides and trackers in open Land Rovers searching for the diverse wildlife that this area is famous for. The other option is guided bush walking, which is a great way to see the smaller things that are often overlooked on drives. Guides will help guests to become better acquainted with the fauna and flora in the area - looking at everything from insects to the medicinal uses of the trees and plants.

Why we like it

Excellently guided walking and driving safaris; Big 5 reserve; Spectacular Drakensberg backdrop; More than 250 bird species

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 11 500 Ha
Reserve Type: Private Game Reserve
Big 5: Yes
Specialist Specie: Black Rhino
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Hoedspruit

Accommodation in Thornybush Game Reserve

Chapungu Tented Camp, Thornybush

Chapungu’s eight spacious tents are spread out beneath tall trees, along a dry river bed. The tents are raised on short stilts, and have an expansive wooden deck that includes a romantic outdoor spa bath complete with bush views. Tents complement the surroundings with a spacious bedroom and indoor shower overlooking the riverine forest where birds and reptiles frequent. As…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Jackalberry Lodge, Thornybush

Jackalberry Lodge combines luxury and rustic charm to provide an unforgettable safari experience. Located in the Big 5 Thornybush game Reserve, right on the edge of the world-famous Kruger National Park, the 4-star lodge can accommodate up to 16 guests. The well-appointed chalets are air-conditioned, with a full range of facilities and amenities, including an en-suite bathroom, private patio, mini-bar,…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

NKelenga Tented Camp, Thornybush

Nkelenga has 3 luxury tents on raised platforms and two rooms in a renovated old farm house - including a communal lounge, dining area and suitable kitchen. The camp is securely fenced and overlooks a large watering hole that is busy throughout the year. The spacious shaded garden is ideal for families who have children who wish to run around…

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Accomodation Type: Self-catering
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.
Species list Map Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

Elephant
Black Rhino
White Rhino
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Jackal
Buffalo
Giraffe
Kudu
Wildebeest
Zebra
Impala
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon

Key Species

MAMMALS
Lion
Black Rhino
Elephant


BRIDS
Martial Eagle
White-backed Vulture
Bateleur Eagle
Marabou Stork
Ground Hornbill


REPTILES
Leopard Tortoises
Rock Monitor Lizard
Flap-neck Chameleon


TREES
Marula
Red Bush Willow
Knobthorn


HABITAT TYPES
Open Plains
Bush Willow Woodland
Thornveld Thickets
Riverine


Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 8.5
Mammals: 8.5
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 7
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