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

Tangala Safari Camp, Thornybush

Tangala Safari Camp is a rustic bush camp, located in the Big 5 Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa. The camp overlooks a water hole and also provides sweeping views of the surrounding plains and mountains. The camp has 6 luxury safari tents, and 4 chalets, each featuring en-suite facilities accommodating up to 20 guests. The camp runs off solar…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

Waterbuck Game Lodge, Thornybush

Intimately positioned in a thicket overlooking a waterhole and a small vegetated ravine, Waterbuck Lodge affords guests a real sense of ‘being in the bush’. Four rooms are privately spaced along a non-perennial watercourse and waterhole, each with their own private decks. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms are luxuriously furnished, and the earthy tones and decor aptly reflect the natural surrounds.…

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

Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge, set against the backdrop of the northernmost part of the Drakensberg mountain range, is sheer luxury in the pristine bush of the lowveld. The lodge has been operating since the late 1960s, making it one of the oldest safari establishments in South Africa, and their experience in the safari industry is evident. Large, deciduous Jackalberry and Weeping…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 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