Wildlife Ratings

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

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

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

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Chapungu Tented Camp, Thornybush Luxury Full Board
NKelenga Tented Camp, Thornybush Self-catering
Royal Malewane Super Luxury Full Board
Serondella Game Lodge, Thornybush Luxury Full Board
Shumbalala Game Lodge, Thornybush Super Luxury Full Board
Tangala Safari Camp, Thornybush Full Board
Thornybush Game Lodge Super Luxury Full Board
Thornybush N’Kaya Game Lodge Luxury Full Board
Waterbuck Game Lodge, Thornybush Luxury Full Board

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Species list Map Recent Sightings

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