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Thornbush Game Reserve

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Best game viewing on our 2 week safari

Stayed at Nkaya Lodge...we had an excellent guide, good food, very comfortable lodgings. I have no... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Thornybush Simbambili Sabi Sand

Family of four spent four nites at Sabi Sand. Fantastic experience! Luxury accommodations, great... read more

Reviewed 6 June 2018
San Francisco, California, USA
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“game drives”(10 reviews)
“great game”(4 reviews)
“river lodge”(2 reviews)
Adjacent to Kruger National Park, Hoedspruit 1380, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed at Nkaya Lodge...we had an excellent guide, good food, very comfortable lodgings. I have no hesitation recommending this particular lodge - which is in the midrance price for Thorneybush

Thank fenmen
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Family of four spent four nites at Sabi Sand. Fantastic experience! Luxury accommodations, great staff, great food, great overall ambiance. A total of 7 safari rides and one bush walk. Our guide (Sabre) and tracker (Conright) were the best. We saw every thing and more....More

Thank alanrB5020LU
Reviewed 31 March 2018

This reserve provides you with so many opportunities to see wild animals at close hand in the natural environment. Brilliant!

Thank Diana N
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Doctor, ranger and tracker, is expert at tracking the animals on the reserve for excellent views of the many beautiful animals on their reserve, especially the babies.

1  Thank phylp31
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Impossible to describe. So beautiful serene takes ones breath away. This venue is a 6* resort do yourself a favour if you want a real bush experience go River Lodge the only place in the Thorny Bush collection.

Thank Raymond S
Reviewed 2 January 2018

We strayed in the Thornybush Lodge and this is the game reserve it sits in. The guides were awesome - superbly knowledgeable and got us close in the to the action without disturbing the animals. We saw all the big game and plenty of smaller...More

Thank DiverHP
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Amazing wildlife viewing! Saw the big five plus many, many more. Love the fact that there are no longer fences between the national park and the private game preserve - animals can move freely between the properties.

Thank Carol H
Reviewed 6 August 2017

On the two game drive daily we got to see the big five and lot of other animals . It was nice to experienced seeing the animals with out being crowded out with other vehicles

Thank HappyButterfly52
Reviewed 4 August 2017

By far one f the better reserves in SA, good safe drivers with extensive knowledge of the wildlife, birds and trees. Enjoy

Thank Chris E
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Our first safari experience was awesome having been in Thornybush! All the Big 5 are here and some other animals that one doesn't get to see everyday. It is a wonderful escape from city life and makes one appreciate nature even more, and develop a...More

1  Thank AngeliNacino
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6 August 2018|
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Response from Diana N | Reviewed this property |
There were salads and vegetarian food available and usually a choice. I cannot imagine that this would be a problem. Staff were always helpful and contacting them beforehand should sort this out and reassure you.
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13 April 2018|
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Response from Diana N | Reviewed this property |
Thornybush adjoins Kruger, but don't know the distance, sorry. The good thing is there are no fence boundaries between Thornybush and Kruger, so the animals roam freely into both areas.