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Thornybush Waterside Lodge

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Property entrance
Suite (11 & 12) | Minibar, in-room safe, free WiFi
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served
Separate tub and shower, free toiletries, hair dryer, bathrobes

Overview of Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

5.0 star property
9.8 out of 10 Exceptional
9.8/10 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
  • Parking included
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
Thornybush Game Reserve, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, 1380

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKapama Game Reserve25 min drive
  • Popular LocationTimbavati Game Reserve29 min drive
  • AirportHoedspruit (HDS)33 min drive
  • Popular LocationNyani Cultural Village48 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Bushbuckridge, Thornybush Waterside Lodge is in a national park. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Kruger National Park and Thornybush Game Reserve, while Nyani Cultural Village and Mafunyani Cultural Village are cultural highlights.

What's nearby

  • Kapama Game Reserve - 25 min drive
  • Timbavati Game Reserve - 29 min drive
  • Nyani Cultural Village - 48 min drive
  • Mafunyani Cultural Village - 60 min drive
  • Andover Nature Reserve - 64 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 33 min drive


  • Boma - 42 min drive

About this property

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

5-star luxury lodge in a national park
Consider a stay at Thornybush Waterside Lodge and take advantage of free full breakfast, game and wildlife viewing, and a roundtrip airport shuttle. Treat yourself to spa services, such as a facial, a body scrub, or a manicure/pedicure. In addition to a terrace and a coffee shop/cafe, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy the following perks during your stay:
  • An outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Concierge services, wedding services, and smoke-free premises
  • An elevator, game drive on site, and a computer station
  • Guest reviews give good marks for the helpful staff
Room features
All 20 rooms offer comforts such as air conditioning and bathrobes, in addition to perks like free WiFi and safes.
More amenities include:
  • Bathrooms with separate tubs/showers and free toiletries
  • Balconies or patios, coffee/tea makers, and ceiling fans



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: WiFi (ZAR 80 per stay)

Parking and transportation

  • Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free self parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast available daily
  • A bar/lounge
  • A coffee shop/cafe
  • A restaurant

Things to do

  • Game drive
  • Game viewing
  • Library
  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Supervised activities for children


  • Laundry facilities
  • Limited-hour front desk

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wedding services

Business services

  • Business center
  • Computer station
  • Conference center
  • Meeting room


  • In a national park
  • Terrace


  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Facials
  • Manicures/pedicures
  • Massage


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bathrobes
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer on request
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Slippers

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Free bottled water
  • Limited room service
  • Minibar

Outdoor space

  • Balcony/patio


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Phone
  • Safe

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Check-in from 2:00 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


No pets or service animals allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: ZAR 80.00 per stay (rates may vary)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Per property policy, children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives.

We should mention

No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property

National rating

Quality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) – South Africa's official quality assurance organization.

Property is also known as

Thornybush Waterside Lodge Hoedspruit
Thornybush Waterside Hoedspruit
Thornybush Waterside
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Bushbuckridge
Thornybush Waterside Bushbuckridge
Lodge Thornybush Waterside Lodge Bushbuckridge
Bushbuckridge Thornybush Waterside Lodge Lodge
Thornybush Waterside
Lodge Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Thornybush Waterside
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Lodge
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Bushbuckridge
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Lodge Bushbuckridge

Frequently asked questions

Does Thornybush Waterside Lodge have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

Is Thornybush Waterside Lodge pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?

Check-in is from 2:00 PM - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?

Check-out is at 10 AM.

Does Thornybush Waterside Lodge provide a shuttle to the airport?

Yes, there's an airport shuttle.

Where is Thornybush Waterside Lodge located?

Situated in a national park, this luxury lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Thornybush Game Reserve and within 9 mi (15 km) of Timbavati Game Reserve and Kapama Game Reserve. Kruger National Park and Klaserie Nature Reserve are also within 12 mi (20 km).




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Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2019

10/10 Excellent

K, Geneva Switzerland

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
couldn't find a fault
Incredible attention to detail from the moment we arrived until our departure. This is a beautiful, comfortable oasis with highly trained and professional staff. Rangers and trackers better than anywhere I've been before.
Stayed 3 nights in Apr 2018

10/10 Excellent

Vanessa, Australia

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Exceeded All Expectations
Thornybush was perfect from beginning to end. The staff, accomodation, food and game drives all exceeded our expectations. Well done Thornybush, we will be back.
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2018

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 4 nights in Nov 2017

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
African Safari at its best
If you want to see African wild life and experience a luxury lodge, this is the place to go. We spent three nights at this fabulous resort. The facilities, meals and service are five star level. We enjoyed two safari outings per day with experienced and knowledgeable staff who made sure we were safe and comfortable all the time. We saw the big 5 plus many other animals, including beautiful birds. A great experience...I just wish we could go back every year,
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2017

10/10 Excellent

dierin, turks and caicos

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Best trip ever Great safaris Good food
We loved this trip everything was perfect but we thought the weather would be warmer Need to travel during their summer months Which is our winter We're from the Turks and caicos and not acclamaited to the cold We saw everything on the safaris Our guide Enoch was the best Fantastic accommodations and food
Stayed 4 nights in Aug 2017

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Highly recommend
Our experience at Thornybush Waterside Lodge exceeded our expectations at every level!! The service, the food, the cleanliness and amenities of the property but most of all the people!!! I cannot say enough good things about this place. Just go!! What a fabulous vacation.

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Loved the safari drives everyday. The guides do a great job of making sure you get to see and take great pictures. Food was amazing and the room was very nice. Would highly recommend

8/10 Good

Julio, Dominican Republic

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great Safary Experience!
My wife and I spend 3 nights at Thornybush Waterside Lodge. It was a great experience!!! . Great game drives with very knowledgeable and attentive ranger and tracker!! Great experience! Very ralaxing ambiance with really attentive staff!! We enjoyed it a lot!! Will recommend it to others!

10/10 Excellent

Frank, NYC

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Best Safari Lodge
Amazing experience. Staff is great and lodge is amazing. Got to see all of the Big 5 and a TON of other animals. Ranger Jukula and tracker Abraham were very friendly and very devoted to providing the best experience possible.