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Thornybush Game Lodge

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Front of property
Aerial view
Suite | Premium bedding, minibar, in-room safe, bed sheets
Bar (on property)
Suite | Bathroom | Separate tub and shower, free toiletries, hair dryer

Overview of Thornybush Game Lodge

Thornybush Game Lodge

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

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
Guernsey Road, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 1380

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKapama Game Reserve19 min walk
  • Popular LocationNyani Cultural Village26 min drive
  • AirportHoedspruit (HDS)29 min drive
  • Popular LocationMafunyani Cultural Village38 min drive

Room options

About this area


Located in Hoedspruit, Thornybush Game 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 - 19 min walk
  • Nyani Cultural Village - 26 min drive
  • Mafunyani Cultural Village - 38 min drive
  • Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate - 40 min drive
  • Andover Nature Reserve - 47 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 29 min drive


  • Boma - 20 min drive
  • Kapama Lounge - 43 min drive

About this property

Thornybush Game Lodge

5-star luxury lodge in a national park
Free English breakfast, a terrace, and a garden are just a few of the amenities provided at Thornybush Game Lodge. Indulge in a body treatment, aromatherapy, and a facial at Amani African Spa, the onsite spa. Stay connected with WiFi in public areas (surcharge), and guests can find other amenities such as a library and laundry facilities.
You'll also find perks like:
  • An outdoor pool with sun loungers and pool umbrellas
  • Free self parking
  • A safari, a roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge), and babysitting (surcharge)
  • Massage treatment rooms, wedding services, and meeting rooms
Room features
All 20 rooms include comforts such as premium bedding and furnished balconies, in addition to thoughtful touches like air conditioning and safes.
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Bathrooms with separate tubs/showers and free toiletries
  • Coffee/tea makers, daily housekeeping, and phones



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 some public areas: WiFi (ZAR 50 per stay)

Parking and transportation

  • Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free self parking on site

Food and drink

  • Free English breakfast available daily
  • A bar/lounge
  • A restaurant
  • Couples/private dining

Things to do

  • Ecotours
  • Free children's club
  • Full-service spa
  • Game drive
  • Library
  • Outdoor pool
  • Safari
  • Spa tub

Family friendly

  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Free children's club
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Supervised activities for children


  • Gift shop/newsstand
  • Laundry facilities
  • Safe at front desk

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wedding services

Business services

  • Conference center
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • In a national park
  • Pool loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace

Full-service spa

  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrubs
  • Body wraps
  • Deep-tissue massages
  • Facials
  • Manicures/pedicures
  • Spa treatment rooms


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • No elevator (single-level property)
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Premium bedding


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Minibar
  • Room service

Outdoor space

  • Furnished balcony


  • Air conditioning
  • Phone
  • Safe

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Check-in from 1 PM - 5 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age: 18


Check-out before 11 AM

Special check-in instructions

There is no front desk at this property
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; your host will greet you
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival 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

Host will greet you


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 50.00 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

We should mention

This property does not have elevators
No pets and no service animals are allowed at this property
Children under 12 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision

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 Game Lodge Hoedspruit
Thornybush Game Hoedspruit
Thornybush Game
Thornybush Game Lodge Lodge
Thornybush Game Lodge Hoedspruit
Thornybush Game Lodge Lodge Hoedspruit

Frequently asked questions

Does Thornybush Game Lodge have a pool?

Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.

How much does it cost to stay at Thornybush Game Lodge?

As of Jun 8, 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Thornybush Game Lodge on Jul 9, 2023 start from $1,185.24, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

Is Thornybush Game Lodge pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

How much is parking at Thornybush Game Lodge?

Self parking is free at this property.

What time is check-in at Thornybush Game Lodge?

Check-in is from 1 PM - 5 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Thornybush Game Lodge?

Check-out is at 11 AM.

Does Thornybush Game Lodge provide a shuttle to the airport?

Yes, there's an airport shuttle.

Where is Thornybush Game Lodge located?

This family-friendly Hoedspruit lodge is located in a national park, within 1 mi (2 km) of Thornybush Game Reserve and Kapama Game Reserve. Klaserie Nature Reserve and Nyani Cultural Village are also within 9 mi (15 km).




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10/10 Excellent


Traveled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Best-in-class in every way. If you’re looking for a luxury lodge with a personal touch, choose Thornybush.
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2023

10/10 Excellent

Lisa, New York City

Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Indescribably excellent in every way. I have traveled all over the world in this ranks at the absolute top.
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2020

10/10 Excellent

Janet, Vancouver, BC

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Everything about Thornybush is fabulous, from the location of the lodge itself, to actual accomodations, the dining, and last but not least, the twice dsily safari rides where you get to experience the wildlife in their own habitat. Finally, a word about the staff. They are outstanding - knowledgeable, competent, polite, friendly and always helpful.
Stayed 4 nights in Sep 2018

10/10 Excellent

Bob, Virginia

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Lovely room, wonderful food, and great safaris.
The lodging, food, service, safaris, and spa were all outstanding.

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
luxury at it's best-mel &wayne wonderful hosts
Amazing - wonderful service - can't wait to return!

8/10 Good

Verified traveler

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service
A slightly ageing thorneybush venue
The staff and the overall atmosphere was great, the game viewing and guiding excellent, but the lodge needs a little work to bring it up to standard. The rooms while large and comfortable show the signs of lack of investment and refurbishment. Thorneybush need ps to embrace a 5 year refreshment cycle in this lodge so as not to undermine the brand. None the less, still a good stay

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great Lodge and Drives.
Thornybush Lodge was first class all the way. The meals were delicious, the grounds beautiful and the service impeccable. The lodge even recognized a special wedding anniversary we were having by surprising us with rose petals, candles and champagne by the tub. The game drives were informative, fun and successful as we saw leopards, lions, rhinos, zebras, elephants, giraffes, numerous interesting birds, and much more. Met other very nice people at the lodge

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Would go back in a heartbeat
It was amazing and I would highly recommend it. They look after everything so you do not have to worry about anything. The staff are incredible. The guide Chris was awesome and very good at his job. The food was amazing.

10/10 Excellent


Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Just right
We saw the big 5 and much more, accommodations were luxurious, food was abundant and delicious. No Internet in the rooms., only in the main lobby.

10/10 Excellent

Sydney, Brazil

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Outstanding. Our stay at Thornybush Game Lodge from 20-22nd of July 2015 could not have been better. Our guides Jack and Ishi were great. We saw all Big 5 and a host of other very beautiful animals within the reserve. Congratulations!!!!!!