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Thornybush, Shumbalala & Simbambili Game Lodges.

Includes: all meals, tea, coffee, snacks, dawn & dusk safaris in open game vehicles, optional bushveld walks and sundowner drinks on game drives.

About The Thornybush Collection

Luxury in the heart of South Africa

The Thornybush Collection of Lodge offerings consist of ten Lodges, nine of which a re located in the Thornybush P rivate Nature Reserve and one in the Northern pa rt of the Sabi Sand.

A well known de stination for local and international visitors Thornybush has earne d its reputa tion a s one of the country's finest bush experiences.



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A bush escape at Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Arriving at Thornybush’s Waterside Lodge in a downpour with rivers of mud gushing down the sides of our non-robust 2×4 car on the dirt roads leading to the reserve from Hoedspruit was not exactly the best way to start off a bush break, but things distinctly improved from the moment we were handed hot towels by the welcoming staff at reception. Read more


The Thornybush Collection is in the heart of the wilderness!

Africa is the heartbeat of our planet, haled as the orig in of mankind, its contrast of breathtaking beauty and brutal survival fascinates us, we are drawn to the bush almost in response to a primordial call...


A bit of History

Find out more about the history of a great place!

Thorny bush was fenced in 1955 and the Lodge was first built and operated in 1961. Proclaimed in April 1993. The size is 13816ha. 48 Mammal species, 112 Tree species, 230 Bird species and 54 reptile species...


The Spa

Massage, quiet relaxation, mud baths...

Amani African Spas is an authentically South African Spa brand, which ha s a distinctive 360º approach to health and wellness. This is indeed what places Amani Spas apart from other service providers in...


The Team

All these nice people are here to make have a nice stay...

Renamed the Thornybush Collection in 2007, our group has since grown in stature from five to ten lodges. Of these prestigious properties, all but one is located within the pristine 14-000ha Thornybush Nature Reserve.