Thornybush Game Reserve

Bush Safari with the Big 5 at Thornybush

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14000 hectares of prime Big 5 Game viewing make the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Limpopo Province one of the prime safari destinations in the well-known Greater Kruger Park area. The reserve’s unfenced boundaries with the Kruger National Park allow animals to roam freely between the two parks, increasing the diversity of wildlife viewing. The density of wildlife at Thornybush almost guarantees you marking lion, leopard, black rhinoceros, African bush elephant and the African buffalo off your viewing list within the first two days of your visit.  

Visitors to Thornybush enjoy dawn and dusk game drives as well as safe, guided nature walks. Its proximity to the Kapama and Timbavati Game Reserves and the Kruger Park provides tranquil and uncrowded exploration of this wildlife-rich area. 

Accommodation at Thornybush ranges from exceptionally luxurious premier stays for the discerning traveller, to classic safari style game lodges and comfortable family amenities with fun safari activities for the youngsters. For the corporate market, there are also excellent conference facilities for hosting business groups and team building excursions. 

Best Time to Visit Thornybush Game Reserve:

The best time to visit Thornybush really comes down to personal choice; a near-perfect climate makes this a sought-after year-round destinationDuring the Winter months from May-October, the cooler daytime temperatures and thinning vegetation make for exceptional game viewing, while the rainy season between December and April transforms the dry bush into a lush Eden and bird watching is at its most rewarding. This is also birthing season and babies are in abundance, increasing your chances of spotting predators on the move.  



Thornybush is managed as an eco-tourism destination, with many of the lodges supporting the local community.

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Thornybush is able to offer less conventional safari experiences such as off-road game spotting & night drives.

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