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Thornybush Game Reserve is a private game reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It shares a fenceless border with the equally famous Timbavati Game Reserve. It is a great place to immerse yourself in the African wild.


The reserve features 147 mammals and that includes the legendary Big 5. Interestingly, the Big 5 were named not because of their size but because of how dangerous they were to hunt in the bygone era of safari hunters.

Thornybush kruger

The Thornybush Game Reserve is 11,500 hectares of open savannah woodland with patches of tangled thicket and thorny scrub, hence the name. Game viewing at Thornybush Game Reserve ranks as some of the best in Southern Africa.

Thornybush giraffe

Going off road, you will be wildly entertained (pardon by the pun) by experienced game rangers. The off-road part of your journey is quirkily referred to as an “African Massage”, not to be confused with the actual luxurious African massages offered at many exclusive lodges.

Thornybush game drives

There are six luxury lodges in the Thornybush Game Reserve. Their seamless balance of the natural world with the creature comforts of modern society is nothing short of extraordinary. It doesn’t get any closer than this. Every sense is heightened by the sights, sounds and smells and there is simply a magic in being this intimate with the natural world.

Thornybush game lodge

Walking safaris are usually included and it’s a unique chance to see some of the smaller creatures as well as the larger ones. Learning about the local flora and fauna provides a glimpse into the diversity and intricacy of mother nature’s strong presence.

“The Thornybush Game Reserve offers an amazing, exciting game viewing experience. The walking safari was a welcome addition to our experience as your senses are on full alert by the thrill of walking through the bush! Some of the best rangers in South Africa can be found in this reserve, one has even won the award for Africa Direct/FGASA Safari Guide. A truly exceptional reserve, I’ve been three times and hope to return again soon!” says Penny Lotz, a recent visitor to Thornybush.

Thornybush game drive lion cub

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