The River Lodge

Embark on a journey into the beating heart of Africa at Thornybush, The River Lodge.

Here you will be wrapped in luxury and surrounded by the finest of game viewing opportunities, secluded in a magnificent setting amid the vast bushveld panoramas of the 14,000 hectare Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, within the greater Kruger National Park.

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At Thornybush The River Lodge, patrons are accommodated in Five luxurious suites overlooking the seasonal Timbavati River, discreetly positioned to ensure a personalised and private experience for every guest.

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Your African Safari

The River Lodge offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Cruisers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees.

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Rates include accommodation, Wi-Fi, all meals, tea, coffee, snacks, local drinks, dawn & dusk safaris in open game vehicles, optional bush walks and sundowner drinks on game drives.

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Browse through images of our wildlife, accommodation and facilities.

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How To Get There

Flights between Hoedspruit and Johannesburg, Cape Town

From the South on the R 40

On the R40 from Bushbuckridge

  • From Acornhoek drive approx. 5km and Turn right onto the R531 , towards Orpen Gate , Kruger National Park
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off
  • Security will provide you with a remote for the The River Lodge gate immediately on your left, at the second gate press the green button on the remote to open, then follow the River Lodge signs 

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