South African Lodges
Thornybush Game Reserve
Greater Kruger National Park
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Lodge Type
Big Five

The N'Kaya Lodge is within the 'Big Five" Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park region.  With its four exclusive suites, this safari lodge provides discerning guests with exclusivity and privacy while ensuring a once in a lifetime wildlife experience.  Shaded by tall trees and set on a hill overlooking the beautiful Drakensberg mountain range. This lodge in Thornybush features spacious suites each with private lounges.

Offering four suites, the lodge is an ideal destination for a quiet, private and exclusive safari. Perfect for honeymooners, the suites are well appointed featuring convenient amenities and facilities.  The comfortable beds offer a decorative mosquito netting.  The en-suite bathrooms provide baths and showers.

Suite features:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Bathtubs and showers
  • Air conditioning
  • Private decks
  • Lounge (sofa and coffee table)
  • Mosquito draped bed
  • Bedside tables.


The outdoor swimming pool and its surrounding garden area are an ideal place for refreshment and relaxation during the warm afternoons, in between the meals and game drives.  The bar, lounge and verandah reflect warm earthy tones were blended in with the natural surroundings.  The fireplace in the room offers a comfortable seating place around the crackle of the fire with the night sounds of wildlife around. 


  • Dining areas
  • Lounge
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Boma for outdoor dining
  • Wine cellar
  • Health and beauty spa.

Amani African Spa

Smoothing and relaxing spa treatments can be booked at the Amani African Spa where a variety of health and beauty spa treatments are available.  The outdoor spa area offers a small plunge pool and sun loungers where the tranquilly of nature's surroundings can best be enjoyed before and after spa treatments.  Indoor and outdoor venues are available for the rejuvenating treatments as well as couples.

African Safaris

A great abundance of species is home in this reserve which includes 147 mammals, the 'Big Five', 114 reptiles, more than 500 bird species, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 different trees.  The Thornybush Game Reserve is mainly open savannah offering a home to a great variety of wildlife.

Guests have the opportunity to explore the bushveld with its untamed wildlife either in open Land Rovers and on foot.  During both wildlife experiences, visitors are accompanied by professional game rangers who share their in-depth knowledge about the area's unique ecosystem.

Wildlife experiences:

  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching.

Daily safari itinerary:

  • Early morning wake up call
  • Sunrise game drive
  • Coffee and tea break in the bush
  • Breakfast served either at the camp or in the riverbed or bush
  • Walking safaris
  • Leisure and relaxation
  • Lunch
  • Late afternoon/evening game drive
  • Sundowners in the bush
  • Dinner in the lodge or at the boma.

Below detailed information about the N Kaya Lodge is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Writing desk


N'Kaya Dining

All meals are inclusive at N’Kaya Game Lodge.  Guests are treated to a hearty breakfast in the morning which includes cereals, fruits, yoghurts, pastries and meals cooked to order.

Prior to the afternoon game drive, a huge high tea spread is laid on, which includes both sweet and savoury dishes.

Dinner is taken either in the boma under the stars around a crackling fire or next to the fireplace indoors if the weather is otherwise.  From time to time, guests are also treated to bush dinners at a romantic location on the reserve.

The cuisine is delicious, nutritious and abundant.

Game Viewing
  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon / evening game drives
  • Walking safaris.

  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Nearby conference facilities
  • Nearby Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Waterhole for wildlife

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Babysitting
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  •  The lodge Nkaya is malaria area it is recommended that you speak to a doctor.

Children Policy
  • Children welcome by prior arrangement.

Pet Policy
  • No pets allowed.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

N'Kaya Lodge has four exclusive suites that offer the very best in privacy and is the ideal destination for a quiet, peaceful safari. Guests can sit back and relax while taking in the fantastic vies of the Drakensberg mountain range. The rooms also have a private lounge and twin en-suite amenities.

Suite facilities include:

  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Mosquito nets
  • Verandah
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini bar
  • Tea/coffee facilities.

N Kaya Lodge Specials

There are currently no specials for the N Kaya Lodge.
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.467823

Longitude: 31.159970


Directions from Johannesburg to the Thornybush Game Lodge:

1. The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway
2. Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit)
3. Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left
4. Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
5. Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
6. At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
7. Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road
8. Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve)
9. Continue 9km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate
10. Follow signage to Thornybush Game Lodge for all guests checking in at Thornybush Game Lodge, Shumbalala, Monwana, Serondella, nKaya and Nkelenga
11. Guests arriving to Chapungu Tented Camp, follow signage for Thornybush Game Lodge and continue to Chapungu Tented Camp as directed once in the Reserve.

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4 Star

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