South African Lodges
Thornybush Private Nature Reserve
Limpopo Province
South Africa
Lodge Type
Big Five

The Nkelenga Tented Camp nestles in the game-rich Thornybush Private Game Reserve of South Africa's Limpopo Province.  This self-catering safari camp is booked on an exclusive basis and can accommodate up to ten guests in its four tents. 

Suitable for families travelling with children as well as small groups of friends, this camp is equipped with kitchen facilities to prepare own meals including ample of freezer and fridge storage.  Guests enjoy having their open Land Cruiser available for the game viewing activities.  The game rangers and trackers as well as housekeepers area open to in-house guests.

Being able to accommodate up to ten guests, the welcoming and air-conditioned main house at the camp, which features a loft, is ideal for children.  The three en-suite safari tents create an atmosphere of the colonial era of exploration.  The tents are well equipped and provide en-suite bathrooms.

Room types:

  • Main House (en-suite bathroom/ Mezzanine with three beds)
  • 3 Luxury Tents (each with en-suite bathroom).

Facilities & Services

A beautiful outdoor playground, this camp features an outdoor swimming pool.  The kitchen offers equipment for self-catering including a fridge and freezer.   Breakfasts, lunches and dinners can be enjoyed in the comfortable lounge and dining area of the camp.   Guests wishing to book a health and beauty spa treatment may visit the nearby Thornybush Spa.

Facilities and services:

  • Swimming pool
  • Kitchen/self-catering facilities
  • Lounge/dining room
  • DSTV / television
  • Game rangers and trackers
  • Housekeeper
  • Tented accommodation
  • Thornybush Spa (not at camp but nearby)
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Wake up calls.

Game Viewing and Safaris

Visitors explore the untamed African bushveld on guided game drives in the open Land Cruisers as well as on the adventurous walking safaris.  Being home to a great abundance of species, guests have a chance to encounter 147 mammals including the 'Big Five', 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve. 

As the reserve is characterised by open savannahs, game viewing is excellent here making for memorable wildlife encounters.  The best time for safaris is early in the mornings during sunrise and then again late in the afternoon.  The afternoon game drives lead into the sunset making game viewing a special event with torch lights.

Game viewing:

  • Guided game drives
  • Guided walking safaris.

Below detailed information about the NKelenga Tented Camp is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck

Game Viewing
  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon game drives.

  • Airstrip
  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Boma
  • Communal kitchens
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Nearby conference facilities
  • Nearby Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Waterhole for wildlife

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Basic first aid assistance
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • Children are welcome.

Pet Policy
  • No pets allowed.

Available Rooms

Self-catering tent (max 10 guests)

# Rooms:

Accommodation is available for up to ten guests at the Nkelenga Tented Camp which offers a unique self catering safari experience.  The camp features a well appointed, air-conditioned main house with loft which is perfect for children, whilst the three en-suite tents are reminiscent of the colonial era of exploration.

Comfortably furnished, this tented paradise provides travellers with an intimated experience of bush whether it is viewed from the swimming pool or on one of the many bush trail.

Room facilities include:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • Viewing deck.

NKelenga Tented Camp Specials

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.356636

Longitude: 31.174630


Directions from Johannesburg to Thornybush:

The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway.
Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left.
Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg).
Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass.
At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge.
Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road.
Continue 14 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve).
Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate.

Directions from the South on the R 40 from Bushbuckridge:

From Acornhoek drive 7.4Km and Turn right.
Drive 1km and take the Guernsey turnoff on your right.
Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road.
Turn left at the T-Junction and travel another 4.2km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Gate on your right.

Directions from the North on the R 40:

At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge.
Continue 6 km and turn left at the Eastgate Airport sign / Argyle Road.
Continue 16 km (tarred road) and turn right onto Guernsey Road (following the signs to Thornybush Reserve).
Continue 11km (gravel road) and turn left into the Thornybush Game Reserve gate.

Star Rating

4 Star

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