South African Lodges

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

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

The lodge is in a beautiful location within the big-five Thornybush Reserve. Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, breathtaking views can be admired from the lodge across the tranquil lake and the untamed African bushveld. 

Thornybush Waterside Lodge is designed to blend in with the surrounding, natural habitat with its high abundance of magnificent trees and manicured gardens, the camp offers guests relaxation in the heart of the wilderness. The size of the lodge is suitable for individual couples, families travelling with children as well as smaller groups.

Waterside has twenty air-conditioned, thatched chalets accommodate guests in comfort and luxury on the reserve.  Tastefully decorated, the cottages feature convenient amenities and facilities to ensure a most pleasant safari stay.  Each of the suites provides an en-suite bathroom with indoor shower as well as a private deck.  Two of the chalets share an inter-leading door which is ideal for families who travel with children.

Chalet features:

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Safe in room
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Private deck area.

Facilities and Services

The outdoor swimming pool invites for refreshing swims while different African dinners are served at the outdoor boma.  A sixty seater conference centre is available for conference delegates.  The conference venue overlooks the lake, making for a magnificent location for strategic business getaways.

Facilities and Services:

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Library with Internet access
  • Boma
  • A fully equipped conference facility
  • Curio shop
  • Children's program
  • Baby Sitting (additional cost)
  • Wake up calls
  • Laundry Services.


Fantastic game viewing excursions are available for guests which include the early morning game drives and the late afternoon safaris through the Thornybush Game Reserve.  The professional game rangers and trackers share their wealth of information about South Africa's magnificent wildlife as well as its trees and plants. 

An unusual wildlife activity at the lodge are the traditional Walking Safaris during which visitors learn about the smaller animals which live here.


  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon safaris
  • Walking bushveld tours.


Children of all ages are welcome at the Waterside Lodge in Thornybush.  What an excellent way of teaching children about South Africa's rich wildlife and its flora and fauna when taking them to the game-rich Thornybush on a safari! Kids here have a unique safari holiday program prepared for them.

Kids at Waterside Lodge:

  • Complimentary activity pack
  • Game drives and activities are tailored to suit children's interests
  • Spa treatments for kids
  • Safari Kids Walks
  • Meal requirements and venues (if requested)
  • Babysitting services
  • Menus are specially prepared for children.

Below detailed information about the Thornybush Waterside Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck
  • Writing desk


Thornybush Waterside Lodge Dining

All meals are included in the rate.

The lodge provides delicious meals which can be enjoyed indoors, in the open-air boma or at a romantic location in the bush.

Onsite Activities
  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon / evening safaris
  • Bush walks
  • Bird watching
  • Star gazing
  • Boma dinners.

Thornybush Conferences

Thornybush Game Lodge has a spacious and fully equipped conference venue that is in close proximity to the main lodge, yet suitably private ensuring optimal productivity.  The facility can accommodate up to 60 delegates and is equipped with state-of-the-art conferencing equipment.

  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Garden
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Boxes
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Waterhole for wildlife
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

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
  • Safety deposit box
  • Secure parking
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria Status and Animals
  • As the Thornybush Reserve is within a malaria area, guests are advised to consult their doctor before travelling, in regards to using of anti-malarial prophylaxis.

    Please be aware that wild animals are on the reserve please heed all safety precautions.

Pet Policy
  • No pets allowed.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

Each Suite has an en-suite bathroom, indoor shower and private deck area. Two Suites share an inter-leading door ideal for families travelling with children.

Room facilities:

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Mini Bar
  • Safe in room
  • Separate Bath and Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.

Thornybush Waterside Lodge Specials

There are currently no specials for the Thornybush Waterside Lodge.
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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.359803

Longitude: 31.166158


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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5 Star

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