South African Lodges

Waterbuck Lodge Thornybush

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

Waterbuck Lodge Thornybush Reviews & Information

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The family welcoming Waterbuck Game Lodge is beautifully located next to a water estuary in the Southern region of the game-rich Thornybush Game Reserve.  

Set within the unspoilt bushveld of South Africa and with the nearby waterhole, this four-star game lodge offers an extraordinary wildlife diversity.  The high abundance of game, the 'Big Five' as well as birds, make for an excellent safari destination from where to best explore the untamed animals for the Bush.

The public lounge, dining and bar areas are flanked by the individually located Chalets which are accessed on pathways.   To ensure privacy and security, the four cottages which can accommodate a maximum of eight guests, are located a few yards away from each other.  Featuring convenient amenities and facilities, the air-conditioned luxury suites provide magnificent views from both the spacious bedroom and the en-suite bathrooms.

Chalet features:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Safe
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Outside shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and coffee making facilities.

Facilities & Services

The central entertainment, bar and dining area are welcoming and offer an ideal place for relaxation and socialising.  The outdoor swimming pool offers excellent refreshment during the hot summer afternoons.  Guests may enjoy the unique sounds of the African bush on the deck while drinking a refreshing beverage or reading a book.  The main lounge of the lodge offers an additional place from where to observe the abundant wildlife quenching their thirst at the nearby waterhole.

Facilities and services:

  • Dining venues and bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Library
  • Boma
  • Wake up calls
  • Laundry services.

Children on Safari 

This game lodge accommodates children of all ages and provides children with friendly facilities and accommodation.  Enjoy an unforgettable family safari through the bushveld together with your kids and teach them the exciting facts about the local ecosystem.

Children at the Waterside Lodge have a special kids program prepared for them before their arrival.  On arrival, children are provided with a complimentary pack for fun entertainment.  The game drives, as well as the activities, can be tailored to match the kid's interests and attention span.

Children offers:

  • Kids program
  • Children game drives
  • Complimentary activity pack
  • Spa treatments for children
  • Walking safaris for kids
  • Special meal requirements and dining venues
  • Babysitting
  • The menu's specially prepared for children
  • Picnics next to the pool (packed lunch with sandwiches and fruit)
  • Treasure hunt
  • Baking.


The thrilling game drives and walking safaris through the pristine Thornybush Game Reserve are an absolute must for all visitors coming to this area of South Africa.  Home to the 'Big Five' which include lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos as well as buffaloes, many other animals such as hippos, crocodiles, antelope and birds can be encountered here.

Wildlife encounters:

  • Early morning game drives
  • Late afternoon/evening safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Unique game drives and walks for kids.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Early morning tea & coffee and biscuit
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Indoor Outdoor Showers
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Viewing Deck


Waterbuck Lodge Dining

At Waterbuck Lodge, all meals are inclusive.

A hearty breakfast is enjoyed either in the bush while on game drive, or back at the lodge on the deck overlooking the waterhole.  Guests may choose from a continental breakfast selection or have a full English breakfast – or both!

Prior to the afternoon game drive, an elaborate High Tea is served, made up of sweet and savoury dishes.

In the evenings, dinner is generally enjoyed al fresco in the open-air boma.  From time to time, the lodge will also present bush dinners – typically a ‘braai’ or barbeque, with a selection of meats and typically South African dishes as accompaniment.

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

  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Nearby conference facilities
  • Nearby Spa
  • Restaurant
  • 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
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • Waterbuck is malaria zone it is recommended that you speak to a doctor about Malaria Tablets.

Children Policy
  • Children welcome.

Pet Policy
  • No pets allowed.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

Waterbuck Lodge boasts 4 air-conditioned luxury suites with magnificent views from both the generous sized bedroom and en-suite bathrooms.

In between exciting dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers, take time to relax and enjoy the central entertainment and dining area, flanked by an inviting swimming pool and bar area. Or you are invited to simply withdraw into the sounds of the African bush on the tanning deck or lazing by the swimming pool.

The main deck area continues to provide a further comfortable watchpoint to the abundant wildlife whose home is the feature watering hole adjacent to the Lodge.

The rooms are each tastefully decorated, with colors and tones reflecting the surrounding landscape and warm African climate.  Each of the suites has private patio area, from which to enjoy the scenery in comfort.

Room facilities include:

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

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.400527

Longitude: 31.189797


Directions from Johannesburg to Waterbuck Lodge:

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 at the Waterbuck Lodges Gate.

Directions from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to Waterbuck Lodge:

Turn right onto R538 (R40) White River, travel 3,2 km
Turn left onto R538 (R40), travel 0,1 km (Note: only 100 metres)
Turn right onto R538 White River, travel 4,4 km
Turn right onto R569 Numbihek, travel 2,9 km
Turn left onto R538 White River, travel 1,7 km
Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, travel 41 m to Hazyview
Turn left at T-Junction onto R40 Phalaborwa
Travel 75,8 km through Hazyview, Bushbuckridge & Acornhoek (do not turn at Acornhoek)
Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport, travel 1 km
Turn right onto Guernsey Road (large brown sign on left)
Travel 11,6 km (note: road gives way to dirt at 7,5 km)
Turn right at the T-Junction
Continue a further 6,3 km and turn left at Waterbuck Lodges Gate

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