Thornybush Game Reserve offers freedom and relaxation

Thornybush Game Reserve offers freedom and relaxation

Sometimes one just needs to switch off. From the ringing phones, buzzing notifications and electronics in general, and to be honest, a little bit of down time never hurt anyone.

At Hello Joburg we are all about managing the hectic pace of life – and travelling just does wonders for the soul. No surprise that travelling and discovering beautiful parts of our country is one of our highest values!

We were lucky enough to recently be able to visit the stunning paradise that is Thornybush Game Reserve – a 5 hour drive North of Johannesburg, and spend a magical day in a paradise that welcomed us with open arms.

From the moment our plane landed, to the waving hands that bid us farewell as we taxied down the runway again – not a moment passed that we did not have to pinch ourselves in incredible delight at being in this beautiful haven of calm.

The Thornybush Collection plays home to twelve lodges, ranging from self-catering all the way through to all-inclusive stays and is a well-known destination for local and international visitors.

Each lodge has been carefully selected to provide a variety of differing experiences and designed to meet the varying pockets of discerning travellers.

All the accommodation overflows with ethnic ambiance, and blends into the surrounding vegetation, for an intimate experience in harmony with the rhythms of the African bush. Our bathroom was made up of one big glass window looking in to the beautiful bush, and we can honestly say that an outdoor shower under the African sky and stars is an experience that everyone should experience once in their lives.

Located within 14 000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, the Thornybush Nature Reserve is a true escape from the madness of city life, and have bagged numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality.

Thornybush plays home to the Big 5, but caters for all tastes, be it the stunning fauna and flora, or even just resting by the pool soaking in the sun, and indulging in the delicious food and drink on offer.

The onsite spa is set to pamper you in every way possible, and the view from the back of the game vehicle as the afternoon sun sinks lower in the sky and frames the heads of slowly munching giraffes is something we will never forget as long as we live, Hello Joburgers.

Another interesting fact is that the fence that once separated the Reserve and The Timbavati Reserve is now officially down, allowing the animals to roam freely, and migrate as and where they please within the greater Kruger National Park area. This is an exciting development indeed, and allows visitors the chance to see and explore more than ever before.

The reserve started dropping the Eastern Boundary fence at the end of February this year, and by July all poles and wires had officially been removed.

Find out more about Thornybush on the details below…


T: 011 253 6500

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Social media and events manager by day, intrepid blogger and lover of all things fun to do in Jozi by night, Heather is a self confessed social media addict, avid food reviewer, enthusiastic traveler and radio host on @niche_radio

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