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is located in the Kruger Private Reserves
area of the Kruger National Park
in the Northeast
of South Africa
Situated to the west of the greater Kruger area, immediately south of the town of Hoedspruit, this is a relatively small fenced reserve, comprising approximately 200 square kilometres of gently undulating Lowveld acacia scrub, permeated by a network of small seasonal streams and set against the distant backdrop of the Mpumulanga Drakensberg escarpment.
It contains a full range of animals and wildlife viewing is good year round.
Although the reserve is fenced, the eastern boundary was dismantled in 2017 to allow free movement of wildlife between here and the main national park, via the intermediate Timbavati Reserve.
A total of fourteen lodges utilise this reserve and between them they can handle up to 250 guests, supported by around 40 safari vehicles, making this a relatively busy area. Thornybush is perhaps best known as a lower cost option, there really is some good value to be had amongst these lodges ...Royal Malewane
... is undoubtedly the outlier, the most upmarket lodge by a distance, premium priced and with guest accommodation in sixteen guest rooms of various formats.Shumbalala Lodge
... is also relatively high priced for this area, a very comfortable place with accommodation in five lovely guest chalets.n'Kaya Lodge
... is the first of a handful of mid-range camps which offer excellent value, a very comfortable place with just six guest bungalows.Waterbuck Lodge
... is another intimate and comfortable lodge which offers excellent value and has only four guest suites.Kwa Mbili Game Lodge
... is an even lower cost option, remarkably low cost in fact, a simpler camp with a dozen guest rooms in a mix of chalets and tents.Thornybush Game Lodge
... is the flagship camp in this area, a much larger facility which is perhaps best suited to larger groups and conferences.