At 14,000 hectares in size, the Thornybush Private Game Reserve is considered one of the smaller private Kruger Game Reserves. Although it may not be as large as nearby reserves such as Timbavati and Kapama, Thornybush offers an excellent Big 5 wildlife safari experience and has been the setting of choice for many wildlife documentaries. Other feats include having the first recorded white wildebeest born in the wild as well as being one of the first reserves in the Lowveld to start rhino-horn treatments in order to combat poaching.
Under the guidance of expert game rangers, guests can look forward to sighting any number of predator species that call the reserve home including lion, leopard, giraffe, wild dogs, elephant and more totaling 147 mammal species, 114 reptile, 507 bird species, 49 fish and 34 amphibians.
Situated near the western border of the Kruger National Park, Thornybush has proved time and again to offer a top notch experience with the reserve boasting a variety of community-based projects with the Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre and Cheetah Breeding Project giving visitors insight into the conservation efforts taking place at the reserve. Visitors are able to observe animals on twice-daily game drives, bush walks and hides surrounding waterholes or choose to observe the African wilderness from great heights in a helicopter, light aircraft or hot-air balloon.
Due to the close proximity of Thornybush Private Game Reserve to other reserves such as Sabi Sands or the Timbavati, it is easy and convenient to combine a trip to Thornybush with stays at a number of fantastic Kruger destinations.
A range of accommodation options in the reserve vary from rustically authentic to opulently luxurious and cater to a variety of adventure styles, all highlighting the immaculate wilderness in Thornybush. There are lodges and camps to suit couples, families, and small groups alike. Thornybush is the perfect South African safari destination and is sure to leave lasting memories.
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