About Thornybush

Thornybush is one of the original nature reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park, with the first lodge opening its doors in 1961. Since then, Thornybush has added more lodges to its collection and now operates in both the Thornybush and Sabi Sand Private Nature Reserves.

Along the way, we’ve been involved in a range of wildlife projects such as the first translocation of an entire elephant herd from Kruger, one of the first leopard introductions onto a private reserve, extensive studies of pangolins and the first release of a black rhino onto a private nature reserve in the lowveld.

In 2017, Thornybush dropped its fences adjoining the world-famous Kruger National Park, allowing for new herds of wildlife to roam freely across the 14,000-hectare reserve and realise our full potential as a private nature reserve.



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