Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park, within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve, this luxury game lodge collection is the ideal spot for newlyweds to enjoy enticing and thrilling game drives and wildlife experiences for an unforgettable start to married life.

The unfenced 14,500 hectare Thornybush Nature Reserve invites you on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of spotting the Big 5, remarkable flora and fauna, delicious dining and the chance to recuperate in the spa. The luxurious suites and lodges allow you to take in the breathtaking, natural scenery that surrounds the reserve as well as the chance to spot the wildlife going about their daily routine as you sip your morning coffee on your deck or a dip in your private plunge pool.

Honeymoon resort information

Room Types

Thornybush Game Reserve offers premium and classic accommodation, from tented camps to lush lodges for an utterly romantic safari honeymoon surrounded by opportunities to spot magnificent wildlife within the famous Thornybush Nature Reserve. There are 12 different lodges and camps to choose from, all with its own characteristics and style.
  • Saseka Tented Camp

    Take in the sounds of nature in your own-tented suite with glass doors opening onto your own private deck with pool, sun loungers and chairs. Each tens has air conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, mini-bar, safe, and telephone. The spa is located just 10 minutes away for ultimate relaxation.
  • Thornybush Simbambili Sabi Sand

    Offering spectacular views over the woodlands and open savannah, make sure to pack your binoculars to spot wildlife passing by. Each suite features an en-suite bathroom, private salas, plunge pool and a romantic four-poster bed. Amenities include air conditioning and a mini-bar.
  • Thornybush River Lodge

    Overlooking Timbavati River, these discreet lodges are furnished with African-chic décor with high-lofted thatched roofs and floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to the outdoors to reveal an elevated deck with private plunge pool. Each lodge features a lounge area, air-conditioning, outside showers, bar, fridge freezer, coffee station and complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • Thornybush Game Lodge – Luxury Suites

    Take in the beautiful vistas of Monwana River on your Safari honeymoon at Thornybush Game Reserve in these lavish suites with everything you need to feel comfortable during your stay such as an en-suite bathroom, indoor and outdoor showers and a private deck to take in the views. Amenities include air-conditioning, mini-bar, safe, hair dryer and tea and coffee facilities.
  • Thornybush Game Lodge – Luxury / Family Suites

    Ideal for families with extra space, these luxury suites feature a large private deck with plunge pool to enjoy the outdoors. Each suite can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years. Amenities include air-conditioning, telephone, safe, mini-bar, separate bath and shower, outdoor shower, hair dryer and tea and coffee facilities.
  • Thornybush Shumbala Game Lodge – Luxury Suites

    Opulent in everyway, these lavish suites feature its own fireplace, picture window bathroom and private viewing decks for the ultimate safari honeymoon. Celebrate newly married life in style with romantic dinners on your open-air dining area and wine cellar and relax in your en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower.
  • Thornybush Shumbala Game Lodge – Presidential Suite

    The magnificent Presidential Suite serves as your Safari hideaway with an abundance of amenities to make your honeymoon extra special including and extra dining room and lounge, James-Bond-styled motorized deck pool that appears at a touch of a button. Enjoy romantic dinners in cooked by an expert chef.
  • Thornybush Waterside Lodge

    Each thatched suite blends into the natural environment of manicured gardens and abundance of trees. Each suite features an en-suite bathroom, indoor shower and patio. Amenities include air-conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, safe, separate bath and shower, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities.
  • Thornybush n’Kaya Lodge

    Located on the crest of a hill overlooking Drakensberg mountain range, these spacious double suites each feature an en-suite bath and shower and spacious bedroom.
  • Thornybush Waterbuck Game Lodge

    These luxury suites are located in the southern part of Thornybush Nature Reserve offering magnificent views to behold on your romantic South Africa safari honeymoon. Each suite feature a separate bath and shower, hair dryer, safe, mini-bar, air-conditioning and tea and coffee facilities.
  • Thornybush Serondella Lodge

    These luxurious suites are situated near the elephant’s watering hole and feature spacious living for a relaxing safari honeymoon. There are just 3 of these suites with an additional three-bedroom suite suitable for families.
  • Thornybush Monwana Lodge – Luxury King Size Suites

    These intimate suites overlook the watering hole, which can be viewed from your large private deck. Inside, enjoy the elegant décor in the en-suite king bedroom and adjoining private lounge with open fireplace.
  • Thornybush Monwana Lodge – Family Suites

    Family Suites can accommodate up to 4 guests and have comfort amenities such as air-conditioning and luxurious ben linens. Each suite has a large fully equipped bathroom with bath and shower and wooden patio to enjoy outdoor living together.
  • Thornybush Monwana Lodge – Deluxe Honeymoon Suite

    Designed for romance, these intimate suites overlook the breathtaking savannah, which can be enjoyed from the comforts of your outdoor veranda. The stunning open plan bathroom boasts of magnificent views from the sunken bath for a unique and unforgettable experience.
  • Thornybush Jackalberry Lodge

    The stunning backdrop of the northern Drakensberg Mountains can be enjoyed from these spacious chalet-styled rooms with en-suite bathroom and private patios. Amenities include telephone, hair-dryer, tea and coffee station, safe, mini-bar, air conditioning and mosquito nets.
  • Thornybush Chapungu Tented Bush Camp

    These tented accommodations offer an idea base for a wonderful and magical Safari honeymoon with overhead ceiling fans and air conditioning for comfort. Each tented accommodation features a spacious bedroom with comfy be for a relaxing nights sleep.


The thrill of seeing the 'Big 5' on one of the daily safaris and knowing that you are in a natural wonderland shared with 147 different mammals, 114 reptiles, 507 types of bird, 49 species of fish, 34 different amphibians and 336 different species of trees – Thornybush Game Reserve offers you a truly unique honeymoon.
Amani African Spas is an award-winning spa group situated in the reserve to relax and rejuvenate jet-lagged muscles with a range of treatments and therapies designed to bring balance to the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Compromising of 12 different lodges within the reserve, each with its own service and hospitality, Thornybush Game Reserve offers newlyweds a wealth of experiences and dining options to cater for your needs.


Each of the 12 lodges at Thornybush Game Reserve feature exceptional dining options and can be enjoyed in the communal areas or in the comforts of your luxurious lodge or tented accommodation.


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