Game Lodge
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Accommodation in Thornybush Game Reserve

Jackalberry Game Lodge - Thornybush

Adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park lies 11 500 hectares of pristine African bushveld, which is the 'Thorny Game Reserve'. With an abundance of bird and mammal species including the 'Big 5'. More than sixty species of wildlife can be found in the immediate vicinity of the lodge, including lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, hyena and cheetah.

After your game drive, you can look forward to a wonderful bush brunch. An intimate table set for two awaits you. Later, relax on your patio or by the swimming pool, while enjoying the tranquil setting. Don't forget about afternoon tea!

Afternoon game drives offer more opportunities to view wildlife, including more than 280 species of birds, which have been recorded in this paradise. The majestic Drakensberg Mountains provide a spectacular backdrop for you as you enjoy "sundowners" and savoury snacks in this amazing setting. Evenings are filled with sumptuous dinners to be enjoyed "al fresco" at the "boma" or inside by the fire.


Room Description

Experience the comfort of chalet style rooms offering understated luxury, sumptuous en suite bathrooms with feature bath, double hand basins as well as indoor and outdoor showers. 

All rooms are equipped with mini-bars, electronic room safe, hair-dryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone, mosquito nets and air-conditioning. All rooms open onto patios.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Rate Include:
Accommodation, All meals, teas and snacks, morning and afternoon / evening game safaris in open Land Rovers, as well as bushveld walks.

Rates Exclude:
Airport transfers except where chartered flights land at Jackalberry Lodge. Bar, curio, telephone and laundry expenses.

Extra information

Childrens Policy:  Children are welcome however, children under the age of six years are not permitted on Game Drives. Jackalberry Lodge is unfenced and extra precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of children.

Activities (Included):  Morning and afternoon/evening game safaris in open Land Rovers with highly trained rangers and trackers. The capabilities of the vehicle are such that it is able to traverse fairly rough terrain, with the exception of ecologically sensitive areas particularly after rain. You could find yourself getting close to big game, this should not alarm you provided you observe the basic do’s and don’ts as discussed by your ranger prior to and during your safari.

When is the best time to view game?  Summer brings a multitude of beautiful migrant bird species and many newborn antelope species in thick green bushveld. In winter, with limited water sources, activity is generally around water holes, the bush is dry and thin and generally visibility is better. It is often said that there is nothing better than a winter’s day in the bushveld.

Meals (Included):  Baskets with tea, coffee, rusks, muffins and croissants are provided on the morning game drive and various savoury snacks on the evening game drive. After the morning game drive a substantial brunch is served and a high tea is served prior to the afternoon/evening game drive. A three-course dinner is served in the evening on return from the game drive.

Malaria:  Please note that this is a Malaria area. It is highly recommended that you consult your physician for advice regarding precautionary measures. 

What to Bring:   Dress is informal and items to be included are clothing of neutral colours, a pair of good walking shoes (sandals are not recommended), swimming costumes for the summer months, a warm wind proof jacket for winter mornings and evenings. A wide variety of safari clothing is available in the curio shop for sale to the public.  Binoculars and Camera. Sun hats, sun glasses, sun screen and mosquito repellent.