The epitome of scenic bushveld bliss

Wrap yourself in luxury and surround yourself with the finest game in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, and you’ve got yourself a place at The River Lodge. The lodge is secluded in a splendid setting of vast 14,000ha bushveld panoramas adjacent to the greater Kruger National Park.

Wake up to the golden backdrop of the African savannah, enjoyed from a rejuvenating morning dip in the private plunge pool on your elevated deck. Embark on a morning, afternoon, and evening game drive or bush walk with experienced rangers and trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bushveld with you and learn about the uses of medicinal plants from local Shangaan.

The lodge’s 4 rooms, including a grandiose 2-bedroom Royal Suite, accommodates only 8 guests and ensures a personalised wilderness experience with the option of booking out the entire camp for independent use. Furnished with style and equipped in comfort, the public areas of lounge and dining room complement a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool overlooking the waterhole. A private chef will concoct delectable dishes as you watch the sun dip behind the horizon. 


  • 14,000 hectares of nature in the Thornybush Private Nature Reserve
  • 4 rooms and a 2-bedroom Royal Suite—can book out entire camp for exclusive use
  • Private plunge pool on elevated deck; central rim flow swimming pool overlooking the waterhole
  • Morning, afternoon, and evening game drives and bush walks with knowledgeable rangers and trackers
  • Private chef to serve delicious fresh meals


Road D1771, Orpen Road

Johannesburg, Gauteng, 1380

Popular Facilities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Air-Conditioning

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From $773 per person per night
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