It will come as no surprise that Thornybush Game Reserve—a fierce proponent of conservation in Africa—boasts an array of wildlife (including the Big 5) 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.
Thornybush has proved time and again to be on top of their game (excuse the pun) 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.
A range of accommodation options in the reserve vary from rustically authentic to opulently luxurious. They cater to a variety of different needs and are dotted across the 14,000 hectares of immaculate wilderness paradise in Thornybush. There are lodges and camps to suit couples, families, team-building activities and conferences. Weddings and other special occasions at Thornybush are sure to leave lasting memories.
- Other exciting activities in the reserve include tribal dancing, horse and elephant-back riding or a rejuvenating spa day
- Thornybush can be accessed via Eastgate Airport followed by a road transfer to the reserve or guests can charter flights to land at one of the reserve’s two airstrips
- The reserve is about six-hours’ drive from Johannesburg (depending on which entrance gate visitors will be using)
- The area is renowned for its almost ideal year-round climate