Jackalberry Lodge


Undiscovered safari destination at your fingertips

Escape the city crowds (and those of Kruger National Park) with a stay at Jackalberry Lodge in the 14,000 hectare Thornybush Game Reserve. Forming part of the Greater Kruger Area, this reserve is not only home to the Big 5 but is also not bound by national park restrictions like the lodges in the adjacent Kruger. 

Guides will take guests off-road to bring them closer to the resident wildlife, while night drives will unveil the reserve’s nocturnal occupants. South Africa’s looming Drakensberg mountains are a distant backdrop to the reserve, providing a picturesque setting to the birding and walking safaris that visitors can also enjoy. All seasons highlight the different attributes of Thornybush, truly making it a year-round destination.

Jackalberry Lodge accommodates a maximum of 16 guests in its intimate and luxurious setting. All Rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and a private patio. The family-friendly bushveld retreat promises endless excitement for the little ones, while adults can enjoy the lodge’s swimming pool, library, delicious cuisine and curio shop when they are not traversing the reserve in search of wildlife. 



  • Located in the Thornybush Game Reserve, home to the Big 5 and a prolific bird population 
  • Off-roading and night drives are permitted, unlike in neighbouring Kruger 
  • Can only accommodate 16 guests, making it a truly intimate safari destination 
  • Year-round destination
  • Daily flights land in Hoedspruit airport from OR Tambo. Otherwise visitors chartering a private plane can leave from Johannesburg or Cape Town and land at Thornybush’s airstrip 
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Jackalberry Lodge
Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Kruger National Park
South Africa

A world away from the Kruger crowds and unbound by national park restrictions, visitors to Jackalberry Lodge in Thornybush Reserve will be enthralled by this prolific birding and Big 5 wildlife destination. Indulge in morning and afternoon/evening game drives with the added benefit of being able to off-road in pursuit of the reserve’s inhabitants. 

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