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3 Day Kruger Thornhill Safari

The Kruger Thornhill Safari Lodge is located within the Guernsey private concession in the Greater Kruger. A comfortable & affordable safari lodge true to the African bush atmosphere.

This Kruger Safari Tour includes road transport from Johannesburg central hotels and OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) by shuttle service departing between 05:30 – 06:30. 

The Kruger Thornhill Safari Lodge is located close to Hoedspruit and is a self-indulged, cosy and comfortable property offering an affordable hideaway in the untamed bushveld. The Thornhill Safari Lodge is part of the natural surroundings and habitat with the surrounding concession being incorporated with the Kruger National Park.

The lodge consists of 13 authentic thatch-roof chalets each with en-suite facilities, decorated with vibrant fabrics and local hardwood furniture, they create a stylish bush atmosphere. Rooms at the Kruger Thornhill Safari Lodge are equipped with ceiling fans, mosquito nets to mention and wooden decks overlooking the pool area and surrounding bushveld. Honeymoon Suites are available with corner bathtubs and air conditioning.

The tour includes safari activities such as an afternoon game drive in the private concession, a full-day safari in the Kruger National Park and a morning nature walk. A 4- and 5-day itinerary is also available with the extra days excluding the activities (which can be included from a choice of activities - see the rates section).

IDEAL FOR: Honeymoon Couples, Weekend Getaways in South Africa, Business Group Holidays, Family Vacations.

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What makes the Thornhill Safari Lodge unique?

  • Located in a private concession bordering the Kruger without fences.
  • Small lodge, BIG on friendly service!
  • Beautiful en-suite chalets
  • 4x4 open-vehicle safaris 
  • Nature Walks
  • Family-friendly 

This tour can be booked without the road shuttle service for those arriving by flight or driving.
See also our Classic Kruger Park Safari option.

Summary

Breakfast & Dinner

3 Days / 2 Nights
Shuttle & 4x4 Vehicles

South Africa

3 Day Tour Itinerary *see below for 4 and 5-day variations

Day 1: Greater Kruger Park Big 5 game drive
Thornhill Safari Lodge welcomes you into the heart of the African bushveld on your arrival, setting the tone for a memorable safari adventure. Take the time to unwind and take in the sights and sounds of the wilderness, before heading out on a late afternoon and early evening game drive. We track elusive creatures of the night while being guided by state-of-the-art spotlights.

You are in the midst of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with animal and bird species that have captured the fascination of travellers for hundreds of years. This is the time to take advantage of all the great photographic opportunities and capture the beauty of Africa on film forever. On return from your drive, we enjoy a traditional African Boma dinner around the campfire, while being serenaded by the sounds of the African night.
(Weather permitting)
Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Full-day Kruger Park safari
Look forward to an early rise as our guides meet you, ready for a day of exploration in the celebrated Kruger National Park. The Park offers an unrivalled wildlife experience that ranks with the best not only in Africa but around the world. Its rich history dates to 1898, and its goal has always been to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld. Today, this national treasure offers 2 million hectares of unspoiled African wild.

Truly the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger remains home to an impressive number of species ranging from 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 517 birds and 146 mammals. Look forward to a safari experience that unfolds from the moment you enter the Kruger Park and explore the best game drive routes the Park has to offer.

Your game drive takes you to a remote site where we stop for a picnic brunch. After brunch, the rest of the day is spent discovering the Kruger Park’s various viewpoints and waterholes. We return to the comforts of Thornhill Safari Lodge, where we enjoy yet another taste of traditional African cuisine before retiring to the peaceful sounds of the African bush.
Brunch and Dinner

Day 3: Nature Walk
Rising early, we head off on a game walk where you can explore the reserve on foot. Our rangers know how to entertain guests with fascinating facts as they lead you in tracking game in the wild. After a tasty breakfast, we greet you farewell as you depart on the next leg of your journey.
Breakfast


4-Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger Park Big 5 game drive
Millions of people from all walks of life have booked safari adventures in the Kruger National Park. All were in search of getting up close and personal with Africa, the way it was always meant to be experienced. At Thornhill Safari Lodge, we welcome you to our world-class lodge upon arrival. Once you settle into camp and enjoy a scrumptious, traditional African lunch in the heart of the bushveld, you are all set for your adventure.

Take in the sights and sounds of the African wilderness before we head out for a before heading out on a late afternoon and early evening game drive. We track elusive creatures of the night while being guided by state-of-the-art spotlights.

You are in the midst of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world, with animal and bird species that have captured the fascination of travellers for hundreds of years. This is the time to take advantage of all the great photographic opportunities and capture the beauty of Africa on film forever. On return from your drive, we enjoy a traditional African Boma dinner around the campfire, while being serenaded by the sounds of the African night.
(Weather permitting)
Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Full-day Kruger Park safari
Enjoy an early rise as our friendly safari guides meet you for the start of your next safari adventure through the renowned Kruger National Park. The Park actually has an exceedingly interesting history which dates back to 1898. Its purpose has always been to protect the wildlife of the South African Lowveld, providing nearly 2 million hectares of unspoiled and diverse life forms. Considered the flagship of the South African National Parks system, the Kruger is home to an impressive number of species including 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 517 birds and 147 mammals.

Your safari kicks off the moment we enter the Kruger, as you explore the best game drives that the Park has to offer. Throughout the day, we explore various viewpoints and waterholes until we reach a remote site for a tasty picnic brunch. Once an exciting day draws to a close, we return to the modern comforts of Thornhill Safari Lodge, we enjoy yet another taste of exquisitely prepared and traditional African cuisine. You then retire for the night, surrounded by the beautiful serenade of the African bush.
Brunch and Dinner

Day 3: Leisure Day This is your leisure day, where you can soak in the African sun, relax at the lodge and sip on cocktails around our inviting swimming pool. Or you and the family can partake in any of our numerous exciting activities on offer. Take a Big Five game drive, visit a local animal rehabilitation centre or just spend the day taking in the sights and sounds around you at the lodge. After a day spent relaxing in the distinct African ambience of the lodge, you can look forward to enjoying delicious African dishes prepared by our gifted chefs.
Breakfast, Lunch (depending on what optional activities are done) and Dinner

Optional Activities:
• Big Five Game Drive
• Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
• Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
• Cycling Safari

Day 4: Nature Walk
Rising early, we head off on a game walk where you can explore the reserve on foot. Our rangers know how to entertain guests with fascinating facts as they lead you in tracking game in the wild. After a tasty breakfast, we greet you farewell as you depart on the next leg of your journey.
Breakfast


5-Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Greater Kruger Park Big 5 game drive
Africa has always captured the imagination of the world. Travellers from all walks of life have travelled great distances to come up close and personal with the magical ambience that is unique to this continent. Upon your arrival at Thornhill Safari Lodge, we welcome you to our world-class lodge and help you to settle into camp. Following this, you can look forward to a scrumptious lunch smack in the middle of the African bushveld.

Now is the time to relax and take in the sounds and sights of the African wilderness, before heading out on a late afternoon and early evening game drive. We track elusive creatures of the night while being guided by state-of-the-art spotlights.

Always under the guidance of our seasoned rangers, you will learn about nature’s finer details while tracking the game and learning about the diverse species making up this fascinating ecosystem. Upon returning from our drive, we enjoy a traditional African Boma dinner around the campfire, while letting the sounds of the African night wash over you. (Weather permitting)
Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: Full-day Kruger Park safari
Look forward to an early rise as you are met by our team of friendly safari guides. This is where you depart for the highly anticipated Kruger National Park adventure, which is sure to leave you changed for the better. The Kruger National Park is truly the crowning jewel of South Africa’s national parks network, providing more than 2 million of unspoiled and unrivalled diversity of its many life forms.

Enjoy the sights and sounds that this world-famous park has to offer. The Kruger is home to an impressive number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 517 birds and 147 mammals.

However, your safari experience isn’t done yet! This is the part where we explore some of the best game drive routes that the Kruger has to offer. After a morning of fun exploration, we stop off at a remote site where you enjoy a fun picnic brunch. After brunch, the rest of the day is spent exploring the many different Kruger viewpoints and waterholes along the way. Following a memorable day of exploration and experiences, we return to the modern comforts of Thornhill Safari Lodge, we enjoy yet another taste of traditional African cuisine before retiring to the peaceful sounds of the African bush for the night.
Packed Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Leisure Day
This is your leisure day, where you can soak in the African sun, relax at the lodge and sip on cocktails around our inviting swimming pool. Or you and the family can partake in any of our numerous exciting activities on offer. Take a Big Five game drive, visit a local animal rehabilitation centre or just spend the day taking in the sights and sounds around you at the lodge. After a day spent relaxing in the distinct African ambience of the lodge, you can look forward to enjoying delicious African dishes prepared by our gifted chefs.
Breakfast, Lunch (depending on what optional activities are done) and Dinner

Optional Activities:
• Big Five Game Drive
• Morning Game Drive
• Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
• Panorama Route and Blyde River Canyon
• Kapama Cheetah Project
• Cycling Safari

Day 4: Panorama Route 
We depart Thornhill after breakfast and enjoy spending the rest of the day exploring the sights along the Drakensberg Escarpment’s Panoramic Route, including the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels, Gods Window and a few quaint little villages along the way. Following this, we make the trek back to Thornhill in the late afternoon in time to freshen up before again enjoying some delicious bushveld cooking.
Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5: Nature Walk
Rising early, we head off on a game walk where you can explore the reserve on foot. Our rangers know how to entertain guests with fascinating facts as they lead you in tracking game in the wild. After a tasty breakfast, we greet you farewell as you depart on the next leg of your journey.
Breakfast

Thornhill Safari Lodge

  South African Rand US$
(Subject to ROE)
EURO
(Subject to ROE)
3 Day Itinerary
2024 Rates
01 Jan -
31 Dec 2024
R 10,650 pp sharing US$ 560 pp sharing € 505 pp sharing
R 12,440 pp single US$ 650 pp single € 590 pp single
R 8,190 per child u/12yrs US$ 430 per child u/12yrs € 390 per child u/12yrs
4 Day Itinerary
2024 Rates
01 Jan -
31 Dec 2024
R 12,285 pp sharing US$ 645 pp sharing € 585 pp sharing
R 14,970 pp single US$ 785 pp single € 710 pp single
R 9,010 per child u/12 yrs US$ 470 per child u/12yrs € 430 per child u/12yrs
5 Day Itinerary
2024 Rates
01 Jan -
31 Dec 2024
R 15,900 pp sharing US$ 830 pp sharing € 760 pp sharing
R 19,480 pp single US$ 1,020 pp single € 930 pp single
R 11,150 per child u/12 yrs US$ 585 per child u/12yrs € 530 per child u/12yrs

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Rates in South African Rand are fixed. Rates in US$ and Euro are subject to exchange rates.
Child Policy: Children are allowed.
 

Includes:

  • Return shuttle transport from Johannesburg
  • Accommodation in Standard en-suite Chalets
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as per itinerary
  • Game activities as mentioned

Excluded:

  • Flights (can be added on request)
  • Drinks, Laundry, Gratuities, Internet & curios
  • Optional excursions
  • Items of Personal Nature
Optional activities from: 2023 2024
Full Day Kruger Game Drive R 1,950 pp R 2,090 pp
Big Five Game Drive R 1,400 pp R 1,540 pp
Conservancy Night Drive R 500 pp R 500 pp
Panorama Route Day tour R1,800 pp R 1,980 pp
Blyde River Canyon River Cruise R 1,050 pp R 1,050 pp
Cycling Safari R500 pp R 600 pp
Moholoholo Wildlife Centre R 950 pp R 950 pp
Morning bush walk R 400 pp R 450 pp
Spa treatments R 1,130 pp R 1,500 pp

 

Prices are subject to change due to airfare increases, fluctuations and any unforeseen circumstances, without prior notice.
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