Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Game Lodge, Kruger


When it comes to game lodges, it’s important that the accommodation matches the effortless magic found in the surroundings while still being luxurious. Thornybush Waterside does just that – it places guests right in the heart of the African bushveld action but with a hint of refinement washing over the property every morning.

Perched on the banks of a large natural waterhole, Waterside Lodge offers guests an intimate safari accommodation experience. This ensures that they encounter as much of the wildlife that Thornybush Game Reserve is renowned for, while still feeling like each elephant sighting is a private viewing. 


Guests are spoilt for choice at Waterside with the option to stay in one of 20 beautifully appointed suites. Each suite boasts en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and all the other mod-cons one would expect from five-star safari accommodation. 

The inspiration for the décor of each room comes directly from the untouched nature that surrounds Waterside. Guests can take in this natural splendor from the private deck. Each room is tastefully adorned with enough traditional safari flare to remind you of the adventure you seek but enough luxury to make you feel pampered everyday.


Facilities at Waterside include a well-appointed library, a swimming pool and boma under which meals can be enjoyed. Waterside also offers bush walks and safaris as well as great childrens program and babysitting.

Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome at Waterside and may be accommodated in the inter-leading suite.


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