Jackalberry Lodge

thornybush COLLECTION


 

Overview

The gigantic spreading Jackalberry (or African Ebony) tree is a bushveld icon, providng fruit and browsing for countless animals from elephant and rhino, baboons and antelope through to emperor butterfly larva.  Its thick foliage and deep spreading shade provides refuge and shelter from predators and the heat of the day to birds and mammals alike.

Like our namesake Jackalberry Lodge is a place of calm, a place of plenty, and a gathering place for friends and family.  Here, in the heart of the Thornybush Nature Reserve you will find an oasis of understated elegance, the perfect environment to reconnect with wild Africa against a backrop of the Northern Drakensberg.

Every thatched suite boasts superb views from the private patio or corner tub in the en-suite bathroom, with an extra outdoor shower allowing you to freshen up surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush.

All the rooms are elegantly furtnished with king-size beds and downy soft linen. The Family Suite has an extra bedroom with twin beds, while the Honeymoon Suite has a private lounge.

Rooms:

Standard Suite

The views from each Suite are superb and your private patio is the perfect place from which to submerge yourself in nature's harmony. All the rooms are elegantly furnished with king-size beds and downy soft linen. The Family Suite has an extra bedroom with twin beds, while the Honeymoon Suite has a private lounge.

En suite bathrooms wrap you in luxury, with double basins, a shower and corner tub overlooking an environment teeming with game. An extra outdoor shower provides a novel way to freshen up, to the lyrical strains of the bushveld choir.

Family Suite

The views from each Suite are superb and your private patio is the perfect place from which to submerge yourself in nature's harmony. All the rooms are elegantly furnished with king-size beds and downy soft linen. The Family Suite has an extra bedroom with twin beds, while the Honeymoon Suite has a private lounge.

En suite bathrooms wrap you in luxury, with double basins, a shower and corner tub overlooking an environment teeming with game. An extra outdoor shower provides a novel way to freshen up, to the lyrical strains of the bushveld choir.

Activities & features:

Dawn and Dusk Safaris

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After an early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck. Shortly after, depart in an open Land Rover with experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight.

Guided Bushveld Walks

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the riverbed or bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

Hlokomela Community Project

Guests are invited to visit to the HLOKOMELA community project encompassing local initiatives to provide services to the local communities. The Thornybush Collection chooses to support the HLOKOMELA Community Projects and invites guests to visit the project which is approx. 45 mins drive from Thornybush Nature Reserve in an air-conditioned minibus. Terms & Conditions available on request. Additional costs apply.

Hot Air Balloon

One-hour long flight over the scenic, Lowveld section of the Blyde River. As the sun rises, the landscape, the vegetation and, if you're lucky, some wildlife will provide photo opportunities. Game spotting cannot be guaranteed but on most flights we see plains game like giraffe and wildebeest. Terms & Conditions apply - additional cost.

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Reviews:

Trip of a lifetime. Very close encounters.
— Traveller 2018