thornybush COLLECTION



Come to Shumbalala and experience the spirit of the lion. The guttural roars that seem to shake the night stars as you relax in comfort on the banks of the meandering seasonal Monwana River.  The trill of seeing the first massive pug mark in the dust. And then, that unforgettable moment when untamed Africa itself looks back at you with a piercing tawny gaze.

Set in a dry, signing savannah of Acacia and Umbrella Thorn, Shumbalala enfolds you in stome-clad luxury in the heart of an ancient tapestry of natural wonder, unspoilt and untainted by the world beyond.

Intimate and exclusive, with only 4 suites to choose from, Shumbalala Game Lodge offers outstanding game viewing and bird-watching in the company of our experienced guides and rangers, or nestled in the comfort of your wing backed chair on your private viewing deck. ThePresidential Suite boasts two en-suite bedrooms, private lounge with indoor and outdoor fire places and an outdoor boma area featurning a private plunge pool. 

Come discover the prides of Africa.


Luxury Suites

Intimate and exclusive, with only 4 stone-clad luxury suites to choose from, each with an indoor fire place and private viewing deck as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

Presidential Suite

The 225 square meter luxury Presidential Suite boasts two en-suite bedrooms (one double, one twin) making this suite perfect for families (children on req.) or 2 couples travelling together.

The suite features a private dining room with butler's kitchen, minibar, separate lounge, indoor and outdoor fireplace, outdoor dining and a private plunge pool

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.

Thornybush Amani Spa

Guests accommodated at nKaya Lodge Lodge may make use of the Amani Spa situated at Thornybush Game Lodge. Guests will be transferred to the spa for their treatment and return to nKaya Lodge thereafter.

Amani African Spas is an authentically South African Spa brand, which has a distinctive 360º approach to health and wellness. This is indeed what places Amani Spas apart from other service providers in the country.

Amani's focus is on complimentary health designed and customized for the individual. Amani African Spas offer some unique therapies and are designed to bring balance to the physical, emotional and mental well-being, as well as preserve and enhance youthfulness.

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 Excursion

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 such giraffe and wildebeest. Terms & Conditions apply - additional cost.

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Absolutely unbelievable!!
— Traveller 2018