The River Lodge

thornybush COLLECTION


 

Overview

Discover your own private Eden and let the opulent indulgence of Thornybush The River Lodge enfold you.

Set in the vast panoramas of the Thornybush Nature Reserve, on the seasonal Monwana River, Thornybush The River Lodge offers you a truly personalised, secluded wilderness experience - a seamless blend of Big Five encounters and 5-star luxury that restores body and soul.

the lavish, air-conditioned accommodation is limited to just eight guests in four high-lofted thatched suites, each with an African chic theme, including the 2-bedroom Royal Suite.  While each suite is discrreetly positioned, with its own elevated viewing deck and private plunge pool to ensure a unique and private bush experience, the opportunity to reserve the entire camp for your exclusive use is a reality.

The spacious lounge and dining areas are exceptionally desigened and exquisitely furnished, with your own privare chef on hand to prepare delectable cuisine before your eyes.

Drink in the serenity of the African sunset from the sparkling rim flow pool, overlooking the busy water hole and discover true tranquillity in the beating heart of the bush.

Rooms:

Luxury Suite

Each of the lodges 3 Luxury Suites are spacious and decorated in sophisticated African chic, flowing out on to an elevated deck with private plunge pool and magnificent views. High-lofted thatched roofs add to the ambience and the bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open to allow the outdoors in, for ultimate relaxation overlooking spectacular views while you soak in the bathtub. An outside shower completes the experience.

At The River Lodge you can look forward to restful slumber in supremely comfortable beds, swamped in mosquito nets and air-conditioned comfort, along with the kind of service that
dreams are made of.

Honeymoon Suite

The recently added Honeymoon Suite is ideally located to offer maximum privacy. The Suite features a private lounge, master bedroom (en-suite), spacious outdoor deck with a heated plunge pool.

The generous glass windows in the bathroom allow for ultimate relaxation overlooking spectacular views while you soak in the bathtub. An outside shower completes the experience.

Royal Suite

The Royal Suite boasts a large private lounge area, flanked on either side by two luxury en-suite bedrooms decorated in sophisticated African chic with bathrooms featuring floor-to-ceiling glass doors allowing the outdoors in, for ultimate relaxation overlooking spectacular views while you soak in the bathtub. An outside shower completes the experience.

A feature fire pit situated on the deck as well as a heated plunge pool ensures total relaxation, overlooking the seasonal Monwana River and positioned to blend naturally into the surrounding environment to ensure a personalised and private luxury experience.

At The River Lodge you can look forward to restful slumber in supremely comfortable beds, swamped in mosquito nets and air-conditioned comfort, along with the kind of service that
dreams are made of.

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 Bush Walks

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the 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.

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

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Reviews:

Probably the best Game Lodge that we have stayed in!
— Traveller 2018