Waterbuck Lodge

thornybush COLLECTION



Lush, green, teaming with life.  The grazing place of the great herds, the stalking ground of predators.

The African bush is at its most spectacular when water is plentiful and Waterbuck Lodge, situated on a dammed estuary in a high-water table area in the south of the Thornybush Reserve, is an ideal destination to experience the abundance of life that water attract - including the largest elephent herd in the reserve.

Waterbuck Lodge is particulary situated to exclusive-use bookings by families or groups of bush lovers.  Each of the four air-conditioned suites is located for maximum privacy and offers marvellous views of the Lodge's lush green surroundings while the large thatched open plan dining and lounge area offers supreme comfort.

A wonderul breakfast deck with a bar and very private family-sized pool overlooks the estuary and helps complete the appeal of this intimate destination.


Standard Suite

Each of the 4 suites is tastefully and individually decorated. Fully air-conditioned suites, all with generous bathrooms and lovely views across the African terrain. Each Suite has been ideally positioned to maximize privacy.

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.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of the best wildlife Africa has to offer.

Guided Bush 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.

No children under 16 years of age. Walks are per lodge managements discretion.

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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The wild in style!!
— Traveller 2018