At Waterside Lodge you will rediscover true peace and relaxation amongst manicured gardens shaded by ancient trees. The careful design and layout of this Lodge ensure that tranquility is available to all guests, regardless of whether they are travelling as a couple, family or in a group of delegates to the on-site forty-seater conference centre.
Twenty opulently appointed Suites are up for grabs at Waterside Lodge, and these can be set up with either double or single sleeping arrangements. Children are most welcome at this Lodge and may share accommodation with their parents. Children are also catered for with specialized activities during their stay.
The Lodge has been designed to blend discreetly into the surrounding environment and the suites are carefully concealed amongst trees and vegetation, just a short, picturesque walk from the public areas along paved pathways.
Each Suite features a private wooden deck with a pristine outlook over bushveld or water, making for some interesting viewing during your leisure time. Alternatively, you can make use of the Lodge’s main viewing deck for a more social game watching experience or relax alongside the large pool overlooking the river.
Air-conditioning, thatched roofs and crisp white linen contribute to cool interiors against the African daytime temperatures, while cosy king-size beds provide restful comfort after a busy day.
The en-suite bathrooms feature a shower, a large bathtub and his and her basins. Additional features of the suites include a mini-bar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Up to forty people can be accommodated at Waterside Lodge and, although this is a large number by Thornybush standards, the personal service and attention to detail remain outstanding throughout.
Each suite features a private wooden deck with a pristine outlook , making for some interesting viewing during your leisure time. Air-conditioning, thatched roofs and crisp white linen contribute to cool interiors against the African daytime temperatures, while cosy king-size beds provide restful comfort after a busy day.
The en-suite bathrooms feature a shower, a large bathtub and his and her basins. Additional features of the suites include a minibar, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
Suites 11 and 12 share an inter-leading door for the convenience of families.
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.
Thornybush Amani Spa
Guests accommodated at Thornybush Waterside Lodge may make use of the Thornybush Amani Spa. Guests will be transferred to the Spa for their treatment and return to Waterside 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 like giraffe and wildebeest. Terms & Conditions apply - additional cost.