​Expert Reviews – Thornybush GR

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Harriet Nimmo   –  
South Africa ZA
Visited: Multiple times

Harriet is a zoologist with more than 20 years’ experience. She has the privilege of working with the world’s top wildlife photographers and photo-guides.

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Great First-time Safari Destination
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Thornybush is part of the cluster of the Association of Private Reserves that are open to the Kruger National Park with no internal fences so the wildlife is free-roaming.

Thornybush makes for a great first-time safari destination. It is easily accessible from Hoedspruit airport or a five-hour drive from Johannesburg airport. It has a great reputation for sightings and if you’re lucky you should be able to see the Big Five during a two- or three-night stay. Wild dog are also possible, especially during the Dry season.

There is a variety of upmarket lodges, all part of the Thornybush Collection. They vary in price according to levels of luxury. The wildlife sightings are pretty much the same, whichever lodge you choose to stay at.

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  • 3.5/5
  • Wildlife
  • Scenery
  • Bush Vibe
  • Birding

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