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Thornybush Waterside Lodge

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Suite (11 & 12) | Minibar, in-room safe, free WiFi

Overview of Thornybush Waterside Lodge

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

5-star property
Luxury lodge in Bushbuckridge with outdoor pool and restaurant

9,8/10 Exceptional

17 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Internet access
  • Airport transfer
Thornybush Game Reserve, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, 1380

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In a national park
  • Kruger National Park - 53 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 33 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Bush Pub - 24 min drive
  • The Bush Pub & Inn - 24 min drive
  • JosMacs - 24 min drive

About this property

Thornybush Waterside Lodge

A great choice for a stay in Bushbuckridge, Thornybush Waterside Lodge features an airport shuttle. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/cafe, or indulge in massages, aromatherapy, or mani/pedis. Other features of this luxurious lodge include an outdoor pool, a bar/lounge, and a terrace. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and through room service
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 20 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM - midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cribs (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*
  • Supervised childcare


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • WiFi in public areas*
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast each morning
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Room service (limited hours)

Traveling with children

  • Supervised childcare

What to do

  • Wildlife and game drive

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting room
  • Computer station
  • Conference center


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wedding services


  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services


  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking


  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes and slippers

What to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer (on request)

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the onsite spa services. Services include facials, body scrubs, body treatments, and manicures and pedicures. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.


Onsite venue - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in public areas for ZAR 80.00 per stay (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.


Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Per property policy, children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives.

Also known as

Thornybush Waterside Lodge Hoedspruit
Thornybush Waterside Hoedspruit
Thornybush Waterside
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Bushbuckridge
Thornybush Waterside Bushbuckridge
Lodge Thornybush Waterside Lodge Bushbuckridge
Bushbuckridge Thornybush Waterside Lodge Lodge
Thornybush Waterside
Lodge Thornybush Waterside Lodge
Thornybush Waterside
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Lodge
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Bushbuckridge
Thornybush Waterside Lodge Lodge Bushbuckridge

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Thornybush Waterside Lodge and nearby?
Onsite recreation at Thornybush Waterside Lodge includes game viewing and a wildlife and game drive. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include spa services.
Are there restaurants at or near Thornybush Waterside Lodge?
Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Bush Pub (6.1 mi), The Bush Pub & Inn (6.2 mi), and JosMacs (6.4 mi).
Does Thornybush Waterside Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a balcony or patio.
What's the area around Thornybush Waterside Lodge like?
Thornybush Waterside Lodge is located a short 1-minute walk from Thornybush Game Reserve.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

Zelda, 3-night trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

couldn't find a fault
Incredible attention to detail from the moment we arrived until our departure. This is a beautiful, comfortable oasis with highly trained and professional staff. Rangers and trackers better than anywhere I've been before.
K, 3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Exceeded All Expectations
Thornybush was perfect from beginning to end. The staff, accomodation, food and game drives all exceeded our expectations. Well done Thornybush, we will be back.
Vanessa, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Andrew, 4-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

African Safari at its best
If you want to see African wild life and experience a luxury lodge, this is the place to go. We spent three nights at this fabulous resort. The facilities, meals and service are five star level. We enjoyed two safari outings per day with experienced and knowledgeable staff who made sure we were safe and comfortable all the time. We saw the big 5 plus many other animals, including beautiful birds. A great experience...I just wish we could go back every year,
Lidia, 3-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Best trip ever Great safaris Good food
We loved this trip everything was perfect but we thought the weather would be warmer Need to travel during their summer months Which is our winter We're from the Turks and caicos and not acclamaited to the cold We saw everything on the safaris Our guide Enoch was the best Fantastic accommodations and food
dierin, 4-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Highly recommend
Our experience at Thornybush Waterside Lodge exceeded our expectations at every level!! The service, the food, the cleanliness and amenities of the property but most of all the people!!! I cannot say enough good things about this place. Just go!! What a fabulous vacation.
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10/10 Exceptional

Loved the safari drives everyday. The guides do a great job of making sure you get to see and take great pictures. Food was amazing and the room was very nice. Would highly recommend
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8/10 Very good

Great Safary Experience!
My wife and I spend 3 nights at Thornybush Waterside Lodge. It was a great experience!!! . Great game drives with very knowledgeable and attentive ranger and tracker!! Great experience! Very ralaxing ambiance with really attentive staff!! We enjoyed it a lot!! Will recommend it to others!
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Best Safari Lodge
Amazing experience. Staff is great and lodge is amazing. Got to see all of the Big 5 and a TON of other animals. Ranger Jukula and tracker Abraham were very friendly and very devoted to providing the best experience possible.
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