The Team

Renamed the Thornybush Collection in 2007, our group has since grown in stature from five to ten lodges. Of these prestigious properties, all but one is located within the pristine 14,000ha Thornybush Nature Reserve.

Our staff are dedicated, loyal and experienced, with a minimum of six years’ service for senior management positions and an average service length of four years at lodge management level.

The group places a high priority on guest satisfaction and service excellence, and we invite our guests to rate their experiences when departing from our lodges. Currently, our guest satisfaction averages 9.4 out of 10 on the 16 points measured.

We are honoured to have been nominated in the following categories of the World Travel Awards:

  • 2013 South Africa's Leading Game Reserve Brand
  • 2013 South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge
  • 2012 South Africa's Leading Game Reserve Brand
  • 2012 South Africa's Leading Nature Experience
  • 2012 South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge


Recently, our renewed focus on community upliftment projects has also brought a very favourable response from international visitors in particular.

The Group continues to leverage its bed capacity within the Reserve, and currently offers 176 beds in luxurious establishments within Thornybush Nature Reserve, and a further 9 suites at Simbambili Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand.