Family safaris at Thornybush Game Lodge

In ADVENTURE, AFRICA by Janice and George1 Comment

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Biscuit baking, bug walks and pool picnics on a safari?

Yes, when you take the kids to Thornybush Nature Reserve. The 38,000-acre private game reserve in the northeastern Limpopo province of South Africa is one of the few in the country offering family safaris and child-friendly lodges.

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Kids enjoy a bush walk to track paw prints – photo Thornybush Game Lodge

The biggest player is the Thornybush Collection of four- and five-star game lodges.

It owns or operates nine of the reserve’s 11 lodges. Children are actively welcomed at both Thornybush Game Lodge and Serondella, while other lodges in the collection accept youngsters if the family books out the sole use of the camp.

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View from the deck of Thornybush Game Lodge – photo Thornybush Game Lodge

Aren't these lion cubs adorable? photo Pierre Mouton

Aren’t these lion cubs adorable? photo Pierre Mouton

Children must be six and older to go out on game drives. Your family is assigned a ranger-guide who enjoys interacting with young guests, and drives can be tailored to suit kids’ interests and attention spans.

Kids are unlikely to get bored on game drives – not when they see, almost within touching distance from their open Land Cruiser, a cheetah bloodily devouring an impala (gross!) or a hyena suckling her pups (cute!).

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Cheetah sighting – photo Thornybush Game Lodge

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A hyena mother suckles her pup

Continue reading our story on family safaris…

See our travel article, Family Safari in South Africa, published on the TravelAge West website. (And if you’re looking for a honeymoon-worthy, adults-only safari lodge, read our review of Simbambili Game Lodge in Sabi Sand Game Reserve.) 

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  1. An African safari is at the top of our family’s travel wish list. What a great place to enjoy the animals. Glad to know there are family-friendly safaris out there. My kids would love this. Thanks for this!

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