Thornybush is one of the original nature reserves in the Greater Kruger National Park, with Jackalberry Lodge one of its preferred accommodation establishments. In 2017, Thornybush dropped fences between the reserve and the world-famous Kruger National Park, allowing wildlife to roam freely across the 14 000-hectare reserve. With a view on the northern escarpment of the Drankensberg mountain range Jackalberry is a place to unwind but also to experience world-class game viewing. The lodge overlooks a nearby waterhole often visited by elephants and antelope, so you can enjoy wildlife sightings even without leaving the comfort of the lodge.
Departing from the Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport Bus Terminal by 07:00am, travel eastwards via the N4 motorway through the Highveld of Gauteng and Mpumalanga, down the escarpment and into the Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit in Limpopo.
The drive may take about six to seven hours, during which you will stop for refreshments to reach the lodge around mid-day.
You will have time to freshen up and relax and depart on an open safari vehicle for your first afternoon game drive in the reserve. After watching the sun set you will return to the lodge where dinner will be ready.
You overnight in your luxury accommodation at Jackalberry Lodge and your lodging includes lunch and dinner.
Get up very early each morning to enjoy a hot beverage and rusks before departing on the first game drive of the day to catch some nocturnal animals still out hunting, and witness the sun rising.
You will return to the lodge to enjoy a late breakfast and can spend the rest of the day lazing around and relaxing in the tranquillity of the bush.
Your afternoon game drive will depart at about 16:00 and return after sunset just in time for another scrumptious dinner under the African skies.
You overnight in your luxury accommodation at Jackalberry Lodge and your deal includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
On the last day of your stay you will get another early wake-up call, enjoy your hot beverage and rusks, and depart on the final game drive.
After experiencing another African sunrise, you return to the lodge for breakfast before departing to Johannesburg. You will arrive at your drop-off point around 17:00.
Your deal today includes breakfast at the lodge.