Thornybush Game Reserve

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Thornybush Game Reserve is a private game reserve, near Hoedspruit, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It borders the Kapama Game Reserve and is located close to the Timbavati Game Reserve and the Kruger Park. The Reserve's surface area is approximately 14,000 ha of mainly open savannah.


As with many private reserves in South Africa, Thornybush is managed as an eco-tourism destination, thus the Reserve is funded by means of a number of up-market private commercial game lodges located within the Reserve. They are involved in different kind of projects such as supporting local community through contributions to surrounding schools and sustainable farming. [1]


Thornybush Game Reserve shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, which means that animals can move freely between the reserve and the park. [2]

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There are in total 12 different places to stay in Thornybush Game Reserve: [3]

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  1. "Community Projects". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. "Kruger Park Reference Guide : Fauna and Flora Facts and Statistics". Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. "Lodges". Retrieved 3 April 2019.