Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Kruger National Park

This 13,816-hectare reserve is a collaboration between 12 lodges (the number keeps going up every year), with a focus on high-end comforts and excellent game drives. As with all of the private reserves, it's big on conservation and community projects. All of the lodges can be contacted through the Thornybush website.

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