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Contact Details

Reservations Tel: +27 72 976 5450

​Email: info@thornybushriverlodge.co.za

Address:

Thornybush Private Nature Reserve, Orpen Road, Hoedspruit, South Africa 1380

Getting here

By Road

By Air

From the South on the R 40 (from Bushbuckridge)

  • On the R40 from Bushbuckridge

  • From Acornhoek drive approx. 5km and Turn right onto the R531 , towards Orpen Gate , Kruger National Park

  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley

  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off

  • Security will provide you with a remote for the gate immediately on your left and a second gate after which you follow signs to The River Lodge

From the North on the R 40 (from Hoedspruit)

  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge

  • Continue on this road for approx. 22.5 km until you reach a T-junction

  • Turn left which is still the R40 towards Bushbuckridge and White River

  • After approx. 2 km , turn left onto the R531 towards Orpen Gate , Kruger National Park

  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley

  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off

  • Security will provide you with a remote for the gate immediately on your left and a second gate after which you follow signs to The River Lodge

From Johannesburg to Thornybush Game Lodge Via Klaserie

( recommended)

  • The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).

  • Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left. Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)

  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Ohrigstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass

  • Continue on until you get to the Khamai reptile park on your left. Here you turn right on to the R531 towards Orpen.

  • Continue straight 32km until you get to the R531 / Orpen turnoff to your left, which you will take.

  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/ Avoca / Ilkley

  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off

  • Security will provide you with a remote for the gate immediately on your left and a second gate after which you follow signs to The River Lodge

  • There are multiple daily scheduled flights by SA Express Airways and Cemair from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport.

  • Road / Helicopter transfers can be arranged at an additional charge. It is an approximate 35 minute drive / 15 minute helicopter flight to The River Lodge. 

  • Federal Airlines also offers a shuttle service from Johannesburg to an airstrip in close proximity to The River Lodge. You will be collected by a River Lodge representative. 

  • Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require assistance with bookings.