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

  • You will go through a routine security check by the reserve's security staff. Once you have been given access, go straight for 500m and turn left at the sign indicating Thornybush River Lodge. 

  • The security gate is manned Monday - Friday from 7 am - 4 pm. If you should arrive outside of this time frame, please kindly call the lodge directly so they can open the gate for you. +27 72 806 8489.

  • Follow the signs to The River Lodge (approximately 10 mins) and remember that you are driving in Big-5 territory where all animals have the right of way.

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

  • You will go through a routine security check by the reserve's security staff. Once you have been given access, go straight for 500m and turn left at the sign indicating Thornybush River Lodge. 

  • The security gate is manned Monday - Friday from 7am - 4pm. If you should arrive outside of this time frame, please kindly call the lodge directly so they can open the gate for you. +27 72 806 8489.

  • Follow the signs to The River Lodge (approximately 10 mins) and remember that you are driving in Big-5 territory where all animals have the right of way.

From Johannesburg to Thornybush River 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 through 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 for 32km until you get to the R531/Orpen road 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.

  • You will go through a routine security check by the reserve's security staff. Once you have been given access, go straight for 500m and turn left at the sign indicating Thornybush River Lodge. 

  • The security gate is manned Monday - Friday from 7am - 4pm. If you arrive outside of this time frame, please kindly call the lodge directly so they can open the gate for you. +27 72 806 8489.

  • Follow the signs to The River Lodge (approximately 10 mins) and remember that you are driving in Big-5 territory where all animals have the right of way.

  • 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 approximately a 35-minute drive / 15-minute helicopter flight to The River Lodge. 

  • Federal Airlines also offers a shuttle service from Johannesburg to an airstrip on the Thornybush Nature Reserve, that is 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. 

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