KwaMbili Game Lodge provides an authentic safari experience at an affordable price. KwaMbili Game Lodge is situated in the Thornybush Game Reserve near Hoedspruit, within the Greater Kruger area. The reserve is home to the Big Five as well as an abundance of other game and bird species. This means good sightings – as you will see from our Guest Reviews. KwaMbili means “Place of Two”.

The knowledgeable rangers will introduce you to the tracks, movements, sights and sounds which give you a window into the secrets of the African bush. We offer game drives with trained ranger and tracker in open 4×4 vehicles.

A shaded camp hide allows safe observation of animals drinking at the nearby waterhole, or at the dam further away. The secluded swimming pool provides a relaxing spot for cooling off on warm days. Décor throughout the lodge is inspired by the film Out of Africa, based on Karen Blixen’s autobiography, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.


Property Facilities

  • 24-hour Security
  • Bar
  • Conference Centre
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Kiddies Club
  • Laundry Service (Available)
  • Library
  • Mobile Connectivity
  • Pool
  • Private Vehicle Available
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Spa

Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Bath
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Electrical Outlets
  • En-Suite
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access (Complimentary)
  • Laundry Service (Available)
  • Mini Bar
  • Mosquito Nets
  • Pure Cotton Linen
  • Safe
  • Shower
  • Tea / Coffee

Activities on Site

  • Big 5
  • Bird Watching
  • Fine Dining
  • Game Drives
  • Game Viewing
  • Game Walks
  • Safaris
  • Walks (Guided)

Room Types


KwaMbili Game Lodge chalets are positioned close to the main buildings. The two closest chalets can be used separately, but they have interleading doors making them ideal for families or couples travelling together. The third chalet is still close to the public areas and more private. The chalets have air-conditioning, shower and toilet, mosquito nets over the bed and a small private patio with table and chairs.


The large safari tents are further from the main building at the end of clearly marked paths. The tents are under a thatched roof, protecting them from falling leaves and making them cooler in summer. The roof extends over a small private patio with table and chairs. The tents are comfortably and romantically furnished with Out of Africa antiques. They have mosquito windows with flaps which can be opened or closed according to the weather. Each tent has its own open-air en-suite shower and flush toilet. There is electricity in the tents and in the summer a fan is provided. As the tents are on the outskirts of the camp you will have a full uninterrupted view of the bush from your patio. The camp is unfenced and animals roam freely, sometimes in the camp and around the tents. You will be safe inside the tents but after dark you will be accompanied to your tent.


About Offer: Experience the beauty of Thorny Game Reserve with these SADC Special Rates

Valid: for all new bookings from now until 15 December 2021


R1900 per person per night sharing – Sunday to Thursday only
R1980 per person per night sharing – Friday and Saturday only

Standard Terms and Conditions Apply


01 Nov 2021 – 01 Oct 2022Full BoardZAR 3 700
Safari Tent
01 Nov 2021 – 01 Oct 2022Full BoardZAR 3 900

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:


The lodge can be booked for the exclusive use of 8 people to a maximum of 10.


  • accommodation,
  • all meals, tea, coffee throughout the day, as well as two game drives per day  and VAT. 
  • Check-in is from 12h00. Our daily programme starts with lunch at 14h00 and game drives depart between 15h00 and 16h00 depending on the season. Check-out is after the morning game drive and breakfast at the latest by 11h00.


  • exclude drinks, personal expenses, gratuities and a conservation fee of R200.00 per person per day for the Thornybush Game Reserve (payable at the lodge).
  • Premium brand drinks, gratuities and fully comprehensive personal travel insurance is not included in the price.

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