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The River Lodge at Thornybush

Luxury lodge in Hoedspruit with outdoor pool and restaurant

  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking

Restrictions related to your trip

This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

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Road D1771, Orpen Road, Hoedspruit, 1380, Limpopo, South Africa
9.8.Exceptional.
  • ...that do this "experience" justice! I love to travel and have been blessed to be able…

    Jul 20, 2017

  • The staff and accommodation a were great! Huge private villa with your own deep patio…

    Mar 7, 2017

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk

Feel at home

  • Refrigerator
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Separate sitting area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

What’s around

  • Andover Nature Reserve - 5.1 mi / 8.3 km
  • Timbavati Game Reserve - 5.3 mi / 8.5 km
  • Mafunyani Cultural Village - 5.4 mi / 8.6 km
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - 12.7 mi / 20.5 km
  • Nyani Cultural Village - 13.1 mi / 21 km
  • Kruger National Park - 14.6 mi / 23.5 km

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What’s around

Landmarks

  • Andover Nature Reserve - 5.1 mi / 8.3 km
  • Timbavati Game Reserve - 5.3 mi / 8.5 km
  • Mafunyani Cultural Village - 5.4 mi / 8.6 km
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - 12.7 mi / 20.5 km
  • Nyani Cultural Village - 13.1 mi / 21 km
  • Kruger National Park - 14.6 mi / 23.5 km
  • Orpen Gate - 14.6 mi / 23.5 km
  • Manyeleti Game Reserve - 14.9 mi / 24 km
  • Thornybush Game Reserve - 15.3 mi / 24.6 km
  • Kapama Game Reserve - 17 mi / 27.4 km

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 86 min drive
  • Mala Mala (AAM) - 82 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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Road D1771, Orpen Road, Hoedspruit, 1380, Limpopo, South Africa

At a glance

Size

  • 4 cabins
  • Arranged over 1 floor

Arriving/leaving

  • Check-in time 2 PM-8:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • This destination may have COVID-19 travel restrictions in place, including specific restrictions for lodging. Check any national, local, and health advisories for this destination before you book.

Special check-in instructions

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Children

  • No cribs (infant beds)

Pets

  • No pets or service animals allowed

Internet

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms

Transfers

  • Airport shuttle from 10 AM to 3 PM*

Parking

  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free onsite valet parking
*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

The manager

Speaks: English

At the property

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Room service
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Number of outdoor pools - 1

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wedding services

Facilities

  • Number of buildings/towers - 8
  • Year Built - 2006
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas

Languages Spoken

  • English

In the cabin

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Bathrobes
  • Slippers

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Turndown service
  • Premium bedding

Things to enjoy

  • Private plunge pool
  • Fireplace
  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Separate sitting area

Freshen up

  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator

More

  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features

Dining

The River Lodge Kitchen - Overlooking the garden, this restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Fees & policies

Mandatory feesPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:

  • Destination fee: ZAR 495 per person, per night

This property's mandatory destination/conservation and tourism fees are collected in advance of arrival to ensure access to the property.

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 600 per person (one-way)

Children and extra bedsPay at property

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 1 and 8 costs ZAR 600 (one-way)

Hygiene and cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.

Policies

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

This property does not have elevators.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

  • River Lodge Thornybush
  • The River At Thornybush
  • The River Lodge at Thornybush Lodge
  • The River Lodge at Thornybush Hoedspruit
  • The River Lodge at Thornybush Lodge Hoedspruit
  • River Lodge Thornybush Hoedspruit
  • River Thornybush
  • River Thornybush Hoedspruit
  • Thornybush River Lodge

*See fees and policies for additional details or extra charges

FAQs

  • This property is closed from October 1 2020 to September 30 2022 (dates subject to change).
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self and valet parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2 PM - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Yes, The River Lodge Kitchen offers garden views.
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available from 10 AM to 3 PM on request. The charge is ZAR 600 per person one-way.
  • The River Lodge at Thornybush has private plunge pools and a garden.
9.8.Exceptional.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Amazing experience in a super-friendly atmosphere

    We had an amazing time at the Riverlodge. The accomodation was very clean and well-maintained, the rooms were luxurious and elegant and the overall atmosphere verycomforting and relaxing. The game drives very well-organized and diverse - we saw all big 5 animals on our 4 excursions, but we also spend time looking at and learning about the smaller things: insects, birds, vegatation, which was very interesting. My favorite thing were the meals, though: we sat together with our hosts and shared stories about the park, the animals and also South Africa in general. It was very much like a family setting, very comfortable, inviting and also fun. I definitely recommend this place and already want to go back. One thing to note: we called in advance about airport pick-up from Hoedspruit airport and must have reached a wrong number via our expedia booking confirmation. We were told that there is no pick-up and we had to rent a rental car from the airport, which is not true: the lodge can offer pick-up and I recommend contacting the correct number on their website to arrange it.

    Alex, Other trip, Mar 3, 2014

    Verified Expedia guest review

  • 10.0.Exceptional

    We stayed at River Lodge in May 2019 ( Royal suite). Very comfortable spacious accommodations with mix of XIX century and modern styles. Staff is professional: respectful of the guests privacy and available to assist when needed. There are only 6 suits and, therefore, just a few guests around; so you’d get to enjoy the nature unaffected by human noise. Chefs: Anna and Nomi were excellent and their cooking was very enjoyable. Ranger team ( Darryn and Abed) were always able to find an exciting scene for us. We had two games every day and they were never old or repetitive. Saw all big 5 within 2 days. There is no 24h room service; so if you think you might need something at night( we were quite affected by the jet lag), make sure to ask in advance. In the evening Anna always left us an early (4am) snack for us to enjoy before 6am game. Mornings are chilly in May ; so bring a warm hat:) there was a pool , but we were way more excited to see an elegant drinking from it than swim ourselves. How to get there: Lodge will pick you up from Hoedspruit airport( about40min drive). Highly recommend. Lovely place.

    5 night romance trip, May 13, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Safari experience deluxe

    We were blown away by the safari adventure, food, scenery and friendly knowledgeable staff at the River Lodge @ Thornybush. We saw most of the big 5 in our first game drive! This cosy and personal lodge will not disappoint

    Nicky, Other trip, Mar 23, 2014

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great staff, location and game drives

    Fantastic rooms, warm pool and beautiful outlook

    Karen, Other trip, Mar 26, 2014

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  • 8.0.Very Good

    Direkt im Park mit viel Komfort uv

    Die Anfahrt muss neu erklärt werden, sonst kein Ankommen möglich; Bungalows riesig, aber nicht besonders sauber, Christin kocht für alle (Max. 8 Gäste) täglich frisch, aber nicht abwechslungsreich, gemütliches Beisammensein nach den Drives an einem gemeinsamen Tisch, super! Wasser kommt aus dem nahe gelegenen Fluss direkt aus dem Grundwasser (Achtung, darauf weist niemand hin).

    I + R, Romance trip, May 7, 2014

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Versteckter Juwel

    Die Lodge, wenn auch sehr schwierig zu finden, ist ein Traum. Alles perfekt! Das Team vor Ort ist sehr aufmerksam und zuvorkommend. Die angebotenen Safaris waren perfekt organisiert und mit viel Liebe zum Tier und der Natur aufbereitet. Zum Sonnenuntergang gabs eine kleine Pause mit Wein und Snack. Unser Guide war sehr aufmerksam und schaffte es dass wir schon am ersten Abend drei der "big 5" aus nächster Nähe und in aller Ruhe beobachten, den restlichen 2 begegneten wir in der Morgensafari und natürlich viele, viele mehr. Erholung pur nach den Safaris im eigenem Pool und mit Blick auf vorbeiziehende Elefanten. Gnus, Affen und Impalas sind ständige Gäste an der Lodge. Das Essen, vor allem das Frühstück war abwechslungsreich und sehr landestypisch-lecker. Schade, 2 Tage waren einfach zu kurz

    Ruth, Other trip, Mar 17, 2014

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Exelente !!!!

    gostaria de dizer sobre a minha excelente estadia no hotel, foi tudo maravilhoso , muito melhor do que eu poderia imaginar ! Hotel lindo com uma linda vista , nosso quarto era excelente , grande e com tudo que precisávamos para uma excelente estadia , com muitos animais, inclusive elefantes passando na frente para nos fazer uma visita ! Gostaríamos de agradecer ao excelente atendimento de todos do hotel , toda equipe foi oque fez nossa estadia ser ainda melhor . Os safáris foram muito bom Com nosso Rager Stanley nos explicando e tirando todas as dúvidas que tínhamos ! Obrigada a todos por tornar nossa lua de mel ainda mais inesquecível !!!

    Isabela, Romance trip, Feb 24, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Place to go for game drives in private setting

    With only 4 rooms max 8 people this private game resort is the place to go if you really want to enjoy luxury at your own pace and to your own like. The setting of this lodge is perfect, you really enjoy safari as it should be with almost all the animals passing through right at your door step! With their highly dedicated serviced minded friendly staff making your stay to something you will never forget. Game drives are perfectly tuned to your wishes and everything possibly is done to make your wishes come through by their highly professional and passioned rangers.

    Chong, Other trip, Apr 1, 2014

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Sandra, Other trip, Apr 9, 2014

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