The Spa and Your African Safari

Amani African Spas is an authentically South African Spa brand, which has a distinctive 360º approach to health and wellness. This is indeed what places Amani Spas apart from other service providers in the country.

Amani’s extensive collection of spas can be found in luxury resorts, city hotels and other sought-after locations around the country.

This multi award-winning spa group has revolutionised traditional spa treatments and taken beauty beyond skin-deep. Amani's focus designed and customised for the individual. Amani African Spas offer some unique therapies and are designed to bring balance to the physical, emotional and mental well-being, as well as preserve and enhance youthfulness.

Your African Safari

Thornybush Game Lodge offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Cruisers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.

A typical day

The day starts as dawn breaks over the African bushveld. After your early morning wakeup call, coffee, tea & rusks are served on the main deck overlooking the riverbed. Shortly after, you depart in your open Land Cruiser with your experienced Rangers and Trackers who will share their extensive knowledge of the bush with you. These drives are undertaken at times best suited for game viewing which vary depending on the season but typically start early morning. Where applicable you may be invited out of the vehicle to see tracks, examine certain plants and follow spoor.

After an exhilarating hunt for tracks to see what the animals have been up to during the night, and tracking down whatever you find, you will stop somewhere out in the bush for a break of coffee or tea and a chance to stretch your legs. In winter, we keep our guests warm on the vehicle with hot water bottles & warm blankets.

After a sumptuous Breakfast is served either back at the camp or in the bush, guests are offered walks to suit their interests and fitness levels and are accompanied by an armed ranger.

Walks allow guests a better chance to see some of the smaller creatures of the bush as well as an opportunity to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region & to have a chance to follow tracks in more detail.

Our Shangaan trackers will enthral you with their explanations of the medicinal and other uses of the numerous plants and trees along with tales of traditional folklore.

The rest of the day is spent at the guests discretion, with a delicious lunch being served around 1.30pm.

The afternoon game drive is preceded by high tea and extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by spotlight.

Upon returning for a gourmet three course dinner, either in the boma, bush or lodge - guests can socialise with a cognac or single malt around the campfire or lounge before retiring to bed.

Where possible, safaris will be tailored to suit individual preferences and interest.

Service Times


Breakfast or brunch
08h30-09H00 to 10h30
Dinner Winter
Dinner Summer
20H00 - 20H30

Meals: Buffet/a la carte/table d’hôtel/ continental/English breakfast


Morning game drive departure times

05H00 Wake up call/ Morning tea 05h30  Depart 05H45
05H30 Wake up call/ Morning tea 06H00  Depart 06H15

Times that the walks depart

After breakfast
After breakfast

Afternoon/Evening game drive departure times

16H00 Afternoon Tea - Depart 16H15
15H30 Afternoon Tea - Depart 15H45