Thornybush Private Nature Reserve
Monwana is located in the private 35,000-acre Thornybush Game Reserve, and is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s oldest and richest protected wilderness areas. It is home to the famed ‘Big 5’ (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo), and countless other beautiful creatures in their natural habitats. The reserve has many species of large mammals and is well-known for the quality and quantity of its sightings of Africa’s most elusive cat – the leopard. Being part of a private 35,000-acre reserve means that you will enjoy personal, uncrowded, unrushed, and close contact sightings. The wildlife density on this tract of land is quite extraordinary, thanks to the rivers, landscapes and vegetation, and the unfenced border with the Greater Kruger National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives and your guided bush walks bring you closer to this amazing natural world. Your highly qualified field guides and trackers share their diverse knowledge and they throw in a few surprises along the way. Monwana Game Lodge embodies the spirit of coming home, home to the body, mind and soul in this incredible natural world that..
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allows for breathing space and reconnection. Monwana is a luxurious lodge, which promises an utterly customized private safari experience in Africa.

The main lodge has double volume vertical space, massive cathedral windows and doors that open wide so one feels part of the bush. The main lodge is designed as a space to socialize or find a spot to call your own, whatever is preferred. There is a lounge, bar, wine cellar, boutique store, a large wraparound deck, a spa, gym, and a lap pool.

Monwana’s environment is always intimate and private and each of the Suites occupies its own unique space in the African bush, where you will feel as if it’s just you in this vast natural habitat. We know how magical the atmosphere is and have created spaces for you to enjoy it. Recline on the deck, take a shower in the open or cool off in your private plunge pool.

Comprising just six spacious Suites - four Suites that can cater for two adults; and two Family Suites with a 2nd en-suite bedroom that can comfortably accommodate two adults and up to three children. All Suites have their own private shaded deck, with an incredible bush view that can be enjoyed from the heated plunge pool and outdoor shower. There is central air-conditioning and overhead ceiling fans to ward off the summer heat, while underfloor heating and heated towel rails in the bathroom take the edge off a chilly winter’s evening. With the highest quality linen, towels, gowns and luxurious amenities, to ensure our guests feel pampered and spoiled.

Monwana Residence is a large exclusive use living space, with sweeping views over the bushveld, with two en-suite bedrooms that that caters for four adults and two children. The Residence includes a fully equipped interactive kitchen, lounge, and dining area. The wide deck, barbeque area, and fire deck are perfect for relaxing after a fantastic day in nature. There is a dedicated team that includes a private chef and residence butler, plus private game viewing vehicle and dedicated field guide team, making for a memorable African adventure experience.


  • 4 Luxury Suites with private lounge and open fireplace
  • 2 Luxury Family Suites with two bedrooms both en-suite
  • 1 Luxury Residence with two bedrooms both en-suite
  • En-suite bathrooms with bath and shower
  • Private patios and decks with private plunge pools
  • Overhead ceiling fans, air-conditioning and mosquito netting
  • Large viewing decks
  • Swimming pool
  • Open plan lounge and dining area
  • Boma with fireplace
  • Wildlife viewing directly from your room
  • Big Five game reserve
  • Situated within 35,000 acres of pristine wilderness, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, Thornybush Nature Reserve has achieved numerous world firsts, both for conservation and hospitality
  • Early morning and late afternoon into evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Spa
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities
  • Wi-Fi internet access in guest areas
  • 220v AC power
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