Jackalberry Lodge

Sole use lodge featuring large thatched suites in the Thornybush Reserve.
Thornybush is a 14,000-hectare private nature reserve that shares a fenceless border with the famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.
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There’s just something about Jackalberry’s location that makes you happy to sit back, listen to the sounds of the bush on a quiet afternoon and watch the light slowly change on the northern escarpment of the Drankensberg mountain range.

Nataly and Natasja will make you feel right at home, while Ocean’s infectious laugh rings throughout the lodge while also impressing you with his exhaustive knowledge of bird calls.

Jackalberry is a place to slow down and unwind while also mixing in the thrill of world-class game viewing. Overlook a nearby waterhole often visited by elephants and antelope, guests can enjoy wildlife sightings, without having to leave the comfort of the main area.

The hacienda has mottled shade for long, relaxed lunches, while our pool and firepit are also firm favorites with guests. Combined, all these elements create a special feeling at Jackalberry, that keep guests coming back time and again. The thatched suites have a home-away-from-home feel, allowing guests space and privacy while also being close to the lodge’s main area.

All suites have both inside and outside showers, as well as a large bath. The private veranda allows for some casual game-viewing or a perfect place to read a book. The classic safari decor adds a bit of local flair to the chalet-style suites, which are all en-suite.

Twice daily, open-vehicle game drives are conducted by a trained guided and tracker team, ensuring great sightings including close up encounters with the Big 5.

SADC 4 Night Midweek Rate


per person sharing per night incl. all meals and game drives. Min/Max stay 4 Nights. Valid until 15 December 2021.

Special SADC Rate


per person sharing per night inclusive of all meals and game drives. Valid until 15 December 2021 and then 05 January - 28 February 2022.

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night

    Game drives, Bush Walks
    All meals (unless self-catering option is selected)
    Wood is supplied
    Water is supplied
    Ice is supplied
    Pool towels
    All Amenities and Linen in Rooms
    Cooler Boxes & Hot Boxes

Big 5 encounters are the standout experiences for our guests, with visitors particularly impressed with the lion and leopard sightings. It’s the vast diversity of wildlife, however, that has seen Thornybush emerge as a leading safari destination

With our passionate and expert guide-and-tracker teams leading the way, our guests leave with a genuine understanding of our entire ecosystem and the enthralling cast of animals.