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Introducing Saseka Tented Camp, Thornybush Game Reserve

Luke Davies - April 1, 2019

There is nothing quite as romantic and glamorous as a tented safari lodge, and so we were thrilled to hear about the 5* Saseka Tented Camp  – the latest addition to the Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa.  Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, Thornybush is rich and diverse with a mixture of open savannah and rolling bushveld, with the Drakensberg Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop to the west.  In addition to being home to the big-5, there are also some 142 species of mammals and 507 types of birds, all of which help to create an excellent year-round safari destination for those who are passionate about wildlife and nature.

The camp itself is a mixture of wood, stone and canvas that blends in with the surrounding wilderness.  With both an upper and lower deck, that provide open views of the riverbed, it is the perfect spot to end the day with a delicious meal, before retiring to the campfire and recounting stories of the day with your fellow guests.

Saseka has 8 separate luxurious tented rooms with open glass windows that provide spectacular views of the African bush.  Whether it be from the bedroom or the bathroom, there is always something to see.  Outside, each tent has its own private viewing deck with an outdoor shower, a plunge pool to cool off in the heat of the day and some sun loungers to bask in the African sun. The luxurious interiors provide plenty of comfort, but above all, to give every guest constant access to the untamed wilderness around them.

For families or small groups wanting an exclusive experience, then there is also the breath-taking Leadwood Villa.  With 2 separate rooms, the villa can accommodate up to 4 adults and 2 children, and a dedicated safari vehicle is also included, allowing for private game drives.  In addition it has a central area with a lounge and dining area that is perfect for private family meals. There is also a large outdoor viewing deck with a plunge pool and sun Loungers.

Guests wishing to indulge in a bit of R&R can visit the Thornybush Amani Spa, which all guests at Saseka can make use of. Just a short transfer from the camp,  the Spa  offers a variety of treatments and therapies that are designed and customised for the individual.

Within this big-5 reserve, the rich diversity of wildlife will insure the game viewing will always show something you were never expecting to see.

With its outstanding attention to detail and incredible service, Saseka shows off the romance that tented safaris in Africa are famous for, and looks to be an unforgettable experience – we can’t wait to see this incredible camp in person.


Saseka Tented Camp Room Exteria

Saseka Tented Camp Room Interior

Game Viewing In Thornybush

View from the main area as Saseka

Fenced or Not Fenced – that is the question

TraceyCampbell - October 16, 2013

A very common phrase that you will see when you are searching for your South African safari is the term ‘fenced reserve’.

But what exactly does this mean? For those not in the travel industry, it may seem like an extra word that has just been added to the description of the reserve, to fill out the page.  Surely everywhere has to have a fence somewhere?

Technically, yes, in South Africa every game reserve or National Park does have a fence, even Kruger and it’s neighbouring private reserves.  Somewhere along the border, there will be a fenceline that will act as a deterent to the wildlife, to stop them leaving the safe sanctuary of the reserve/Park and wandering off to visit local villages.

However, in Kruger, you are talking of an area that covers over 2 million hectares (for those reading this in the UK that is about the size of Wales (minus the sheep); for those in the States this is somewhere between the size of Conneticut and New Jersey; and for those in the rest of Europe, it is about the size of Slovenia).  So the chances of spending your entire game drive looking at a fence is fairly low, as with so much land to cover why would you?

Fenced reserves is a term therefore that is used for smaller reserves, and that is where it does actually have some significance.

For example, in the Eastern Cape, all the reserves are fenced, and in the Kruger area, you have a couple of fenced reserves, such as Kapama and Thornybush.  This is because these reserves are all independently owned, so therefore the owners have to firstly differentiate their land from their neighbours, but more importantly, they have to keep their wildlife on their land too!  As a land/reserve owner, you certainly do not want your larger game such as elephant, rhino or lions wandering off to visit another reserve, so that your guests who pay to stay at your reserve don’t get to see them!  How annoying would that be!  Equally, you don’t want your pride of lions deciding to go for a wander through the local village!

Fenced reserves tend to range vastly in size – anything from 1,500 hectares up to 25,000 hectares and upwards.  Obviously, the larger the reserve, the more wildlife the area can sustain, but this will be reflected in the rates charged.

Larger reserves can also play ‘home’ to more predators, as they equally have the space to keep the plains game and buffalo that the predators will naturally hunt for food.  Get the balance between predators and their ‘food’ incorrect and you will have a reserve full of hungry lions and no buffalo!

I have spent many a happy game drive in a fenced reserve, and to be honest, I have had some wonderful game drives and game viewing experiences.  As long as you go to a fenced reserve knowing that you will not see a herd of a million wildebeest wandering across in front of your game vehicle, or expect to see 20 different prides of lions, then there really is no reason not to have a great safari experience in a fenced reserve.

Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 at Shumbalala (Thornybush).

Paul Campbell - March 23, 2009

Stay for 3 nights for the price of 2 at Shumbalala Game Lodge in the Thornybush Game Reserve. Dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers, bushveld walks, all meals, teas, coffees and snacks, and sundowner drinks on game drives are included.

This exclusive 5* lodge is set under shady African trees lining the seasonal Monwana river in the Thornybush Game Reserve, which comprises of 14,500 hectares of fenced prime game viewing territory, and is home to the Big 5 as well as a variety of other African wildlife.

Accommodation is in 4 luxury suites. All the suites have overhead fans, air-conditioning, open fireplaces, and designer ‘picture window’ bathroom suites that includes an additional outside shower for the more adventurous and a private viewing deck.

The main lodge area has game viewing decks and swimming pools, as well as 2 lounges, a curio shop and a library in which to relax between game drives.

This offer is valid for travel between 1 March 2009 and 31 July 2009.

Thronybush Game Lodge – 3 nights for the price of 2!

Paul Campbell - January 8, 2009

Thornybush SuiteThornybush Game Lodge is offering 3 nights for the price of 2 until 31st July this year.

Thornybush is a 11,500 hectare fenced reserve just west of Timbavati and the Greater Kruger Park, and the 5* Thornybush Game Lodge is an ideal safari destination for guests hoping to see Africa’s  Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard, and Buffalo) as well as a host of other animals. 

The lodge is used to looking after celebrity guests such as Jordan and Peter Andre who renewed their marraige vows there last year, and South African-born former England Cricket Captain Kevin Pietersen who was there just a couple of weeks ago.

This is a great opportunity to live like a celebrity and see some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife for much less than the normal price!

Katie & Peter Renew Their Vows At Thornybush

Paul Campbell - October 31, 2008

The Times is reporting that British model Katie Price, also known as Jordan, and singer Peter André have  renewed their wedding vows at the Thornybush Game Lodge near the Great Kruger Park.

Katie & Peter Wedding At ThornybushNic Griffin, chief executive of the Thornybush Group, said the couple appeared very much in love:  “They basically wanted to crush the rumours that they are separating. I can vouch for the fact that they are madly in love.

“Katie loved it here. The bush did something to her … half an hour after they got off their plane I could see her start to relax. She was a changed lady.”

The couple and their entourage of seven flew to Thornybush in a private jet two weeks ago. They then jetted to Cape Town, where they spent time at the Grootbos Nature Reserve just outside Gansbaai.