Map & Directions

DRIVING

From NELSPRUIT (158 km / 2 hours)
From Nelspruit take the R40 through White River and then onto HAZYVIEW.
Continue on the R40 towards BUSHBUCK RIDGE.
Drive through BUSHBUCK RIDGE and on to ACORNHOEK – continue through ACORNHOEK towards KLASERIE, until you reach the turn-off towards HOEDSPRUIT / EASTGATE AIRPORT – turn right here (do not turn at the Orpen sign).
Drive 1 km and turn right towards GUERNSEY and pass through the GUERNSEY ACCESS CONTROL GATE (look out for the Thornybush Nature reserve signs).
Drive 12 km and at the T-Junction, turn left towards THORNYBUSH MAIN GATE.
Drive 5 km and turn right into the THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE.

From Johannesburg / Pretoria (500+ km about 5.5 to 6 hours)

From the airport drive towards Boksburg (R23) then turn onto the N12 towards Witbank.
Take N12 from Johannesburg to Witbank or take N4 from Pretoria to Witbank. At Witbank, the N12 & N4 merge – continue on the N4 to BELFAST.
Turn off the N4 at BELFAST and drive into the town. At 2nd Stop Street, turn right towards DULLSTROOM.
Continue on this road, through DULLSTROOM and on to MASHISHING (formerly LYDENBURG). Beware of this piece of road as there are sections with potholes.
In MASHISHING, follow signs for OHRIGSTAD (you will be turning left this is the most direct route) – drive through OHRIGSTAD and continue along this road for another 97 km, until you reach the town of HOEDSPRUIT.
Drive through Hoedspruit – turn RIGHT at the 4th stop street, towards BUSHBUCKRIDGE/ BOSBOKRAND (R40).
Drive for 7 km – turn LEFT towards EASTGATE AIRPORT / TIMBAVATI and pass through the GUERNSEY ACCESS CONTROL GATE.
Drive for 17 km – turn RIGHT towards GUERNSEY (Look out for the Thornybush Main Lodge signs).
Drive for 11 km – turn LEFT into the THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE.

From ORPEN Gate – Kruger National Park (66 km about 45 minutes)

Drive approx 40kms towards KLASERIE until you reach a T-Junction and stop street, turn right , drive 2 km and turn right towards HOEDSPRUIT / EASTGATE AIRPORT.
Drive 1 km and turn right towards GUERNSEY and pass through the GUERNSEY ACCESS CONTROL GATE.
Look out for the large brown signs for Thornybush Nature reserve. Drive 12 km and at the T-Junction, turn left towards THORNYBUSH MAIN GATE.
Drive 5 km and turn right into the THORNYBUSH GAME RESERVE (sign will read Thornybush Main Lodge).

From TZANEEN (150 km / 2 hours)

Take the R71 from Tzaneen to GRAVELOTTE.
Continue on this road past GRAVELOTTE till you reach a T-Junction.
Turn right at the T-Junction towards MICA. Continue on this road, past the small village of MICA for about 30km. You will see a STOP SIGN / turn-off to HOEDSPRUIT.
Continue STRAIGHT PAST the stop sign on the road for another 7 km.
Turn LEFT at the sign TIMBAVATI and pass through the GUERNSEY ACCESS CONTROL GATE. Drive for 17 km.
Turn RIGHT at the sign GUERNSEY (Look out for the Thornybush Main Lodge signs).
Drive for 11 km (on a gravel road) and turn left at the Thornybush Entrance Gate.

From PHALABORWA (120 km / 1.5 hours)

Follow signs from Phalaborwa to LYDENBURG.
Once you have turned onto the R40, continue on this road for approximately 80 km. You will see a STOP SIGN / turn-off to HOEDSPRUIT.
Continue STRAIGHT PAST the stop sign on the road for another 7 km.
Turn LEFT at the sign TIMBAVATI and pass through the GUERNSEY ACCESS CONTROL GATE.
Drive for 17 km. Turn RIGHT at the sign GUERNSEY (Look out for the Thornybush Main Lodge signs).
Drive for 11 km (on a gravel road) and turn left at the Thornybush Entrance Gate.

Flying

From Johannesburg to Hoedspruit and back

Two flights per day
SA 1225 JNB-HDS 10h15 – 11h20 or SA 1227 JNB-HDS 12h15 – 13h15
SA 1226 HDS-JNB 12h00 – 13h00 or SA 1228 HDS-JNB 13h50 – 14h55

From Cape Town to Hoedspruit direct and back

On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
SA 1241 CPT-HDS 09h30 – 12h10
SA 1242 HDS-CPT 12h45 – 15h20

From Johannesburg to Nelspruit and back

Four flights a day during the weekend and six on weekdays, for example:
SA 8843 JNB-MQP 10h00 – 10h50
SA 8846 MQP-JNB 16h40 – 17h30

From Cape Town to Hoedspruit or Nelspruit via Johannesburg and back

Daily flights with a short transfer time in Johannesburg

From Durban to Nelspruit and back

One flight a day during the weekend and on Monday, 2 flights a day on other weekdays, for example:
SA 8507 DUR-MQP 06h45 – 08h05 or SA 8505 13h45 – 14h45
SA 8505 MQP-DUR 08h25 – 09h45 or SA 8506 15h10 – 16h10

Driving time from Hoedspruit to KwaMbili: 30 minutes
Driving time from Nelspruit to KwaMbili: 2,5 hours
We can arrange road transfers to the lodge – please contact us for costs and details

Flight schedules are subject to change without notice