Waterbuck Game Lodge

Waterbuck Game Lodge is uniquely positioned adjacent to a water estuary in the Southern part of The Thornybush Nature Reserve, and provides extraordinary wildlife diversity within the confines of a closely located watering hole and abundant birdlife.

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Accommodation

(4 luxury suites (8 guests))

Waterbuck Lodge, exquisitely positioned in the southern part of The Thornybush Nature Reserve boasts 4 air-conditioned luxury suites with magnificent views from both the generous sized bedroom and en-suite bathrooms.

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Offerings

Your African Safari

Waterbuck 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.

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Pricing

Rates include accommodation, all meals, tea, coffee, snacks, dawn & dusk safaris in open game vehicles and optional bushveld walks.

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Browse through images of the private game reserve, animals and wildlife, safaris, accommodation, facilities and activities.

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How To Get There

From the South on the R 40

On the R40 from Bushbuckridge

  • Continue through Acornhoek towards Klaserie (do not turn at Acornhoek)
  • Continue for about 7.4 km and turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport
  • Drive 1km and take the Guernsey turnoff on your right. Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road 
  • Turn right at the T-Junction (brown Thornybush sign)
  • Continue a further 6,3 km to Waterbuck Gate on left

Flying into Hoesdspruit Airport (HDS)

  • When leaving the airport turn right onto Argyle Road
  • Travel 5.8 Km until you reach the R40
  • Turn Left and Travel 15.9km to the Guernsey Road and turn left
  • Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road
  • Turn Right at the T-Junction and travel another 6.3 km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Waterbuck Gate on your left

From the North on the R 40

  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
  • Continue 22 km and turn left at the Guernsey Road turnoff
  • Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road
  • Turn Right at the T-Junction and travel another 6.3 km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Waterbuck Gate on your left

From Johannesburg to Waterbuck Lodge

  • The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway
  • Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Approximately 60 km past Middleburg take the R 540 to your left.
  • Travel though the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge
  • Continue 22 km and turn left at the Guernsey Road turnoff
  • Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road
  • Turn Right at the T-Junction and travel another 6.3 km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Waterbuck Gate on your left

From Pretoria to Waterbuck Lodge

  • Take the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit)
  • Approximately 60 km past eMalahleni (Middleburg) take the R 540 to your left
  • Travel through the town of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg)
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Origstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass
  • At Hoedspruit take the R 40 south towards Bushbuckridge.
  • Continue 22 km and turn left at the Guernsey Road turnoff
  • Through the security gate and travel for 7.3km on Tar Road and a further 3.9km on dirt road
  • Turn Right at the T-Junction and travel another 6.3 km to The Thornybush Private Nature Reserve Waterbuck Gate on your left

From KMIA to Waterbuck Lodge

  • Exit KMIA premisis
  • Turn right onto R538 (R40) White River, travel 3,2 km
  • Turn left onto R538 (R40), travel 0,1 km (Note: only 100 metres)
  • Turn right onto R538 White River, travel 4,4 km
  • Turn right onto R569 Numbihek, travel 2,9 km
  • Turn left onto R538 White River, travel 1,7 km
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, travel 41 m to Hazyview
  • Turn left at T-Junction onto R40 Phalaborwa
  • Travel 75,8 km through Hazyview, Bushbuckridge Acornhoek (do not turn at Acornhoek)
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport, travel 1 km
  • Turn right onto Guernsey Road (large brown sign on left)
  • Travel 11,6 km (note: road gives way to dirt at 7,5 km)
  • Turn right at the T-Junction
  • Continue a further 6,3 km and turn left at Waterbuck Lodge’s Gate

From Swaziland to Waterbuck Lodge

  • From Jeppe's Reef border post, follow the R 570 north in the direction Malelane
  • Take the N4 highway in the direction of Mbombela (Nelspruit) for 64 km
  • On arrival in Mbombela (Nelspruit) turn right on the R 40 in the direction White River
  • Turn right onto R569 Numbihek, travel 2,9 km
  • Turn left onto R538 White River, travel 1,7 km
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, travel 41 m to Hazyview
  • Turn left at T-Junction onto R40 Phalaborwa
  • Travel 75,8 km through Hazyview, Bushbuckridge Acornhoek (do not turn at Acornhoek)
  • Turn right onto R40 Phalaborwa, Eastgate Airport, travel 1 km
  • Turn right onto Guernsey Road (large brown sign on left)
  • Travel 11,6 km (note: road gives way to dirt at 7,5 km)
  • Turn right at the T-Junction
  • Continue a further 6,3 km and turn left at Waterbuck Lodge’s Gate

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