African Safari Question: What is the Difference Between a Cheetah and a Leopard?

For first timers on an African safari, cheetahs and leopards can be hard to tell apart, but once you've seen them on your game drives at Thornybush Collection you'll be able to tell the difference at once. Here's how you'll know straight away. There are many ways in which these big cats are worlds apart, but we'll start with the obvious differences...

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How a Field Guide is Made

At Thornybush, we often get positive feedback on our accommodation, service levels and food, but what we get the most incredible feedback on, are our field guides. Their knowledge about all things bush-related, personal accounts of their experiences, charming demeanour and master-driving skills are what make the memories when you visit one of our l...

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Hitting the Cook Books at River Lodge - Prince Mashele

Prince Mashele is one of the acclaimed chefs at River Lodge , which was added to the Thornybush Collection's portfolio of luxury game lodges in 2015. This intimate lodge features four indulgent suites, with a fifth due for completion in June 2018. Delectable dining caters for just 12 guests at a time, ensuring exceptional privacy as part of out tai...

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Guest Question – Do Male Lions Hunt or Just Eat What the Females Kill?

Male lions are skilled and powerful hunters, but bringing home the bacon remains women's work in the world of the lion pride. There are several reasons why this is the case. The Role of the Male Lion The main role of the male lion is to defend his pride and their territory at all costs. To help him defend himself against the teeth and claws of woul...

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A Simbambili Salad Packed with Nutrition and Flavour

At Thornybush Collection, we don't let the South African safari luxury die down just because we have guests who prefer a healthier meal plan. This roasted salad dish is a favourite among our guests as an accompaniment to almost any main course, but it also has a surprising twist – it's a vegan recipe that is so nutritious it can be enjoyed as a mai...

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Elephant Talk – What You Should Know About Elephant Body Language

Elephants are peaceful, gentle creatures most of the time, but they can be dangerous. Fortunately, it's easy to tell when you are pushing your luck around elephants – their body language gives them away every time. Here are some interesting facts about elephants that come from our experienced guides who know a whole lot more than we do about what's...

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