Thorn Tree Bush Camp - inside Dinokeng Game Reserve  Verified Listing

Dinokeng Game Reserve > Gauteng > South Africa

Excellent Rating: 4.7 / 5
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Member since: 15 Dec. 2016

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Child friendly
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Thorn Tree Bush Camp is located inside the borders of Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) in Gauteng, City of Tswhane, Hammanskraal.

It is for the true nature lover where you can enjoy the tranquillity of nature, where the stars are brighter, where lion roars, jackal bark, bush babies cry, owl’s screeches and the insects and frogs sing and much more are often heard at night.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life, enjoy a braai or open fire under the stars with the sounds of the wild surrounding you.
Go on a game drive to search for the Big 5 (spotting all of them are not guaranteed).
Enjoy our beautiful sunrises and sunsets that colour the skies above with a palette of brilliant colours.

For those who like a more relaxed stay, where you can get closer to the sounds of nature, we have the 12 different tent camps, 2 family size camping sites and 6 wilderness camping sites available.

Fever Tree Tent (Koorsboom) accommodates 2 adults (a couple) and 2 children (age 2 - 12).
Wag-'n-Bietjie Tented Camp (Buffalo Thorn) for you, it can accommodate max 8 people.
Umbrella Thorn Family Tent (Haak-en-Steek) with en-suite bathroom which accommodates max of 5 people.
5 X Russet Tents which sleeps 2 people each (Russet 1 is for a couple).
Sickle Bush which sleeps 2 people (a couple).
Elephant Root Luxury tent with en-suite bathroom which sleeps 2 people (a couple).
Black Thorn 4 man tent camp which sleeps 4 people.
Guarri Bush which sleeps 3 people.

If you do not want to share or have a bigger group, book the whole tented camp area that accommodates 38 people.

Sit back and relax around your private fire pit, watch the stars, listen to the sounds of nature and enjoy being in the bush. Make use of the large pool, to cool off in those hot summer days.
The large boma is ideal for when you are a big group camping together that want to sit around a bonfire surrounded by the sounds of nature; it can also be used for a braai or making your own potjies on bigger scale.

Thorn Tree Bush Camp has 2 drinking waterholes that invite a variety of animals, including some of the Big 5 visits from time to time.
When it is quiet (no noise and loud music), you can almost be guaranteed visitors from the Animal Kingdom.

Go to sleep and wake up, to the sounds of the bush with a multitude of birds and insects surrounding you.
Regrettably (or is it fortunately), no television, to really escape and enjoy nature and one another's company.

For those of you that do not want to cook can find great food at 9 restaurants at the surrounding lodges.

Please note:
***A key and breakage deposit is required.
***Conservation fee: Day visitors to the Game Reserve are required to pay the once off conservation fee.
***Self-drive permits required to drive in the park.
****Minimum stay 2 nights over weekends & 3 nights over long weekends.
Please take note of our minimum stays:
Normal weekends minimum stay of 2 nights required.
Minimum stay of 3 night over the following weekends: Freedom Day (24-27 April), Workers Day (30 Apr-3 May), Woman's Day (7-10 Aug), Xmas 2020 (24-27 Dec) and New Years 2021 (31 Dec-3 Jan)
Minimum stay of 4 nights over the following weekends: Easter (9-13 Apr), Youth Day (12-16 Jun) and Heritage Day (23-27 Sept)


Extra Info

Property Type Cottage, Camp, Game Lodge, Self Catering
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Check-in after 03:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy No Refund
Can Be Used For Film Location, Still Shoots
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Ben Hawley
16 November 2020

Great set up, really peaceful site, perfect place to relax and get away from it all. Close to other places to go out to as well. Even saw a Cheetah just 200m away.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Leilani Correia
09 November 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed the privacy that Elephant Root tent gave us. The tent was spacious, clean, comfortable and offered everything we needed. Thorn Tree is just lovely - a very friendly and peaceful place to spend a weekend away from the city. The bush sounds were incredible and we loved every moment!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Leon Pistorius
23 August 2018

Host are very friendly and willing to accommodate you as much as possible.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
10 July 2018

It was an excellent service from the lady at reception, to the tour guide un till we left. It was our first time camping, so our expectations were completely different from what we got. The elephant tent made us to feel at home.

25 June 2018

I took my fiance for his birthday weekend, We had the most adventurous, exciting and relaxing time of our lives!! Great Very clean, quite and a good place to be to unwind! Great friendly staff, an awesome restaurant just across the street. I am definitely taking my family there this festive!!

18 June 2018

Our stay at Thorn tree was better that what we expected, we were so surprised and so excited, all our expectations were exceeded.Thank you so much Elzabè & Rodney. we had amazing game drives and an amazing guide, Rodney. we will definitely go back and advise our friends and families to visit thorn tree bush camp

PJ Prinsloo
05 May 2017

Very nice setting. All fine. Clean and neat facilities

Janine Kemp
30 April 2017

We had an absolutely amazing Easter weekend. Our kids first Camping experience and truly 5 star I must add. The camping site is in immaculate condition and Rodney's sister who was managing the site for the weekend was amazing. We will most certainly be going back. It's a hidden gem and not even an hours drive from Johannesburg, perfect for a weekend breakaway from the city.

Brad Saunders
29 April 2017

As I was in South Africa for my first time and only having the weekend as free time I was so excited to find a Big 5 reserve so close to Jo'burg. The park didn't disappoint with so many sightings and the Thorn Tree Camp was Glamping at it's best. Hosts were fantastic and you really could ask for more. I will be back!

Pierre Le Roux
11 April 2017

We had the most amazing stay with our two young boys, aged 4 and 6. If you have young children and you want a value for money big 5 bush experience close to Jhb/Pretoria then this stunning camp is your answer.

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Dinokeng Game Reserve Reviews

Ntombikayise Shibambo
02 April 2021


Superb. 5 out of 5
Amy Maphagela
29 March 2021

Game drive, the stay at the lodge and the Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Zoo.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Mary Kyd
27 March 2021

The range of animals and the map that was available.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Elandri Fouché
17 February 2021

Game Drives and self-drive routes were really cool. We enjoyed it and did not find it as bad as the previous reviews said.
The animals were a little scarce after the many rains, but we saw 9 Jackal in 2 days which is not something that happens often.
We will definitely be back.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Magesh Moonsamy
03 February 2021

The self drive - especially the 4x4 route.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Terry-Anne Grove
04 January 2021

I enjoyed it most because it was a quick break and not too far from JHB to travel and it does have the big 5.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Maria Sithole
02 January 2020

The Nyani Lodge natural relaxation situation and Mongena Game Lodge the nature itself of animals. Location and directions were convenient and easy to get.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Geraldine Connell
21 December 2020

The game viewing on the Mongena game drive was superb!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Jan Phofele
18 November 2020

Fresh air not far from the city and a nice getaway from the hussles of the city .

Superb. 5 out of 5
Ben Hawley
16 November 2020

Great wildlife!

Superb. 5 out of 5