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Travel Options

Thornybush Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park is easily accessible via both air and road.

Transfers (approximately 45 minutes by road) can be arranged on your behalf from Hoedspruit Airport to the Reserve. Charter flights taking you directly into one of the Thornybush Nature Reserve Airstrips can be booked through our reservations department.


Scheduled Flights

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There are daily flights in and out of Hoedspruit Eastgate Airport (HDS).

From/to Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport [ORTIA]) | 55 minutes
~ Twice a day with Airlink, and once a day with Cemair.

From/to Cape Town (Cape Town International Airport [CTIA]) | 2 hours and 30 minutes
~ Once a day with Airlink, and once a day with Cemair.


Private Charter Flights


Private charters are a quick and efficient means of travel. The higher cost is mitigated by the flexibility in schedule and time saved with no official check in and luggage handling formalities.

By Private Charter
Thornybush has its own 1,2 km tarred runway located on the reserve.

Airstrip Details
Radial: HSV 140 degrees DME 7.6 NM
Runway: 05/23 – Land uphill 23, 1200 metres (tar)
Elevation: 1900 ft Radio Frequency: 131.75

GPS Co-Ordinates
24:24:50 S
31:09:30 E

Our reservations team is on standby to generate a quote, based on your individual requirements.


Self Drive to The Lodge


The travel time from Johannesburg is approximately 6 hours. Please reach out to our reservations team ( should you require travel directions.