Chapungu South African Safaris in Thornybush Game Reserve

Photo of the Main Deck and Pool at Chapungu Thornybush Game Lodge Photo of the Main Lounge at Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp

Rustic Luxury here at Chupungu

  • Grading: 4 Star 

Address: Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Limpopo Province

Children: 12+
Bed capacity: 8 Luxury en-suite tents (16 guests)


In South Africa, to the west of the Kruger National Park, near Hoedspruit in the Limpopo Province, where the best South African safari holidays are enjoyed by thousands of wildlife safari lovers, lies a number of famous private game reserves. One of them is the Thornybush Game reserve where one can find a number of luxury game lodges. One of them, a luxury tented camp, is called Chapungu. Chapungu is the name the local Shonas call the Bateleur Eagle, a very colourful and beautiful Raptor occurring in the lowveld area of the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Thornybush Game Reserve is located on 14 000 hectares of the wild African bush and finds itself adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. A wide variety of African fauna and flora, including the dangerous big five, populate the bush savanna landscape.

Thornybush is authentically wild while ensuring absolute serenity in luxurious accommodation offered by several game lodges. Because of this, Thornybush has been renowned as one of the most excellent bush experiences in the world.

Chapungu Camp

The camp is named after the Shona word for the Bateleur Eagle. 'Bateleur' is a French word, meaning 'tight-rope walker'. This name perfectly expresses the rustic luxury of the Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp. Walking the tight-rope between historical bush tents that blend seamlessly with the African environment, and the utmost indulgence in luxury, Chapungu is a magnificent experience from a bygone era.

Each tent features an outdoor bath on the tent's private deck. From here, watch the enchanted bush over a red and orange sunset, candles flickering in the twilight. At night, retire to a decadent bed in your air-conditioned tent. This is the balance between rustic tranquility and comfortable luxury.

Pool Deck

There is a sparkling communal rock pool for guests to laze in.

Health Spa

Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp is a few minutes' drive away from the Thornybush Game Lodge, where the Amani African Spa is available for guests to unwind and cleanse themselves of stress.


Meals are taken at the camp's stunning Boma where the main lounge and the pool are situated.


Accommodation is offered in 8 fully air-conditioned luxury tents

The Tents

The luxury tents all contain warm, colonial-era furnishings with soft washes of colour. Each tent has a balcony with a spotlight and an outdoor bath overlooking the bush.

  • Bathrooms contain hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion
  • As well as the air-conditioning, tents also have overhead fans
  • Tents contain safes, umbrellas, candles, torches, etc.
  • Voltage: 220

Game Safaris

As dawn is starting to warm the African earth, you will receive a wake-up call. You will get into the open-top Land Rover, and your accompanying rangers and trackers will take you on an adventure. The times of departure are planned to suit the optimal time for wildlife viewing, and this is normally in the early morning. In the summertime, drives depart at 5:30 and 15:30 and in wintertime drives depart at 6:00 and 15:30. Everything that your rangers and trackers know about the landscape, the animals, and the vegetation, will be shared with you. Thornybush Game Reserve is home to 147 mammals, including the "Big Five", 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees, which you can experience on the drive. After some time, the Land Rover will stop and break for coffee and tea. You can stretch your legs and breathe in the crisp, fresh air. You will be treated with a cold towel in summer and a hot towel in winter. You will also be kept warm and cozy with hot-water-bottles and blankets on the vehicle in winter. The game drive will then continue. After the drive, a scrumptious breakfast will be served back at the lodge, the riverbed, or the Bush.

After a day filled with walks, or relaxing and a lovely late lunch, you will be taken on an afternoon game drive into the bush to view rarely-seen nocturnal animals by torchlight. As the sun begins to set over the sweeping savannahs, you will get out at a remote, scenic spot and watch the enigmatic sunset over cocktails and snacks, allowing you to savor a truly magnificent sight. Then back to the lodge to enjoy a 3-course gourmet dinner.

  • Walks depart daily after brunch. Visitors are accompanied by an armed ranger and tracker. The walks are tailored to the visitor's interests.
  • Chapungu Tented Bush Camp is teeming with life, including 507 species of birds which visitors can watch from the game drives, walks, or their own balcony.
  • Meals
    • Breakfast From 9:00 to 10:00 depending on seasons
    • Lunch From 15:00 to 15:30 depending on seasons
    • Dinner 20:00 depending on seasons


  • Rates are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are inclusive of VAT
  • Rates are subject to change without prior notice


  • Children over the age of 12 are welcome at the camp, as well as on game drives

Rate Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Accommodation
  • All meals, teas, coffees and snacks
  • Dawn and dusk safaris in open Land Rovers and bushveld walks
  • Bar
  • Curio shop, laundry, telephone and baby-sitting expenses

Weddings and Honeymoons

Can you imagine your dream wedding? Does it include the fresh African terrain, traditional African dancers serenading you whilst you romantically exchange your vows at sunset? We offer this and have many other visions for your perfect wedding. Attention to the finest detail, the breath taking surroundings, luxurious accommodation and the divine cuisine will ensure that your wedding day will be absolutely thrilling and unforgettable. Your experience will be unique and beautiful at the Thornybush Game Lodge along the Manyeleti River and the natural African environment.

After your enchanted wedding, you and your partner can get swept away in the peaceful, yet adventurous tranquility of Chapungu Luxury Tented Camp for a romantic getaway honeymoon.

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