n'Kelenga Tented Camp in Thornybush Game Reserve

Photo of tent interior at n'Kelenga Bush camp Photo of Cheetahs lazing in the sun

n'Kelenga Tented Camp

Your Own Slice of Paradise

Address: Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Limpopo Province

Children: Children of all ages are welcome
Bed capacity: 8 - 9


In Southern Africa, which is thought of as the origin of mankind, instils a longing in all of us. We long for the quiet beauty, yet fierce survival instincts of Africa and the wild. We long to see the magnificent animals in their glorious habitat, the way Africa is thought of in dreams. We long to feel the cool breeze on our skin as we witness the breath taking sunset over the pristine vista of Southern Africa.

The serene Thornybush Game Reserve is located within 14 000 hectares of untamed African bush and finds itself adjacent to the world renowned Kruger National Park. The landscape itself is populated by a variety of African fauna and flora, including the magnificent big five. Thornybush is authentically wild, whilst ensuring absolute serenity in luxurious surrounds. Because of this, Thornybush has been renowned as one of the most excellent bush experiences in the world.

The Camp

Under the legendary Acacia tree of Africa lies a camp within the centre of the Thornybush Game Reserve. Surrounded by wildlife and sweeping savannahs, this camp is rustic, but comfortable. It encapsulates down-to-earth relaxing, adventure and comfort.

n'Kelenga Tented Camp offers a unique experience among the Thornybush Game Reserve. It is fully self-catering and guests always have full booking of the camp - guests will never share with strangers. It is absolutely ideal for large groups of friends and extended families. Guests are close to one another, yet secluded from the rest of the world, creating a peaceful community atmosphere.

The camp has its own open-top Land Rover, with which the group of guests can go on a custom game drive deep into the game reserve.

  • Self-catering
  • DSTV with card
  • Swimming Pool


Accommodation is offered in:

  • The main house
  • Three en-suite tents

The accommodation

The main house is air-conditioned, extremely spacious with a kitchen, dining area, lounge, as well as a loft which is perfect for children. The other three tents are fully air-conditioned, en-suite and comfortable. They provide a warm, rustic atmosphere, while still being extremely comfortable. It is the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones.

The main house and all the tents have their own terrace. Guests can gaze upon the tranquil dam, or observe the many wild birds that live in the heart of the Thornybush Game Reserve, in n'Kelenga Tented Camp.

  • Dam view
  • Self-catering with ample fridge and freezer space
  • Voltage 110-220V
  • Bathroom amenities include shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand and body cream, etc.
  • Hairdryer
  • Torches, candles and matches in house and tents

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. Wake up, have your morning coffee or tea and set off on a magnificent game drive as the African sunrise bleeds into the sky.

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. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. Guests get up close to the animals, but binoculars are fantastic to see the smallest, furthest little birds in the surrounding flora. The game reserve is also a photographer’s dream. Catch the most amazing shots of your life as you witness the animals in their natural habitat.

After the game drive, guests have the day to themselves. Spend the day with your loved ones, in the pool, in the lounge, on a terrace gazing at the dam with food and drink. Hike the surrounding trails. In the evening, 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 where cocktails and snacks would do perfectly, allowing you to savour a truly magnificent sight. You will then return to the camp to enjoy your evening before the sun rises again for another day of great adventure.


Please contact us for our latest rates and availability.

Lodges offer varied rates which change from time to time. Rates depend on service levels, the type of lodge or hotel, number and age of guests, the time of year, location and any specials which may apply at time of enquiry.


  • All children are welcome at the camp
  • Children aged 6 and above are welcome on game drives

Rate Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Dawn and dusk safaris
  • Meals (self-catering camp)
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