Introducing Kamara House – The Newest Exclusive-use Offering at Thornybush

Kamara House

Kamara House, a private house overlooking a small riverbed, is the newest luxury safari addition in the Thornybush Nature Reserve and forms part of the Game Lodge’s recent refurbishment. This exciting new offering is perfect for families, friends, and groups

wanting exclusivity while still enjoying access to the main areas, including the upcoming spa and wellness centre (opening in June), the expansive pool area, and the renowned Game Lodge shop, all just a short walk away.

“We are delighted to expand the Thornybush offering by introducing our guests to a holistic 5-star luxury safari experience, complete with a health and wellness program, immersive safari experiences, and new facilities, while staying true to the safari legacy that defines Thornybush Game Lodge,” says Melanie Parker, Head of Operations.

Spanning approximately 251m² under the roof, with an additional 120m² deck and swimming pool, Kamara House is an exclusive-use villa that can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people, making it an ideal choice for special occasions with friends and families.

The interiors of Kamara House boasts a contemporary fusion of organic textures and tones that harmoniously blend with the surrounding bush. From the moment guests arrive, they are enveloped in a modern interpretation of iconic luxury. Interior Designer’s Artichoke along with architects Lankers & Fry worked together to imagine the new space “Our aim was to create a sense of tranquillity by combining classic and modern design elements. We have made sure not to overdesign the spaces, which allows for a sense of comfort and relaxation throughout, utilising timeless elements Thornybush is so well known for, allowing the beautiful open spaces to speak for themselves ” says Caline Williams-Wynn.

While Kamara House presents a more contemporary ambiance compared to the Game Lodge, it still retains a warm and inviting style, featuring individual statement pieces, rich textures, and warm earthy hues.

The house features two bedrooms connected to the main area, with one suite incorporating an interleading bedroom, making it an ideal choice for those traveling with younger children or as a standalone room. The Ardmore wallpaper in the bedrooms has been carried over from the recent Game Lodge refurbishment, serving as the starting point for the overall design concept and inspiring the colour palette for the entire project. The stunning leopard design pays tribute to the resident leopard Saseka, after whom one of the Thornybush lodges is named.

Artichoke has curated a team of local artisans to create the exquisite cabinetry in both the bedrooms and bathrooms. “The superior craftsmanship, combined with the use of organic and textured materials such as raffia sliding doors on cupboards in the rooms and rattan on bathroom vanities, further enhances the luxurious atmosphere of the spaces. The showstoppers in the rooms are the trunks at the end of the beds which are multipurpose and can be used as luggage racks as well as extra storage” says Samantha Mühlbauer of Artichoke. As part of Thornybush’s ongoing commitment to supporting local communities, the construction teams were employed locally.

From the moment guests arrive, the Thornybush team and a dedicated butler take care of every detail. Guests can unwind and enjoy their exclusive space, spending their days by the rim-flow pool and private deck. Meals, prepared by a personal chef, are served alfresco-style in the outdoor area or in the spacious dining area. Kamara House provides its guests with a dedicated game vehicle, guide, and tracker, allowing for an immersive safari experience at their own pace, free from the constraints of scheduled events and other guests.

Thornybush Nature Reserve is renowned for its remarkable concentration of indigenous wildlife, making it a sanctuary unlike any other in Southern Africa. With the captivating presence of the Big Five gracing the vast skies of the Greater Kruger Park, guests at Thornybush are treated to an exhilarating and immersive safari experience, with unforgettable wildlife encounters awaiting them on twice-daily game drives, guided bush walks, and even from the comfort of the lodge decks.

“We are thrilled with the addition of Kamara House to our esteemed Thornybush offering. Building upon the cherished legacy of the beloved Game Lodge, this exclusive-use retreat provides discerning guests seeking high-end seclusion and privacy with the opportunity to uncover their dream safari,” concludes Andy Payne, CEO of Thornybush.

Rates start from R65 000.00