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Welcome to Thornwood

 A Luxury Private Lodge

within Kuleni Game Park

Situated in the heart of the Elephant Coast on the eastern seaboard of the Zulu Kingdom, KwaZulu-Natal, Thornwood is situated on the private nature reserve of Kuleni Game Park; neighbours to the Phinda Game Reserve and the Isimangaliso/Greater St Lucia Wetland Park (a registered world heritage site) with Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game reserve and Sodwana Bay both in easy reach.

Kuleni features four different ecosystems: sand forest, grasslands, wetland and thorn scrub.

Join us for a Yoga or Business retreat and enjoy expanding your knowledge on our designated retreat deck, found next to the private waterhole.

We pride ourselves of giving accommodation of a very high standard and making your holiday one to remember.

Registered as a Birder Friendly Establishment with Birdlife SA and rated four stars by TGCSA.

  free wifi




A unique blend of luxury timber frame units, fit seamlessly into the indigenous bush with an abundance of birdlife and game. This luxurious villa offers guests absolute privacy with a large living area, a private pool, private waterhole and a fully equipped kitchen, which opens up onto a large deck with a   fire-pit.



Join us for a Yoga, Art or Business retreat and enjoy expanding your knowledge on our designated retreat deck found next to the private waterhole.


Thornwood offers  20 different excursions and activities to partake in. From self-guided walking trails around the park to a variety of excursions offered around the area.

Big 5 game viewing, quad biking, scuba diving or even hug a cheetah! Learn to weave Zulu baskets, dance or about snakes and crocodiles.

Prefer to stay in? Have a relaxing spa treatment in your room or a cocktail by the pool!

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Thornwood Lodge has been rated a 2022 Travellers’ Choice Destination.