Thornwood is a luxury private retreat within a Private Game Park of pristine natural bush offering self guided walking trails amongst an abundance of birds and game. The park is situated in the heart of Southern Maputaland and is a neighbour to the famous Phinda Game Reserve and The Isimangaliso /Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, a registered world heritage site. The Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Park, known for its Big 5, is right on your doorstep as well as a wide variety of activities and interesting sites to visit.


Thornwood offers luxury accommodation for up to 8 people in a self-catering, fully serviced, upmarket lodge. A unique blend of luxury timber frame units, fit seamlessly into the surrounding bush. Relax in the spacious lounge, entertainment area, pool, or fire deck without losing the intimacy with nature.

Guests will have exclusive use of Thornwood as we only allow one party (booking) at a time.

With a four star rating you are assured that all the accommodation is of a very high standard.

The cost of the accommodation also includes a full time housekeeper for the duration of your stay.

In brief, Thornwood consists of a spacious lounge and entertainment area with a decked swimming pool, DSTV, pool table and a study nook.

There is a large well-fitted kitchen with all modern day conveniences. The kitchen opens out onto a large fire pit deck, which is perfect for evening barbeques and fireside chats, canopied by spectacular night skies unique to Africa.

Included in the main unit are 2 full en-suite bedrooms that have outdoor showers and bathtubs that open out to the African bush.

There are also two big bedroom units that are close, but detached from the main building which offer privacy and seclusion. These rooms are made up of a large bedroom, bathroom with outdoor shower and have their own decks coming out under magnificent indigenous trees.

Thornwood is also particularly conducive to just relaxing with its own swimming pool. A pool / snooker table and DSTV with home theatre system are in place for added entertainment.

Kuleni Game Park itself offers self-guided walking trails with an abundance of bird-life and game such as Giraffe, Zebra, Nyala, Wildebeest and Impala. The park is enclosed by an electrified double game fence, offering security to both wildlife and residents.

Day Excursions offer:

  • "Big 5" Adventures at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Park
  • Scuba diving / snorkelling / swimming from Sodwana to Cape Vidal
  • The Estuary and wetlands of Lake St. Lucia
  • Canoeing and river boat cruises
  • Fishing
  • Horse Trails
  • The Cheetah and Serval project
  • Visits to Cultural Villages
4 star - Tourism Grading Council SA
Birder Friendly Establishment reg. with Birdlife SA

  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • Tourism Grading - 4 Stars
  • airport transfers
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • big game onsite
  • Braai / Barbeque facilities
  • ceiling fans in bedrooms
  • DVD player
  • fireplace
  • free parking
  • generator
  • guided nature walks
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • internet facilities
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • Laundry service
  • lock-up safe
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • tumble dryer in unit
  • washing machine in unit

From Durban take the N2 freeway, take the Sodwana Bay / Hluhluwe offramp turn right and travel through Hluhluwe Town. Turn left at the fourth/last roundabout towards Sodwana Bay (R22). Turn right onto the new Sodwana Bay road, cross the railway line, after about 16km, you will see the sign for Kuleni Game Park. Turn left onto a small dirt road to the entrance gate and the gate guard will direct you to Thornwood.