Waterbuck Game Lodge

4.0 star property
4-star lodge in Thornybush Game Reserve with safari and outdoor pool

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Waterbuck Game Lodge

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Front of property - evening/night
Exterior detail
Breakfast, lunch and dinner served
Suite | Private spa tub

Overview of Waterbuck Game Lodge

9.6 out of 10 Exceptional
9.6/10 Exceptional

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free breakfast
  • Airport transfer
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
Thornybush Game Reserve, Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, 1380
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free supervised childcare
  • Pool bar
  • Swim-up bar
  • Babysitting
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Library
Feel at home
  • Babysitting (surcharge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options


  • 19 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed OR 2 Single Beds

About this area

What's nearby

  • Kruger National Park - 74 min drive

Getting around

  • Hoedspruit (HDS) - 33 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • The Bush Pub & Inn - 24 min drive
  • Boma - 32 min drive

About this property

Waterbuck Game Lodge

Waterbuck Game Lodge offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours). After having fun at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights at this upmarket lodge include a poolside bar, a terrace and a garden.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
The property is disinfected using an electrostatic spray
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and through room service
Reservations are required for the use of certain on-site facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 4 rooms


  • Check-in time from 1 PM until 5 PM
  • Early check-in subject to availability
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • There is no front desk at this property
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; your host will greet you
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 5 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests should notify this property in advance of their anticipated arrival time.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)
  • Babysitting*
  • Free supervised childcare


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours a day)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast each morning 10 AM–11:30 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Swim-up bar
  • Barbecue grills

Travelling with children

  • Free supervised childcare/activities

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Safari


  • Laundry facilities
  • Wedding services
  • Pool loungers


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • An outdoor pool

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Dressing gowns and slippers

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

What to enjoy

  • Patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bath and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


On-site venue – This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • Resort fee: ZAR 650 per person, per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Early check-in can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Children & extra beds

  • Babysitting is available for an extra charge

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

The property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some on-site facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and also through room service.


This property does not have lifts.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.
Per property policy, children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives.

Also known as

Waterbuck Game Lodge All Inclusive Hoedspruit
Waterbuck Game Lodge All Inclusive
Waterbuck Game Hoedspruit
Waterbuck Game Lodge Hoedspruit
Waterbuck Game Lodge Lodge
Waterbuck Game Lodge Bushbuckridge
Waterbuck Game Lodge Lodge Bushbuckridge

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Waterbuck Game Lodge?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Waterbuck Game Lodge?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Waterbuck Game Lodge?
Sorry, neither pets nor service animals are allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Waterbuck Game Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Waterbuck Game Lodge?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Waterbuck Game Lodge?
You can check in from 1 PM - 5 PM. There's a charge for early check-in (subject to availability). Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge (subject to availability). Contactless social distancing and check-out are available.
What is there to do at Waterbuck Game Lodge and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. Additional recreation on-site includes game viewing, a wildlife and game drive and a safari. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the lodge's other amenities, which include a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Waterbuck Game Lodge?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.
Does Waterbuck Game Lodge have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a patio.
What's the area around Waterbuck Game Lodge like?
Waterbuck Game Lodge is located by the river, a short 1-minute walk from Greater Kruger National Park.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities


10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Excellent service and value for money
The general staff and cook were excellent. He guide and tracker very knowledgeable and made our trip amazing
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10/10 Exceptional

We saw everything we came to Africa to see in three days. Our first game drive yielded three different groups of elephants, a pride of lazy lionesses sleeping off a meal, giraffes, a Cape Buffalo, impalas, a spectacular male kudu and others. By the middle of the second day we had seen each of the Big Five except the leopard. That's when Hannes, out ranger, and Lodrick our tracker decided it was time to focus. We spent three drives following the tracks of a large male who always managed to keep his head down just as we went by. That night Lodrick spotted something and sure enough there he was. It was a terrific thrill to follow him, he finally decided to cross the road and we got some great shots of one of the most elusive and beautiful beasts in the world. And the food was divine, too!
why did the leopard cross the road
cheeky monkey
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing lodge!
We loved our time at Waterbuck! They have a max of 8 ppl so your experience is very personalized. Loderick and Franco made the trip as they were great fracker and guide. We are way too much but it was delicious! Look forward to coming back.
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10/10 Exceptional

Silvia Kariya, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Experiência legal !
O lodge é muito confortável e bonito ! Achei que por estar no meio da savana teria problemas com insetos , mas não ! São muito cuidadosos com a limpeza e não vimos insetos nas dependências e isso realmente agradou muito ! A alimentação surpreendeu , tudo maravilhoso e farto ! Os games foram razoáveis ! A reserva é muito grande e os animais ficam bem espalhados ! Andamos bastante tempo sem avistar nada ! Mas a natureza é imprevisível , obviamente ! Senti falta de um adaptador no quarto ! Um lodge tão caro e temos que carregar nossos aparelhos na recepção ! Alegaram que os hóspedes acabam levando os adaptadores ! Mas por esse preço da diária não daria contar com essa possível perda ?
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Ótimo. Funcionários solicitos. Consegui ver os big Five.
2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Serviço de altíssimo nível. Inesquecível.
Ficamos muito satisfeitos com a estrutura do hotel, os games drives que fizemos e principalmente com o staff do hotel que em nenhum momento mediu esforços para nos agradar. Recomendamos fortemente esse hotel. Hannes and Waterbuck team, congrats for your excellent job. Thank you very much.
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10/10 Exceptional

Safaris bien menés avec un Ranger et un tracker compétents et gentils. Excellente land cruiser, neuve et confortable, très bien adaptée. Cuisine excellente.
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