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Thorn Tree Bush Camp

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General

  • Family-friendly site in Dinokeng Big Five Game Reserve
  • An hour’s drive from Pretoria; an hour and a half to Jo’burg
  • Stargazers’ paradise: top spot for views of the clear night sky

Live out your African safari dreams, full of spectacular animals and personal feats of derring-do, at Thorn Tree Bush Camp, a family-friendly site 35 minutes’ drive from the small town of Hammanskraal in Gauteng.

Thorn Tree is in Dinokeng Game Reserve, a Big Five reserve, so expect to spot elephants, buffalo, rhinos, lions and leopards – every guest gets a free two-hour guided game drive (whatever you do, do not leave your camera at home) or, if you’d prefer to feel the adventurer’s spirit take you, you can ditch the guide for a self-drive tour (just remember to buy the permit).

After spending your day exploring the reserve, head back to site to continue living the Bushveld life: take a dip in the pool to cool off, then kick back next to your tent soaking up the tranquillity of nature while you listen to the roar of lions and the screeching of owls drifting across the bush.

When it’s time for your dins, fire up the braai (pile it high with goodies from the supermarkets in Hammanskraal) or try out one of the restaurants nearby. After you’ve eaten your fill, put your feet up next to the boma and turn your eyes to the skies – this is a top spot for spectacular sunsets and stargazing.


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Wonderful time to connect with my husband and myself in naturen23/12/2019

Reviewer's country: South AfricaAbigail B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Sickle Bush Tree Top 1 bedroom safari tent
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    I loved the tree top tent as well as the abolition facilities

    Disliked: 

    The fact that I could not hike or cycle but I understand the constraints of being situated within a game reserve

From the manager...

Thank you glad you enjoyed your stay with us, we aim to make your stay something to remember.

Unfortunately for your and others safety hiking & cycling in a big 5 game reserve is much to dangerous.

You could however go on a guided walk with a qualified armed ranger on your next visit.
Kind Regards
Elzabé

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We will be back16/10/2019

Reviewer's country: South AfricaPeter L.Confirmed

  • Family electric grass and earth pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Really wonderful people that run Thorn tree bush camp. They were extremely accommodating and met all our expectations. Our campsite next to the fence was very pleasant and we had the added advantage of being close to a small waterhole to observe buck and birds. We were there over a Sunday and Monday and therefore most people had booked out so we virtually had the camp to ourselves. The ablutions were rustic but good and clean and rather novel. Their swimming pool was a great asset especially as the temperatures were in the high 30s. The equipment and chairs in the pool area were comfortable clean and neat. Great getaway close to Johannesburg.

    Disliked: 

    Nothing really to dislike!

From the manager...

Hi Peter

Thank you for your review, we try to make it enjoyable for everyone.

Kind Regards
Elzabé

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Bar or club house

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Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

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Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portaloo

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Camping 2.0

Pre-erected tents

Themes

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 sites)

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

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Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Location

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  • 41 Laksman Street, Dinokeng Game Reserve, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa, 0400
  • Timezone Africa/Johannesburg +0200 (GMT+02:00)   GPS 25.3752°S 28.4011°E

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Local attractions

There are some packages provided by the team at Thorn Tree Bush Camp that you might want to try out before you venture out into Dinokeng Game Reserve on your own. As well as that free guided game drive, there’s a guided bush walk (you might even spot some residents of the reserve that you’d usually miss from the vehicle) and night drives that will bring you face-to-face with some of the reserve’s more nocturnal animals.

While the Big Five are, well, a big draw, there’s plenty else to do nearby if you’d had your fill of gentle giants and slinking cats. Start with scuba lessons and clay pigeon shooting less than five minutes from the site before heading further afield for hot air ballooning, microlight flights or brewery tours, all within 20 minutes’ drive of Thorn Tree.

If your idea of prime game is more water-based, you can grab your rod and reel and head to Rust de Winter dam (35 minutes) for a spot of fishing, and if you’re craving more variety from your fauna, the Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park is half an hour away.

The small town of Cullinan, 45 minutes from the site, is a must for abseiling, quads, horse riding, hiking and tours of the old diamond mines, but if you’re seeking a far more urban experience, set your sights on Pretoria (50 minutes) or Johannesburg (roughly an hour and a half).

  • Does Thorn Tree Bush Camp have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Thorn Tree Bush Camp dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Thorn Tree Bush Camp? There are some packages provided by the team at Thorn Tree Bush Camp that you might want to try out before you venture out into Dinokeng Game Reserve on your own. As … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Thorn Tree Bush Camp?
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    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  Anytime
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 21 day(s) of arrival.

Vehicles
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

General
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.

Safety
Firearms are not permitted.

General
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Taxes
Local city/eco tax is included in the rate.

Occupancy
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

Vehicles
No vehicle movement between 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m..

General
Quiet hours must be respected between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception
Reception is open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. between 01/09 and 30/04.
Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. between 01/05 and 31/08.
Reception is unmanned after 6 p.m.. Please inform the park while on your way there should you expect to arrive after this time, so that the team can provide information about your unit/pitch.

General
Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Pool
The outdoor swimming pool is open between 01/01 and 31/12 (subject to weather conditions).

Admission
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Visitors
Visitors are not permitted on site.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.

Sites
You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.

Hired accommodation
Your unit must be left clean and tidy; a fine of ZAR100.00 ($8.37) will be charged for unclean units upon departure.

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