Nkelenga Tented Camp

The Camp:

The Thornybush Collection proudly introduces this unique self-catering option.

Developed for guest’s exclusive use (you have to book the whole camp) Nkelenga Camp accommodates 8 to 9 guests and operates its own open land rover. The Camp, equipped with ample fridge and freezer storage, is ideal for families, groups of friends or even informal business breakaways and is our only Camp with DSTV for guest’s enjoyment. Ranger, Tracker and Housekeeper are provided for guest comfort and Game viewing excellence.

Situated in the heart of the Thornybush Game Reserve, visitors are treated to a location that features some of the areas’ most awe-inspiring vista’s. Boasting a bouquet of flora and fauna, Nkelenga Tented Camp provides the visitor with a rustic, humbling experience.  Sprawling within a fenced area and under a mighty Acacia Tree, this home from home looks over a large watering hole.


Accommodation 8-9 guest, Nkelenga provides a self catering experience to be shared with those close to you. A well appointed, air-conditioned main house with loft is perfect for children, whilst the three en-suite tents are reminiscent of the colonial era of exploration. Comfortably furnished, this tented paradise provides the guest with an intimated experience of bush whether it is viewed from the swimming pool or on one of the many bush trail.

Room facilities: Lodge facilities: 
• 4 en-suite (3tents)
• Mezzanine with 3 beds
• Swimming pool
• lounge/dining room
• self catering camp
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Wake up calls
• Pool
• Private open safari vehicle
• DSTV  ( with card )
Warm African evenings under the stars make Nkelenga Tented camp an ideal home away from the world. The sheer enjoyment of un-spoilt nature, the invigorating air and the open vistas, will leave you relaxed and energized for your return to civilization.

Amani Spa

The Thornybush Collection and Amani Spa’s announce a half a million rand make-over at The Thornybush Game Lodge Spa Centre.
Amani Spa’s, operators of the Thornybush Game Lodge Spa Centre, have just completed the construction and renovation of existing Spa facilities at this flagship five star game lodge. The new centre, almost three times the size of the previous operation and with two full-time therapists, will offer a full range of treatments for Thornybush Game Lodge guests, as well as satellite treatments to our guests at  Chapungu and  the group’s self catering camp, Nkelenga, both camps  located  a short distance from Thornybush Game Lodge.
Amani Spa’s, operators of a number of successful wellness centres including Ivory Tree and Simbambili Game Lodges,  Walkersons in Dullstroom, bring proven expertise and well trained therapists, as well as state of the art equipment and practices to this added value component of a relaxing break within The Thornybush Nature Reserve.

Guests staying at Nkelenga Tented Camp can make arrangements with Thornybush Reception to use the spa arrangements with their hosts to use the spa. Charges are billed to guests direct.

Your Safari

Nkelenga Tented Camp offers unique exclusive Safari experiences in both open Land Rovers, and on foot. The private reserve is home to an abundance of species: 147 mammals including the “Big Five”, 114 reptiles, 507 birds, 49 fish, 34 amphibians and 336 trees. The reserve is predominantly open savannah and with a near perfect year round climate, it is the ideal African safari holiday destination.
Game drives and walks are accompanied by highly trained and experienced rangers and trackers, ensuring that your African Safari experience is truly memorable. A typical day will include an early morning up-close game drive. The rest of the day is spent at the discretion of the guest and may include additional bush walks with your ranger & tracker, browsing in the intimate library; being pampered at the exclusive Thornybush Spa or simply relaxing at the pool with your favorite cocktail as you bask in Africa’s glorious sunshine.
The afternoon game drive extends into the evening to view seldom seen nocturnal species by torchlight. Once again, you will break somewhere out in the bush, in a remote, scenic spot to watch the sunset, where sundowners and snacks are a must have, whilst you once again stretch your legs. Enjoy your dinner and the sounds of the bushveld before returning to bed for another day’s adventure. 

validity: 01 January – December 09 – Whole camp Maximum 10 pax

Click on the rate to book

Tents Self Catering : R6 340.00 (Monday to Thursday)  or R7 280.00 (Friday to Sunday) per day

Road transfer from Pretoria or Johannesburg available for 10 pax book it at R5 400pv. Kindly let us know wherther you need this service on reservations

N.B the above rates are per camp per night sharing, inclusive of VAT.

The above rates include:

  • Accommodation
  • Dawn and dusk safaris in an open land rover and bush walks