How to get there

By Road

From Johannesburg to Serondella Game Lodge Via Klaserie

  • The N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank), where the N12 highway links up with the N4 highway. Continue with the N4 in the direction Mbombela (Nelspruit).
  • Approximately 60 km past Middleburg, take the R 540 to your left. Travel through the towns of eMakhazeni (Belfast) and eMnotweni (Dullstroom) to Mashishing (Lydenburg).
  • Take the R 36 (which becomes the R 527) towards Hoedspruit, passing through Ohrigstad and descending down the Able Erasmus Pass.
  • Continue on until you get to the Khamai Reptile Park on your left. Here you turn right on to the R531 towards Orpen.
  • Continue straight for 32km until you get to the R531/Orpen road turnoff to your left, which you will take.
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will a sign for The River Lodge/Avoca/Ilkley.
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off.
  • At this time, please send a message to +27 (0)71 071 3268 advising our Team that you have arrived at the first gate.
  • The security gate is manned Monday – Saturday from 7 am – 4 pm.
  • Once you have been given access, continue travelling on this road until you get to the Timbavati Dzonga Gate, approximately 13km.
  • From here you will travel 5.7km and turn left.  In another 2.2km keep left until you reach Serondella Game Lodge.

Serondella Game Lodge via Bushbuckridge

  • When leaving Acornhoek drive approximately 5km and turn right onto the R531 (Orpen Road.)
  • Drive 12.5km on the R531 and there will be a sign for The River Lodge/Avoca/Ilkley.
  • Turn left and go through the control gate which is 50 meters after the turn-off.
  • At this time, please send a message to +27 (0)71 071 3268 advising our Team that you have arrived at the first gate.
  • The security gate is manned Monday – Saturday from 7 am – 4 pm.
  • Once you have been given access, continue travelling on this road until you get to the Timbavati Dzonga Gate, approximately 13km.
  • From here you will travel 5.7km and turn left. In another 2.2km keep left until you reach Serondella Game Lodge.

By Air

Fly Airlink offers 2 scheduled flights daily between Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) and Hoedspruit Airport (HDS) which takes approximately 55 minutes, and 1 daily flight between Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) and Hoedspruit Airport (HDS), which takes approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

CemAir offers a daily flights to/from Hoedspruit from OR Tambo International Airport.

Transfers can be arranged on your behalf from Hoedspruit Airport to the Reserve, at an additional cost. This transfer takes approximately 60 minutes by road.

Scheduled charter flights taking you directly into one of the Thornybush Nature Reserve Airstrips can be booked through our reservations department.

Private charters are available through several reputable private charter companies and can be booked through our reservations department.

Guests can opt to self-drive. Driving time from Johannesburg is approximately 6 hours.