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Thornybush Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 07/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/27/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#11 of 13 Specialty lodging in Thornybush Private Game Reserve
Saseka Tented Camp is the newest lodge at Thornybush, offering a truly unique, luxurious experience in a Big Five nature reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Perched on the seasonal Monwana River, each spacious safari tent overlooks the dry riverbed, where you can expect animal sightings right from the comfort of your own private deck. Designed and decorated by the award winning team of Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, Saseka Tented Camp combines natural, sustainable architecture with cutting-edge design, coming together in this truly unique offering. There are eight luxury tents, each with their own private deck and pool – perfect for couples looking for a romantic safari experience, where privacy and comfort are assured. For families or small groups, The Leadwood Villa offers a central lounge and dining area, shared deck and pool, as well as a dedicated safari vehicle.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Outdoor fireplace
Laundry service
Public wifi
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu


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Paige Toews wrote a review Mar 2021
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We can’t express enough how incredible our stay was at Saseka. We only stayed for 2 nights and we were so sad to go- it was the most action packed part of our whole week stay in Kruger ! The accommodation, the housekeeping, the food, and the service team were always spot on and everyone was so so friendly. We were so lucky to have the best guide and tracker, Rudi and Jordan. They were so knowledgeable, experienced and made us feel so safe and ensured we had the best time. They worked amazing together and are both incredibly skilled.. just watching them work/track together and predicting what was going to happen was exciting enough- let alone seeing all the wildlife. The highlight of our trip was getting engaged, and everyone at Saseka made it so special for us. We 100% will be back, maybe even for the wedding 😉 we highly recommend staying at Saseka! Jason & Paige
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Shara Burger, Owner at Saseka Tented Camp
Responded 2 weeks ago
Congratulations! what a fabulous place to get engaged ad even better place to get married! (hint hint!) we are so happy to have been able to make this incredible experience even more memorable for you! And thank you for choosing Saseka as your destination to propose! We cannot wait to see you both again/
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AfricaLinx wrote a review Mar 2021
Pretoria, South Africa37 contributions11 helpful votes
Saseka delivers in every aspect. Hosts are friendly, effective, informative, attentive and the list goes on. The communal spaces are modern, yet the mix of antique and modern furniture and earthy textures fits perfectly on the edge of the riverbed. The suites are fit for a king... including your own private pool. Food... with every meal younthinknit cannot get better... and then the next meal it does!! Variety, choices, flavours, colours, tastes... paired with the attentative table host makes for feast at every meal time. On safari (game drive) the experience continues at the 5star standard. If 5star Safari is what you ate looking for, then Saseka should be on your list.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Shara Burger, Owner at Saseka Tented Camp
Responded 2 weeks ago
Wow! Thank you so much for this wonderful response. We are so glad you had such a wonderful time and enjoyed all the special and unique aspects of this wonderful camp
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RoxyGersh wrote a review Mar 2021
South Africa86 contributions14 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights at Saseka and it was the most amazing experience. Photos do not do it justice, the lodge itself is just incredible - nothing to fault. The rooms magnificent and every detail has been thought of. Private pool and outdoor shower were such a bonus. Do ask for a dinner in your room - they go above and beyond to make it special, we even enjoyed a lunch by our pool. Game drives - we saw everything and more and the guides and tackers were outstanding - we had Sean/Shaun and Anthony - great team! Cannot wait to go back!!
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Date of stay: February 2021
Room Tip: They are all amazing and along the river bed
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Response from Shara Burger, Owner at Saseka Tented Camp
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so so much for this wonderful review - we are so happy you got to enjoy your tent with a couple of private meals! We cannot wait to welcome you back!
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Truthful Luxury Traveller wrote a review Mar 2021
London, United Kingdom86 contributions61 helpful votes
The last time I went out to the “Bush” (on safari) was in 2010. Coming from South Africa that is really shocking but the prices over the years have just reached eye watering highs and I couldn’t justify it. Although Corona is terrible ... it has opened the eyes of Bush lodges to offer South African rates and we can all enjoy the Bush again ! Now truly is the perfect time to enjoy our incredible lodges and South African wildlife - all at our doorstep !! (let’s hope lodges keep SA rates going into the future) I looked into a few different lodges and Saseka in Thorny Bush came up as a great option. Reasons I enjoyed it : - Close to Hoedspruit Airport (40 mins) Direct flights from Cape Town - Thorny Bush borders Kruger National Park (Big lots of game) - It is a new camp (everything has a new feeling) Beautifully interior designed. - Rooms are great sizes with incredible linen on the beds (comfy cozy) - Each room had a private pool (there is no communal pool) - Food is amazing ! Delicious (downside you eat too much) - Staff great ! - Animal viewing five stars - Spa at main lodge massage was to die for A few cons to consider - No watering hole at the camp - so when you’re eating / sitting at lodge you don’t really see any game. - Our room didn’t have a view it was more a view of Bush. Which isn’t bad but something to consider - Bathroom Bedroom sort of “all in one”. Well designed but no separation (might be an issue if you’re sharing with someone you don’t know well?!) - So much food - great but phew I ate tooo much - No gym ( I think you could use the one at main lodge but this is a little drive away).
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Shara Burger, Owner at Saseka Tented Camp
Responded 5 weeks ago
Hi. Thank you so much for your feedback, we really appreciate all your comments. There is so much water around at the moment that even the waterholes don't seem to always attract the game, it is a pity that no animals came down the riverbed though. I think all the rain always explains the "bush view", usually you can see the riverbed, but perhaps we could do a bit of bush clearing in front of some of the more overgrown tents, we will pass this feedback on ASAP to the team of the ground. All your points are valid and we will definitely take them into consideration. Thank you for taking the time to give us this honest feedback.
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Camilla Leeds wrote a review Mar 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa13 contributions1 helpful vote
As a birthday celebration we spent 4 nights at Saseka with friends - what a wonderful experience. The tents were wonderfully appointed, beautifully decorated with an incredibly comfortable bed. The outside shower was the highlight though and you had to keep reminding yourself we live in a water scarce country and to limit those showers. The food and service was lovely and Kedris made sure our every need was attended to - she also pulled out all the stops to arrange a special surprise birthday dinner and cake for my husband. We had fantastic game viewing and Joe and Jordan are legends - leopard (twice), lion (4 times) - once with Cubs, wild dog, hyena (with Cubs), rhino, hippo, Buffalo and many antelope, giraffe and zebra. We lacked for nothing and every game drive was a treat. Add this one to your list and book your trip today!!!!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Shara Burger, Owner at Saseka Tented Camp
Responded 5 weeks ago
Happy Birthday to your husband, so glad we could make it a memorable one. Thank you so much for your feedback, we really appreciate all your lovely comments and encouragement.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Saseka Tented Camp
What are some of the property amenities at Saseka Tented Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Saseka Tented Camp?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Saseka Tented Camp?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Saseka Tented Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Saseka Tented Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Saseka Tented Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Saseka Tented Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Saseka Tented Camp?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.