Thornybush Saseka Tented Safari

September 1, 2023

Thornybush Saseka Tented Camp is in the heart of the African wilderness. Where the rhythmic calls of wildlife harmonize. With the rustling of leaves and the gentle flow of rivers.

A sanctuary that seamlessly blends luxury with untamed nature. This darling camp is tucked away within the Thornybush Private Game Reserve. A quick and short drive from Eastgate Airport.  This exquisite camp is part of the Thornybush collection. A collection of five-star game lodges situated on a private concession near the Kruger National Park.  Specifically, offering an immersive and authentic safari experience. I love the beauty and drama of the South African bushveld. And it is here you can find it.

Upon arrival I was greeted by Kersti, the duty manager on shift. A friendly and warm welcome, with a fresh glass of Watermelon juice.  She made me feel at home.  I was taken around and shown the glorious guest areas and showed where lunch and dinner are served. Kersti also assisted me in a crisis, as I had left my iPhone charger at the previous lodge. Her exact words, were, I will make a plan! Without delay, I heard a knock on my door! She had managed to find one and allowed me to use it that night.  I was relieved and so thankful.  Come on, that is top service!

Indeed, Saseka (which means beautiful in Shangaan) provides an exclusive haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Adventurers, and seekers of tranquility. Traversing over 14,000 hectares of diverse terrain, savannah grasslands and dense woodlands. Indeed, it is here is where you will find a captivating wildlife experience. Grant our game ranger, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate. He also was able to get us prime seats while a herd of elephants come down to drink water. It was goosebump material! We also sat quietly within a herd of Buffalo.  Quietly, just watching and listening to them as they grazed. It was simply sublime, as the sun was setting casting this golden light on these massive animals.  I was so happy to see so many youngsters.

Uniquely, accommodation at Saseka Tented Camp consists of ten well-appointed tented suites.  Its peaceful, you don’t see people, each Tent exquisitely designed to encapsulate the essence of safari living. The tents are spacious and feature a combination of modern comforts. With many old-world pieces, that take you back in time.  I adore the botanical theme, and think the ceilings make this camp so unique.  Also, including traditional design elements, providing you with an authentic experience. You tent has an en-suite bathroom, private deck with a private outdoor shower. And a cool plunge pool, where you can take a dip when the midday sun its hot. It is here you must connect with nature. For me, just hearing the birds, utter paradise!

A stay at Thornybush Saseka Tented Camp is not just about lavish accommodation. It’s a gateway to the wild. The game drives and guided walking safaris. Led by passionate experienced rangers and trackers. That allow guests to venture into the heart of the bushveld. To enjoy the iconic wildlife in its natural habitat that South Africa showcases.

During, you stay the culinary journey is a celebration of flavours and cultures.  From traditional South African dishes to international cuisine. The chef is talented and creates a diverse and delectable menu. You are surprised as meals are never the same. From the open-air dining area. Or the traditional boma, a traditional outdoor enclosure. Ultimately, making the perfect setting for fireside dining under the stars, complete with storytelling and camaraderie. For those like me who like to dine in, with my favourite pajamas, on the deck listening to the nocturnal animals.  Without question, your butler brings you a tray of divine food.

 

In conclusion, this camp transcends the ordinary, offering a luxurious escape that connects you to the raw beauty of Africa’s wilderness. Not only, with its opulent accommodation, thrilling wildlife encounters, and commitment to conservation. Without a doubt, the camp will give you an unforgettable safari experience. That will linger in the hearts and minds of those fortunate enough to explore its beautiful surroundings. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a deep connection with nature. Above all, Saseka Tented Camp is a gateway to a world where luxury and the untamed converge.

Finally, Thornybush Private Game Reserve places a strong emphasis on conservation. Everything is plastic free. You are given a metal water bottle.  So, that during your stay, you can fill it up, instead of creating more plastic waste with plastic bottles. Clearly, the reserve is seriously committed to protecting its natural resources and developing the local communities.  After all, it’s so important for us to ensure sustainable tourism practices, education, and social development initiatives. Which really makes me happy!

To conclude, by choosing to stay at Saseka Tented Camp. In the long run, you contribute to these efforts. All while, enjoying an unparalleled experience.

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