A Fond Farewell to Nic Griffin

If you're in the tourism industry in South Africa, then you will know of Nic Griffin! Besides his extremely warm demeanour, he's been a powerhouse in the industry for over 40 years, first at Avis Rental Car, and then for the past 12 years at at the helm of Thornybush. During his tenure at Thornybush it has grown from just 6 lodges to 12 – offering ...

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And That's a Wrap for 2019!

It's with great pleasure that I get to write this end of year message for Thornybush, primarily because it's my first year stepping in as CEO and because it serves as a benchmark for the start of a journey which I hope will be inspiring, empowering and enriching. It's hard to believe that I started with the Collection almost 6 months ago now! Throw...

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5 Reasons Why a Festive Season Safari is a Great Idea!

The festive season in South Africa happens to be in the height of summer, which goes against what you may traditionally be used to. But, if you're adventurous enough to book a safari at this time of year, your reward will be well worth the change of perception. Take a look at 5 reasons why a safari at this time of year is a great idea:​ Festiv...

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Monwana Lodge's Thai Beef Salad

Summers in South Africa can get very hot, so having a number of tasty, nutritious salads in our arsenal of recipes is always a big hit with guests. Served as part of the lunch buffet or as a side to accompany another dish – this Thai Beef Salad, courtesy of Monwana Lodge, always goes down well. ​ Ingredients ​ Olive oil for cooking beef fillet stri...

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3 Reasons Why a South African Safari is the Best!

There's no denying the facts about South Africa - the country is filled with amazing wildlife, abundant opportunities to spot the Big Five, jaw-dropping scenery and a rich culture. Yet, there are some things about this country that you have to experience for yourself, and a South African safari is the best way to do it. Here's a sample of why you s...

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How to Say Hello on Your South African Safari

'Hello'. It's a small word that can mean the start of great things. A little show of acknowledgement and respect that can make or break your interactions on a South African safari. This simple utterance is your gateway to getting to know your hosts, discovering local points of view and finding out more about your surroundings. The greatest friendsh...

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