Thornhill Game Reserve


Western Cape Province

Property Info

  • Property ID: 873
  • Type: Game reserve & lodge
  • Lot Size: 21,500 acres
  • Bedrooms: 4 + two bush camps

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South African Game Reserve and game lodge for sale

Thornhill private game reserve and game lodge in South Africa

This estate is an exclusive private South African game reserve experience which is only accessible to a selected few.

With scores of rare African wildlife, Thornhill game reserve is a pristine, unique and exceptional destination. The luxury lodge, known locally as the Jewel of the Karoo, is impressively situated on 21,500 acres of some of the most breathtaking land on earth.

Located in an untouched wilderness area, the Karoo boasts a magnificent tapestry of a mountain plateau, winding valley and shimmering plain. The Great Karoo area is where the South African nature dazzles on the endless plains and in the blue mountains, offering a mosaic of incomparable scenic landscape, an intriguing cultural heritage and abundance of wildlife species .

The private game reserve is fully fenced according to the requirements of the Department of Nature Conservation (steel fencing, over 40 kilometres). This means all the game on the property belongs to the reserve, and that trophy hunting can be carried out as part of a conservation management practice. A limited number of animals are allocated for game hunting purposes each year. This is based on creating sustainable populations of animals. The healthy conditions allow for animals to grow to their full potential.

Wildlife encounters are part of the daily routine at Thornhill, as there are vast herds of animals roaming the property freely. Boasting an incredible selection of wildlife, Thornhill game reserve is home to a great many species of game; conservatively estimated at around 4,500 plains game including more than 40 of Africa’s most interesting and unusual animal species.

Some of the more common species include: Springbok, Kudu, Eland, Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Southern Mountain Reedbuck, Grey Rheebuck, Klipspringer, Oryx, Blue Duiker, Waterbuck, Duikers (Red and Grey), Steenbuck, Hyrax, Burchells Zebra, Bushbuck, European Fallow Deer, Wild Ostrich, Guinea Fowl, Egyptian Goose, Lynx, Leopard, Jackal, Meerkat, and the shy Eagle Owl. At a count of 25, the Giraffe herd may probably be the largest group living as a single unit (all together) at any one moment, in the wild. There are nine sets of resident eagles ( 7 Black Eagles and 2 Marshall Eagles ).

Thornhill had an absolute abundance of water resources, through river and dams. Two wells tested to 150,000 litres per hour. The estate has also a small functioning vineyard ( 50/50 Merlot and Petit verdot ). One vintage already in the bottle. Game fence protected Lucerne fields and sacrificial Sorghum plantings to stimulate birdlife.

The malaria-free property is bisected by a twenty two kilometer Triassic canyon with cliffs running shear from 350 to 800 feet. Fossils abound.

The main lodge is an old charming Cape Dutch residence with 4 suites, maintained to 5-star specifications of the South African Government Tourist Board.

Wonderfully located, the main lodge sits in award-winning gardens which are in an old flood plain. There is also a bush camp and hunting lodge, sleeping 8, which is located in a spectacular river canyon. There is a second bush camp where 4 guests can sleep.

Thornhill lodge is currently used as a private residence to its current owners. However, this property may also be suitable for breeding of rare game species, commercial hunting and eco-tourism. The game reserve can be sold fully staffed with qualified PH (Qualified Professional Hunter) and Manager.

The exceptional property is conveniently located, with an easy drive north of the town of George in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. Or, even easier, fly in to the estate’s private landing strip from Cape Town or Pretoria. The flight from Cape Town International Airport to Thornhill takes only 45 minutes.

Thornhill Private Game Lodge offers exclusivity, style and understated luxury against a backdrop of wild Africa in all her splendour.

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