Year-End Message from The Thornybush Collection
Without a doubt, the biggest event we celebrated this year was the taking down of the eastern boundary fence, which opens up the Thornybush Nature Reserve to the Timbavati and Greater Kruger National Park. This allows animals to move freely in over 20 000 000 hectares of untouched wilderness!
The result of this event is that we've seen a much larger variety of animals, the most notable being the packs of wild dog (one pack has 7 boisterous new puppies), an increase in leopard sightings and cheetah as well as more lion roaming through the reserve.
One of the issues which the downing of the fence was intended to improve on, was security. With one, albeit massive, boarder to patrol the theory was that the anti-poaching teams would be better equipped to stamp out this illegal practice – and for the most part this seems to be the case, although it will always remain a priority for the Warden and his team.
With South Africa still struggling through one of the worst droughts in living memory, we are happy to report that rainfall on the reserve was moderately adequate in September and October, but it remains a worry. We have plans in place to support the reserve, should action be needed, but for now we hope that the rain will continue to fall in the area.
Looking at 2018
We've seen interest in the reserve increase since the removal of the boundary fence and consequently, we've had a great year in terms of guest occupancy. We look forward to seeing a continuation of this growth trend well into the new year as we continue to play a vital role in making an African safari a totally unique and life-changing experience.
We'd like to wish all our guests – past, present and future – a wonderful Festive Season, filled with all the things you hold most dear. We'd also like to thank you for your unwavering support on our community projects and for keeping in touch on our fan page or sending your feedback on TripAdvisor – it gives us great pleasure in knowing that we touched so many people's hearts in such a positive way.