Simbambili's Pioneer, Sculler and Entrepreneur Extraordinaire – Laiza Ndubane

Laiza Ndubane has been with Simbambili since before Simbambili was here. She started with Thornybush Collection in 1997 and was one of the first workers employed to help clear the brush and rehabilitate the environment in the area where the camp now stands. Once things were up and running, she tried out several positions around the camps with Thorn...

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The Dwarf Mongoose - Small and Fierce

The diminutive dwarf mongoose, Helogale parvula , belongs to the animal order feliformia , which consists of small cat-like animals like meerkats, mongoose, civets , and hyenas . They're handsome little creatures with a rich uniform brown pelt which varies from fawn to dark chestnut depending on the individual. An adult dwarf mongoose rarely weighs...

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Celebrating the Environment with Thornybush Collection

On 5 June every year, people across the world come together to create awareness of what we can do to benefit our rapidly failing environment. This year, China is the host nation for the big debate on the way forward with regard to our survival. Why World Environment Day? The very first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1972 with the aim of pr...

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World Gin Day and Your South African Safari

When you're in the midst of a South African safari with Thornybush Collection, it's easy to forget about the outside world. You're instantly whisked back to simpler times. Times when Africa's wildlife roamed unfettered through the bush and every sunset was celebrated with a little something to see the night in. The Rise of the G&T South Africa ...

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Chilled avocado, cucumber & mint soup

There are several ways to beat the African heat during your South African safari with Thornybush Collection. You can take a refreshing dip in the pool, lie up in the shade or hide out in your cool and comfortable accommodations. However, our favourite way to tackle the temperature at Simbambili is with a light and refreshing afternoon meal. What co...

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A Day In The Life of a Baby Elephant

Elephants are always a hit during our Thornybush game drives but even more so when there are a couple of youngsters in the fray. It's hilarious to watch the antics of these mini-pachyderms as they go about exploring their world, but what's the reason for these comical antics? Like all youngsters, baby elephants are full of the joys of life. They're...

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