FAST FACTS: PLACES TO STAY IN THE PILANESBERG GAME RESERVE

 

What do you want for your family and friends on a safari tour to Pilanesberg Game Reserve? Something budget-friendly and fun for kids or something more exclusive and private? Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers accommodation options to suit everyone; ranging from camping and self-catering chalets to private bush lodges and luxury safari lodges.

The Greater Pilanesberg Game Reserve now incorporates the Black Rhino Game Reserve which is a private concession with restricted access and luxury safari lodges. The exclusive reserve added just less than 2 000 hectares to create South Africa’s third largest national park which now spans some 57 000 hectares.

Plans are in the pipeline to incorporate Madikwe Game Reserve and a protected wildlife corridor which will increase the reserve by a further 300 000 hectares. Until the Heritage Park becomes a reality, visitors to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve have more than enough choice in accommodation.

Let’s look at where you can stay in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and we’ll leave the decision up to you.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY CAMPING & SELF-CATERING

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp

3-star rating

The tented safari camp is situated close to the main camping resort in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and offers guests a more private experience.

Fast facts

Sleeps 16 guests; 8 canvas safari tents with comfortable single twin beds

Electricity but no air-conditioning; standing fan provided

Shared bathroom facilities; shower only, separate toilet

Restaurant onsite; braai facilities at each tented camp

Kitchenette with basic provisions

No smoking allowed in the tents

Small swimming pool

Malaria-free area

Rate includes

Two meals included; full English and continental breakfast and a braai (barbeque) dinner

Game drives with a game ranger in open safari vehicle: early morning and late afternoon

Available on request

Return transfers to Johannesburg and Pretoria

Airport shuttle to Pilanesberg Airport

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Manyane Resort

3-star rating

This resort is managed by Golden Leopard Resorts and offers an array of accommodation and recreational facilities to keep youngsters busy. Manyane Resort is located close to one of the main entrances to the reserve and is ideal for families and groups travelling on a tight budget.

Fast facts

Caravan and campsite

Own tent and caravan required

Electrified sites or non-electric

Central ablution facilities

Permanent safari tents

Sleeps two people

Electric kettle, refrigerator, table and chairs provided

No kitchenette; meals eaten at the restaurant

Electrified; no air-conditioning, stand-up fan only

Private en-suite bathroom

Linen provided but not towels

Private patio with braai facilities

Can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast and Bed, Breakfast & Dinner option

Self-catering chalet: 4 sleeper

Double bed with two single beds in the loft

Kitchenette with basic provisions

Electrified; no air-conditioning, fans provided

Private patio with braai facility

Small television with boutique channels

Linen and bath towels provided, bring your own swimming towels

Can be booked on a Bed/Breakfast/Dinner option

Situated next to the main camping/caravan area

Self-catering chalets: 2 sleeper

Sleeps 2 or 4 people

Bar refrigerator, electric kettle

Small television with boutique channels

Private en-suite bathroom

Linen and bath towels provided, bring your own swimming towels

Private patio with a braai facility

Situated close to the swimming pool and playground

Can be booked on a Bed & Breakfast and Bed, Breakfast & Dinner option

Resort facilities

Restaurant

Convenience shop for basic provisions

Spa/beauty treatment centre

Swimming pool

Playground

Mini-golf

Available on request

Game drives with a ranger in an open safari vehicle

Early morning hiking trails with a professional game ranger

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Bakgatla Resort

3-star grading

This budget-friendly resort is run by Golden Leopard Resorts and part of a group of destinations at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve catering for families and groups. The resort offers the option of camping or self-catering chalets and executive safari tents.

Fast facts

Sleeps up to 1 200 guests in range of accommodation

Children under 12-years sharing with an adult stay for free

5-sleeper chalets:

Lounge, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, upstairs loft bedroom

Private patio with braai facilities

Air-conditioning in lounge; stand-up fans in bedrooms

Executive safari tents:

Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years per tent (not 4 adults)

Set on a wooden deck with a private patio and braai facilities

Electrified

Two three-quarter beds

Sleeper couch in lounge

Bar refrigerator

Private bathroom

Resort facilities

Restaurant; serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

Convenience store and curio shop

Laundromat

Conference centre

Large swimming pool

Children’s playground with trampoline and mini-golf

Braai (barbeque) facilities

Available on request

Daily morning and afternoon game drives with a professional ranger in an open safari vehicle

Bush walking trails

Bush braais

Sun City shuttle transfer for a world of fun

Tour of Predator World and Kwena Crocodile Sanctuary near Sun City

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SELF-CATERING LODGE

Buffalo Thorn Lodge

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is an exclusive self-catering bush lodge in the Black Rhino Game Reserve and available for private group bookings. Guests staying at this private self-catering lodge can travel freely between the two reserves; however, the Black Rhino Game Reserve is restricted to guests staying in one of the reserve’s lodges.

Fast facts

Sleeps up to 10 guests in 5 free-standing chalets

Air-conditioning in lounge; stand-up fans in bedrooms

Mn oomwith a king-size bed (can request two single beds)

Second room with two single beds (baby cot available on request)

En-suite bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and shower

Outdoor shower

Comfortable lounge

Private deck with braai facility

Electric kettle with complimentary coffee and tea

Bar refrigerator

Linen provided, plus bath and swimming towels

Electronic safe for valuables

Hair dryer

Rate includes

Daily morning and afternoon game drives

Can be booked as a Bed & Breakfast option

Housekeeping service

Available on request

Tour of Predator World at Sun City

Transfers to Sun City Entertainment & Casino Resort

Quad biking, archery and watersports at Sun City

Drumming and gumboot dancing sessions after dinner

LUXURY BUSH LODGES

There are 5 bush lodges in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve catering for the more discerning guests. Your choice depends on whether you’d like to stay at a lodge geared for young families or at a lodge offering an exclusive, intimate safari experience.

Bakubung Bush Lodge

4-star rating

Bakubung means “place of the hippo” and boasts a large natural pond with a resident pod of hippos. The lodge is popular among local South African holidaymakers as units are sold on a self-catering timeshare basis.

There are plenty of sports facilities available to keep the young and youthful busy, aswell as a regular Sun City transfer shuttle and the option of joining a professional safari ranger on a guided game drive or a walking trail.

Fast facts

Sleeps up to 150 guests

Children of all ages welcome

75 standard rooms built in a horse-shoe shape with a spectacular view of the Hippo Pool; situated close to the main entertainment area

Rooms available with two double beds or a king-size bed

En-suite bathroom

Quality restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; added option of eating at the pool terrace or ordering room service

Large flat-screen television with satellite channels

Spacious sitting area

Private patio or balcony; with panoramic view of the bushveld

Bar refrigerator; stocked with a selection of beverages

Lodge facilities

Conference venue for up to 120 delegates

Flood-lit tennis court, action cricket and volley ball facility

Arcade and games room

Children’s playground; including trampolines and miniature golf course

Large swimming pool and baby pool

Poolside bar

Nôkô Kalahari Spa for beauty and wellness treatments

Guided bush walks with a professional safari ranger

Internet lounge; Wi-Fi available in the reception area

24-hour room service

Babysitting facilities

Junior Rangers programme (children 6-12 years)

Sun City transfer shuttles daily; for a world of entertainment

Available on request

Morning and afternoon game drives with a professional ranger in an open safari vehicle

Special occasions

Bush braai; on Wednesday and Saturday nights

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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

4-star grading

Children under 12 years not permitted

Tshukudu Bush Lodge offers guests a more exclusive safari experience in a spectacular corner of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It is built on the side of a hill and each chalet boasts a panoramic view of the bushveld valley.

Fast facts

Sleeps 20 people

10 deluxe chalets, individually decorated with luxury features; stone fireplaces, leather sofas, crystal chandeliers and decadent sunken tubs

Private patios with a plunge pool

Lodge facilities

Daily morning and afternoon game drives with a professional ranger in an open safari vehicle

Daily shuttle transfers to Sun City or the Pilanesberg Airport

Daily bush walks with a professional ranger

Restaurant for intimate dining or meals at the poolside terrace

Restaurant or poolside bar

Spa and wellness centre

Free laundry service

Free Wi-Fi

Available on request

Daily Sun City and airport transfer shuttles

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

4-star grading

Kwa Maritane means “place of the rock” and is located in a secluded corner of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The bush lodge lies nestled in a lush bushveld vegetation in the shadow of giant rocky outcrops that are home to an array of wildlife and birds.

The most exciting attraction at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is a man-made tunnel that stretches some 150 metres under a waterhole, taking guests to a quiet game and bird viewing hide. You don’t really need to go on a game drive when you have front-row tickets to the daily goings-on the in the surrounding bush.

Fast facts

90 rooms, sleeping up to 180 guests

54 timeshare chalets for families and groups

Children of all ages welcome

 Standard and Executive studio rooms:

King-size bed, two double beds or twin single beds (by your request)

En-suite bathroom with shower

Air-conditioning

Bar refrigerator

Flat-screen television with satellite channels

Electric kettle with complimentary tea and coffee

Electronic safe

International plug unit

Electric shaving plug point

Hairdryer

Sleeper couch or baby cot (available on request)

Floor-to-ceiling windows leading out onto a private balcony

Lodge facilities

Top-quality restaurant for intimate fine-dining or eat at the poolside terrace

Thabayadiotso, a world-renowned signature spa and wellness centre

Underground tunnel, game and bird viewing hide with webcam footage

2 large swimming pools with a water slide and baby pool

2 flood-lit tennis courts

Bush putt-putt, outdoor chess and rock climbing

Children’s playground with slides and trampoline

Games room with table tennis, pool table and darts

Junior Rangers programme

Conference and function rooms for seminars, formal banquets, private parties, product launches and team-building

Free wi-fi and business centre

Two traditional African bomas; wooden enclosed area for outdoor dinner under the stars

Available on request

Guided bush walks; wildlife, bird and tree trails

Daily morning and afternoon game drives with a professional ranger in an open safari vehicle

Rooms for disabled guests with specially-adapted facilities

Babysitting and childcare service

Daily Sun City transfer shuttles (no extra cost)

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Ivory Tree Lodge

5-star grading

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a sophisticated luxury safari lodge located just east of the far north boundary of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in a quiet corner of the reserve. To add to the enjoyment, the Sun City Entertainment & Casino Resort and The Palace of the Lost City is a short 24-kilometre drive from the lodge. You can book a Sun City transfer shuttle with Moafrika Tours for a change of scenery and a world of fun.

Fast facts

67 luxury suites ranging from executive to deluxe rooms

Beautifully decorated in sophisticated, earthy tones with quality finishes and luxury features

Children of all ages welcome

All meals included in the price; beverages for your own account

Executive suites:

King-size bed with high-quality linen

En-suite bathroom with deluxe bath, indoor and outdoor shower

Air-conditioning

Spacious lounge

Covered patio with private plunge pool

Coffee-making machine and bar refrigerator

Flat-screen television with boutique selection of DSTV channels

Deluxe suites:

King-size bed with quality linen

En-suite bathroom

Air-conditioning

Gas fireplace

Spacious lounge

Private patio

Flat-screen television with boutique selection of DSTV channels

Lodge facilities

Elegant restaurant for fine dining or enjoy an authentic African braai at the outdoor boma

Swimming pool

Day spa

Conference and business centre

Evening entertainment; outdoor boma braai, drum lessons, tribal dancing

Free Wi-Fi

Available on request

Guided game drives with a professional ranger in an open safari vehicle

Daily Sun City transfer shuttle

Babysitting service

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aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

5-star grading

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is part of the aha Premier hospitality group and designed with luxury in mind and offers guests the ultimate in an African wildlife safari. It is located in a private concession in a remote area in the south-west corner of the reserve where access is restricted to guests staying at the private lodge.

Fast facts

Sleeps up to 102 guests

17 private executive suites

26 deluxe suites

Children of all ages welcome but children under 6-years are not allowed on game drives

King-size bed with quality linen

En-suite bathroom with outdoor shower

Air-conditioning

Private patio

Lodge facilities

Fine-dining restaurant and bar

Spa and beauty treatment centre

Swimming pool and baby pool

Free Wi-Fi and business centre

Conference centre

Free laundry service

Bed and breakfast rate

Available on request

Daily morning and afternoon game drives with a professional ranger in an open safari vehicle

Babysitting and childcare

 

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Moafrika Tours offers a selection of safari tours for guests staying at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Enjoy a day tour of the reserve in the company of a professional safari guide in an open safari vehicle. Book a return transfer from any destination in Johannesburg and Pretoria to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and then join a safari guide for an incredible day in the reserve.

If you’re a first-time visitor to South Africa, don’t miss out on a day tour with Moafrika Tours to iconic destinations such as Johannesburg city centre, Soweto and Pretoria.

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Moafrika Tours also provide a Sun City transfer shuttle from any destination in Johannesburg and Pretoria that takes you to one of South Africa’s most popular tourist destination.

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