Pilanesberg Private Lodge

Pilanesberg Private Lodge is a new private retreat nestled on the foot of the majestic Pilanesberg Mountains, in the Black Rhino Private Reserve. The lodge is uniquely situated within a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, and is within a 20-minute drive from Sun City.

The lodge is uniquely positioned in a part of the Pilanesberg National Park wilderness area that has previously not been accessible to any visitors, where guests enjoy nothing but spectacular views of the world-famous Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex. The lodge was designed to incorporate the views to ensure that even when you are not on game drives, you still have the opportunity to see any of the animals from the lodge, and elephant, Black and White rhino, lion and leopard have been spotted from the lodge in the last few months.

We offer five sleeping units that are connected via paved pathways and bridges to the communal area. Each chalet is equipped with extra length king-size beds with white linen, an en-suite bathroom with a rock bath and both indoor and outdoor showers, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, a bar fridge, hairdryer, kettle, mini safe, and a private patio. The communal area consists of a lounge, dining room, library, TV lounge, bar, kitchen, pool deck, covered patio, boma, and a viewing deck.

The reserve is characterized by huge numbers of Tambotie trees and therefore we have regular sightings of the bad tempered Black rhino. The reserve is entered exclusively through our private entrance gate on the western side and is home to the Big 5 as well as cheetahs and wild dogs. Antelope species include sable, eland, gemsbok and springbok. With a species list of over 354, the reserve is also a true birder's paradise.

Activities in the area include hot air balloon safaris over the park, elephant-back safaris with elephant interaction where kids get a chance to get up close and personal with the elephants, as well as special safaris tailor-made for photographic, walking and bird safaris. Visit Sun City with all its fantastic amenities, including the Valley of Waves, the world-famous Gary Player Golf Course and The Lost City Golf Course.

Pilanesberg Private Lodge also offers private walking safaris through Nare Walking Safaris, which is a private operator, based in the Black Rhino Reserve; the walking safaris are in the wilderness area of the Pilanesberg National Park. Using the Pilanesberg Private Lodge as a base camp, guests get the opportunity to explore this pristine area of the park on foot. This must definitely be one of the most intriguing activities found in, and around the Pilanesberg and Sun City.

The walks are approximately 2.5 hours long and concentrate on the smaller aspect of the fauna and flora, and guests will have the opportunity of encountering any of the Big 5 members in their natural habitat. On the walk guests can expect to look at the tracks and other signs of animals, an abundance of bird life, and a variety of plants and insects. What makes a walking safari unique is the fact that you are up close and personal with all aspects of nature.

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Reviews

  • "Excellent experience with Deon as our guide."

    09 July 2017

    "We loved everything about our stay. The accommodations were great, the food good, the service excellent and Deon, the manager provided for some great game drives. We saw rhinos about 10 times and saw a leopard as well. Loved it!"

    Thomas Stokkermans
  • "Relaxing"

    29 March 2017

    "This was one of the best weekends away I've ever experienced, the food, staff and accommodation were all incredible."

    Dhavina Naidoo
  • "Fantastic"

    17 December 2014

    "It was wonderful in every way. The accommodation was lovely, the meals were amazing and the staff made our stay memorable. We loved every minute of our time there. I can highly recommend the Lodge and staff."

    Ruth Middleton, Australia
  • "Wonderful breakaway"

    24 November 2014

    "Great resort with friendly and professional staff!"

    Roelf Marais, South Africa
  • "Absolutely fantastic"

    30 September 2014

    "We spent 4 days at the lodge and could have stayed longer. The staff were exceptional in making us feel part of a newly found family. The lodge is neat and tidy, the food is very good and the tranquility outstanding. The lodge did their best to find animals on game drives, and we did see a lot. We can recommend this lodge anytime for a weekend stay and preferably longer. We will definitely be back soon!"

    Ettiene Theron, South Africa
  • "Nice stay"

    18 August 2014

    "Nice and clean room and very good food. People working at the lodge are very polite and kindly address any guest request. The location of the lodge is nice too.The name of the lodge may be confusing for people from abroad since the lodge is not exactly inside the Pilanesberg Park but in a private reserve."

    Barbara Lupi, Italy
  • "Wonderful"

    03 February 2014

    "Had a wonderful time and to Deon and the staff of the lodge for a job well done. Thank you."

    Catherine Human, South Africa
  • "Excellent lodge"

    02 February 2014

    "On behalf of my son, his finance and my grand nephew from australia, thank you they found the lodge and staff to be really special and the game drives were great - they saw everything but leopard! Thank you. Deon and staff for looking after them so well."

    Catherine Human, South Africa
  • "Amazing stay at Pilanesberg Private Lodge"

    15 January 2014

    "We had an absolutely great time at Pilanesberg Private Lodge. Over the course of our 4-night stay, we saw tons of animals - lion, elephant, rhino, giraffe, zebra, kudu and more. Our guide Warwick was very knowledgeable and was able to get very close viewings of the animals, including a lion kill! The lodge itself was beautiful with a great view of a watering hole where we were able to watch a herd of elephants bathing on our first day. The walking safari was a great addition to our stay; we were able to get a different perspective on the bush and were lucky enough to see 3 black rhino in the wild. The food was excellent, as was the service. It met all of my expectations and beyond - I definitely recommend Pilanesberg Private lodge."

    Natalie Weigum, England
  • "STAY 5&6 OCTOBER 2013"

    14 October 2013

    "Wonderful, private and personal attention. Love the outside shower. Lovely food."

    Wilken van Staden, South Africa
  • "Friendly"

    14 October 2013

    "We stayed there for 2 days which was was too short. Wasted 1 day at Sun City, never again. We will be back to enjoy on what we missed out on. Friendly and personalized service was a welcoming relief."

    Ettiene Theron, South Africa
  • "Awesome stay in the bush"

    06 October 2013

    "The staff were friendly and went out of their way to make our stay special."

    Celeste Dubbelman, South Africa
  • "Excellent"

    29 July 2013

    "Had a great time at Pilanesberg Private Lodge. The staff was very friendly, and the food was great, well prepared and plated. We were also very lucky on each game drive seeing all of the big 5 every day. The leopard was the highlight of the weekend seeing it 3 time. Thank you for a great weekend, service and experience. We enjoyed every moment."

    JULENE KRIEK, South Africa
  • "A perfect blend of comfort, style and nature"

    29 July 2013

    "We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Pilanesberg Private Lodge; the staff are friendly without being obtrusive, the food is delicious and plentiful, the chalets are spacious and the beds extremely comfortable. Our guide was knowledgeable and chatted to us without giving a constant running commentary - she got the balance just right! We had some amazing sightings of white rhino, lion, hippo and elephant as well as lots of other buck and birds. It was a wonderful way to truly relax and enjoy nature."

    Lindsay Hosking, South Africa
  • "Besoek: 31 Mei 2012 - 02 Junie 2013"

    03 June 2013

    "Hierdie is werklik 'n waarde vir geld aanbeveling vir mense wie gemaklik en rustig wil vakansie hou in pragtige natuur! Ons het van dag een af fantastiese wild gesien op die wildritte bv 'n luiperd wyfie wat sommer baie na-aan die lodge in 'n boom haar prooi gevreet het. Die pak wildehonde wat ongelooflike fiksheid vertoon het deur sommer in 'n paar minute van die voet van die berg tot op die kruin te hardloop, sonder om moeg te lyk. Renosters wat die oudste renoster koei in die trop wil beskerm en so 2 meter van die voertuig af tot stilstand kom en dan wonder ... wat is hierdie voorwerp voor my wat nie weghardloop as ek storm nie. Die personeel in die Black Rhino Lodge konsidireer hul gaste en mekaar ongelooflik en glo my, as daar 'n trop leeus is, kry elke gas 'n kans om foto's te neem ipv soos in sommige parke waar daar verkeersknope ontstaan as 'n renoster en haar kalfie (nou sonder horings en amper nie meer te siene in parke is nie)of 'n leeu langs die pad is. Ons gaan die sjef met die warm waslappe en glase sjerries vir elke gas, na elke nag wildrit mis. Die smaaklik voorbereide etes was heerlik en meer as genoeg om van te kies. Die kersie op die koek ... 'n hele trop olifant koeie met jong kalfies van 'n paar maande tot ongeveer so 2 jaar wat ons in die middel van die grondpad na die hoofingang kom afsien het! Sal hierdie lodge definitief aanbeveel. Hoop ons geleentheid kom gou om self weer daar te gaan ontspan. Baie dankie aan die puik groep wat Pilanesberg Private Lodge so goed verteenwoordig het."

    Ella Gey van Pittius, South Africa
  • "Fantastic weekend"

    03 June 2013

    "We have just returned from spending a fantastic weekend at the lodge. The hospitality was fantastic and the food, excellent. The accommodation was luxury too! The game drives were everything we could have wished for and more. I had never seen a leopard in it's natural habitat and was so blessed to experience it during our late afternoon drive, watching it eat it's prey .....awesome, awesome experience. I definitely will be visiting this lodge again. Thank you to all the staff for a wonderful way for us to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary!"

    Stella Cowley
  • "Great game lodge"

    07 May 2013

    "Place to go if you want to have "it all" good food, service, location and game drives."

    maria bounds, South Africa
  • "Amazing getaway"

    09 January 2013

    "The stay was everything that I expected and more. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The game drives were excellent - we saw an abundance of game. We would definitely stay there again."

    Dominik Zuvela, South Africa
  • "Pleasant experience"

    03 January 2013

    "We spent an enjoyable evening at the lodge. Unfortunately it rained so our evening drive was cut short and there was no electricity at the lodge. The staff coped very well under the circumstances. We found our room was not properly prepared initially, but soap, shampoo etc appeared, without our having to ask for it, during the course of the evening. On the whole, a pleasant experience."

    Barbara Wassenaar, South Africa
  • "Awesome"

    30 October 2012

    "My eldest son and I spent 4 nights at the Pilanesberg Private Lodge. We enjoyed every minute and were sad to leave. The rangers, the manageress and other employees did their utmost to ensure our stay was enjoyable, catering to our every need. We had nothing to want for. The units were spacious, clean and well-designed, the beds were super comfortable, and the outside shower a treat. The food was superb, any special wishes we had were graciously fulfilled. Lovely location run by lovely people, we can only highly recommend!"

    Ingrid Luethi Hasani, Switzerland
  • "Excellent"

    25 June 2012

    "We had an absolutely awesome weekend. We loved everything from the game drives to the great food. And the service was excellent!"

    Alexandra de Bruin, South Africa
  • "Thank you"

    02 May 2012

    "Excellent service and staff."

    Yvette Popper
  • "Relaxing break in game reserve"

    30 April 2012

    "We stayed for three nights in the two-bedroom family chalet. There are only three other two-person chalets with a total of only 10 people at any time. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet and saw lots of game (including lion) on our morning and evening game drives with our great guide Elzabe. The chalet was very comfortable with a lovely enclosed private outdoor shower. Jocome (and staff) made lovely food and was very accommodating towards our young kids. For such a private lodge the price was fairly reasonable. The only complaint is that the daily conservation charge (R65/adult and R20/child) should be included in the accommodation fees if possible to avoid having a surprise payment at the end of the stay."

    Elmarie Potgieter, South Africa
  • "Amazing lodge and great, friendly staff"

    23 January 2012

    "Our weekend at Pilanesburg Private Lodge was amazing, one of the best weekends away we have had. The staff were very friendly and attentive and made our stay very special. The game drives were fantastic and the food outstanding. We will definitely be back."

    Ashleigh Atkinson, South Africa
  • "Fantastic!"

    06 November 2011

    "We enjoyed an amazing three-day stay at the Pilanesberg Private Lodge. The two drives a day, included in the package, were great and the highlight of our visit. The accommodation is very comfortable, stylish and modern; they were built in 2008. The room even has an outside shower for those who want to get back to nature. The friendly staff very flexible and accommodating, plus the food was very good. There is an option for a walking safari."

    Christophe Zimmerli, South Africa
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