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About 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.

Safari: Located within a Big 5 reserve, elephant, Black and White rhino, lion and leopard have been spotted from the lodge in the last few months.

  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 26 Reviews


  • Swimming Pool

Important Information

Please note that a conservation fee of R90 per adult and R60 per child and pensioners are payable at the lodge.

Child 0-3 years may not go on the game drive.

Pilanesberg Private Lodge Rooms

Reviews for Pilanesberg Private Lodge

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Thomas Stokkermans
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!

Dhavina Naidoo
29 March 2017

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

Ruth Middleton, Australia
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.

Roelf Marais, South Africa
24 November 2014

Great resort with friendly and professional staff!

Ettiene Theron, South Africa
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!

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Pilanesberg Private Lodge Map

Pilanesberg Private Lodge is 15.5km from the centre of Pilanesberg Game Reserve , the nearest airport 28.7km (Pilanesberg International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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