South African Lodges

Pilanesberg Private Lodge

Black Rhino Reserve
Pilanesberg National Park
North West Province
South Africa
Lodge Type

The Pilanesberg Private Lodge is an excellent safari retreat located at the foot of the scenic Pilanesberg mountains in South Africa's North West province. 

The Pilanesberg Lodge is only a two hours drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg and 22 minutes from the famous Sun City Resort; this Private Lodge makes for a suitable game lodge accommodation option. This safari lodge enjoys a prime wildlife position in the 'Big Five', malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park wilderness region which was previously not accessible to visitors. This wilderness retreat is in the Black Rhino Game Reserve.

Featuring five chalets all of which are connected by bridges and paved pathways to the main lodge are available at the Lodge. The safari style cottages are named Tambotie, Leopard, Shepherds Tree, Elephant and Rhino.

Chalet features:

  • Air-conditioning
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Rock Bath
  • Ceiling fan
  • Bar fridge
  • Hairdryers
  • Kettle
  • Extra length King size bed with white linen
  • Double rock basins
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Mini safe
  • Private patio.


  • Pool deck and Jacuzzi
  • Covered patio
  • Boma
  • Viewing deck
  • Dining room
  • Library and TV lounge
  • Bar and kitchen
  • Fireplace
  • Air conditioning.

Nearby Attractions and Activities

  •     Hot Air Balloon Safaris
  •     Elephant Back Safaris
  •     Elephant Interaction & Encounters
  •     Golf: Lost City Golf Course & Gary Player Golf Course
  •     Sun City Resort: Casino, Entertainment Center, Valley of Waves Water Park.

Black Rhino Reserve

This exclusive Lodge nestles within the Black Rhino Private Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Pilanesberg National Park in South Africa's North West Province. The size of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park exceeds 57 000 hectares.& The Black Rhino Reserve is in the North Western region of the Pilanesberg National Park measuring just under 2000 acres in size.

The Lodge enjoys traversing rights across the Greater Pilanesberg National Park in its open game vehicle. The vegetation found here is predominantly sweet veld and compliments the sourced and mixed veld of the park itself. The mighty buffalo is regularly encountered as these have made their home in the most remote regions of the park which are not accessible to the public.

Due to a large number of Tambotie trees found in reserve, the bad-tempered Black rhino is home here. The reserve is entered exclusively through the lodge's private entrance gate on the western side of the sanctuary. 

The Black Rhino Reserve is home to the 'Big Five' including the lion, white and black rhino, leopard, buffalo and the elephant.  Cheetahs and wild dogs, as well as antelope species such as sable, tsessebe, eland, gemsbok and springbok, can also be encountered on the game drives or walking safaris. Birdwatching in the Black Rhino Reserve is also a bird watcher paradise as over 354 bird species have been recorded here.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar Fridges in Room
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Outside Shower
  • Safe
  • Terrace


Dining at the Pilanesberg Private Lodge

After the early morning game drive, guests enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at the Lodge which includes freshly baked muffins, fresh fruit, muesli and yoghurt as well as a full English breakfast selection.

Light lunch is served on the pool deck or patio, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy the unspoilt nature, while enjoying their meal.

Upon returning to the Lodge after the afternoon game drive, guests retreat to the Boma for Dinner under the African stars.  The chef prepares delicious traditional South African dishes.

Game drives

The Pilanesberg Private Lodge is located in the Black Rhino Private Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Pilanesberg National Park.  The Black Rhino Private Reserve nestles in the North Western corner of the Pilanesberg National Park.

It is just under 2000 hectares in size and is the first portion of private land which has been incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park.  The plan is to include the entire area between the Pilanesberg National Park and the Madikwe Game Reserve to form the "Heritage Park" which will be about  300 000 hectares.

The Pilanesberg Private Lodge has traversing rights across the entire park (57 000 hectares) in their open game vehicle. The vegetation which can be found here is predominantly sweetveld and it compliments the sourveld and mixed veld of the park.   It is here where the Buffalo is often seen as they have taken shelter in the more remote areas which are not accessible to other visitors.

The malaria free game reserve is characterized by many Tambotie trees and therefore regular sightings of the mighty Black rhino occur. The Black Rhino Private Game Reserve is entered exclusively through the lodge's private entrance gate on the westen side of the reserve.

The 'Big Five' can be found here which are lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, white and black rhino as well as cheetah and wild dog. Antelope species include sable, tsessebe, eland, gemsbok and springbok.

Visit the Sun City Resort

The nearby Sun City Resorts awaits visitors with many attractions and entertainment options.  The Sun City Resort features a casino, shops, animals, golf courses, the amazing Valley of the Waves Fun & Water Park as well as the following four hotels:

  • Cabanas Hotel
  • Sun City Hotel
  • Cascades Hotel
  • Palace of the Lost City.
Elephant Back Safari

Guests have the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable Elephant Back Safari in the natural surroundings of the South African bushveld.  An Elephant Interaction Program is also available.

Hot Air Balloon Safari

Thrilling Hot Air Balloon Safaris provide guests with the amazing experience of flying over the beautiful Pilanesberg region in South Africa's North West Province.

Nearby golf courses

The nearby Sun City Resort in South Africa's North West Province features the following famous golf courses to which day visitors have access to:

  • Gary Player Golf Course
  • The Lost City Golf Course.
Special Safaris
  • Tailor made photographic safaris
  • Walking safaris
  • Bird watching safaris
Bird watching

With a species list of over 354, the Black Rhino Private Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa is a true "birders paradise".


The Main Lodge features a jacuzzi on the deck which invites for a relaxing time between exciting game drives and delicious meals at the Pilanesberg Private Lodge.

Walking safaris

Guests are collected in the morning from the Pilanesberg Private Lodge to set off to the walking zone in the wilderness area of the Pilanesberg National Park.  Attention to small animals makes this a unique experience with wildlife encounters.  Tracks are explained and guests are astouned by the different sights and smells on these walks. 


The Pilanesberg Private Lodge features an outdoor swimming pool where refreshing swims can be enjoyed in the warm African sun.

  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Jacuzzi
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Nearby golf course
  • Nearby Gym
  • Nearby Spa
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Individual climate controlled room
  • Luggage storage
  • Secure parking
  • Walking safaris
Children Policy
  • Children of all ages are welcome at Pilanesberg Private Lodge.  Children are an additional cost per night which is not included in our quotes.  

    Children may also participate in game drives, which is advisable however for children only above the age of 3.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

The Pilanesberg Private Lodge offers five chalets which are connected via bridges and paved pathways to the main lodge. The chalets are called Shepherds Tree, Leopard, Tambotie, Rhino and Elephant.

Chalet facilities and amenities:

  • En-suite bathroom
  • Rock Bath
  • Double rock basins
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Mini safe
  • Private patio
  • Air-conditioners
  • Ceiling fan
  • Bar fridge
  • Hairdryers
  • Kettle
  • Extra length King size bed with white linen

Pilanesberg Private Lodge Specials

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It was beautiful here - we loved the lodge and the bush. One activity which I really recommend is the Walking Safari. It gives one such a different feeling and insight into the wilderness. Truly amazing experience.

Darcey Stoltz









GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -25.164822

Longitude: 26.974506


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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