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The magnificent Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park can easily be reached from Johannesburg and Pretoria in 2 hours. The professional game rangers at the lodge share their intimate knowledge of animals and plants, answering questions and pointing out the wonders of the wild kingdom. Guests are welcome to view the game at the waterhole from the privacy of their balcony or the comfort of the Nest area. Or just to relax in the sun around the sheltered rock pool makes for an exciting experience.
Each meal at the lodge made to 5 star standards. A delicious full English breakfast after morning game drive followed by high tea with a savoury and sweet selection in the afternoon. Refreshing sundowners under African skies as well as an excellent choice of wine provides the ultimate accompaniment to the mouth-watering dinners.
Overlooking the waterhole and set in beautiful rolling plains which abound with flora and fauna, the five-star lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa, allows the visitor an extraordinary glimpse of Africa: untouched, unspoilt and unforgettable.
The Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 14 adults in the 6 Luxury Cottages. Each of the luxurious chalets is equipped with convenient facilities and amenities ranging from walking sticks to bubble baths. Guests have a safety deposit box, minibar, hairdryers, books and magazines as well as a tea and coffee facilities at their disposal.
Slate floors and the thatched roof keep rooms cool in hot weather. Wood burning fires, as well as hot water bottles, keep guests warm and comfortable in winter. The sunken bathtubs in the Luxury Cottages of the lodge offer their private view of the waterhole. What a tremendous and unforgettable way to relax and forget the pressures of the city life and to soak in the sights and the sounds of the African bush.
The lodge is in a very remote area and to be able to provide for an unforgettable stay; guests are kindly asked to give the lodge in advance of special dietary requirements ( vegetarian, food allergies) and special requests such as a honeymoon or an anniversary. Set up in a way to accommodate guests with an exclusive getaway from the everyday life. Radios, televisions, and telephones are therefore not available. The cell phone signal at the lodge is limited.
As the Lodge is not surrounded by a fence to keep the wildlife away, children under the age of 12 cannot be accommodated due to safety reasons. Tshukudu is situated majestically on a rocky outcrop from where beautiful views over the park and the waterholes can be enjoyed. The chalets and the main building of the lodge are accessible only by 132 steps which make this area inaccessible for disabled.
The cottages provide the following features:
- Two single sleeper beds are in the entrance area
- The bedroom features an elevated queen size bed
- Open plan lounges area with fireplace
- En-suite bathroom with sunken bath
- Shower over bath
- Tea and coffee facility
- Safety deposit box and a balcony overlooking the Savannah and waterhole.
Check-in & out for the lodge
Guests are greeted and met at the Bakubung Bush Lodge by 1:30 pm for registration from where guests are transferred to the lodge at around 2:00 pm. There is only one scheduled transfer from the Bakubung Lodge to the Tshukudu daily. Should guests not be able to meet the Bakubung Lodge at this set time, they are kindly asked to inform the lodge so that an additional transfer can be arranged.
The approximate check out time is at 11 am. Guests are transferred from the lodge back to the Bakubung Lodge.
On request, the lodge can conduct transfers from the Sun City Resort at 1 pm on day of arrival and between 11 am & 12 pm on day of departure. Transfers between the Pilanesberg Airport and the lodge are arranged at an additional charge. No private vehicles are allowed as this unique safari retreat is within the park, a 22 min drive from the Bakubung Lodge. Private cars are in secured parking at the Bakubung Lodge.
High tea and meals are provided on the deck, overlooking the Savannah and waterhole which is weather permitting. The meals (high tea, dinner, and brunch) are included in the accommodation package.
Guests are provided with a thrilling early morning and late afternoon game drive which take about 3 hours. The Pilanesberg National Park is a "Big Five" Game Reserve is home to endangered Wild Dogs, Black Rhino, and Cheetah.
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- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Viewing Deck
Dining at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Guests staying at the private Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa may dine in the lodge's dining room or out on the patio. Tshukudu's exciting wine selection complements the fine dishes served here.
visit to the Sun City Resort
- Sun City Casino & Entertainment Centre
- The Palace of the Lost City Hotel
- Cascades Hotel
- Sun City Hotel
- Cabanas Hotel
- Valley of Waves: water park
- Health & Beauty Spa
- Gary Player Golf Course
- Lost City Golf Course
- Bird Aviary
- Farmyard animals
- Kamp Kwena
Nearby golf courses
The two golf courses at Sun City Resort provide for unforgettable and challenging rounds of golf. The 18 hole championship Gary Player Golf Course is home to the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge in which golf players from around the world compete.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
The Hot Air Balloon Safaris are offered every morning, depending on the weather and number of passengers. Guest are collected at their hotel or game lodge and are taken to the park to meet with the balloon crew.
The flight is approximately an hour in duration and on landing sparkling wine is served. A leisurely game drive is then taken through the park to a game lodge where breakfast is available , after which guest are returned to their hotel/game lodge.
- Duration: 1hr flight, +/- 4 hrs in total
- Booking is essential
- a minimum number of guests are required to conduct a flight
Flights are early in the morning and you will need to allow some 4 hours for the full activity which includes the following:
- Early morning collection from your hotel by safari vehicle
- Launch of the balloon from the centre of Pilanesberg National Park
- An hour drifting serenely over the Park
- A sparkling wine celebration on landing, a time-honoured tradition in ballooning
- A Full English breakfast at a Game Lodge
- A First Flight certificate signed by your Pilot
- Return transfer to your hotel/game lodge
Terms and Conditions: Hot Air Balloon Safaris
- 1-hour flight: Minimum 8 passengers / Maximum 60 pax (1-hour flight)
- 30-minute flight: Minimum 20 / Maximum 120 pax (½ hour flight)
- Children under the age of 12 can unfortunately not participate
- Subject to availability of balloons
- Full prepayment is required before the trip takes place
Elephant Back Safaris
Pick up from the Gametrackers Outdoor Adventures desk located at the Welcome Centre. Transfer to "The Elephant Wallow" will be approximately 20 minutes through the Letsatsing Game Reserve giving guests an opportunity to view game along the way.
On arrival, welcome drinks are served and guests are given an introductory talk and introduced to the elephants and their handlers. The elephants are then saddled and the safari commences. After approximately an hour on an elephant, back guests return to "The Elephant Wallow" for light snacks. Guests are returned to the Welcome Centre, Sun City.
- Duration: approximately 2-3 hours
- Maximum 10 people – children under five years can unfortunately not participate
- Pick up and drop off is the Welcome Centre at the Sun City Resort
Sunrise Elephant Back Safari:
- Pick Up: 06.00 AM summer 1 Sept – 30 April
- Pick Up: 08.00 AM winter 1 May – 31 August
Mid Morning Elephant Back Safari:
- Pick Up: 08.00 AM summer 1 Sept – 30 April
- Pick Up: 10.00 AM winter 1 May – 31 August
Sunset Elephant Back Safari:
- Pick Up: 15.30 summer 1 Sept – 30 April
- Pick Up: 15.30 winter 1 May – 31 August
The bird life diversity in the Pilanesberg National Park, North West province, is fantastic. Whilst some birds are migrants, many are permanent inhabitants. Their food sources vary with some eating carrion or live prey, while others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.
The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the best places for bird watching in South Africa. Over 350 species have been recorded in this national park located in the North West province and a birder could record up to 100 species in winter and plenty more in summer including both migrant and permanent species.
The transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter lowveld region in this region of South Africa brings with it a unique mix of birds with Red-eyed Bulbus co-habiting with Black-eyed Bulbuls . Many other such fascinating habitations are visible throughout the game reserve but it isn't limited to only bird species but also to other animals and plants.
Game drives & walks
The Tshukudu Bush Lodge conducts guided game drives twice a day, one in the early morning and one late in the afternoon. Walking safaris are also available upon request in the guidance of professional trackers.
The malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park is administered by the North West Parks and Tourism Board and is with its 55 000 hectares the fourth largest national park in the country.
The crater of a long extinct volcano dominates the Pilanesberg National Park. The crater is a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. It's rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys, and thickets.
Besides the 'Big Five' visitors also have the opportunity to encounter the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and even sable. The Pilanesberg mountains offer guests sightings of a wide diversity of animal and plant life including 360 species of birds, the Big Five and almost every type of animal found in Southern Africa.
The Pilanesberg National Park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.
Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually home in arid areas are found cohabiting with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees. Wildlife includes lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, buffaloes, leopards, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, and crocodiles.
The bird life diversity in the Pilanesberg National Park is outstanding. While some birds are migrants, many are permanent inhabitants. Their food sources vary with some eating carrion or live prey while others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.
Daily safari programme
- Arrive at the Bakubung Bush Lodge for check in & Welcome Drink at 1h30 pm / 13h30
- Transfer to the Tshukudu Bush Lodge
- High Tea
- Afternoon Game Drive
- Pre-Dinner Drinks
- 5 Course Dinner
- Nest morning: Wake Up Call
- Tea / Coffee & Rusks
- Early Morning Game Drive
- if check out: depart Tshukudu Lodge at 11h00 am
The rock plunge pool of the Tshukudu Bush Lodge is beautifully located on top of the hill and provides a relaxing retreat surrounded by Africa's untamed bushveld.
Conferences at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge
The exclusive Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa offers conference delegates a secluded and private conference venue in the middle of the magnificent African bushveld, only a two hours drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Conference facilities at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge:
- boardroom which can seat 12 delegates
- TV and VCR (upon request)
- overhead projector (upon request)
- portable screen (2 X 2) (upon request)
- flip chart (upon request)
- slide projector (upon request).
- Nearby Casino
- Nearby golf course
- Nearby Gym
- Nearby Spa
- Outdoor patio
- Plunge pool
- Sun deck
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 13:30
- Check out: 11:00
- Airport transfers
- Concierge services
- Game drive safaris
- Housekeeping service
- Luggage storage
- Room service
- Wake-up call
Tshukudu does not take children under 12.
- # Rooms:
Each private and stand-alone chalet at the magnificent Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa, features its private balcony overlooking the reserve and waterhole providing the perfect location from which to enjoy a refreshing sundowner while watching the wildlife.
The double bed and chaise lounge in each chalet provide guests with comfort and relaxation. The bathroom of each chalet is decadently fitted with a sunken bath tub from which beautiful vistas of the park can be enjoyed. Plush leather sofas, hanging crystal glass chandeliers and soft furnishings in vibrant colours complete the picture of the ultimate combination of the wild outdoors and five-star luxury inside.
The exclusive Luxury Suite is ideal for honeymooners as well as couples looking for a romantic safari getaway. This luxurious suite is well appointed offering a welcoming interior which is complete with convenient features and amenities.
Providing one king size extra length bed, the Luxury Suite also features a spacious lounge which leads to deck with own private plunge pool. The suites bathroom consist of a free standing bath with separate indoor and outdoor shower. Furthermore, a fireplace, minibar, safety deposit box, as well as a hair dryer and tea / pod coffee machine are also available.
Luxury Suite features:
- king size extra length bed
- spacious lounge
- outdoor deck
- private plunge pool
- free standing bath with separate indoor and outdoor shower
- safety deposit box
- hair dryer
- tea / pod coffee machine.
Tshukudu Bush Lodge Specials
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
South African Residents who stay at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge for two nights or longer from a Sunday to a Thursday will qualify for the discounted rate from R8,840.00 per double room per night (Luxury Chalet).
This includes transfers between Bakubung and Tshukudu, accommodation, welcome drinks on arrival, high tea, two game drives, five-course dinner, brunch and all local beverages.
This offer is valid 1 June - 31 August 2018 Sunday to Thursday only, minimum 2 nights
Included in the rate:
- transfers between Bakubung and Tshukudu, accommodation, welcome drinks on arrival, high tea, two game drives, dinner, brunch and all local beverages.
Excluded from the rate:
- Items of a personal nature
Terms and Conditions:
- Minimum 2 night stay required
- Subject to availability
- Valid Sunday to Thursday only
- Valid for South African Residents only
- Valid 1 June - 31 August 2018
- Subject to availability
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Directions to the Lodge from OR Tambo Airport
1. Head northwest on Bonaero Dr toward Kenaero Ln 1.8 km
2. Take the 1st left toward Atlas Rd/R21 250 m
3. Take the 1st right toward Atlas Rd/R21 280 m
4. Take the 1st left onto Atlas Rd/R21 350 m
5. Take the ramp onto R21 32.9 km
6. Take exit 134 to merge onto Danie Joubert Fwy/N1 toward Polokwane
Partial toll road 22.6 km
7. Make a left at Platinum Hwy/N4 (signs for Rustenburg)
Partial toll road 63.6 km
8. Take the exit toward R556 550 m
9. Turn right at R556 (signs for Bapong) 79.8 km
10. Turn right
Entering toll zone in 3.0 km 4.2 km
11. Turn left
Destination will be on the right 1.5 km
Bakubung Bush Lodge (Parking) / Tshukudu Bush Lodge
The parking facilities for guests staying at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge are located at the nearby Bakubung Bush Lodge.
Guests' vehicles cannot be driven to the Lodge directly. Guests are picked up Bakubung reception.
- 13h30/ 1h30PM: Check in time at the Bakubung is at 13h30 for Registration & Welcome Drinks.
- 14h00 / 2h00PM: Transfer to the Lodge takes place at 14h00, there is only one scheduled transfer per day from the Bakubung Bush Lodge to the Tshukudu Bush Lodge.