The "Place of the Rhino", which the magnificent Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa is referred to, 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 water hole from the privacy of their own 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 is prepared to 5 star standards. A delicious full English brunch prepared to perfection at the end of an early morning game drive awaits guests while high tea with a savoury and sweet selection is offered in the afternoon. Refreshing sundowners under African skies as well as a fine selection of wine provides the ultimate accompaniment to the mouth-watering dinner served at the lodge.
Overlooking its own waterhole and set in scenic rolling plains which abound with flora and fauna, the five-star lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa, allows the visitor a special glimpse of Africa: untouched, unspoiled, 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, mini bar, hairdryers, books, and magazines as well as tea and coffee facilities at their disposal.
Slate floors and the thatched roof keep visitors cool in the hottest weather, and wood-burning fires, as well as hot water bottles, keep guests warm and comfortable during the cooler winter nights.
The sunken bathtubs in the Luxury Cottages of the lodge offer their own private view of the waterhole. What a great and unforgettable way to relax and forget the pressures of city life and to soak in the sights and the sounds of the African bush.
The chalets provide the following features:
Check-in for the lodge, Pilanesberg
Guests are greeted and met at the Bakubung Bush Lodge by 13h30 for registration from where guests are transferred to the lodge at around 14h00. There is only one scheduled transfer from the Bakubung Lodge to the lodge daily. Should guests not be able to be at the Bakubung Lodge at this set time, they are kindly asked to inform the lodge so that an extra transfer can be arranged.
No private vehicles are allowed at the lodge as this unique safari retreat is situated within the Pilanesberg National Park, a 20 minutes drive from the Bakubung Lodge. Private vehicles are parked in secured parking at the Bakubung Lodge.
Check out from the lodge, Pilanesberg
The approximate check-out time is 11h00. Guests are transferred from the lodge back to the Bakubung Lodge.
Due to the lodge being located in a very remote area and to be able to provide for an unforgettable stay, guests are kindly asked to provide the lodge in advance of special dietary requirements ( vegetarian, food allergies) and special requests ( honeymoon, anniversary, etc).
The lodge is set up in a way to provide guests with an exclusive getaway from everyday life. Radios, televisions, and telephones are therefore not available. The cell phone signal at the lodge is very 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 Pilanesberg National Park and the waterholes can be enjoyed. The chalets and the main building of the lodge are accessible only by 132 steps which makes this area inaccessible for the disabled.
The Nest at the Bush Lodge, North West Province
High tea and meals at the Bush Lodge 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 offered at the lodge.
Game activities that are available to guests
Guests staying at the Bush Lodge are provided with a thrilling early morning and late afternoon/evening game drive which takes about 3 hours. The Pilanesberg National Parl is a "Big Five" Game Reserve that is home to endangered Wild Dogs, Black Rhino, and Cheetah.
Transfer to/from the Lodge
On request, the lodge can conduct transfers from the Sun City Resort at 13h00 on the day of arrival and between 11h00 - 12h00 on the day of departure. Transfers between the Pilanesberg Airport and the lodge can be arranged at an additional charge.
The lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park offers a great location for small and private business meetings and conferences. The boardroom at the Bush Lodge can accommodate 12 delegates.