Our Rating
6.9
Overall

Pilanesberg Private Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Pilanesberg

from R 2450 pp/night sharing

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Our Rating
6.9
Overall

Pilanesberg Private Lodge

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Pilanesberg

from R 2450 pp/night sharing

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Overlooking a waterhole and enjoying stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains lies this very personal lodge with its 5 comfortable rooms.

Our Ratings

6.9
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
6.5
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
6.5
Romance

Our Ratings

6.9
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
6.5
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
6.5
Romance

What's Hot

  • Arguably the most scenically located of the smaller Pilanesberg lodges – you’ll enjoy wonderful panoramic views onto the mountains and koppies that surround the lodge
  • Smaller lodges like this are almost inevitably more personal and sociable affairs where you’ll often get to chat with the lodge staff and fellow guests more than at larger lodges
  • To see things from a completely different perspective, head out on a walking trail to get a new appreciation of the smaller things in the bush – not to mention a guaranteed massive adrenaline rush should you encounter big game whilst on foot!
  • Enjoy exclusive traversing areas well away from the public access roads in the main park – a further bonus is that you’re more likely to encounter black rhino and buffalo here than elsewhere in the park
  • Just 2 ½ hours from Johannesburg (and 20 minutes from Sun City) so it’s perfectly placed for a quick weekend getaway!

What's Not

  • You’re not allowed to go off-roading in the Pilanesberg in pursuit of sightings (unlike most of the lowveld reserves for example)
  • The lodge’s décor and styling is fairly game lodge generic with no particular distinguishing character
Pilanesberg Private Lodge

Pilanesberg Private Lodgeenjoys one of the most scenic locations of any lodge in the area – the swimming pool and viewing decks enjoy views over a small waterhole with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains towering above the lodge forming a spectacular backdrop!

Lodge Profile

Overlooking a waterhole and enjoying stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains lies this very personal lodge with its 5 comfortable rooms.

Quick Overview

Location
Pilanesberg
Drive Time
2.5 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking a waterhole and surrounded by mountains
Rooms
5 - 4 Standard Rooms and 1 Family unit
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
No
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No
Off Road
No
Child Policy
Children welcome

Accommodation in the Pilanesberg basically comes in 2 forms: firstly there are a number of large “bush hotels” which are unlikely to appeal to lovers of traditional smaller game lodges; luckily then there are also a handful of more intimate and personal lodges – of these, Pilanesberg Private Lodge with its 5 rooms and superbly scenic location is an excellent choice!

The lodge is actually located in the Black Rhino Game Reserve, a small private reserve on the north-west border of the Pilanesberg National Park that has been incorporated into the main park. This effectively gives guests the best of both worlds – they enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of an exclusive wilderness area whilst still being able to traverse the vast 57 000 hectare expanse of the main park should they wish to explore further.

As mentioned before, Pilanesberg Private Lodge enjoys one of the most scenic locations of any lodge in the area – the swimming pool and viewing decks enjoy views over a small waterhole in the foreground with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains that tower above the lodge forming a spectacular backdrop! Keen eyed guests are able to view a variety of animals in the bush on the surrounding hillsides and at closer range when they come down to slake their thirst at the lodge’s waterhole; in the skies above the lodge meanwhile, vultures and eagles can be wheeling in the thermals that rise up against the adjacent cliff-faces.

As mentioned previously there are just 5 rooms at Pilanesberg Private Lodge – 4 Standard Rooms as well as a Family Unit that includes 2 bedrooms linked by a sliding wooden door (note that both bedrooms in this unit share a single bathroom) The various rooms are all free-standing and enjoy views either over the waterhole or surrounding bush. They’re very comfortable with quality bedding and all of the usual mod-cons like air-conditioning and ceiling fans (a must in the heat of summer!) A highlight has to be the bathrooms with their romantic standalone stone-baths, double vanities and inside and outdoor showers, perfect for cooling off in the fresh air whilst enjoying the stunning mountain backdrop!

As fitting a lodge with just 5 rooms, the main public areas at Pilanesberg Private Lodge are also compact and intimate. A cosy lounge area has comfy sofas perfect for flopping and relaxing and the lounge is bookended by a small bar on one side and a dining table on the other. If you can’t bear the thought of missing that big test match then you’ll no doubt be happy too with the large TV with DSTV. The lounge area opens out onto a shaded veranda (where you’ll no doubt enjoy many of your meals as well as in the outdoor boma) which in turn leads onto the compact swimming pool deck from which you can enjoy views out over the waterhole from your lounger or whilst taking a dip in the rim-flow pool. For even better views of the animals coming in to drink at the waterhole, just climb the steps to the upstairs terrace.

Whilst on the subject of animals, this is a Big Five reserve with wild dogs also spotted regularly. The vegetation in the Black Rhino Reserve is predominantly sweetveld and it complements the sourveld and mixed veld of the main park. A major advantage of staying here is that most of your drives will take place on roads not accessible to the usual public visitors to the park. Another plus is that the park’s buffalo largely favour this more remote and inaccessible area and are often spotted on game drives. The private reserve around the lodge is also characterised by huge numbers of Tamboti trees, the perfect habitat for the notoriously bad tempered Black Rhino after which the reserve is named, and these are also often seen on the twice-daily game drives.

For something completely different, Pilanesberg Private Lodge works closely with a specialist walking safari operation called Nare Walking Safaris – so instead of heading out on your normal morning game drive, an (extra cost) option is to instead explore the park’s wonderfully scenic exclusive wilderness area on foot together with your expertly trained ranger before returning to the lodge for a delicious and hearty breakfast! Whilst you’re likely to be fascinated by the insights given about the tracks, dung, plants and birds seen on your walk, perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to see rhino or even lion – believe me, nothing compares to the adrenaline-rush of encountering big game on foot and you’ll gain a completely different appreciation compared to viewing these same animals from the comfort of a game vehicle!

We always say that smaller lodges actually give you a better chance to interacting with both staff as well as fellow guests than larger lodges, and Pilanesberg Private Lodge is a perfect example of this. By the time you leave you will feel like part of the family and already be planning your speedy return!

Pricing

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Booking Notes

  • Rates only apply to SA residents
  • 2 night minimum stay required
  • Rates exclude all drinks
  • Conservation Fee of R65 per adult per day (R40 per child and R20 per child under 4) payable at lodge

Child Policy

  • Children welcome. Children 4 plus allowed on game drives.
  • Age 0 - 3: Reduced rate charged
  • Age 4 plus pay adult rate