Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park is a South African icon. Named after a legendary Tswana chief called Pilane, the region is not only a premier safari destination but is also one of the world’s outstanding geological sites owing to its large natural feature known as the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex – the crater of an ancient volcano that has created an immaculate landscape for wildlife to roam freely.

Historically the region is of significance too – humans have inhabited these parts since the Stone Age; remains and artefacts have been recovered on numerous occasions. When visiting the park be sure to immerse yourself in history by visiting the ancient ruin site that highlights early human occupation.

Nowadays the Pilanesberg National Park, which lies a scenic 2 – 3 hour drive away from the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, welcomes thousands of visitors through its gates each year.

This protected area is a safari hotspot and provides travellers the option to embark on a self-drive excursion through the park, a great option for day-trippers. Within the park boundary the Big 5 can be spotted, along with an impressive number of other mammal species and over 300 bird species.

Choose your own adventure. Accommodation-wise there are many options within the park to suit travellers with varying budgets. From tented camps to self-catering lodges, ultra-luxury and exclusive retreats, a wide range of accommodation choices can be found here.

For a more intimate Pilanesberg experience, try the Black Rhino Game Reserve – a fenced ‘park within a park’ that offers luxurious safari packages and exclusive game drive access to a thriving corner of the greater national park.

Tshukudu Game Lodge


The ultimate romantic hideaway, boasting five-star luxury and great game viewing – even without leaving the lodge.

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge


An award-winning spa and exceptional attention to detail make this lodge some of the best accommodation on offer in Pilanesberg.

Black Rhino Game Lodge


Ideal for families and couples alike, Black Rhino Game Lodge offers luxurious accommodation and excellent game viewing.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge

Hosting a maximum of 10 guests, Buffalo Thorn offers an intimate Big 5 safari experience with luxury self-catering chalets.

Lush Private Game Lodge

Lush Private Game Lodge is the height of luxury, a contemporary lodge welcoming guests with Italian hospitality.

Morokolo Safari Lodge

Morokolo Safari Lodge is an intimate boutique luxury game lodge, located in the flourishing Black Rhino Game Reserve.

Thutlwa Safari Lodge

An ideal destination for a multi-generational getaway or bush break with friends, Thutlwa is a luxurious exclusive use self-catering lodge.

Nkala Safari Lodge

An exclusive-use lodge hosting up to 11 guests, Nkala is the perfect destination for an independent group of family and friends.

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Self-catering chalets, accessible rooms, and standard, deluxe and executive rooms make Bakubung suitable for any type of traveller.

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Unparalleled comfort with spacious accommodation, cosy recreational areas, and activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Tambuti Game Lodge

A romantic oasis, Tambuti Lodge boasts bewitching views of the pristine African wilderness and an exclusive honeymoon suite.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge


Hosting many adventurous outdoor activities, the five-star Ivory Tree Game Lodge has something on offer for everyone to enjoy.