Lodges and Resorts in Pilanesberg National Park compared - Rates for 2018/9 - 18 March 2018
Weekend/peak times are extremely popular.
Please note that staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights minimum.
You also have to pay a very reasonable daily entrance to the park if self driving & staying in the Park - half price concession..
If staying outside the Park you have to pay entrance daily. For Specials click here
Your options when coming to Pilanesberg is between the 2 Resorts, then the
5 Lodges in the main section, and lastly the private section Black Rhino Lodges.
I'll compare them with pro's and cons and rates, you can decide what suits
you. First, the Resorts are more affordable, but also more basic. Weekends
and holidays are pretty hectic thanks to the affordable camping and caravan
I give 12% off Resort rates bookings that total over R1000
|Manyane Resort - 20 km's from Sun City||Bakgatla Resort - 35 km's from Sun City|
|Restaurant food not great, don't expect medium rare, possible noise from outside on weekends||cons||Lots of weeds around swimming pool area|
|Close to Sun City, animals everywhere in the 400 ha area, free self guided walking trails||pros||Fantastic Pool, quieter than Manyane as it is further from the locals, and better food|
|Camping, Caravan, 2 person tents, 2 bed studio, 4 bed Chalet, some self catering units||Accommodation||Camping, Caravan, Executive en suite tents, all chalets 5 Bed|
|Weekend rates given, midweeks better priced||Price||Weekend rates given, midweeks better priced|
|R750/ 2n weekend||Camping||R6750/ 2n weekend|
|R860/ 2n weekend||Caravan||R860/ 2n weekend|
|R1465/n B&B 2 pax max kettle & bar fridge only||Tents||R2530/n B&B 2 pax|
|R2120/n B&B kettle & bar fridge only||Studio|
|R3520/n B&B 4 sleeper||Chalet||R3560/n B&B 5 pax|
Next is the Pilanesberg Lodges in the main Pilanesberg (PB) section. Your viewing is better than in the Private section. All 3 hour drives, all connected on radio. Rates are the same midweek or weekends, yet again you need a minimum of 2 nights over weekends. Normally better rates "off season" 1May - 31Aug yearly. Guides normally work 6 weeks on 2 weeks off. Tipping is totally up to you, and appreciated. If you feel your guide excelled, then please do show your appreciation.
|Lodges||Bakubung||Kwa Maritane||Tshukudu||Ivory Tree||Shepherds Tree|
|cons||Some just ok, some great guides, slack Restaurant service, busy||20 min double up route with very little||mega expensive, 132 steps||Can't think of something||Area location sour veld|
|pros||Some great guides, nice view||All solid and passionate guides, awesome head chef, live TV channel on waterhole||Sean the Legend :)||Very competent and passionate guides||Super setting, smallish Lodge|
|vehicles||20/25 seaters||20/25 seaters||10 seaters||10 seaters||10 seaters|
|include||DBB, 1 drive*||DBB, 1 drive*||BDDL, 2 drives||BDDL, 2 drives||BDDL, 2 drives|
|am drive summer/winter||5h30/8h00||5h30/8h00||5h30/8h00||5h15/6h15||5h30/6h30|
|latest drive summer/winter||15h00/16h30||15h00/16h30||15h0016h30||16h30/17h00||16h30/17h00|
|2018 rate single**||R4408/n||R4408/n||R7890 - 10250/n||R10500/n||R10465|
|2018 rate double**||R6018/n||R6018/n||R11180 - 14510/n||R14910/n||R10465|
|kids - accommodation||under 18 free sharing||under 18 free sharing||no under 12's||U 12 50% pp||U 12 50% pp|
|kids - meals||13 - 17 half price||13 - 17 half price||n/a||incl||incl|
|kids - drives||12 - 17 @ R275||12 - 17 @ R275||n/a||incl||incl|
|kids -other||no U 6 on drives||no U 6 on drives||n/a||no U 6 on drives||no U 6 on drives|
|other||free wi fi, extra kids
drives 6-17 @ R275
|free wi fi, extra kids
drives 6-17 @ R275
|Local drinks included
No cell reception, no TV
New rates 1 May 2019
|New rates 1 May 2019
Conservation Levy R100
1 drive* - if booked through the right agent, could apply to kids as well.
If booked direct with Lodges this does not apply.
** Official Lodge rates, several discounters including myself, mail for a rate or look at the Lodge page.
Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City
Working with new pics are just too time consuming, so I only do it when I have free time! May 2019
Picture Gallery up to 2019
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004
It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!
Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg
Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club
Airport at Pilanesberg
Animal studies in Pilanesberg
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park - R5 000pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!
Black Rhino Game Lodge
Buffalo in the Park
Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.
Cancellation Terms and Conditions
Commission offered to booking agents
Condition of the Veld
Dangers in Pilanesberg
Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other
Directions - see map
Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.
Entrance fee - see gate times
Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives
Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.
Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park
Geology of Pilanesberg National Park
Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting. It's not a Zoo!
History of Pilanesberg National Park
Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged. Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!
Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Map and directions to Pilanesberg
Other Parks near Pilanesberg
Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg
Packages to Lodges
Picture Gallery - taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.
Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.
Reading - other re Pilanesberg.
Safety in Pilanesberg
Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge
Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg
Things to do in and around Pilanesberg
Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:
Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Veld Condition in the Park
Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area
What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?
When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc
806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated March 2018
All Pilanesberg queries - firstname.lastname@example.org