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The Thutlwa Safari Lodge is a place for you to enjoy in your own time and at your own pace with a group of friends, family, and loved ones. It is located only 2.5 hours from Johannesburg.
Guests who are looking for some peace and quiet can find it in the Black Rhino Game Reserve of Pilanesberg National Park, which is home to this luxury lodge that offers self-catering accommodations.
You will have traversing rights to the greater Pilanesberg national park’s 57,000 hectares of wild safari space, in addition to the privacy and individualised service that are typical of exclusive-use lodges.
Because it is one of the few Big 5 bushland areas that has been declared malaria-free, the Black Rhino Game Reserve (and the surrounding Pilanesberg area) is a good choice for families travelling with young children or infants.
The Black Rhino Game Reserve is a privately owned game reserve inside the boundaries of the Pilanesberg National Park. It is located on the northwestern edge of the greater Pilanesberg area and has a private entrance.
The presence of sweet veld vegetation, as opposed to Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld vegetation, is one of the most obvious ecological differences between the Black Rhino Game Reserve and Pilanesberg, even though the ecological conditions at both locations are very comparable to one another.
The Tswana word for “giraffe” is where the name “Thutlwa Safari Lodge” originates from. Giraffes can be found in great numbers on the reserve, and bird watchers will have the opportunity to observe and study over 354 distinct bird species.
The reserve is home to a wide variety of dangerous animals, including lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and both black and white rhinos. Eland, sable, impala, gemsbok, tsessebe, and springbok can also be found here.
If you want more of a challenge, you should also try to find the “Small 5,” which consists of an elephant shrew, an antlion, a buffalo weaver, a leopard tortoise, and a rhino beetle.
The Thutlwa Safari Lodge is the perfect place for groups of friends and family members who are looking to relax in the middle of the African bush. It is available for exclusive-use guests while you are welcome to explore the surrounding Pilanesberg area and take advantage of the amenities offered by Sun City.
During your stay at Thutlwa, you will be given as much freedom as possible, as there are no predetermined itineraries or time constraints.
In contrast to the vast majority of lodges that cater to the general public, infants and toddlers are encouraged to accompany their parents on game drives.
The lodge was designed to accommodate exclusive groups of people. The open-plan layout creates an atmosphere that is reminiscent of a “home away from home,” complete with all of the creature comforts that one would anticipate finding in a luxurious lodge that is reserved for exclusive use.
When you book an exclusive-use lodge, you gain the freedom to enjoy the entire space without being concerned about the other guests or how your vacation might impact them. This allows you to make the most of your time away from home.
If you choose to stay at Thutlwa Safari Lodge, you will have the opportunity to select the times and lengths of your safaris, as well as who will accompany you on your drive. Young children are welcome to accompany their parents at their discretion.
There is a highchair, a baby monitor, plastic dishes and cutlery, as well as a sleeping cot for your young child or toddler.
The Lodge is cleaned and serviced daily.
The lodge is comprised of four opulent and roomy thatched chalets, each of which features an open-concept living and entertainment area. For a total of ten guests, each room can accommodate two adults and has fold-out mattresses that can be used for younger children.
The luxury thatched chalets have been painstakingly designed and positioned to make the most of the breathtaking views of the Pilanesberg mountains and the wildlife in the area.
The lavish en suite bathrooms are outfitted with basins for him and her, a beautiful stone bath, and a double shower for maximum convenience. Those who wish to completely submerge themselves in the natural world can do so while also taking advantage of the sights and sounds of the wilderness thanks to the presence of an outdoor shower.
In addition, each cabin features a tea and coffee station, a bar refrigerator, and a safe that can be locked.
Each of the 4 luxury 80sqm standalone chalets has the following:
- King size/twin beds
- Air conditioning
- En-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
- Complimentary bathroom amenities
- Outside shower
- Luxurious cotton linen
- Bath & Swimming towels
- Outside patio with seating facilities
- Bar fridge
- Tea/Coffee making facility with a Nespresso machine
- Complimentary Tea/Coffee
- Electronic safe
The main entertainment area includes a fully equipped modern kitchen with a fridge and freezer. With an automatic coffee machine, microwave, and ice machine in the kitchen area, you can enjoy all of the comforts of home without having to compete with other guests for their use.
The large kitchen area is fully serviced and equipped with:
- Cutlery, crockery and glassware
- Large fridge/freezer
- Washing machine
- 4-plate electric stove and oven
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Ice machine
The casual lounge and eight-seater dining room form the heart of the dining area. There are self-service wine and beverage refrigerators available for your use.
The lounge area is equipped with:
- Causal lounge area
- Flat-screen LCD TV
- Satellite TV
- DVD Player
- Formal lounge area
- Bar area
- Wine and beverage fridges
- Guest toilet
- Wi-Fi in the main area
- Air conditioning
The braai and boma area is connected to a large thatched Lapa that features casual seating and a large dining table for enjoying meals outside.
Relax by the pool or take a short walk to the nearby thatched viewing hide if you don’t feel like going on an afternoon game drive.
The lodge is surrounded by an electrified fence to keep you safe.
Outdoor Facilities include:
- Plunge pool
- Sun loungers
- Braai/barbeque facilities
- Thatched Lapa
- Formal and casual seating
- Thatched-bird hide
A member of staff is on-site 24 hours a day.
The lodge has cell phone coverage as well as free Wi-Fi in the main area.
The main lodge is a short walk away from a wildlife hide, which provides the perfect opportunity to take photographs of animals coming to the watering hole.
Birdwatchers also get a kick out of it because many of the region’s approximately 300 species of birds make an appearance.
The destinations within Pilanesberg National Park offer a variety of activities, such as game viewing, cultural encounters, and beauty treatments, among other things.
During game drives in open safari vehicles, guests have the opportunity to get up close and personal with animals like lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo. In addition to the “Big 5”, there is a plethora of other game, some of which are extremely uncommon such as the wild dog or the cheetah.
Floating above the Pilanesberg National Park in a hot air balloon is an exceptionally peaceful way to take in the scenery of this national park. You won’t encounter any turbulences, and the only sound you’ll pick up on is the intermittent sparking of the burner.
The experience of going on a walking safari, in which you explore the wilderness on foot, will be more intense for you in many different ways. You will gain an understanding of the nuances that contribute to the one-of-a-kind ecosystem of the Pilanesberg with the assistance of your experienced guide. You will find things that are easy to miss when you go on game drives.
Other Activities include:
- Spa treatments
- Interactive Drumming
- Quad Bikes
- Birding Safaris
- Photographic Safaris
- Tribal Dancing
- Children’s Activities
Lodge Rates differ for midweek and weekends. The lodge can be rented for exclusive use by a group of up to eight people, as long as all guests are at least 10 years old and stay for a minimum of two nights.
Children who are younger than nine years old do not count as separate guests and will be accommodated in the safari chalets on fold-up mattresses alongside their parents. Baby cots are available on request.
On game drives, children of any age are allowed, but they are required to sit in a seat rather than on their parents’ laps.
- Exclusive-use safari lodge
- Flexible morning and evening game drives with a qualified guide
- Daily housekeeping
- Tea and coffee stations
- 2 x 20kg bags of Firewood (additional firewood is available for purchase at the lodge)
- Park entry fees
- Emergency medical evacuation
Peak season rates apply on all RSA Public Holidays
Additional children may stay on request, but terms apply.
A maximum of 10 Guests are allowed on a game drive vehicle which includes children of any change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are game drives included in the rate for Thutlwa Safari Lodge?
Yes, game drives are included in the rate for Thutlwa Safari Lodge.
Is Thutlwa Safari Lodge easily accessible?
Yes, Thutlwa Safari Lodge is located just 2.5 hours from Johannesburg.
What is the minimum stay policy at Thutlwa Safari Lodge?
The minimum stay policy requires a two night stay.
Is Thutlwa Safari Lodge child-friendly?
Yes Children 9 years and younger do not count as guests and will be accommodated in the safari chalets with adults on fold up mattresses. Baby cots available on request and children of any age are permitted on game drives.