Enjoy an exclusive safari experience staying at the award-winning aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge which is located in a remote private concession in the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
Access to the Big 5 private concession is restricted to paying guests and the safari operators while the rangers can take guests on all the public roads in the rest of the reserve in the open safari vehicles.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve lies at the base of an ancient volcanic crater and in a transition zone between the dry, arid Kalahari Desert and lush Lowveld region. The geology and ecology of the area are fascinating, in addition to the reserve having the highest concentration of game in South Africa and prolific birdlife.
Before the drive back to Johannesburg, you have the option of a game drive in a closed tour vehicle in Pilanesberg Game Reserve or spending a few fun hours at Sun City.
aha SHEPHERD’S TREE GAME LODGE ǀ Luxury accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve
13 family suites and 4 executive suites, sleeping up to 60 guests
aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a magnificent safari lodge located in a Big 5 private concession in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It lies tucked away in a remote spot in the south-west corner of the 57 000-hectare reserve. Pilanesberg is located in a malaria-free region and is an easy 2-hour drive from Johannesburg. It’s next-door neighbours with the famous Sun City Resort and Black Rhino Private Game Reserve.
The award-winning luxury safari lodge offers guests an exclusive safari experience with luxurious accommodation, contemporary architectural design and wonderful facilities such as a rim-flow swimming pool, gourmet restaurant, cigar lounge, spacious viewing deck with a poolside cocktail bar and the famous Amani spa. A special treat is an authentic African braai (barbeque) at the lodge’s boma in a beautiful bushveld setting.
Guests go on daily game drives in an open safari vehicle with a professional ranger. Access to the private concession is restricted to the safari lodges and their paying guests; while game drives in the rest of Pilanesberg Game Reserve are unrestricted. Glorious sundowners at special vantage points are a highlight of the evening game drives. Live cultural entertainment with interactive drumming is the perfect end to your day.
Children of all ages welcome at aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge.
Guests are picked up early in Johannesburg and driven to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Arrive at aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge mid-day after exploring the game reserve for a few hours. Have a light lunch and relax before it’s time to depart for a late-afternoon game drive in the reserve. Game drives are in an open safari vehicle with a professional ranger. Return to the lodge as the sun is setting and enjoy a gourmet dinner at the restaurant.
Overnight at aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge.
Includes: Lunch and dinner
Wake up early for hot beverages and then depart for a 3-hour sunrise game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Return for a hearty breakfast; pack up and be ready to leave mid-morning either for a game drive in a closed tour vehicle in the reserve or a few fun hours in Sun City which is a short drive away. Depart mid-afternoon for the return journey to Johannesburg.
Collection and drop-off point: Any accommodation address in Johannesburg
Collect in Johannesburg: Between 05h30 and 06h30
Drop-off in Johannesburg: From 17h00
If you plan to fly out of OR Tambo International Airport on the last day of the safari tour, we suggest reserving a domestic flight that departs no earlier than 19h30 and an international flight that departs no earlier than 21h00.
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