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Pilanesberg National Park
Lodges and Resorts in Pilanesberg National Park in a nutshell -  Rates for 2015/6 - 18 March 2015

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 entrance to the park once off if self driving & staying in the Park.
It covers you for up to 7 days.
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 sites
I give 5% off Resort rates below, n/a on camping
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, all peak Weekend rates given, midweeks better priced
R660/ 2n weekend Camping R660/ 2n weekend
R760/ 2n weekend Caravan R760/ 2n weekend
R1050/n self catering Tents R2240/n B&B 2 pax
R1870/n B&B Studio  
R3100/n B&B 4 sleeper Chalet R3140/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, small 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
extra drives R390 R390 n/a n/a n/a
2015 rate single** R3420/n R3420/n R6565/n R5100/n R5512,50/n
2015 rate double** R4810/n R4810/n R9420/n R6800/n R7350/n +
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 @ R195 12 - 17 @ R195 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 @ R195
free wi fi, extra kids
drives 6-17 @ R195
Local drinks included
No cell reception, no TV

New rates 1 Dec 2015
Conservation Levy R100

New rates 1 Dec 2015
Conservation Levy R100

1 drive* - if booked through the right agent, applies 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

Picture Gallery 2011 & after
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

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R4 250pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

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

Manyane Resort

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


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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
- Updated March 2015
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