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WELCOME TO THUTLWA SAFARI LODGE

Imagine your very own piece of safari solitude. A place for you to enjoy with a group of friends, family and loved ones, on your own time and at your own pace – welcome to Thutlwa Safari Lodge.

Our authentically-inspired lodge is a luxury, self-catering escape for guests looking to experience the solitude of the Black Rhino Game Reserve, which is incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park. With accessibility to the greater Pilanesberg area, you can expect the privacy and bespoke offerings synonymous with an exclusive-use lodge, while enjoying the traversing rights to 57 000 hectares of wild safari space offered to the visitors of the national park.

Barbara C
Barbara C
2020-03-05
Verified review
We spoiled ourselves with a great stay at Thutlwa We had a great time. We were a familiy of 8 adults and 2 children and we enjoyed the stay tremendously. Dian and Vickie were amazing and were always at hand. The facilities are more than comfortable, with a luxurious feeling, and we enjoyed every minute of it. The lodge is well equipped with anything you could possibly need (and some more) for self catering, including some appliances you probably won't need. Not joking.. we could even bake muffins. We loved it and we'll make sure to recommend it to friends and family!
Harold F
Harold F
2020-03-02
Verified review
"Own" your own Lodge for a couple of days! If you've ever dreamt of having a whole safari lodge in a beautiful park for yourself then Thutlwa is THE place to stay for 8 people. Situated in the Black Rhino Reserve as part of the Pilanesberg National Park Thutlwa is a self-catering lodge. This is high-end self-catering as the lodge provides everything you need - not a single item is missing. So catering for yourself in this exquisite lodge with a very well equipped and large kitchen with dining table, a TV-lounge (not that this is really needed in the bush!!), a reading, a relaxing lounge and an additional bar area (which obviously needs to be managed and "filled" by yourself and you can store all the drinks in all sorts of different fridges): all in the main building. The pool is nicely situated in front of the main building (is also well maintained) and supplements the outside area with a private Boma, Braai and outside kitchen, an outside dinner area with a large table fitting 10 people, outside lounge area and wood fired hot tub! Another highlight for sure is the private water hole which is monitored by a camera with activities transfered to the bar area on a separate screen (so you are always aware if and what is going on outside at the water hole). The 4 separate lodges (bedrooms) which are situated within easy walking distance from the main building are enormously large, stunningly equipped (with all the items you can ever think of), beautiful and spacious in- and outside showers/baths. The environment is very well maintained and clean. Another piece adding to this "wish come true": you have your own guide and can manage safaris as you like. The current ranger (Deon) and his wife Vicky are a fantastic couple and manage the lodge exclusively well! No worries about cleaning: the onsite staff do an amazing job! So in short: in case you are in for a "private safari" this is THE place to go to!
Jan Bron
Jan Bron
2020-02-26
Verified review
Great time We had a great time with family. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Premises immaculate. The lodge is well equipped for self-catering even though I reckon to offer catering as an option will be an added benefit. The staff easily catered for all the ages in our group, from little children to seniors. Well done guys we will be back and will certainly recommend it to family and friends.
Jenny V
Jenny V
2020-02-03
Verified review
Great Stay At Thutlwa We had a great stay at Thutlwa Safari Lodge recently. Great service from Dian and Vickie and the rest of the team. What I enjoyed about the lodge is that we had all the normal creature comforts, but with a touch of luxury - making us feel at home!
cathgWestYorks
cathgWestYorks
2020-01-19
Verified review
Beautiful lodge, excellent Safari experience. This was so good, The lodge was beautiful, the Safari amazing. We stayed at the lodge for 3 nights and had the best experience. We were a party of 8 from England, and was al little worried about the self catering but we managed fine, the driver stopped at the supermarket on the way from Johannesburg. I cannot praise our guide Jacques enough, he made this experience so good for us, pointing out all things of interest, he his a very knowledgeable and interesting man. We saw lots of animals, The lion walking passed our truck was the highlight for us all I think. Thank you Jacques for making our safari something that we will remember for ever. We hope one day to be back.
Soolibeth
Soolibeth
2019-11-09
Verified review
Can't Beat This !! Thutlwa Safari Lodge has it all. 9 of us including two very young children, stayed here 2 weeks ago. What an experience, the Lodge and accommodation were first class. spotlessly clean, and had everything you'd expect from a 5 star hotel. Our guide and driver Dion was excellent, managing at the 11th hour to locate the elusive lions who finally came up close and personal for a lengthy photo shoot ! Dion and his partner Victoria also went above and beyond their duties by patiently chatting to the children who at times found staying quiet a little difficult. So well done and many thanks to all concerned. you really can't beat this place for a short break . .
Sally B
Sally B
2019-06-20
Verified review
Mrs A fantastic lodge you will not be disappointed every thing you could want and more.made to feel very welcome by the managing couple Dian and Vicky.our own hide overlooking a water hole and amazing safaris with exceptional knowledge by Dian.
SJvanJ
SJvanJ
2019-05-01
Verified review
Amazing location and staff We stayed at Thutlwa for 3 days and wished it was for a week instead. The lodge was large enough to comfortably house us all (and then some), the beds and bathrooms were super and the common area very spacious. Very nice bar, large dining room table, sitting room etc. The outside area / boma also perfect. But most important of all - the game drives were amazing. I cannot say enough how we enjoyed driving around with Ranger Dian, the information he shared and the respect he has for nature was the highlight of the trip. We are already making plans to come back, but only if Vicky and Dian is still there! 🙂
Sarah
Sarah
2019-02-25
Verified review
A piece of paradise. Thutlwa is a slice of paradise. My husband and I took our 11 month old little boy here in December. His first time to Africa. And he loved it. All the staff at the lodge are so kind, friendly and welcoming. Dian the ranger was brilliant with our little boy even with an 11 month old we still managed to see everything we could including numerous different lions and even cheetah. Dian shared all his knowledge and experiences with us it was so nice to hear stories and background on the animals. The accommodation is beautiful, it has everything we could of needed. There was fresh clean bedding a towels and everywhere was cleaned all day. There is a lovely outside are to sit and eat. There is also a hide which you can walk down to and sit and wait to see if anything walks past. We are from. England so being lucky enough to go to Africa and stay at thutlwa and see what we saw is paradise the Bush is one of my favourite place to be it holds a special place in our hearts for so many reasons. A 5* in England doesn't come close to this amazing lodge. Will definitely visit again with our little boy. Thank you for having us.
Angela
Angela
2019-02-12
Verified review
Great Stay at Thutlwa Safari Lodge Spent a great few days at Thutlwa Safari Lodge which is situated just 2 hours from Johannesburg. Its ideal for both a quick getaway with friends or overseas visitors that are looking for a safari experience. It’s situated in a Malaria free zone and the beautiful scenic Pilanesberg. Friendly staff greeted us and made us feel very welcome. The main lodge has a central location and has every amenity. Our accomodation was one of the 4 lodges situated either side of the main lodge (two on either side). All with private patio areas. Clean, well presented rooms with fresh white linen on the bed and clean towels in the lovely bathroom. Aircon, small fridge, coffee machine and a nice tea/coffee selection were to hand. Rooms were serviced daily. Large relaxing outdoor area, with braai and pool where we were able to soak up the atmosphere of the bush. A pathway led us down to a hide where we sat and waited with anticipation. We had great game drives with our game ranger Dian, who shared his knowledge and expertise with us. The bush was green and lush with lots of wild life. We were very privileged to see the big 5 in the 3 days we were there. So we had some really wonderful sightings. Dian also took the time to point out birds and interesting facts about plants etc. This is a great place for a group of friends to gather and make some lifetime memories. We will definitely look forward to returning to Thutlwa and would recommend a visit there. Thanks to all at Thutlwa who made our stay so great.
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SELF-CATERING LODGE

Thutlwa Safari Lodge gets its name from the Tswana word for giraffe. These elegant animals are always a pleasure to observe whether they are chewing away at their leafy greens or bending down to drink water. Inspired by the grace and carriage of these beautiful animals, Thutlwa Safari Lodge lends itself to relaxation in the heart of the bush, with attention paid to even the smallest detail.

At Thutlwa, we strive to offer you as much fluidity during your stay as possible – with no restrictive itineraries and no time limits. You are also welcome to bring young children and toddlers along on game drives – unlike most lodges that cater to the wider public.

The lodge has been designed with large families and groups in mind. The open-plan design lends itself to that ‘home-away-from-home’ feeling, with all the necessary creature comforts one could expect from a luxurious, exclusive-use lodge.

BLACK RHINO RESERVE

Black Rhino Game Reserve is a private game reserve that forms an additional ‘corner’ on the Pilanesberg National Park. It’s on the North-West side of the greater Pilanesberg area, with its own secured, private entrance. While ecological conditions at Black Rhino Game Reserve are very similar to that of Pilanesberg, a noticeable difference is the sweet veld vegetation which complements Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld.

Welcome to Big 5 country! Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino (black and white) and the endangered African wild dog all roam free on the reserve. Antelope species to try and spot include eland, sable, impala, gemsbok, tsessebe and springbok. If you’re up for a challenge, keep your eyes peeled for the less popular ‘Small 5’; including the elephant shrew, the antlion, the buffalo weaver, the leopard tortoise and the rhino beetle. As per the lodges’ namesake giraffes are also abundant on this reserve, and there are over 354 bird species waiting to be spotted and identified by those avid bird enthusiasts.

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ECOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

The greater Pilanesberg area exists in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet Lowveld vegetation that makes it a prime ecological site. This rich transitional zone attracts an incredible array of flora and fauna with virtually all the animal species native to southern Africa found here. On a lucky day, you can expect to catch glimpses of the Big 5, wild dog, roan, tsessebe, sable antelope and – with your eyes peeled – more than 360 species of bird. In the Black Rhino Game Reserve alone, you can expect to see animals synonymous with the surrounding vegetation – a unique blend of sweet veld and the more predominant sour veld of the Pilanesberg. Sightings of elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo are not uncommon in these areas.

EASILY ACCESSIBLE

Just a short 2.5-hour-drive from Johannesburg, Thutlwa Safari Lodge is the ideal getaway for friends and family looking to relax and unwind in the heart of the bush. Situated in the private Black Rhino Game Reserve on the North-Western side of the Pilanesberg National Park, Thutlwa Safari Lodge is privately accessible to exclusive-use guests only. You are welcome to traverse the greater Pilanesberg area, enjoy offerings at Sun City, and have accessibility to the convenience store situated just outside the park.

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