The lodge has a Generator for backup power.The Generator will only run between 6 am and 10 pm in the evening and will be up to the General Manager on site to determine the exact times the generator will run.


( January – December 2024 )

Midweek Special
Weekend & Peak Season
(Fri-Sat & dates below**)
Rates for 8 Guests* (exclusive use)R 15 600 per nightR 18 000 per night

*A guest is any person that is 10 years and older.
*A maximum of 4 extra children per booking.

Note: Peak season rates apply on all RSA Public Holidays as well as during the following dates (start & end dates included):

  • 1 Jan 2024 – 16 Jan 2024
  • 20 Mar 2024 -3 Apr 2024
  • 15 Jun 2024 – 8 Jul 2024
  • 30 Sep 2024 – 1 Oct 2024
  • 14 Dec 2024 – 31 Dec 2024


(Receive a 20% discount if you Book and Travel within 30 days )

Midweek Special
Weekend Special
Special Rates for 8 Guests* (exclusive use)R 12 480 per nightR 14 400 per night

*A guest is any person that is 10 years and older.
*A maximum of 4 extra children per booking.


  • Exclusive-use safari lodge
  • Flexible morning and evening game drives with a qualified guide
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Tea and coffee stations
  • Park entry fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation


  • Conservation levies of R80 per adult per night and R30 per child per night
  • Meals, refreshments, snacks etc
  • Firewood which is available for purchase from the lodge (R90 per 25kg bag)
  • Any other activities in and around Black Rhino Game Reserve
  • Any other personal charges incurred (eg. breakages deposit)


  • The lodge is family-orientated
  • Children 9 years and younger do not count as guests
  • Children will be accommodated in the safari chalets with Adults
  • Snooza’s (fold up mattresses) available for children
  • Baby cots available on request
  • Children of any age permitted on game drives and are required to sit on a seat. We do not allow children to sit on laps.


  • A guest is any person that is 10 years and older
  • A maximum of 10 guests may stay at the lodge
  • The lodge has 4 Safari Chalets, which can accommodate a maximum of 8 adults sharing. Children are accommodated in cots or on Snoozas in the Chalets, on request.
  • Additional children may stay on request – terms apply
  • A maximum of 10 Guests are allowed on a game drive vehicle which includes children of any age.
  • Rates are for the entire lodge per night
  • Minimum stay of 2 nights
  • VAT inclusive


Our team appreciates the  current frustrations our clients across the globe, who are eagerly counting down until their arrival at this special place. Please take note of our refund policy below before booking.

  • 1-13 days prior to arrival – 0% refund
  • 14-29 days prior to arrival – 25% refund
  • 30-59 days prior to arrival – 50% refund
  • 60-89 days prior to arrival – 75% refund
  • 90 + days prior to arrival – 100% refund

We appreciate that certain circumstances may require bookings to be deferred.

Hester marais
Hester marais
A combination of awesome lodge luxury, flexibility that suites your hours on game drives and 2 great hosts. Its the first time we decided to use a self catering lodge. I was a bit skeptical but Thutlwa is a beautiful luxurious, well looked after lodge. The 4 rooms are situated around the main lodge area, none of them far. They are all exactly the same rooms. Extremely spacious and newly redecorated. The lodge area is massive. Big kitchen area with dining room. 2 lounge areas and a great bar with bar fridges you can use and even blocks and other kids toys. Outside is a splash pool and lapa area with a biggggg table and chairs and a outside lounge area. The boma area is awesome. You can sit and enjoy being in the bush in a safe, warm and comfortable space. The best are the hosts Vicky and Dian. They are friendly and welcoming. We felt so at home. We visited the lodge with friends, our 2 young adult boys, their girls and our grand daughter of 4 years. They lodge was perfect for all of us. There is also a wood fired warm tub, which was great to spend the afternoon in. Dian is also the game ranger and very knowledgeable about the veld, animals, the birds and plants. He was very entertaining with our 4 year old granddaughter and kept her interested all the time. We loved the flexibility the lodge offered where you can schedule your game drives the way that suites you. We did brunches and dinner around the fire in the boma area, with no rush to be at a dining table according to lodge hours. Thank you Vicky and Dian, we loved every minute of it and will for sure be back at Thutlwa!
Special time! What a very special time we had with our family and friends at Thutlwa last week! Huge thank you to Vickie and Dian and their great staff for looking after us all so well. And Dian's knowledge about everything we encountered in the bush was quite incredible. In particular, his birding skills are top notch! We've been to Thutlwa a number of times already, but this one was the best trip of all! We're already looking forward to the next one.
Lucy Cunnama
Lucy Cunnama
What a gem! What an incredible long weekend we had at Thutlwa! Between the hide, swimming pool and hot tub, all our children were entertained, leaving the adults to relax. The layout and considered space means that a large group of friends can share meals, but also have time to yourself. The highlight was the personalised twice daily game drives were we were able to range as far into the park as we liked, with sightings such as cheetah cubs. Managers Dian and his wife, Vickie held us in their care, treating our children with kindness and sharing their intimate knowledge of the area. I would highly recommend Thutlwa for your next holiday!
Memorable We had an absolutely wonderful four nights at Thutlwa Lodge. The accommodation was comfortable and clean overlooking the bush and at night the starry sky. The staff were friendly and efficient. Vickie and Dian were great hosts. We had awesome game drives with Dian where we saw elephants, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe and many others. The pool, Kolkol and sand pit provided hours of fun for the kids. We had a magical experience one afternoon when a male bull elephant came to the watering hole at the private hide. Thank you for such a memorable stay!
Daniel C
Daniel C
An Absolute Treat! We travelled with three other families with kids and couldn't have asked for a better holiday. The lodge is spacious with each chalet having its own private space and then a large communal kitchen, lounge and bar with everything you could need. Plenty of space for the children to run around and play, as well as a pool, and even Lego and other toys and a fully equipped sandpit! The private waterhole and hide is magic and was regularly visited by both us and a variety of animals. The staff were friendly, helpful and almost invisible! We hardly had to lift a finger. Dian, our guide, was hilarious as well as knowledgeable and experienced and was amazing with the kids answering all of their questions.
Sam Pearson
Sam Pearson
Best of Pilansberg We spent 4 nights at Thutlwa and had a fantastic time! The facilities are fabulous, rooms are large and comfortable, pool and hot-tub a dream, the rangers knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile, the staff were magical. I'd highly recommend Thutlwa to anyone.
Highly recommended The lodge and facilities are outstanding. Thank you to the owner of the lodge who has created an exceptional place and has spared no expense in ensuring the comfort of guests. Housekeeping staff do a wonderful job of making sure that everything is pristine without being seen. Thank you to Eddie, our ranger, who has made our holiday an unforgettable experience. Every member of our family wished that we could have stayed longer. Thutlwa Lodge was the perfect place for us.
Family Holiday Eddie and the team were just fantastic and all 6 of us would 100% recommend Thutlwa. The lodging is superb, the friendliness of all the staff and the passion for excellence in service they all showed was brilliant.
Highly Recommend. very well look after lodge with friendly staff. Rooms where clean we really enjoyed our stay. hot tub is a treat in the bush nights... Cameras and hide by the watering hole also added to the expereince.
Dreams come through with these guys . From the moment we arrived at the lodge we were blown away, my partner felt like a celebrity . Vicky gave us the warmest of welcomes. Your made to feel at home instantly. The layout for the main house in the middle of the lodges is so spacious . Now as for the lodges , wow ,wow,wow ,that’s all i can say, your gonna love it with your partner. We had a braai every evening which was set up by Vicky,had drinks here at the bar.everything was perfect. Memories were being made. DIAN, what can i say, i speak on behalf of all of us ,this guy is one the most impressive guys iv ever met. His attention to detail is noting short of brilliant. He gave us the most memorable experience. I had no expectations going into this safari ,however he managed to call it so well on our drives. We seen THE BIG FIVE. Tk you Dian. I will always remember this till the day i die. You’ve given us a wonderful memory and your perseverance always paid off. The guy is unique .To the owners, you guys are so lucky to have a magic couple looking after your lodges, you’ve got the best in the Business . Amazing couple and to the rest of the team tk you for your warmth and smiles. Dreams do come through with this team Paul & Michelle
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