North West Province » Pilanesberg National Park Specials » Buffalo Thorn Lodge


LOCATIONBlack Rhino Game ReservePOOLYes - Private Plunge Pool (not heated)

  •   Great for families, friends or group breakaways- malaria free.
  •   Big 5 game viewing- Great birding.
  •   Exclusive use of the entire lodge/self-catering.

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01 January - 14 December 2019 Exclusive Use Of Lodge R 12,435 per lodge per night midweek special advance rate (Sunday - Thursday)
*excludes RSA school holiday periods
Exclusive Use Of Lodge R 16,180 per lodge per night weekend special advance rate (Friday & Saturday)
*surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday period and long weekends
*please view important booking terms & conditions for Buffalo Thorn Lodge below. 

• All special rates offered above are per lodge per night for a maximum of 10 guests including children.
• On arrival a compulsory R 2,000 refundable breakage deposit is required, subject to change and to be paid in cash.
• Buffalo Thorn Lodge will not accept any 1 night stay bookings – a minimum 2 nights stay is required at all times excluding long weekends whereby a minimum 3 nights stay is required. over long weekends
• Children under 3 will not account as part of the 10 guests however no more than 2 children over and above the group of 10 will be allowed, should this occur, only a maximum of 10 guests will be allowed on game drives.
• Any child under the age of 3 years as per above will be required to provide birth certificates as proof of age
• No over occupancy will be allowed - Meaning over and above 10 guests (including children). Over occupancy fines are R 4,000 per person per day - This is not governed by the lodge but by the reserve rules and regulations.
• Exclusive use of Lodge
• Luxury accommodation
• Two game drives daily with a qualified ranger
• Fully serviced by staff daily
• Coffee, tea in the rooms
• Daily Gate Fees
• Children of all ages are welcome at Buffalo Thorn Lodge & allowed on game drives at the discretion of the ranger.
• Bird watching
• Hot air ballooning
• Bush walks
• Quad biking
• Any additional activities are subject to extra charges, on request & subject to availability and T&C's apply

2 hours drive from Johannesburg, the gate to the Black Rhino Game Reserve is situated on the Madikwe Road. 20 minute drive from Sun City..
Exclusive use of Lodge.
5 Luxury Rooms, each with a king size bed & en-suite bathroom.
Maximum 10 guests including children.

If it’s a tranquil sanctuary in the middle of the bushveld you’re looking for, then look no further than Buffalo Thorn Lodge. This private, luxury lodge is the epitome of exclusivity, offering five thatched chalets that accommodate just ten guests at a time. This allows for a more intimate bush experience for all those lucky enough to visit this slice of paradise. The lodge is located within the Black Rhino Reserve in the gorgeous Pilansberg National Park, a quick two hour drive from Johannesburg. It’s where the dry Kalahari meets the wetter lowveld, creating a varied ecosystem consisting of many different creatures, most famously the “Big Five”.
Each of the luxurious, stand-alone units have private decks with sun chairs – the perfect way to enjoy the breath-taking scenery and take in all the sights and sounds of the bush. When you’re not discovering the animals that roam the plains with an experienced bush guide, you can relax in your private Jacuzzi or lounge by the sparkling pool. Once the sun sets, delicious dinners can be shared under the stars after which an African fire can be enjoyed in the traditional boma. Buffalo Thorn Lodge is ideal for families or that sneaky, romantic getaway. The Black Rhino Reserve holds all the wonder of Africa, and a stay at the stylish and comfortable Buffalo Thorn Lodge is one that will remain in the memory for many years to come.
Black Rhino is a private game reserve, incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park on the North Western side. This lower lying reserve’s sweet veld vegetation complements the Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld. This type of habitat is known to carry a wide variety of game species, and sighting of elephant, black rhino and white rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard are very common. The reserve is entered exclusively through Black Rhino private entrance gate on the Western side of the reserve.
The reserve is characterized by huge number of Tambuti Trees and therefore we have regular sightings of the shy and scarce black rhino. These trees also play host to an incredibly wide variety of bird species thus making the area a birding paradise.
The Pilanesberg National Park is 55 000 Hectares in extent and borders on the Sun City entertainment complex. The most remarkable feature of this destination is the 1200 million-year old volcano crater with Mankwe Lake in the centre. Because of its positioning between the Kalahari and Lowveld, the vegetation from both areas are located on this terrain.
The diversity of Pilanesberg is such that a number of landscapes and vegetation types occur here. As the reserve moves from the wet Lowveld vegetation to the dry Kalahari there are a number of game, tree and bird species that would never be found cohabiting an area and as such, the species here are incredibly varied and unique from other reserves within Southern Africa and thus is home to virtually all of the animal species native to southern Africa including the big five, wild dog, and rarer species such as Roan, Tsessebe and Sable antelope. The Park also offers a number of wonderful picnic spots, numerous hides for game watching, a walk in aviary, safari game drives and hot air balloon flights over the park.
One main attraction of the Pilanesberg is that it is malaria free and so no precautionary prophylactics are necessary. However during the rainy season there are plenty of mosquitoes and ticks in the grass so insect repellent is advisable.
Lodge Features:
  • Child friendly swimming pool
  • Heated Jacuzzi with a view
  • Bar & fridge and ice machine
  • Dining area
  • Open fire barbeque
  • Modern gas barbeque
  • Director chair seating around the open fire
  • Flat screen LCD TV
  • Home Theatre System
  • DSTV (Digital Satellite Television)
  • Pool/Snooker Table
  • Wine fridge
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Large fridge freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Modern 5 burner gas stove with electric oven
  • Microwave / Convection Oven
  • All cutlery & glassware
  • Filter coffee Machine

Room Features:
  • King size beds
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Jacuzzi Bath
  • Indoor & Outdoor showers
  • Lounge
  • Private Deck with sun chairs
  • Bathrobes and Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning and Overhead fan
  • Bar fridge
  • Complimentary Tea and Coffee station
  • Electronic safe
  • All towels (bathroom & swimming)


By road from Johannesburg
  • Travel along the N4 and take the R510 right to Sun City.
  • From the gate of Sun City continue travelling in the direction of Rustenburg for approximately 4 km on the R565.
  • At the stop street, turn right and travel approximately 30km on the Madikwe road where you will find the entrance of Black Rhino Game Reserve on your right hand side. It is a tar road all the way to the entrance.
  • On arrival at the Black Rhino Reserve gate, please state that you are staying at Buffalo Thorn Lodge.


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