If you’re lucky enough to travel north in the Pilanesberg Reserve, you’ll find a spectacular landscape that is an alluring combination of rolling hills, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys and open grasslands. Venture within, look a little closer and you’ll discover a special place. Black Rhino Lodge is hidden amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest, located at the foot of an ancient (1200 million year old) volcanic crater. Today it’s one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations…
Black Rhino Lodge is one of the few small ones left in an area that is otherwise typically populated by much larger bush ‘hotels’ attracting throngs of tourists. Here, you will enjoy a far more exclusive and intimate experience. The personal guidance of an experienced game ranger allows you the freedom to explore this vast malaria-free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of our true African bush. At Black Rhino you will experience the stillness of the night broken by the roaring of lions and morning wake-up calls in the form of bird song.
If you’re lucky enough to travel north in the Pilanesberg Reserve, you’ll find a spectacular landscape that is an alluring combination of rolling hills, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys and open grasslands.
Rooms at the lodge are really more like spacious free-standing suites - comfortable, elegant and private. Attractive thatched roofs with exposed timber beams give the space a lofty feel and your private patio doors open out to the bush, where welcome sightings of impala and elephant walking by are not unusual. A definite highlight has to be the designer bathroom! It’s a dream with double shower, huge bath and a secluded outdoor shower (especially great to cool off under the stars on a hot summer’s night).
Dining in the evenings is completely atmospheric; whatever time of year you visit. Winter nights offer a cosy buffet by the fireplace and in summer dining spills out onto the outdoor viewing deck that opens up to the wild. You always feel immersed in the natural surrounds as both the bar and restaurant overlooks the lodge’s waterhole – a playground for elephant and a hive of bird and animal activity. You don’t have to do much to enjoy the wonderful experience of watching the animals; simply sit back under the trees with a sundowner, relax and wait for them to come to you! And, if you want to get even closer, without having to use your zoom lens, there’s a private hide a few steps away to capture that award winning image.
Although nature is literally at your doorstep, your stay at Black Rhino includes two Game Drives a day where you are more likely to learn and see more. The Reserve is home to the famous 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. Black Rhino Lodge is a special treasure, kept hidden for the lucky few only.
Activities to Enjoy in the Pilanesberg Area