Black Rhino Game Lodge

Pilanesberg, South Africa

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The hotel

It may feel a million miles from anywhere, sitting at the foot of an old volcanic crater and hidden among Tamboti trees, but this Pilanesberg National Park pad is actually just a few hours’ drive from Jo’burg and 33km from the fun of Sun City. Its location makes it the ideal lodge for families, first-time safari seekers, and those wanting to mix game drives with Sun City’s attractions. Its handy setting doesn’t mean you’ll miss out on the safari experience though, with this malaria-free game reserve home to the famous Big Five and other photo album-favourites, and Black Rhino Game Lodge overlooking a popular wildlife-attracting waterhole.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the western side of the malaria-free, 'Big Five' Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa's North West Province.

Hotel information

23 suites. All with a private patio, air-conditioning, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini fridge, and an open plan bathroom with a closed toilet, separate bath and shower, as well as an outdoor shower in the majority of suites. Luxury Suites feature either 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12 years).

Full Board includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Twice daily game-drives.

Please note: Transfers, beverages and conservation fees are payable directly at the lodge on departure.

Restaurant with open plan lounge and dining areas. Bar. Boma area.

3 plunge pools. Viewing deck. Daily game-drives. Guided bush walks*. Bird watching. In-room spa treatments*.

Laundry service*. Babysitting service*.

* Denotes local charge. 

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great honeymoon stay!

Apr 29, 2022 LadeOmisore

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights during our honeymoon trip to South Africa and had a fantastic time. The room was lovely - very clean and comfortable, with enough privacy for a couples trip. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful throughout. We also thoroughly enjoyed the game drives and managed to see the big 5 during out… Read more
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights during our honeymoon trip to South Africa and had a fantastic time. The room was lovely - very clean and comfortable, with enough privacy for a couples trip. The staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful throughout. We also thoroughly enjoyed the game drives and managed to see the big 5 during out stay! Our guide, Freedom, was extremely knowledgable and great at spotting the various animals. We also really enjoyed the food available everyday - lots of variety and a good quantity. We would certainly recommend staying here - it really was a great experience! Read less
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Apr 13, 2022 Patrick P Cape Town Central, South Africa

Always lovely in the bush, and this concession is no different. The lodge, on the whole, is okay, and the rooms are good. Meals are very, very average in a large dining area with very bright lighting and a very poor wine list. Service is also not great. The game drives are good, but the connector road from the concession to the Pilansberg Game… Read more
Always lovely in the bush, and this concession is no different. The lodge, on the whole, is okay, and the rooms are good. Meals are very, very average in a large dining area with very bright lighting and a very poor wine list. Service is also not great. The game drives are good, but the connector road from the concession to the Pilansberg Game Park takes about 1 hour, is rushed and on a horrible road. Doing this gives you access to more game but minimal time on the Pilansberg side. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Overall a good Pilanesburg option

Mar 7, 2022 Stay60709896696

Great (and plentiful) food. Knowledgeable rangers with excellent game drive experiences for Pilanesburg. Generally friendly staff. Relaxing setting and excellent accommodation. Would recommend and stay again.
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Mar 2, 2022 Eliza_NH Ramsbottom, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Black Rhino for 6 nights. Traveling from the UK with 2 small children and not wanting to travel too much, this place was incredible. Shorter family drives for the children was perfect as well as the longer drives in the morning or afternoon for us. But, with the watering hole right behind the restauarnt we could see so much… Read more
We stayed at the Black Rhino for 6 nights. Traveling from the UK with 2 small children and not wanting to travel too much, this place was incredible. Shorter family drives for the children was perfect as well as the longer drives in the morning or afternoon for us. But, with the watering hole right behind the restauarnt we could see so much without evening leaving the reserve. The pool area is also great. The staff were incredible, so friendly and accomodating to us as well as the children. The food was also so lovely and always something different and tasty. An amazing holiday we will never forget! I have recommended it to friends and family and hope to visit again one day. Read less
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Feb 25, 2022 laurence477

A great getaway to go to. Easy 2.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. From the time of booking to the time that we left, staff and service was great. All meals were of a high standard. The staff catered to our dietary requirements with no problem. Game drive were great and informative. As advertised we were able to see the big 5, including a range of… Read more
A great getaway to go to. Easy 2.5 hour drive from Johannesburg. From the time of booking to the time that we left, staff and service was great. All meals were of a high standard. The staff catered to our dietary requirements with no problem. Game drive were great and informative. As advertised we were able to see the big 5, including a range of other game and birds. Only niggle was the room that we stayed in was tired and needed a make over. That aside a wonderfull experience. Read less