Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Pilanesberg, South Africa

The hotel

Delivering a safari experience in a nutshell, this laid-back lodge is ideal for families, first-timers, and those wanting to add a 'Big Five' adventure to a stay in nearby Sun City. Set in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, just a few hours from Jo'burg, you'll get all the game viewing, boma dinners, and photogenic bushveld scenery you'd hope from a safari stay, with the reserve home to the 'Big Five' and two game-drives included each day of your stay. In a malaria-free spot, Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge is the ideal initiation into the great African safari.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant

Where is it

A 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Johannesburg, the lodge overlooks the south-western portion of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Hotel information

Choice of rooms and suites. All with air-conditoning, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar and safe. Standard Suites have a main bedroom with 1 king-size bed, or twin beds, an outdoor shower and also features an en-suite bathroom with a patio overlooking the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Sleeping maximum 2 adults. 

Full Board includes: all buffet-style meals and twice daily game-drives.

Executive Suites have a main bedroom with 1 king-size bed, a double outdoor shower and en-suite with indoor steam shower. Suites also enjoy a lounge area with sleeper sofa and a flat-screen TV that leads out onto a patio overlooking the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

A private 2-bedroom villa is also available, each bedroom has 1 kiand ng-size bed an en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower. The villa offers a lounge area that leads out onto a patio with a private plunge pool. Sleeping maximum 4 adults. 

Restaurant and outdoor dining venue (boma). Casual lounge and bar area. Rim-flow swimming pool. Amani Spa*. 2 daily game-drives. Bush walks. Specialised talks about the Pilanesberg environment and the African bush. Curio shop.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Anniversary weekend away

Oct 17, 2021 DeirdreB68 Boksburg, South Africa

This lodge is beautiful! The rooms are outstanding in every way. Our ranger Sean was awesome and very informative. Had a nice suprise on the Saturday evening when returning to our suite. Champagne and candles beautifully spread out with a bubble bath. Attention to detail was beautiful. The meals were delicious! The only negative I have is the… Read more
This lodge is beautiful! The rooms are outstanding in every way. Our ranger Sean was awesome and very informative. Had a nice suprise on the Saturday evening when returning to our suite. Champagne and candles beautifully spread out with a bubble bath. Attention to detail was beautiful. The meals were delicious! The only negative I have is the service in the dinning room is not consistent and needs improvement. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgettable stay in this lodge

Oct 14, 2021 angelowolfensberger Fallanden, Switzerland

For 3rd time we spent 4 nights in this lodge. It was a dream!! Our guides Peter and Andrew have been extremely enthusiastic and thanks to them we saw a tremendous amount of animals. Such as many lions, lepards!!! Just passing by our buggy. Girafs, zebras, elephants as well as buffalos. Just big 5!!! Lodge provides delicious food, extra ordinary… Read more
For 3rd time we spent 4 nights in this lodge. It was a dream!! Our guides Peter and Andrew have been extremely enthusiastic and thanks to them we saw a tremendous amount of animals. Such as many lions, lepards!!! Just passing by our buggy. Girafs, zebras, elephants as well as buffalos. Just big 5!!! Lodge provides delicious food, extra ordinary service and extremely attentive staff. Just over weekend slightly too busy and crowded at pool. It's recommended to stay during weekdays. A great thanks especially to Andrew. In my opinion, he is world's best safari guide. He deserves 10 stars!! We definitely will come back. Elisabeth and Angelo Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great time of rest!!!

Oct 4, 2021 KagisoL7

My husband and I loved every moment of our stay. All the staff was hospitable, friendly and very helpful. There was an abundance of tasty food...there was no time to feel hungry. The room was clean and well maintained - we loved the "turn down" that the staff does in the evening. Our filed guide - Njabulo - was very insightful and made the drives… Read more
My husband and I loved every moment of our stay. All the staff was hospitable, friendly and very helpful. There was an abundance of tasty food...there was no time to feel hungry. The room was clean and well maintained - we loved the "turn down" that the staff does in the evening. Our filed guide - Njabulo - was very insightful and made the drives enjoyable. We will definitely be back again Read less
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Oct 4, 2021 yumna c Johannesburg, South Africa

the service and stay at shepards tree exceeded our expectations... we booked as an annivesary treat and this is def one for the books... Dineo (reception manager) graciously upgraded us to a suite which was spacious with the most beautiful bathroom, room and lounge area def worth worth the extra spend if u planning a special stay, we were also… Read more
the service and stay at shepards tree exceeded our expectations... we booked as an annivesary treat and this is def one for the books... Dineo (reception manager) graciously upgraded us to a suite which was spacious with the most beautiful bathroom, room and lounge area def worth worth the extra spend if u planning a special stay, we were also treated to a romantic surprise set up in our room when we got back from a delicious dinner that already put a smile on our face... oupa in the resturant with his humour and friendlieness made our dinners and breakfasts that much more special... 6am game drives sounds excruciating but when u greeted with coffee and tea and delicious pastries to wake you up and game rangers ready to find you the "big cats" in the wild, its all worth it.. a special shout out to Piet (the leopard spotter) Read less
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Oct 3, 2021 367craigg Sandton, South Africa

Fantastic room - large, modern, clean and luxurious. Beautiful turn down - candles in the bathroom, champagne and bubble bath. Great service - exceptionally friendly staff willing to go the extra mile. Good respect for Covid protocols. Beautiful pool area. Great food.