Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Pilanesberg, South Africa

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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
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

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, with a private heated pool. Sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

Family Suites consist or two connecting suites that open into a shared lounge with sleeper sofa and flat screen TV, sleeping maximum 6 people.

A private 2-bedroom villa is also available, each bedroom has 1 king-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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Apr 27, 2022 mpeter7 Johannesburg, South Africa

Our stay at Shepherd's Tree was absolutely amazing, from start to finish. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, the food is delicious and the views and game drives are out of this world. What sets Shepherd's Tree apart, however, is the hands-on and devoted attention that each and every member of staff pays to their guests. You will feel like… Read more
Our stay at Shepherd's Tree was absolutely amazing, from start to finish. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, the food is delicious and the views and game drives are out of this world. What sets Shepherd's Tree apart, however, is the hands-on and devoted attention that each and every member of staff pays to their guests. You will feel like royalty during your stay at STGL. Read less
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Apr 25, 2022 Adrienne E Potchefstroom, South Africa

From the moment we arrived, to the time we left, Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge knew how to deliver. We absolutely loved our stay. The staff are friendly, and our game ranger was so knowledgeable it made the experience all the better. Food was amazing, and overall everything just worked well! We didn't have to think about anything because the staff at… Read more
From the moment we arrived, to the time we left, Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge knew how to deliver. We absolutely loved our stay. The staff are friendly, and our game ranger was so knowledgeable it made the experience all the better. Food was amazing, and overall everything just worked well! We didn't have to think about anything because the staff at the lodge made sure we were fine throughout our visit. I would highly recommend Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge. Read less
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Apr 4, 2022 BobbyM1826 Queenstown, New Zealand

Extremely well placed resort with beautiful views of the Pilanesberg National Park. modern rooms and great restaurant's and Bar area for relaxation. The Amani Spa was also great and overall very friendly and knowledgeable staff from Chef, waiters, front reception to game rangers.
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Apr 3, 2022 GrumpyOldMan222

Let's start with the good. The ranger, Answer, is probably the best ranger I have ever come across. He is incredibly knowledgeable. Whatever he's being paid, he deserves more. The food is good, particularly the pastries. The staff are very friendly, and generally very helpful. The room was well appointed. We had a wonderful massage at… Read more
Let's start with the good. The ranger, Answer, is probably the best ranger I have ever come across. He is incredibly knowledgeable. Whatever he's being paid, he deserves more. The food is good, particularly the pastries. The staff are very friendly, and generally very helpful. The room was well appointed. We had a wonderful massage at the spa. The bad. Room maintenance. A toilet door that did not stay closed. A toilet paper holder that was missing the bit to keep the roll from falling off. A bilnd that was broken. The ugly. This is the part that ensures I will not be back. The rooms are strung out in a row, so that ours was about 2.5 km from reception. The cars are parked near reception, so that to get back and forth to the room one calls down by telephone. One would have thought it a good idea to provide more than one access card, considering that the door is self-locking, one might fotget to take the card with one, there is no cell phone reception, and the transport speeds off after dropping you at your room. So if you have left the card somewhere, the only way to get help is to hike 2.5km back to reception. Bad. On arrival we were not shown around the room. Many of the light switch positions are not obvious, and it would have been nice to be shown them. There is no "do not disturb " sign. There is a switch next to the front door that lights up a light on the outside of the room to indicate this. However, when we eventually found this, and left it on because we wanted to sleep in, housekeeping still knocked loudly at the door and tried to come in, until we shouted at them to go away. After that it took 3 hours and 2 phone calls to get them to come back, even though the hotel had emptied out. When we arrived we found there were no face cloths. They were only provided when we specifically asked for them the next day. A tissue box was provided. Unfortunately there were no tissues in it. The previous occupants appear to have left a bath towel towel hanging up. This had not been removed and replaced. They provided a gown and slippers. It would have been nice if I could actually have fitted my feet into the slippers. The ride from the reception takes 2 minutes - I timed it. We booked a massage at the spa for 2 PM . We called for a ride at 1:40. After 2 further calls, we finally arrived late for our appointment. There is WiFi in the main lodge. In the more expensive rooms, which are further away, it is completely unreliable. A problem which, of course, could be solved for a few hundred Rand with a range extender. The wake-up call for the early morning game drive did not happen. Set your own alarm clock. All in all: lovely surroundings, lovely facilities, lovely people. Poor training, poor supervision, poor management. Food good. Rangers superb. Lots of other places to try next time we get away. Not worth the expense of the up-market rooms Read less
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Mar 26, 2022 Elliot W London, United Kingdom

We had an excellent time at Shepard’s Tree. The staff were very friendly and provided a terrific service throughout. Food and snacks were great. The room was very spacious, with a private pool overlooking the game reserve, a large bath and indoor/outdoor shower. Pilanesberg was beautiful.