Black Rhino Game Lodge

Sun City, South Africa

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

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant

Where is it

The reserve is located in a private concession within Pilanesberg National Park.

Hotel information

20 suites. All with a private patio, air-conditioning, TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, and an open plan bathroom with a closed toilet, separate bath and shower as well as an outdoor shower.

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

Restaurant with open plan lounge and dining areas. Bar. Boma area. 2 swimming pools. Viewing deck. Daily game-drives. Guided bush walks*. Bird watching.

* Denotes local charge. 

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely People, Rooms are a bit worn

Nov 23, 2020 Karishma P London, United Kingdom

This was our first trip post COVID lockdown and we were very excited to have our first local holiday after relocating to South Africa last November. At the same time, I was also extremely apprehensive about hygiene and risk of infection. For these reasons, I chose the Black Rhino Game lodge as it had limited rooms, they are individual cabins and… Read more
This was our first trip post COVID lockdown and we were very excited to have our first local holiday after relocating to South Africa last November. At the same time, I was also extremely apprehensive about hygiene and risk of infection. For these reasons, I chose the Black Rhino Game lodge as it had limited rooms, they are individual cabins and well spaced out. The staff at the lodge and at the restaurant were lovely and helpful. All our problems ended up being with the room. We had room 23. The air conditioning just wasn't working powerfully enough. I'm not sure if it was a problem with the AC unit or the size of the room, but the room, just wasn't cooling. The first night, I did not sleep at all because of the heat. The windows were just sliding panels with no wire mesh, so keeping them open was not an option. We asked someone to take a look at it, but they said they could not find anything wrong. The second night, we moved the furniture a bit, I laid a towel down on the sofa and slept on the sofa, so as to be directly under the ac. At least with that, I was able to sleep a few hours. The sinks and the shower took very very long to drain. Having dirty water splash back on your legs when you shower isn't how I'd choose to clean myself. They tried to do something and managed to fix the sink a bit, but we had to run the shower on 1/3 the water force and keep shutting it off to allow the water to drain, multiple times. No signage: Our room was quite far from the lodge and there are multiple pathways, while the torchlights were helpful, we kept losing our way in the pre dawn and late night darkness. Tiny arrows with room numbers would really really help. Given covid situation, room service was restricted to once a day with no turn down service to minimise contact and we were ok with that. All meals were pre plated, except for the cold part of the breakfast buffet, which was again, understandable. We enjoyed most of our meals, except one risotto that had beautiful mushrooms in it, but turned out really salty. Our multiple previous experiences of game parks in Kenya and Kruger have given us high expectations. For the price, I expected better quality and standards, I'm not sure how much they have had to compromise to accommodate hygiene practices and government regulations, but it fell short of our expectations a bit. The location is lovely, loads of birds and wildlife come to the watering hole near the restaurant. The staff, does try their best. We had great sightings of rhinos and lions and cubs. Given their location, they take you into Pilanesberg during the morning safari through a private route, but in the evening, they drive you around the Black Rhino reserve itself. Do not miss the morning safari, the 2 parks have a very different feel to them, so make sure you experience both. There's plenty of wildlife within the black rhino reserve, so you shouldn't miss much. We self drove into Pilanesberg after checking out and loved that experience too. Just note that the restaurant within Pilanesberg at the old court has closed down. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing visit

Oct 26, 2020 AnndeeCapeTown Cape Town

The Black Rhino Game Lodge is amazing and a great getaway for some family and down time. The game drives are fantastic, food is wonderful and the rooms spacious and comfortable. But the best part is the staff - they are amazing. From the lady who helped with reservations, to the staff at reception. The waiters deserve a special mention - they are… Read more
The Black Rhino Game Lodge is amazing and a great getaway for some family and down time. The game drives are fantastic, food is wonderful and the rooms spacious and comfortable. But the best part is the staff - they are amazing. From the lady who helped with reservations, to the staff at reception. The waiters deserve a special mention - they are superb. Cobus our game ranger was tenacious and very knowledgeable - he accommodated the kids on the drive and was eager in showing and teaching us. Cant wait to go back! Read less
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Oct 11, 2020 684jiab

Good: 1. Amazingly friendly staff. 2. Beautiful and spacious room. It was brand-new. 3. Elephants came to the water dam to drink and bath in the accommodation 4. We saw 4 out of Big 5. Just missed leopard 5. Food was divine. When there were not many guests they provided a course meal for dinner and it was so nice. Second day we had a buffet… Read more
Good: 1. Amazingly friendly staff. 2. Beautiful and spacious room. It was brand-new. 3. Elephants came to the water dam to drink and bath in the accommodation 4. We saw 4 out of Big 5. Just missed leopard 5. Food was divine. When there were not many guests they provided a course meal for dinner and it was so nice. Second day we had a buffet breakfast and dinner but still were good. No complaints. Bad: 1. When we arrived I found some yellow marks on the duvet cover but they changed it quickly. I found some yellow marks on towel for the floor but didn’t report it as we had more than enough towels. 2. When another person use the toilet in the room you can hear all the sound. 3. IMPORTANT: I am an Asian and my husband is South African who can’t speak Afrikaans. Second day we had four new people in our game drive and they were all Afrikaners and our game ranger as well. They started to speak Afrikaans including the ranger during the game drive and We couldn’t understand what was going on. So during 2 game drives there were 80% Afrikaans and 20% English. The ranger knew that we couldn’t speak or understand Afrikaans. Anyway my husband and I had to ask questions when it needs to be. They were all friendly but what’s the main purpose of guided game drive by paying extra money? Isn’t it to know the wildlife better in a safe and fun environment? I didn’t know I had to speak Afrikaans to go for a game drive at Black Rhino Game Lodge. I went to the other game lodge a month ago and the ranger was a Afrikaner and there were afrikaners but whenever they asked a question in Afrikaans he replied in English and said sorry I have to speak English for everybody. I think he was right. The game drive is for everyone and I believe there were a lot of internationals came before lockdown and I do not believe that our ranger explained them in Afrikaans. 4. Maybe good and bad - no internet in the room. Only at the restaurant and bar area 5. There were 3 splash pools but small. So, with many kids and families in a hot day it was crowded to be relaxed. It was great overall and if someone asked me I might recommend this lodge. Read less
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Sep 21, 2020 ChogeSA

Black Rhino Lodge, was all sorts of awesome, from the staff to the game drives. Our kids had the time of their lives seeing all the animals and we got to see 4 out of the 5 Big Five! The serene environment was so relaxing. Thank you to all the staff at the Lodge who made our trip so memorable!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not the best game viewing but lodge is Fantastic

Aug 17, 2020 Tami K Sandton, South Africa

My husband and I spent 4 nights at Black Rhino for my birthday. Our room (25) was brand new. So nicely set out and furnished. The lodge is great, service and staff were fantastic. Can not fault them one bit. Food was incredible. Because of Covid protocols we had plates meals instead of a buffet (except boma braai on Saturday) which was awesome, so… Read more
My husband and I spent 4 nights at Black Rhino for my birthday. Our room (25) was brand new. So nicely set out and furnished. The lodge is great, service and staff were fantastic. Can not fault them one bit. Food was incredible. Because of Covid protocols we had plates meals instead of a buffet (except boma braai on Saturday) which was awesome, so special. The staff sang for me and made me a birthday cake. So special. Thank you very much! The only downside was the game viewing wasn’t good at all compared to other big 5 reserves we have been to. Phillip, our guide was awesome, very knowledgeable. On the 3 drives we seemed to go on the same roads. Seems like a large section of Pilansberg is not accessed by Black Rhino game drives. Bit disappointing. Suggestion - bring a torch. The new rooms are a bit further from the lodge and it’s dark at night. Read less