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. 

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Simply Awesome!!

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
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Aug 10, 2020 Candice21 Sandton, South Africa

Our first stay since the outbreak of Covid and we had no idea what to expect. We were greeted with such warmth and reassurance we truly relaxed almost instantly. The accommodation is superb, spacious well thought out with small details that go a long way. Our guide, Kobus made our game drives interesting and packed with stories about the reserve… Read more
Our first stay since the outbreak of Covid and we had no idea what to expect. We were greeted with such warmth and reassurance we truly relaxed almost instantly. The accommodation is superb, spacious well thought out with small details that go a long way. Our guide, Kobus made our game drives interesting and packed with stories about the reserve the animals and encounters had hours of looking for game seem like only minutes. A true ranger is mad with a burning passion for wildlife and Kobus has it all. If I have to be critical the food was average but given the restrictions we are living under it was hardly an issue. Well done to the staff who went above and beyond to make our 3x night break away from the city very special. Keep it up and see you all again soon. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazingly beautiful and very serene accommodation in Pilanesburg

Mar 5, 2020 RRStone Rustenburg, South Africa

We arrived to be courteously welcomed by the lodge manager and assisted to settle in at the lodge. Arrangements were made for our game drives, and then we were left to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the African bush. Game drives are done is an open vehicle and the experienced game ranger ensured we see a lot of animals, including some… Read more
We arrived to be courteously welcomed by the lodge manager and assisted to settle in at the lodge. Arrangements were made for our game drives, and then we were left to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the African bush. Game drives are done is an open vehicle and the experienced game ranger ensured we see a lot of animals, including some cheetahs, which was a bit of a treat, especially for the children. The lodge is well kept and the committed house personnel are very friendly and prepare the lodge in such a way that we could only relax and worry about nothing. The rooms are spacious, beautifully decorated and air-conditioned. The bathroom is huge and has an inside and an outside shower. Imagine having a shower with the sounds of the bush in your ears - marvelous! The entertainment area has a swimming pool, built-in “braai” and a Webber, with a pool table inside at the bar - enough to keep you busy and serene enough to let you relax.... Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous trip to Black Rhino

Feb 23, 2020 Steve P Manchester, United Kingdom

What an amazing place to visit, the whole experience was just fabulous, great game drives, fabulous friendly staff, stunning lodges, and excellent food each time we ate. Our fantastic guide Kobus was knowledgable and very friendly, always ready to answer questions and if he was unsure he made sure he would find out the answer for the next… Read more
What an amazing place to visit, the whole experience was just fabulous, great game drives, fabulous friendly staff, stunning lodges, and excellent food each time we ate. Our fantastic guide Kobus was knowledgable and very friendly, always ready to answer questions and if he was unsure he made sure he would find out the answer for the next ride. We saw plenty of animals (lion, giraffe, white rhino, elephant, cheetah, impala and other types of antelope) back at the lodge for wind down, the waiting staff are so polite and easy going, we had a waiter called Daniel who was just the best. I would really recommend to anyone Black Rhino 𝘧𝘰𝘳 there safari adventure, pure value for money and fantastic everything 😃 Read less