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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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice bush break with good food and service but buildings need to be refreshed

Apr 25, 2021 James L johannesburg

Service was excellent, staff friendly and helpful - special mention to Santi for finding a better room for us and to Marcus, the extremely knowledgeable ranger, with a sense of humour and helpful attitude. Food was good and the whole experience was good. I've dropped a point because the lodge could benefit from a refurbish/refresh. It is… Read more
Service was excellent, staff friendly and helpful - special mention to Santi for finding a better room for us and to Marcus, the extremely knowledgeable ranger, with a sense of humour and helpful attitude. Food was good and the whole experience was good. I've dropped a point because the lodge could benefit from a refurbish/refresh. It is 'comfortably worn' but did not look like a 4 star establishment. Also it would help if the lodge published a ground layout map of the chalets so that guests could request specific locations - we were allocated one that was as far away as possible from the main lodge, which was very unsuitable for my wife who was recovering from cardiac procedures. Also, better night lighting on the paths through the bush to the chalets would be preferable to the anemic torches (flashlights) provided. Guests are advised to bring their own torches. Read less
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Apr 20, 2021 May04 Glasgow, United Kingdom

After reading good reviews we decided to book at the Black Rhino. We checked in without difficulty, and were taken to Lodge 23 which was quite a walk on a stoney path. The room is very nice - huge bed, looking out to trees, but my great disappointment was the promise of our individual small pool which is shown in all the adverts - lovely wooden… Read more
After reading good reviews we decided to book at the Black Rhino. We checked in without difficulty, and were taken to Lodge 23 which was quite a walk on a stoney path. The room is very nice - huge bed, looking out to trees, but my great disappointment was the promise of our individual small pool which is shown in all the adverts - lovely wooden verandah with pool. Instead, there was a big metal bath monstrosity just set out at the side of the lodge in between us and our neighbours. This did not reflect us paying for a studio with a private pool. The eating area is attractive, with view over to the waterhole and we even saw some eland nearby. The lunches on both days were delicious, freshly prepared, but the evening meals were not good. On our first evening we arrived a bit later than everyone else. There was some meat which tasted nice, but no potatoes to go with it. Only rice. There were hardly any cold mixed veg left. The meal was a disappointment. The second night was the boma meal which was slightly better. I think the food needs to be improved. Our game drives were very good. Marcus was very helpful and did his best to access the animals and he had a good knowledge of general nature. It was freezing on the drives, made worse by us stupidly forgetting to bring our jackets. Our fault there. Regarding the staff; they were excellent. Friendly and helpful. So, I wouldn't recommend the Black Rhino. I would go somewhere else. It wasn't all bad, but disappointing. Read less
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Apr 10, 2021 Wilma V Pretoria, South Africa

We had a great weekend overall. Our room was fresh and clean, although only a double bed in the room it was comfortable. Make sure you ask for a room with a king size bed and dont assume. No turn up service at night the rooms were freshen up during our morning drives. Rassie our ranger was excellent with a wide range of knowledge regarding fona… Read more
We had a great weekend overall. Our room was fresh and clean, although only a double bed in the room it was comfortable. Make sure you ask for a room with a king size bed and dont assume. No turn up service at night the rooms were freshen up during our morning drives. Rassie our ranger was excellent with a wide range of knowledge regarding fona and flora and the game itself. The food at the lodge were great. Overall a good experience. Read less
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Mar 31, 2021 Julie S Lisbon, Portugal

The reason I would rate this place 5 stars ⭐️ is truly not for the place itself, but everything the place lacked the staff replaced with an immeasurable amount. I have never been anywhere, where I as well as all of us fell in love with everyone there. We stayed at lodge 4 and there are names we remember such as Itou, Poina, Daniel, Cornelius and… Read more
The reason I would rate this place 5 stars ⭐️ is truly not for the place itself, but everything the place lacked the staff replaced with an immeasurable amount. I have never been anywhere, where I as well as all of us fell in love with everyone there. We stayed at lodge 4 and there are names we remember such as Itou, Poina, Daniel, Cornelius and some others who had us so heartsore when their shift was over. Even the pool guy was a hero. I have no words for these people except that they would be the reason we would come back and certainly not the place itself. Thank you so much for the first time in my travels to all the staff who made this memorable and also thank you so much to the chefs for all the patience and the wonderful food. Thank you Read less
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Mar 5, 2021 STIEHLER

Lindie Stiehler & Family Black Rhino Game Lodge) itself was lovely designed and layed out, therefore we as a family loved our “family hideaway” (Suites 1 & 2 + 19 very much!! Here we enjoyed awesome family time with our own private splash pool inside the bush! Our food was perfectly done, delight and plentiful. All the staff and chefs were… Read more
Lindie Stiehler & Family Black Rhino Game Lodge) itself was lovely designed and layed out, therefore we as a family loved our “family hideaway” (Suites 1 & 2 + 19 very much!! Here we enjoyed awesome family time with our own private splash pool inside the bush! Our food was perfectly done, delight and plentiful. All the staff and chefs were exceptionally well trained, friendly, helpful and went out of their way to be there for us at all times, making sure we are feeling welcome, comfortable and satisfied. The Park is beautiful with a wide diversity and endless landscapes, animals & birdlife! During an afternoon safari the sunsets were just so dramatic and we even got to experience a thunderstorm! We learn a lot from our guide and completely fall in love again with the SA Bushveld. We saw so many animals and birds, the Kori Bustard, Hamerkop and Rufous Naped Lark were a few of my favourite birds. Although the Elephants quickly became also a favourite, watching them and learn more about their family life’s and behaviour. I can recommend Black Rhino Game Lodge to all visitors from all over the world. This might be our first visit to Black Rhino Game Reserve, but not our last, we will be back. Also A BIG thank you, to Santie, Matthew and their teams!! Read less