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 Just an amazing lodge

Jan 9, 2020 Krister P Bjärred

One of the best ever places I have visited. Great location just inside the Pilansberg park at a waterhole. Elephants had their drink while we had our lunch - fantastic. Great big lodges for everyone . great living. Good to excellent food and the staff is so nice. Very scenic place. Philip our tracker and guide was so friendly and good and made a… Read more
One of the best ever places I have visited. Great location just inside the Pilansberg park at a waterhole. Elephants had their drink while we had our lunch - fantastic. Great big lodges for everyone . great living. Good to excellent food and the staff is so nice. Very scenic place. Philip our tracker and guide was so friendly and good and made a big difference. 2 small swimming pools with few sunbeds is the only thing thet should improve/increase. Maybe also a gym! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating We were able to see all but 1 of the big five.

Jan 9, 2020 tamrac925 Doha, Qatar

We had a pretty large group of 15. The entire staff was very welcoming and polite. The only complaint that I have would be the fact that the doors were not flush with the landings to the villas, thus allowing bugs to enter. HOWEVER, we were able to seal the bottom the second night. The food was satisfying, the safari guides were very knowledgeable… Read more
We had a pretty large group of 15. The entire staff was very welcoming and polite. The only complaint that I have would be the fact that the doors were not flush with the landings to the villas, thus allowing bugs to enter. HOWEVER, we were able to seal the bottom the second night. The food was satisfying, the safari guides were very knowledgeable as well. It was a great experience and I would stay there again. Read less
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Jan 5, 2020 hayleym782

We visited black rhino game reserve for 3 nights for our honeymoon. It was our first visit to South Africa and our first safari! On arrival, we were received such a friendly greeting by the staff and they kept the lunch buffet open 10 minutes longer so we could have some lunch before we were shown to our lodge. The accommodation is brilliant,… Read more
We visited black rhino game reserve for 3 nights for our honeymoon. It was our first visit to South Africa and our first safari! On arrival, we were received such a friendly greeting by the staff and they kept the lunch buffet open 10 minutes longer so we could have some lunch before we were shown to our lodge. The accommodation is brilliant, some have described it as basic but we have been to some very Luxurious 5 star hotels and thought the balance between luxury and rustic was perfect. The food was great, not a massive choice but something for everyone and so fresh and tasty. We couldn’t ask any more of the staff, they were so welcoming and friendly and always on hand to help. We got lost a few times as it gets very dark on a nighttime and staff were more than happy to guide us to our room every night. The safaris were amazing. The rangers were attentive and listened to the animals that we really wanted to see, making sure we saw a variety. We saw 4 of the big 5! Wouldn’t hesitate to visit black rhino again. Read less
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Jan 2, 2020 kazm17 Sandton, South Africa

We stayed in November and occupied 3 rooms, 14, 15 and 16. On check in with the friendly staff we were offered a welcome drink but sadly never received it. Rooms were spacious but very tired and need refurbs except for 16. Completely different layout, seemed to be refurbed more recently. Aircons leaked badly. Housekeeping was inconsistent and… Read more
We stayed in November and occupied 3 rooms, 14, 15 and 16. On check in with the friendly staff we were offered a welcome drink but sadly never received it. Rooms were spacious but very tired and need refurbs except for 16. Completely different layout, seemed to be refurbed more recently. Aircons leaked badly. Housekeeping was inconsistent and rooms were full of bugs on returning from dinner. Suggest housekeeping close the doors when doing turndown. Batteries in TV remote were dead. Power had tripped a few plugs on arrival in our room. Once we found the DB board switch was down we sorted it out. Room checks not done properly. Our game drives were great, the reserve is awesome. Our lovely guide was still new to the lodge and we felt a bit rushed at sightings but day 2 was better. Food and staff were excellent. Overall, it is a lovely lodge and has a great position next to a waterhole where we got too see the whole herd of Elephant come to drink and bath. Read less
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Dec 26, 2019 Resfanatiker96

Perfect spot for safari and excellent guides! The lodges are extremly charming and well equiped. The staff was beyond nice and service minded and there was nothing missing for our requirments during our holiday. The whole family were overwhelmed by this amazing experience. Had a great stay with my family and would really recommend this place for… Read more
Perfect spot for safari and excellent guides! The lodges are extremly charming and well equiped. The staff was beyond nice and service minded and there was nothing missing for our requirments during our holiday. The whole family were overwhelmed by this amazing experience. Had a great stay with my family and would really recommend this place for family, couples etc. Philippe was our tour guide and was an real expert who made every tour very special and memorable. Good food and bevarages. So very happy - would definitely want to come back to the black rhino! Read less