Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Sun City, South Africa

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
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant

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. Sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

A private 2-bedroom villa is also available, each bedroom has 1 kiand ng-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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing time at an amazing place!

Jan 19, 2021 MattHaks

Had the best time at this incredible lodge. The food was amazing, the service was spectacular and the game drives were out of this world thanks to the brilliant Ranger Ruan! Ruan knew the Pilansberg like the back of his hand and was funny, knowledgeable and approachable. With him, we saw the big 5 in less than two days. If you stay at the lodge,… Read more
Had the best time at this incredible lodge. The food was amazing, the service was spectacular and the game drives were out of this world thanks to the brilliant Ranger Ruan! Ruan knew the Pilansberg like the back of his hand and was funny, knowledgeable and approachable. With him, we saw the big 5 in less than two days. If you stay at the lodge, request him to be your guide! Will definitely be back!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not a 5 star experience - Not worth the money

Jan 4, 2021 ARDC21

My fiancé and I booked into Shepherds Tree for 3 nights. We had anticipation of a 5 star game lodge experience - which is the expectation set on the website and the price you pay. Unfortunately there were so many little disappointments that ultimately led to an expensive and underwhelming experience. 1) There where lights in our room that did… Read more
My fiancé and I booked into Shepherds Tree for 3 nights. We had anticipation of a 5 star game lodge experience - which is the expectation set on the website and the price you pay. Unfortunately there were so many little disappointments that ultimately led to an expensive and underwhelming experience. 1) There where lights in our room that did not work. Surely facility maintenance should be top notch if you rate your lodge 5 star? 2) The sliding door at the bath - only one door could open, the other was jammed. 3) The food was ok - the standard can definitely improve here. And the coffee is not good. 4) The boma buffet dinner was definitely not a five star worthy menu 5) Some staff are great, while others act as if you doing them a favor by being there - not a consistent experience. 6) Our room key was disabled and we were asked if we are not checking out a day earlier that what we originally booked - not an inviting experience 7) There was no clear visibility of management anywhere - this is very evident in all the little service areas that didnt have attention to detail. 8) No TV in the room - 5 star should cater for all needs. During our stay we didnt have great weather and your pause area is mostly open so it would be great to have a tv should there literally be nothing to do while waiting for a game drive and its raining. One good thing was the game drives - we saw stunning wildlife and our ranger was great! Unfortunately we will not return to Shepherds Tree and I will not suggest that anyone I know book at the lodge. Very expensive with low delivery of service and quality. Read less
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Dec 23, 2020 cgandrade2020 Beira, Mozambique

I booked a room at Shepherd’s Tree lodge for one night, but when I arrived there and saw how amazing it was I had to extend my stay. The room was just terrific. The outdoor shower is a must have experience. The game ranger Sean was AMAZING! Always super kind, answering questions and giving great explanations and making his best to find animals and… Read more
I booked a room at Shepherd’s Tree lodge for one night, but when I arrived there and saw how amazing it was I had to extend my stay. The room was just terrific. The outdoor shower is a must have experience. The game ranger Sean was AMAZING! Always super kind, answering questions and giving great explanations and making his best to find animals and to allow us the best experience. I loved it all and will come back for sure! Read less
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Dec 16, 2020 Tos69 Johannesburg, South Africa

Spent 3 wonderful nights at shepherds tree game lodge from 13 to 16 December 2020. Staff friendly and helpful. Location is great . Accommodation and dining was excellent. Our field guide, Sean was very knowledgeable and extremely pleasant, attentive and entertaining. Highly recommendable lodge.
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Dec 7, 2020 sharonlong562 Johannesburg, South Africa

What an outstanding 4 nights we had at this Lodge, the food, the ambiance, the game drives, the rooms, the staff, the setting - it was absolutely exceptional and only a short drive from Johannesburg too which is a bonus!