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 Wonderful bush experience

Sep 27, 2020 wsoll443233

We absolutely loved our weekend away. Fantastic food, the service was second to none and our game driver Njabula was incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and an ace spotter. Highly recommend the experience at Shepherds Tree.
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Sep 24, 2020 shelbydhodgson

1. I feel that the agencies used to book the experience with Sheperds Tree Lodge need to be managed in a far better way. It appears that the prices offered on bookings.com vs lodge price is incorrect and hence caused a bit of tension on the day of our trip. The lodge itself managed the situatuon very professionally and acknowledged the fact that… Read more
1. I feel that the agencies used to book the experience with Sheperds Tree Lodge need to be managed in a far better way. It appears that the prices offered on bookings.com vs lodge price is incorrect and hence caused a bit of tension on the day of our trip. The lodge itself managed the situatuon very professionally and acknowledged the fact that it was not our fault. 2. The 50% discount recieved due to lockdown specials were definitely well worth the money spent. Had we paid full price, I would have expected much more as there is no major difference vs the other lodges in the area which are half the normal price of Sheperds Tree. Overall we had a fantastic time. Game rangers were phenomenal and food was incredible! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A brilliant experience!

Sep 24, 2020 Katylockhat South Africa

Absolutely amazing, I felt safe at all times. Definitely the right type of holiday during COVID 19 as there was enough space between people, sanitizers all over the lodge and the staff are extremely careful and extremely accommodating - The game drives were awesome we had Njabulo he went the extra mile to ensure that we got a lovely experience… Read more
Absolutely amazing, I felt safe at all times. Definitely the right type of holiday during COVID 19 as there was enough space between people, sanitizers all over the lodge and the staff are extremely careful and extremely accommodating - The game drives were awesome we had Njabulo he went the extra mile to ensure that we got a lovely experience and he was very knowledgeable on the wildlife. - standard room : a dream, clean, tidy, spacious and always stocked up with the lovely tea and biscuits provided by the lodge. I going to be a bit fussy and say didn’t love the outdoor shower on the cold evenings but it wasn’t a train smash. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Stay after Lockdown.

Aug 30, 2020 dietmarkastner Johannesburg, South Africa

The shepard´s Tree Game Lodge is a perfect place for a stay. We were there for a three night stay. The Pilanesberg Park has a beautiful landscap. The accomodation is very nice with a perfect view on this landscap. The rooms a are very comfortable.The food is amazing and very delicious. Our Field Guide Bright with his eagle eyes showed and… Read more
The shepard´s Tree Game Lodge is a perfect place for a stay. We were there for a three night stay. The Pilanesberg Park has a beautiful landscap. The accomodation is very nice with a perfect view on this landscap. The rooms a are very comfortable.The food is amazing and very delicious. Our Field Guide Bright with his eagle eyes showed and explained us everything in a perfect matter. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing hotel & game drive!!!

Jun 26, 2020 567harleec

My friend and I travelled from the UK to South Africa and stayed one night at Shepherds Tree Game Lodge. We arrived before check-in and felt welcomed from the moment we got there. Before we checked in we we used the pool and facilities. Once checking-in we were amazed by our room, we had been complimentary upgraded on arrival, which was a lovely… Read more
My friend and I travelled from the UK to South Africa and stayed one night at Shepherds Tree Game Lodge. We arrived before check-in and felt welcomed from the moment we got there. Before we checked in we we used the pool and facilities. Once checking-in we were amazed by our room, we had been complimentary upgraded on arrival, which was a lovely gesture. The hospitality was great at all times and everyone was so friendly. The game drives were incredible and definitely the highlight of my trip and we had an amazing guide! You go up close to the animals too, which makes the experience even better! I’d recommend taking binoculars, so that you can try and see other animals in the distance, however I didn’t have any and was perfectly fine without! There are people from all walks of life at the lodge and of different ages, so I would say it’s the perfect stay for anyone! I stayed for only one night, which was fine because we went for the game drives. However, I’d definitely return to Shepherds Tree and stay at least another night!! Read less