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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Jun 29, 2021 gregmQ2039WG Johannesburg, South Africa

My wife and I have just returned from a 3 night stay during which we celebrated her Birthday. Lovely staff and Accommodation delicious food and good game viewing. Thank you Taffie for resolving a small problem very diplomatically.
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May 28, 2021 hectormagome Pretoria, South Africa

Don’t quite understand this part of the question. However, Shepherd’s Tree is one of the best in SA. I love this lodge. Will I come back, definitely yes, no single doubt in my mind and heart for that matter.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent service and friendly people

May 26, 2021 lmaibelo Pretoria, South Africa

The venue is Beautiful, the service is out of this world. The rooms are beautiful and very neat. The food is very tasty and fresh. The shower outside is to die for. I Love everything about the place, I have never been anywhere and be happy and be satisfied with everything. This venue is my number one, I Love everything.
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May 7, 2021 Footprints741627

Pilanesberg is a hidden gem that needs exploring. Shepherd's Tree Lodge far exceeded our wildest expectations. The rooms are beautifully set out and the exclusive lounge area between the rooms was perfect for our family. The staff are very attentive and assisted with our every need. The rangers are friendly and informative. We even got to see 4 of… Read more
Pilanesberg is a hidden gem that needs exploring. Shepherd's Tree Lodge far exceeded our wildest expectations. The rooms are beautifully set out and the exclusive lounge area between the rooms was perfect for our family. The staff are very attentive and assisted with our every need. The rangers are friendly and informative. We even got to see 4 of the Big 5 in one game drive. We will definitely support you in future. Read less
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Apr 28, 2021 459avinashk Johannesburg, South Africa

Firstly, a really easy to get to lodge. Just over two hours, gate to gate. Short drive from the gate to the lodge, which helps those of us that have normal cars. Staff are extremely friendly and always willing to help. We went on the long weekend and the lodge was full. We were concerned that it would feel too busy, but wasn’t at all. Rooms are… Read more
Firstly, a really easy to get to lodge. Just over two hours, gate to gate. Short drive from the gate to the lodge, which helps those of us that have normal cars. Staff are extremely friendly and always willing to help. We went on the long weekend and the lodge was full. We were concerned that it would feel too busy, but wasn’t at all. Rooms are spacious and well kitted. We had an executive suite with a separate lounge. Safe to walk back after dinner etc, which is great. Food was top class, maybe a bit too much. Three full meals plus snacks in between. Game drives were fantastic for spotting, but the only downside is that there are lots of vehicles. Probably around 20 when we saw cheetahs which dampens the experience somewhat. Not specific to the lodge, but met great people as well (other guests). Game driver (Humbu) was brilliant. Read less