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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Jan 16, 2020 Oldham_mark Oldham, United Kingdom

Shepherd's Tree is an excellent option for a few days at Pilanesberg. It is a lovely property right in the reserve with a waterhole outside which gets regular visits from elephants. The best thing about the lodge is the game drives. These are very well organised with great guides. We saw all the big five during our three night stay and it was… Read more
Shepherd's Tree is an excellent option for a few days at Pilanesberg. It is a lovely property right in the reserve with a waterhole outside which gets regular visits from elephants. The best thing about the lodge is the game drives. These are very well organised with great guides. We saw all the big five during our three night stay and it was great that each drive provided something different to the others. The guides were clearly aware that they had quests who were with them for multiple days and tried to provide a variety of experiences. They were more than happy to spend time looking for specific animals that we hadn't seen thus far. Each drive was three hours long which I think is ideal. The property is lovely with very good rooms and excellent communal spaces. There was always room around the pool which was great for spending the day in between drives. Meals were good but I wouldn't say they were exceptional. It was all a little bland but I think that is down to personal taste. We found that we weren't kept fully informed of all that was going on. On our first night there was a boma when we returned from the drive. This hadn't been communicated to us, in fact we had just been told the times for dinner in the restaurant. When we got back it wasn't made clear that the Boma started straight away. We went to get changed and when we returned it was all but over. Overall service was reasonably good but we felt let down a few times, in particular on our last morning. After calling for a buggy which didn't to collect us and our luggage we ended up having to skip breakfast and leaving for the airport later than planned. Not a huge deal but it caused a bit of stress when it really shouldn't have done. That said, it was a good stay and I would recommend the lodge Read less
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Jan 15, 2020 falkan785199 Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa

I don’t usually write reviews about places I visit, but this place out of all the places I visited in SA has the BEST customer service. The staff, the game drives, the location, the room.. everything was just perfect. Very special thanks to our guide Triston, you made our stay unforgettable.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic experience at Shepherds Tree Lodge

Jan 10, 2020 r0bcat South Africa

The location is great within a big five reserve. Service is excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. The rooms are well designed , very clean and all have a good view. game drives are very good. Food is five star!!!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazinnnngggg Lodge!

Jan 8, 2020 Jax3666 Flushing, New York

Most amazing lodge and grounds ever!!! Food, staff, service were impeccable. The safari guides were amazing and extremely knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend staying here is your planning on doing a safari in South Africa. It is top notch. And we saw most of the big 5 with the exception of the buffalo.
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Jan 5, 2020 NHaacke Johannesburg, South Africa

Great service fro all staff. Two game drives daily with an experienced guide. The food is amazing. Lunch and some dinners are alacarte. We took Granpa 86yrs along in a wheel chair . The property provided a Golfcart from our room to all amenities. They provided a ramp at room and restaurant, all the staff was very helpful with Grandpa. Will… Read more
Great service fro all staff. Two game drives daily with an experienced guide. The food is amazing. Lunch and some dinners are alacarte. We took Granpa 86yrs along in a wheel chair . The property provided a Golfcart from our room to all amenities. They provided a ramp at room and restaurant, all the staff was very helpful with Grandpa. Will definitely be back. Our room had a lovely outside shower. Read less