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 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
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Mar 28, 2020 Ash S

Everything about Shepherds Tree Game Lodge is wonderful, accomodation, food, game drives and the staff. We extended our stay due to COVID19 interfering with other travel plans. Despite being the only guests by the end (just prior to the lodge having to close) the staff were still warm, friendly and the service was outstanding. They were genuinely… Read more
Everything about Shepherds Tree Game Lodge is wonderful, accomodation, food, game drives and the staff. We extended our stay due to COVID19 interfering with other travel plans. Despite being the only guests by the end (just prior to the lodge having to close) the staff were still warm, friendly and the service was outstanding. They were genuinely happy to still look after us anyway possible despite uncertain and hard times for all. We were impressed by the additional hygiene measures taken by the lodge (hand sanitisers, removing the buffet etc). Even with changes to dining options, all the food and drinks were wonderful. Since we had an extended stay we had numerous game drives - which were ideal to take our mind off the world for a few hours and see some amazing animals. Franco our guide, was amazing, very polite and informative - as well as patient and dedicated when we were the only guests. Thank you so much Shepherds Lodge for a relaxing, unforgettable and enjoyable experience during the midsts of chaos. You were all wonderful and you made it hard for us to leave. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved every minute of our stay!

Mar 24, 2020 Mari R

We were nicely welcomed after our 2,5 hour drive from Joburg. Room was excellent, nicely equipped had romantic appearance. Especially outdoor shower was my favorite, there was supermoon and it was quite nice to have a shower under the beautiful moon. Service was excellent, you got golf cart transportation from the reception to your lodge (ours was… Read more
We were nicely welcomed after our 2,5 hour drive from Joburg. Room was excellent, nicely equipped had romantic appearance. Especially outdoor shower was my favorite, there was supermoon and it was quite nice to have a shower under the beautiful moon. Service was excellent, you got golf cart transportation from the reception to your lodge (ours was uphill so this was really nice). Best I liked the room and game drives, our ranger Franco was just wonderful! Great knowledge and nice way of telling about the animals. There was also good rapport amongst other participants. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Phenomenal!

Mar 24, 2020 Dawn z Osnabruck, Germany

We enjoyed an unforgettable 4 nights at this beaurtiful lodge. Terrific setting. beauriful rooms and the pool side, lounge and dining room all beauriful.Every member of the staff were freindly, welcoming and competant. Greeted upon arrival, at every meal and after each safari drive by freindly and genuienly happy, excited faces. Thanks to Jabu… Read more
We enjoyed an unforgettable 4 nights at this beaurtiful lodge. Terrific setting. beauriful rooms and the pool side, lounge and dining room all beauriful.Every member of the staff were freindly, welcoming and competant. Greeted upon arrival, at every meal and after each safari drive by freindly and genuienly happy, excited faces. Thanks to Jabu and the entire dining,f ood and beverage staff for making our stay so enjoyable. Special mention must go out to our Ranger Franco. He was incredible! Knowledgable, friendly, respectful and polite. Each drive was a true adventure, so exciting and fun. Franco is an all around great guy and fantastic guide. We were lucky to interact with some of the other rangers as well. JP, Moses and Sean were always freindly, open and enjoyable. We highly recommend a stay at Sheperd's tree! Hopefully we can come back again....soon! Read less
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Mar 15, 2020 24044

Shepherds Tree takes the bush adventure to the next level. Everything about our stay was 5 star. Though it may be more expensive than other similar camps in the Pilannesburg, it is without question the best we have stayed at. I highly recommend this bush lodge.