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 5 Star luxury outstanding lodge attention to detail amazing !!

Apr 14, 2021 Mixie_40

The entire experience at lodge was amazing Rooms beds extra king size so comfortable all amenities in room you would need coffee machine and snacks !! The food was next level each meal was done fresh attention to detail quality superb We spent our 40 anniversary there made experience mind blowing !Candles in bathroom champagne bubbles in bath … Read more
The entire experience at lodge was amazing Rooms beds extra king size so comfortable all amenities in room you would need coffee machine and snacks !! The food was next level each meal was done fresh attention to detail quality superb We spent our 40 anniversary there made experience mind blowing !Candles in bathroom champagne bubbles in bath and petals felt like honeymoon experience plenty personal touches11 The game drives was amazing guides very knowledge able. The pool area was great very comfortable sun loungers The staff was next level Tafa the Manager was outstanding caring could not do enough what an asset to the lodge passionate about his job, Lindiwe the room cleaner always smiling greats you friendly face every day loves her job The staff overall is outstanding Highly recommend the Lodge and rate our experience 10/10 will definetly be back !! Service overall outstanding true value for money Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Astonishing property!!!

Apr 11, 2021 zuzzi-boy

Ask around and you will see that there are no better lodges in Pilanesberg than shepherds tree! Best game drives as I managed to see all of the big 5! The lodge caters for all dietary needs and everyone’s preferences! Since we eat halal food only the lodge provided us with vegetarian and seafood options for all the meals. We stayed in a standard… Read more
Ask around and you will see that there are no better lodges in Pilanesberg than shepherds tree! Best game drives as I managed to see all of the big 5! The lodge caters for all dietary needs and everyone’s preferences! Since we eat halal food only the lodge provided us with vegetarian and seafood options for all the meals. We stayed in a standard suite which was incredible! The view, the design, the atmosphere, the overall feeling makes for a Astounding experience! Our ranger Shawn was very knowledgeable and patient and always made for an extremely pleasant experience. The Pilansberg bush and terrain is extremely unique and Sheperds Tree is in the heart of this magnitude of beauty. The lodges restaurant is very well designed and the pool overlooks the game reserve. From the pool we saw baboons come and drink at the waterhole right in from of the pool. The food is the best I have encountered at a lodge before! The lodge has 5000 hectares all to itself where only shepherds tree rangers are allowed. When they take you on a game drive they take you through the lodges 5000 hectare land into the 52000 hectare pilansberg national park where you encounter Beaty at its best! Look no further than shepherds tree!! Book or you will miss out!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating No real words for this breathtaking experience!

Apr 6, 2021 Salome_Naude

The undisturbed beauty of Shepherds Tree, and the Pilanesberg had such a profound impact on us. I wish could write a whole story about this astonishing place and its people. There were so many moments we sat in disbelief of how perfect a quick breakaway could be. The moment we arrived, a gentleman waited for us at the main gate to take us to… Read more
The undisturbed beauty of Shepherds Tree, and the Pilanesberg had such a profound impact on us. I wish could write a whole story about this astonishing place and its people. There were so many moments we sat in disbelief of how perfect a quick breakaway could be. The moment we arrived, a gentleman waited for us at the main gate to take us to lunch. We were welcomed like kings and queens, with smiles and professionalism that no book can teach you (it must be something in their water!) Every single time when we thought it couldn't get better, they were so ready to surprise us! Kagiso served us our first lunch and dinner, and was he a treat! I almost felt like we didn't deserve the kind of service he offered. The food... Incredible!! Like perfect magazine pictures, but better! Ranger Sean took the time to really turn our game viewing experience into our most treasured memories. His passion for this beautiful place, and his work is infectious. Cecilia made our first night in the room so memorable with the most beautiful surprises. We have honestly never had a better experience elsewhere. Thank you Shepherds Tree. You've got permanent and very, very special place in our hearts. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great stay and service

Apr 6, 2021 rafaeld237 Johannesburg, South Africa

We stayed in room 4 which is was nice as we were able to walk to the morning and afternoon meeting points. Kagiso and Sean are Brilliant and are assets to your lodge. Kagiso was always happy and jovial and made breakfasts special. Sean was a great ranger and really went out of his way. Cecilia also made our room special on our first night. Food… Read more
We stayed in room 4 which is was nice as we were able to walk to the morning and afternoon meeting points. Kagiso and Sean are Brilliant and are assets to your lodge. Kagiso was always happy and jovial and made breakfasts special. Sean was a great ranger and really went out of his way. Cecilia also made our room special on our first night. Food was great, snacks were brilliant. Will definitely come again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Average stay at Shepherds Tree

Apr 6, 2021 grant r Johannesburg, South Africa

This was our second trip to Shepherds Tree over an Easter weekend. Our first experience was wonderful and we expected the same this time round but were very disappointed. Our chalet was far away from the restaurant pool and bar, so it was necessary to use the golf cars to shuttle back and forth. The room had no view because the thick bush has not… Read more
This was our second trip to Shepherds Tree over an Easter weekend. Our first experience was wonderful and we expected the same this time round but were very disappointed. Our chalet was far away from the restaurant pool and bar, so it was necessary to use the golf cars to shuttle back and forth. The room had no view because the thick bush has not been cut back to allow viewing of any animals. So no TV, no private pool and no view meant one was forced to use the communal areas. We have been spoilt at 5 star other game lodges and once a person has experienced true luxury it is difficult to accept mediocrity. The bush braai was nothing exceptional, in fact the rare steak that I requested was so tough it was inedible. Not one waiter enquired if we wanted wine or drinks. So, sadly second time round was a big disappointment Read less