Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Sun City, South Africa

The hotel

You’ll feel like you have Pilanesberg National Park all to yourself when you stay at Tshukudu Bush Lodge. The only lodge in the reserve, it has just ten chalets and suites, and sits secluded at the foot of the Pilanesberg mountains, letting you gaze down over vast plains and a wildlife-enticing waterhole. The "Big Five" aren’t the only ones with a water feature here – your room has a private plunge pool and the lodge features a stunning rock pool. Adding a unique personal touch, the lodge’s Field Guides don’t just take you on game-drives, they also share local legends as you dine together at a boma out in the African bush.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Situated on a hill slope, in the malaria free Pilanesberg National Park, only a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Johannesburg.

Hotel information

6 luxury chalets and 4 luxury suites, all individually decorated. Luxury Chalets offer a private balcony overlooking the savannah/waterhole, open plan lounge and bedroom with 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults. Chalets also have a fully-stocked mini-bar, tea/coffee-making facilities and safe, there are no radios, telephones or TVs.

All Inclusive includes: all meals including high tea. Twice daily game-drives.

Spacious Tshukudu Suites offer a lounge area that leads to a deck with a private plunge pool. Suites also have crystal chandeliers, separate indoor and outdoor shower,

Dining Room & Lounge where breakfast is served and a 5-course dinner menu. Bush boma dinners. Rock plunge pool with bar service. The Deck with 80 degree views of the Pilanesberg. Spa treatments*. Twice daily game-drives. Bush walk. Bird watching.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: children under 11 years are not permitted at Tshukudu Bush Lodge.

Please note: there are 132 steps to the lodge.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (261)
  • Very good (19)
  • Average (9)
  • Poor (2)
  • Terrible (2)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Queen of bush lodges

Jun 19, 2021 Mattvw888 Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

We stayed at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge for a few days as a family with adult kids. Out of all my bush experiences over many years this amongst the best experiences we have had. Not only does Shawn and her team ensure a faultless experience but the fact that you have views of the game at the waterhole and on the plain for the entire day and from… Read more
We stayed at the Tshukudu Bush Lodge for a few days as a family with adult kids. Out of all my bush experiences over many years this amongst the best experiences we have had. Not only does Shawn and her team ensure a faultless experience but the fact that you have views of the game at the waterhole and on the plain for the entire day and from every room and public space makes it a very special and unique experience in the heart of the Pilanesberg National Park. We will definitely be back! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Safari

May 18, 2021 Ottiko Johannesburg, South Africa

Great location and wonderful Safari.We saw all the big five and was so excited. Our field guide was Merry und she made the game drive an unforgettable experience. The food was wonderful and the staff very friendly and helpful. The place of the lodge is fantastic.The overlooking in a valley and a lake is stunning. We will come again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An amazing experience

May 1, 2021 Shireen A Cape Town Central, South Africa

Wonderful meals. Rach evening the dinner table was set up in a different area...and we sat down to a 5 coursr meal. Shawn made our stay special and the game warden Jan-Rick was very knowledgeable and a joy. We saw everything. A memorable trip. Nothing was too much trouble.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great location and game view but not what expected

Dec 16, 2020 scragadu Rustenburg

As a local and keen gameviewer I looked forward to booking at this lodge. The reviews were good and even the certificate of excellence convinced me to book. Excited to finally get a booking we looked forward tk our stay. At reception we were greatly surprised to learn we have been upgraded. Great was the disappointment when we found out that the… Read more
As a local and keen gameviewer I looked forward to booking at this lodge. The reviews were good and even the certificate of excellence convinced me to book. Excited to finally get a booking we looked forward tk our stay. At reception we were greatly surprised to learn we have been upgraded. Great was the disappointment when we found out that the "upgrade" was to a unit with a resident very active mouse. Needless to say we did not enjoy our sleep. We also learned that previous occupant complained about the mouse and was moved to room initially allocated to us. This is really not acceptable and exploitation of customer trust and good will. The lodge boasts that they cater mostly for international guests but it would be a real disappointment to have any guests stay in room 17. The pieces of the grass of the roof were falling all over the place and on our luggage and should be fixed! For a 5* lodge this was really disappointing. The staff appeared efficient and well trained. The dinner in the room was good. The special birthday cake from the chef was special. The breakfast was nothing out of the ordinary though. As a South African I have had much better lodge experiences in other 5* and lower star lodges. The waiters were helpful and professional. The facilities are good but need to be maintained better. We thoroughly enjoyed our game drives. Our guide Jacques was well trained and really made our trip worth the while. In my opinion the overall rating this lodge is overrated. Although the facilities are good and the stay was not bad the mouse in da house is in bad taste and I notice that a previous guest also complained about the mouse and poor sleep. This is also a health hazard!Lodge management should act on it as this is not acceptable even in the Bush! This really made our overall lodge experience rather average if not below average. When I mentioned it to the waiter serving us in the room, he simply shrugged and said its experienced in all rooms? Really? Why did not all patrons complain about lack of sleep due to an overactive mouse. This type of experience at these extreme prices really brings our country's local and international Tourism in disrepute. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disappointing........for what we paid

Dec 14, 2020 773amandap1

First of all, I find many reviewers talking about this place get carried away with their overall holiday/safari experience, so can cloud the true feelings on the accommodation and food, which is essentially why you are here, to read about the accommodation, not how lovely someone's holiday went - Right? So once I get the game drive aside, we can… Read more
First of all, I find many reviewers talking about this place get carried away with their overall holiday/safari experience, so can cloud the true feelings on the accommodation and food, which is essentially why you are here, to read about the accommodation, not how lovely someone's holiday went - Right? So once I get the game drive aside, we can talk about the actual accommodation offering. Firstly, lets say that the game drives were fine, we got to see the animals and did the morning and evening drives, but once you have done one or two, I feel more 4hr drives are too long. They were informative, and great scenery, drinks and snacks were nice too. But 2-3hrs max, is enough Back to the accommodation. We paid over £2000 for 3 nights here, thats R15,000 a night £750/$900 a night for what we thought would be luxury. Lets be clear here, this is NOT a luxury experience. Its good, and its not bad at all, but it is not a £750 a day experience. Our lodge was number 17, and seemed tired inside. It had a balcony, with a small plunge pool on the decking but it just didn't feel very luxurious. The trees are overgrown and block your view of the watering hole, and hard to get much sunlight to sunbathe. The decking was worn, the outside shower was missing a tap on one of the hot/cold taps. There were many paint splatters around where there had been painting in the past. The shower inside was caked in limescale with tired tiles/grouting , and every night we had 2 or 3 'visitors' being what looked like mice with bushy squirrel like tails. Harmless but my wife couldn't sleep knowing these guys were loose in our room. Not a luxury experience. Yes, you're out in the bush and blah, nature, blah, blah but its not the experience you pay for Food was also disappointing. Breakfast was the usual bacon/eggs offering with fruit and cereals. There is no lunch but a high tea which was the same everyday, the same fruit platter you get at breakfast, the same cake day in day out and some cold meats. Dinner is described as 5 courses, but the first two courses are just small starters. Course 1 was a small bowl of soup. 2. was ONE asparagus spear, cut in half and wrapped in bacon, two bites, and it was gone. 3. was a choice of Kingklip (undercooked) and my wife chose the steak (overcooked) 4. Pear and ice cream, 5. cheese platter (all look and taste the same). The second night we were offered lamb rack as one of our choices and what we got was two small lamb chops (not a rack) My wife asked for hers to be rare but was told "All the food is pre-cooked and reheated so cant give you it rare" Nice.....reheated food for R15,000 a night! The food was only lukewarm and tasted ok. It wasn't bad at all, just not what you expect for such a price. Another couple we spoke to were paying R3000 a night and were horrified at what we paid and as they said, it should be gourmet dining for the money. Yes, I felt it should be a 5 star hotel experience in the bush. When we checked out we were taken 20mins to the main reception being I believe Bakubung Bush Lodge. We had to wait there 4 hours to be taken to the airport. It was superb, a proper restaurant with dining area, bar, lounge, outside seating and superb views, a gift shop, a spa, and tennis courts. We were gutted that for a third of the price we could have stayed there! Food was amazing. Overall the accommodation is fine, its not bad at all, but for the money it really should have been sooooo much better. The food is okay, just okay, in its own right but again, not okay considering what we paid. Had we paid about R3000 a night, then I could give this review 4/5 stars but for almost R15,000 a night, it left a bitter taste. Read less