Buffalo Thorn Lodge starstarstarstarstar

R565, Sun City, Rustenburg, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West, 2128, South Africa

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Buffalo Thorn Lodge is an exclusive private, luxury safari lodge; a peaceful sanctuary nestled in the African bush yet one which holds all the excitement of big five game-viewing.

The lodge consists of a main area (kitchen, boma, swimming pool etc.) and 5 alone standing rooms each with a king size bed and en-suite bathroom.- Thus some of the men will have to share.

By road, the Lodge is about 2 hours from Johannesburg, in the heart of Black Rhino Game Reserve, within the Pilanesberg National Park. Only 30 kilometres from Sun City, it is in South Africa’s North West Province, a malaria free area.

Perfect for Families, groups and Friend Breakaways.


All bedrooms or chalets are stand alone units. The 70 square-metre bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms have their own lounge and private deck with sun chairs in which to relax whilst overlooking the African bush. The units boast a king size bed (or two singles should they be required), a Jacuzzi bath as well as an indoor and outdoor shower.

Units are made up as follows;

2 Family units: with a King size bed (or two singles) plus a loft with two single beds (for children).

3 Double units with one King size bed (or two singles).

Camping Cots are available on request

Note that only 10 people will be accommodated (children included).


Black Rhino Game Reserve:is a natural eco system that has developed over thousands of years. In this unique reserve, the different vegetation exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter lowveld commonly known as bushveld.

As result of the range of habitats and vegetation found in the Black Rhino Game Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park, there is a wide diversity of animal species, from the “Big five” to 50 other mammal species, 354 bird species, 65 reptile species, 18 amphibian species and thousands of other interesting smaller species!


Rainy Season: It rains during the summer months between November and March, with thunder and lightning showers predominant in February and March. Temperatures hover around 79-86°F (26-30°C).

Dry Season: April to September is the cool dry winter season with bright clear warm days and cold nights, particularly in the mid-winter months of June to August. Game viewing/safaris is best in winter as the foliage has died back and animals frequent around waterholes.



Payment Policy

Deposit of 50% of the value of the accommodation is required as confirmation for an individual reservation. A second payment of 50% of the value of the accommodation is due 30 days prior to arrival. Full prepayment will be due within 48 hours for reservations made less than 30 days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy

We reserve the right to charge the following cancellation fees should a confirmed reservation be cancelled within the following period:

Cancellation of booking more than 30 days prior to arrival - 10% of total booking will be retained.

Cancellation of booking between 14 to 29 days prior to arrival - 30% of total booking will be retained.

Cancellation of booking between 7 to 13 days prior to arrival - 100% of total booking will be retained.

Refunds where agreed are subject to a 10% administration fee.


We do not offer single/rooms or rates- the lodge has to be rented out as a whole

We do require a minimum of 2 nights stay

If 1 nights stays occur a 25% surplus will be charged- and this is not commissionable

No over occupancy is allowed thus meaning over and above the 10 guests including children- If this occur client is liable for R 4560 per person per day fine

Children under the age of 3 do not account as part of this 10.



Check in time is 14:00 and check out time is 10:00

Rates are quoted for the whole 10 sleeper lodge and not per person

Rates are subject to change without prior notice

The rate per night includes;

The rent of your own exclusive, 5 star- Self Catering Game lodge, on Black Rhino Game Reserve in Pilanesberg National Park.

2 game drives per day

Daily Fully Serviced by staff

Tea and coffee in the rooms

Daily gate fees included

The rate per night does NOT INCLUDED:

Food, drinks, condiments, charcoal and snacks- lodge is fully self catering

Any additional activities such as hot air ballooning, BUSH WALKS and quad biking.


Hotel Facilities

Buffalo Thorn Lodge has a wide variety of facilities and services available to make you feel comfortable and at home.


Child friendly swimming pool

Heated Jacuzzi with a view

Bar with fridge and Ice machine

Dining area

Open fire barbeque

Modern gas barbeque

Director-chair seating around the open fire


Flat Screen LCD TV

Home Theatre System

DSTV (Digital Satellite Television)

Pool/Snooker Table

Wine fridge

Wi-Fi Hotspot


Fully Serviced

Large fridge and freezer


Modern 5 burner gas stove with electric oven

Microwave/Convection Oven

All cutlery and glassware

Filter Coffee Machine


Complimentary coffee and tea

Bar fridge

All linen (bath and swimming towels)

Electronic Safe

Air conditioning and fan

Lounge area

Loungers on private deck

Hair dryers









Head towards Sun City. Stay on the R556 and pass the entrance to Sun City on the right. Continue for 5.11 km to the STOP sign, turn right at the intersection (onto the R565). Continue on this road for approximately 27 km through a village (beware of potholes) until you see the Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance on the right. Sign in at the gate and either request a pick up from the gate if you do not want to drive your car on the dirt roads and we will come and collect you or drive directly to the lodge. A normal sedan car should be able to reach Buffalo Thorn Lodge without a problem.


Enter the gate (sign in – Buffalo Thorn Lodge is number 20) then drive for 2,9 km along the road until you meet an intersection, turn left. It is the first road at which you can turn left, after entering the Reserve. Then continue for 1.47 km until you reach another intersection – turn extreme right then continue for another 470 m, keeping right until you see our lodge. Turn left into our gate, Stand 20 – Buffalo Thorn Lodge. 

Other transport

Pilanesberg Airport

Pilanesberg International Airport is located close to Sun City and the Pilanesberg National Park. Since the start of April 2015, SA Express has announced the introduction of 2 weekly flights between OR Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport to Pilanesberg/ Sun City. The first commercial flight took place on Friday 27 March 2015. Visitors wishing to fly to Sun City or Pilanesberg National Park can make use of flights on either Mondays or Fridays. Flying directly to the park means more time to enjoy your holiday with family and friends.

Airports of Interest OR Tambo International Airport – the largest and busiest international airport in Southern Africa, located in Johannesburg. There are a number of commercial flights from most major locations around the world that fly to OR Tambo on a daily basis; or

Lanseria Airport – situated near to Johannesburg, there are a number of commercial flights that operate to Lanseria from Durban and Cape Town on a daily basis. There are also a number of charter companies that fly to Lanseria Airport; or

Cape Town International Airport – this is the primary airport servicing Cape Town. It is located 20 kilometres outside the city centre and was opened in 1954. The airport has direct flights to destinations in Africa, Europe and Asia as well as other commercial hubs in South Africa such as Johannesburg and Durban.

From OR Tambo International or Lanseria Airport it is 2 to 3 hour drive to Pilanesberg National Park. Visitors can access the park either via transfer or using a rented vehicle.

Policies & Disclaimers


Daily Exclusive Game Drives(Safari)are included in your package and can be arranged with your Ranger.(Only 10 guests allowed on game drive/safari (including children of all ages).

Two game drives per night stay(Morning and Afternoon)Ask reservations for more information on activities.

Things to do in the area:-

Lion Park Tours

Bush Walks

Predator Park Tours

Quad Biking

Quad Bike Motocross Circuit

Clay Pigeon Shooting


Interactive Gumboot Dancing Session


Balloon safaris in the Pilanesberg National Park

Team Building for corporates

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