We booked this trip for the 13th and 14th of Feb and when we got the itinerary initially we were skeptical because there were so many game drives and one very early in the morning. We really wanted a relaxing getaway and this sounded like it was full of activity - but this turned out to be the best part of the trip.
And it makes sense - when you are in the Pilanesberg you are there to see the animals and we saw lots! But I digress- let me do a proper review.
The hotel is located on private land and it is picturesque! Really gorgeous. The rooms are beautiful and have magnificent views to just soak up all the nature and enjoy the sounds. The rooms are also luxurious being mindful that you are literally in the middle of the bush.
The staff were amazing - it is a small lodge - only has 6 guest rooms so it is quite an intimate experience. They go out of their way to make you feel special. It being valentine's day we got a bottle of Champagne and on the game drive the ranger also took us to a romantic viewpoint. Really went the extra mile here and not just sticking to formula. The ranger, Evan, was fantastic. He was a great host and made us feel very at home but most of all he really knows the bush and impressed us on the Game Drives. We really enjoyed these drives so much - it was like our own private nature show - we saw rhino, elephant, lion and also smaller creatures that would normally not get attention but Evan had something interesting to share about every animal.
The only critique I have is on the food - definitely not the quality of it, it was great and tasty - but rather the quantity. Between breakfast and the afternoon tea we didn't have the opportunity to eat again. The one staff member said we should have just asked - so maybe it was just our own fault, but we did get peckish around lunch time despite the later breakfast.
Overall a fantastic place - a fantastic Game ranger and great attention to detail by the rest of the staff (chef, waiters etc.) we hope to go back soon - we still need to see a leopard :))
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- Also Known As:
- Tshukudu Bush Hotel Pilanesberg National Park
- Tshukudu Lodge