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Ivory Tree Game Lodge
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Reviewed 8 June 2008

I went to Pilanesberg Reservation in South Africa for three days. I stayed at Ivory Tree Lodge, which is located in the north-east of Pilanesberg. The lodge is right inside the reservation, so if you go there you will have a full savanah experience, including wild animal seeing, hot balooning ride etc.
The Lodge is absolutely fantastic. There are more than 50 little houses, every one of them has it's own yard, where you can stay and relax viewing the savanah. The bath is fabulous, also the porch with a lounge. Rooms are big, no tv sets.
There are also some vip lodges with private pool.
The main house (Reception) is very nice, includes restaurant and everything. Food is excellent (I recommend ostrich eggs in the morning, prepared in front of you), service is great. In a word, GREAT!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 May 2008

My wife and I stayed 4 nights at the Lodge recently. It was one of the most memorable experiences of our lives! The individual units were large and the outdoor shower was fabulous (even at 6am in the morning!). The way in which the Lodge is designed and furnished ensures that despite having the amenities that we are all used to, there is still the feeling of staying in the middle of nowhere. This is exactly what the experience should be like. The game drives were great, and our ranger John had the uncanny knack of being able to anticipate where the lions would be. Food was generally good, and the desserts were consistently fabulous! I would highly recommend the Lodge to anyone wanting a unique and enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed: May 2008
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Reviewed 18 May 2008

My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge April 7-10, 2008. The individual cottages are quite comfortable, we especially enjoyed the outdoor shower (they're situated in such a way as to still provide privacy). The staff was extremely helpful, and the food was great. We enjoyed our outdoor dinner at the Boma as well as the daily breakfast buffets. The game drives were the highlight of our trip. Our Ranger, Steve, was extremely knowledgeable and made our drives through the preserve absolutely thrilling!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 April 2008

We have just returned from a holiday in South Africa. We stayed at the Ivory Tree Game Lodge for 5 nights and what an unimaginable experience. The staff, location, hotel everything was simply wonderful. Our guide, Niko, was brilliant. Thank you so much for helping us to enjoy our first ever bush safari.

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  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 February 2008

We wanted to end our two week vacation in South Africa on a high, so splashed out on a two night stay at Ivory Tree Lodge, which is located at the north end of the Pilanesburg National Park. It is malaria free, and the park is small enough to cover comfortably in two days, having the big five and numerous other animals. We were treated to two game drives a day (5AM and 4:30PM) each lasting around 4 hours. We saw three of the big five (elephant, lions and rhino) along with many others (including a cheetah, which is very rare) and learned a great deal about the park and the animals. The hotel was 5 star, but to be honest we were so busy in the park we didn't get a chance to enjoy the pool or the spa. It was full with a corporate booking when we were there, but this didn't really impact us that much. Food was plentiful if a little on the ordinary side, but the staff were great. Special mention for Luke, our game ranger, who went out of his way to ensure we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 September 2007

I was lucky enough to stay at this great lodge. It is situated in the park and is deluxe in the middle of nowhere. The rooms are great and tyhe shower is outside and is a real experience, which is refreshing and liberating.
The staff are friemdly and very helpful. The bush drive is definatley worth doing as there are loads of game to see, the driver is very knowledgeable.
We were luckily enough to have a Braai organised, which is a like an outdoor bbq, this has to be one of the nicest things i have been to as it was situated within the bush, excellent food and even better wine!
All I can say in summary is that this is a great place and I will be back.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 July 2007

Was there for my cousins wedding and stayed 3 nights, the staff were lovely and helpful. The challets were roomy and clean, lovely baths and outdoor shower. Had a safari the day we arrived after lunch and found all of the guides very knowledgeable and helpful.
The wedding was in the park and was absolutely amazing, we were taken by landrover up to the site were we were greeted by staff with ice cold drinks as it was pretty hot. Also were children doing traditional dances and songs who were very good. Lunch was in the boma which went on a bit longer than planned as the food was lovely, then after saome music and dancing everbody returned to the boma where the fire was blazing in the middle for dinner, which instead of having at the tables the staff set again was just eaten off our laps all round the fire.

Stayed: July 2007
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Address: | Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park 318, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range: £225 - £681 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Ivory Tree Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Within the northern region of the Pilanesberg National Park lies an ancient amphitheatre and its in this basin, surrounded by volcanic spires and rolling savannah grassland, that Ivory Tree Game Lodge has been beautifully crafted. The central guest areas include lounges, bar, a dining room and feature rock pool. Small intimate guest areas have been created to retain warmth and seclusion for the individual guests. Sweeping patios provide the ideal venue for delicious English breakfasts and light luncheons with the boma reserved for fire-side dinners. 60 Luxury chalets have been carefully positioned along foot-hills ensuring optimal views of either the mountainous surrounds or the central open area. Each chalet featuring an outside shower, air-conditioner, mini bar fridge, tea and coffee making facility, has been tastefully decorated in earthly tones. This theme is carried through to the spacious bathroom, and it is here that you may choose to relax in your bath beneath a panoramic window or step out for an invigorating shower. Ivory Tree boasts a new wellness experience presenting a wide variety of treatment options designed to relax mind, body and soul. The unique design and position of the treatment rooms ensure uninterrupted views of the reserve. Ivory Tree presents generous bed capacity and has been carefully designed to ensure optimal guest privacy whilst being able to create unique incentive experiences. Whilst our attention is focused around close and unrestricted encounters with Africa’s big game, incentive experiences also include bush dinners, our own version of the amazing race, and numerous additional activities. The lodge also boasts an equipped conference facility. Striving to maintain high levels of personal attention and guest comfort, game drive vehicles are custom built ensuring optimal panoramic visibility. Amongst the most experienced in the Pilanesberg, our rangers and hosts are committed to binging you close encounters with a wide variety of big game, including the big 5, cheetah and wild dog, during morning and evening game drives. ... more   less 
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