• Buffalo Thorn Lodge

    Black Rhino Game Reserve in Pilanesberg
  • Buffalo Thorn Lodge

    Black Rhino Game Reserve in Pilanesberg
  • Buffalo Thorn Lodge

    Private Safaris
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Buffalo Thorn Game Lodge


Buffalo Thorn Lodge is an exclusive private, 5-star self-catering luxury lodge, that can be exclusively booked out to a group of as many as 2–10 people; a peaceful sanctuary nestled in the African bush yet one which holds all the excitement of big five game-viewing. 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 kilometers from Sun City, it is in South Africa’s North West Province, a malaria free area.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is part of the Black Rhino Game Reserve; in the Pilanesberg National Park. Only 30 kilometers from Sun City and about 2 hours from Johannesburg, it is in the heart of the South Africa’s North West Province – a malaria free area.

Buffalo Thorn lodge provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules, with five luxury thatched chalets accommodating only ten guests. The lodge is rented out exclusively sleeping ten guests. Thus meaning that you have the tranquility and the beauty of the bush all to yourselves.

The main entertainment area comprises a Dining room, TV Lounge, Reading Lounge, Games Area and a fully equipped Kitchen. Outside in the boma, you can relax around an African fire, listen to the sounds of the night or to the stories of your experienced game ranger. Alternatively you can star-gaze under an ink black sky or just relax over a good meal at the dining table and bar, inhaling the pungent smells of indigenous veld and wildlife.

Enjoy morning or afternoon game drives in an open vehicle as your ranger shows you the large and small species of the African bushveld. Or game view from the comfort of loungers around the pool. Alternatively relax in the Jacuzzi as many species of birds and buck, even some of the big five, such as elephant, amble past the electric fence a few meters from the pool deck.

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  • The Buffalo Thorn lodge is an Exclusive Self Catering Lodge and it is rented out as a whole lodge.  
  • This means that you get the entire lodge for yourself. 
  • Included in the  package is 2 x 2.5 hr Guided game drives per day on a Private Safari Vehicle. 
  • Maximum number of guests is 10 including children.

*Please note a minimum of 2 nights is required at anytime.*

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.

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Self Catering Lodges

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
Each Suite Includes
  • King-sized bed
  • Minibar fridge in each room and filter coffee facilities
  • In-room, jet spa bath
  • Outside and Indoor shower with exclusive body products
  • White cotton bathrobes – full-length
  • Air-conditioning, personally adjustable
  • Hairdryers
  • Private in-room lounge area
  • Private viewing deck, with cushioned loungers and table

Only 10 guests are allowed at Buffalo Thorn Lodge (including children of all ages)

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
  • Dishwasher
  • 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 

Child-friendly swimming pool with view onto the waterhole.

Beautiful gardens with grass.

A heating jacuzzi spa bath on the deck with a view.

Wifi hotspot available in the lounge and entertainment indoor area.

Daily housekeeping service for all of your needs including laundry, turn-down service and daily cleaning.

This 5-star lodge is self-catering & includes a FULLY equipped kitchen for all of your catering needs.

Choice of indoor & outdoor dining facilities.

Wooden deck overlooking the local waterhole that is frequently visited by Lion, Elephant, Rhino and more.

Outdoor entertainment at its best, wood & firelighters provided for an African bush fire experience.
The rate is for the rent ofthe whole lodge exclusively per night sleeping 10 guests.
**Rate is not per person**
**a minimum of 2 nights stay is required at anytime.*

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.

Prices include

  • The rent of your own exclusive, ***** 5 star- Self-Catering Game lodge, on Black Rhino Game Reserve in Pilanesberg National Park.
  • 2 x 2 and a half hour game drives per night stay
  • Daily Fully Serviced by staff
  • Tea and coffee in the rooms
  • Daily gate fees included
Prices excludes
  • Food, drinks, snacks, condiments – The lodge is fully self-catering
  • Any additional activities such as hot air ballooning, BUSH WALKS and quad biking.
  • Staff Gratuities
There are a couple of new things:
  • Buffalo Thorn Lodge will no longer accept 1 night stays – minimum of 2 nights stays will be required
  • No over occupancy will be allowed- Meaning over and above 10 guest( including children)
  • Children under 3 will not account as part of the number of 10 but no more than 2 children over and above the group of 10 will be allowed and if this occurs only 10 guests will be allowed on game drive
  • 10 heads = 10 guests
  • Any child under the age of 3 as per above will be required to provide birth certificates as proof that child is under 3
  • Over occupancy fines are R 4000.00 per person per day- This is not governed by the lodge but by the reserve rules and regulations.

Check in and Check out policy:
  • Check in time is 14h30 and check out time is 10h30
  • 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.

Child Policy

  • Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge and on game drive

Walking Safaris at Buffalo Thorn Lodge

  • Only available for Adults. (16 years and older).
  • The cost for walks in 2019 are as follow: R450.00 per person
  • Maximum number of guests 8 And a minimum of 2 guests
  • A guest can book a walk in advance if they pay the full cost of the walk and understand that it is non-refundable should the guest cancel their stay at the lodge or change their mind upon arrival.
  • Otherwise walks are booked upon arrival subject to availability.
  • No walk is confirmed until Buffalo Thorn Lodge has checked availability and received payment directly from the guest.
  • If walks occur with Buffalo Thorn Lodge directly game drive scheduled for that specific time will not take place and thus forfeited by all guests. Alternatively can be done by Nare walking Safari’s and remaining guests can go on game drive with Buffalo Thorn Lodge

Breakage Deposit

  • On arrival a R 2000.00 refundable breakage deposit will be required- by supplying cash

Important Notice

  • ANY over occupancy meaning over and above 10 guests (including children) will be liable for an over occupancy fine of R4000 per person per day
  • NO Day visitors are allowed at the lodge
  • If you miss your scheduled game drives due to unforeseen circumstances/ late arrival or due to weather you unfortunately forfeit you game drive
  • Arrivals after 18:00pm need to be arranged for and no arrivals permitted after 20:00pm
  • ONLY 10 guests (including children of all ages) allowed on game drive
  • Early arrivals and late check-outs will be penalised R 1000.00 per hour
  • Fully self-catering lodge- No drinks/snacks or food is supplied
  • NO LOUD music is permitted as this is a National Park and nature reserve

Cancellation Policy
All reservations, amendments or cancellations are valid only if advised and accepted in writing.

  •  Cancellation of booking than 90 days or more prior to arrival - 20% of total booking amount retained
  •  Cancellation of booking between 60 to 89 days prior to arrival - 30% of total booking amount retained
  •  Cancellation of booking between 41 to 59 days prior to arrival - 50% of total booking amount retained
  •  Cancellation of booking less than 40 days prior to arrival - 100% of total booking amount retained.
  •  A 10% admin fee will be retained for cancellations made after the card has been charged.

 Deposit Policy

  • For all bookings made within 30 days of travel Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).
  • For all bookings made more than 30 days of travel
  •  A 50% deposit Is required within 48 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa). 


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.


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
  • Archery
  • Interactive Gumboot Dancing Session
  • Drumming
  • Balloon safaris in the Pilanesberg National Park
  • Team Building for corporates

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.

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  • Over 350 bird species)
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Reserve Gate Times

  • March & April
    06h00 - 18h30
  • May - September
    06h30 - 18h00
  • September & October
    06h00 - 18h30
  • November - February
    05h30 - 19h00