• Lush Private Game Lodge

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  • Lush Private Game Lodge

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  • Lush Private Game Lodge

    Book With SecureBooking and Get the Best Deals.
  • Lush Private Game Lodge

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Lush Private Lodge

Lush is set on Black Rhino Game Reserve – a private concession within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Traversing rights over the 55 00ha (135 000ac) assures guests an intimate – and unique – safari experience, with the chance to see all of the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog.

The Lodge.
Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. Minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, at once drawing guests to outdoor living spaces.
3 Bush-facing Suites and 2 Mountain-facing Suites, designed with privacy and every comfort in mind, each include: an emperor-sized bed (convertible to a 3⁄4-bed set); pause area (incl. Smeg minibar and Nespresso coffee machine); in-room free- standing bath; en-suite shower room; open-air shower; range of deluxe body
products; furnished deck; and private splash pool
• Main guest area, run on traditional Italian hospitality, with: a bar; open-plan dining/ lounge area; outdoor lounge; and wrap-around viewing/dining deck
• African boma, for social outdoor dinners, with: a barbeque; central firepit; and dining tables

Lush Boutique, with a range of select items – including the lodge’s blend of fair- trade coffee – for guests to take home something of their time here

Please note: children 12 years and older are welcome; age restriction is revisable if the lodge is booked exclusively

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Sep – 31 Dec 2018 1 Jan – 30 Apr 2019
per person per night (sharing) R4 900 R4 900
per person per night (single) R6 860 R6 860
Details 1 May – 31 Aug 2019 1 Sep - 31 Dec 2019
per person per night (sharing) R4 490 R5 190
per person per night (sharing) R6 285 R7 266
SHORT LEAD TIME SADC SPECIAL
 R3 390-00 per person per night sharing

Book, pay and travel within 30 days
Valid from 01 January –31 December 2019
 

This special includes -

  •  A night in a Lush Suite.
  •  All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
  •  Two activities daily with snacks and refreshments
  •  A selection of soft drinks, teas and coffees, local beers/wines and liquor
  •  Lodge WIFI is available in selected areas
  •  Inclusive of Vat

This special excludes -

  •  Park entrance fees (R100 pppd)
  •  All items of a personal nature

Terms & Conditions apply
Proof of SADC Residency will need to be provided

Activities.
Lodge activities: twice-daily game drives, with coffee/sundowner stops
Nearby activities*: Pilanesberg hot-air balloon safaris; golf at Sun City’s championship Gary Player and Lost City golf courses
*Arranged on request, and attract an additional cost

Climate.

Average temperatures in mid summer (January) range from a low of 19°C/66°F to a high of 31°C/88°F, and in mid winter (July) from a low of 4°C/39°F to a high of 21°C/70°F.
Average annual rainfall is 622mm/24in, and mostly occurs in the form of afternoon thundershowers during the period December to March.

A Day at Lush.
...happens in your own time. But the outline below gives guests an idea of what to expect:

Spring & Summer Autumn & Winter
05h00 – Wake-up call 05h45 – Wake-up call
05h30 – Tea/coffee 06h15  – Tea/coffee
05h45 – Morning game drive (±3 hours) 06h30 – Morning game drive (±3 hours)
09h00 – Continental buffet and cooked breakfast
is served back at the lodge
09h30 – Continental buffet and cooked breakfast
is served back at the lodge
At leisure At leisure
13h00 – Light lunch is served 13h00 – Light lunch is served
16h00 – Afternoon tea is served 15h30 – Afternoon tea is served
16h30 – Afternoon game drive (±3 hours) 16h00 – Afternoon game drive (±3 hours)
20h00 – Dinner is served back at the lodge, in the
dining room/on the deck/out in the boma
19h30 – Dinner is served back at the lodge, in the
dining room/on the deck/out in the boma

I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy. – Ernest Hemingway 

Lush guarantees you authentic safari adventures to write home about. Exclusive traversing in Black Rhino Reserve and the Pilanesberg’s Wilderness Area offers the opportunity to explore an untouched environment. Access also to the public section of the park increases your chances of encountering a large variety of wildlife. 

Game drives are offered on the traditional twice-daily basis, with your ranger finding scenic stops for morning coffee and afternoon sundowners. 

Guided morning bush walks, bringing you closer to nature, and hot-air balloon flights, giving you a different perspective on the herds, can be arranged on request. Please enquire upon making your Lush reservation. 

For golf enthusiasts, the nearby championship Gary Player Golf Course and Lost City Golf Course offer 18-hole (par 72) meanders in parkland and bushveld settings, respectively. Transfers by arrangement.

WITH A SPRINKLE OF ITALIAN FLAIR
Dining is an essential part of the Lush experience. Days here are punctuated by culinary delights – as anticipated as the activities. All menus celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients in freshly prepared dishes. The Lupini family ethos of cooking now for now ensures consistent quality and satisfaction. Dining options range from light and healthy to downright indulgent, but special dietary requirements – including vegetarian and gluten-free – are catered for on request. Private dining can also be arranged.

  • Breakfast – continental buffet and cooked meals to order
  • Lunch – lighter meals that do not skimp on flavour
  • Afternoon tea – spreads of sweet and savoury treats
  • Dinner – chef’s signature tables and fireside barbecues 

DISTANCES FROM THE LODGE
Nearest major cities:

  • Pretoria – 185km/115mi.
  • Johannesburg – 200km/125mi.

Nearest airports:

  • Pilanesberg International Airport – 40km/25mi.
  • Lanseria International Airport – 165km/103mi.
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport – 230km/143mi.

 

ESCAPISM AWAITS

BY ROAD

Self-drive directions:

  • From Johannesburg, take the R512 past Hartbeespoort Dam and exit onto the N4 towards Rustenburg
  • From Pretoria, take the N1 north and exit onto the N4 towards Rustenburg
  • Travel along the N4, then take the R556 (Sun City/Pilanesberg National Park) exit
  • Turn right at the stop onto the R556, and continue on towards Sun City
  • Pass the Sun City gate and then Sun Village Shopping Centre (both on the right)
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto the R565 Derdepoort road
  • Continue on for approx. 27km – the entrance to Black Rhino Game Reserve is on the right
  • Friendly gate staff will direct guests on to Lush

BY AIR

SA Express airline locally services Pilanesberg International Airport. The airline offers twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays) connecting Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport with Pilanesberg. An airport car rental service is available, and lodge transfers can also be arranged.

Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. In fact, it is a shepherd’s tree – sheltered from the wind and warmed by the morning sun, between hill and plain – that marked the position of the main lodge. Its minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, which at once draws you outside. With this in mind, multi-level interior-flowing-to-exterior spaces are designed for outdoor living. Spend time between safari activities reading or playing board games on the couches, sipping coffee in the bar lounge – a favourite spot to rendezvous at any time of day – or stargazing from the deck.

Facilities:

  • Bar lounge serving the lodge’s own brand of specialty coffee, and a selection of local and international wines, beers, and spirits
  • Open-plan dining and lounge area warmed by two fireplaces in the cooler months
  • Breakfast bar for guests to help themselves to beverages and buffet choices
  • Viewing/dining deck with tables set out for meal times, coffee breaks, and sundowners
  • Boma for social outdoor dinners, with a barbeque, central firepit, and dining tables
  • Lush Boutique offering a range of select items for guests to take home something of their time here
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi with access throughout the lodge

ENSURING YOUR COMFORT
WEATHER
Average temperatures in mid summer (January) range from a low of 19°C/66°F to a high of 31°C/88°F, and in midwinter (July) from a low of 4°C/39°F to a high of 21°C/70°F.
Average annual rainfall is 622mm/24in, and usually occurs in the form of afternoon thundershowers during the period from December to March.

WHAT TO WEAR AND PACK

Comfort is the order of the day, though you may wish to dress more elegantly for dinner i.e. sport shirts and slacks for men, dresses or blouses and pants for women. For game drives and bush walks, wearing neutral-coloured, natural fibre clothing is recommended, and we suggest packing the following items to ensure you are all set for your safari experience:

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Warm pullover and windproof jacket (evenings and the winter months can be chilly)
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellent (provided by the lodge, though you may wish to bring along your preferred brand)
  • Camera, video camera, spare memory cards, and charging equipment
  • Binoculars
  • Waterproof bag for personal items

A DAY AT LUSH

happens in your own time. But the outline below gives guests an idea of what to expect

Spring & Summer  Autumn & Winter
05h00 – Wake-up call  05h45 – Wake-up call
05h30 – Tea/coffee  06h15 – Tea/coffee
05h45 – Morning game drive (±3 hours)   06h30 – Morning game drive (±3 hours)
09h00 – Continental buffet and cooked breakfast is served back at the lodge 09h30 – Continental buffet and cooked breakfast is served back at the lodge 
At leisure At leisure
13h00 – Light lunch is served   13h00 – Light lunch is served  
16h00 – Afternoon tea is served 15h30 – Afternoon tea is served
16h30 – Afternoon game drive (±3 hours)   16h00 – Afternoon game drive (±3 hours)
20h00 – Dinner is served back at the lodge, in the dining room/on the deck/out in the boma    19h30 – Dinner is served back at the lodge, in the dining room/on the deck/out in the boma

LUXURY IN THE BUSH
Choose from three Bush-Facing and two Mountain-Facing Suites – distinguished only by their views. Covered walkways lead to each, interspersed between the trees and with their own private entrances. Wilderness-inspired interiors, innovative use of space, and extended fold-back glass doors mean you feel immersed in nature even when in your suite. Their décor gives a nod to the Lupini’s Italian heritage, though much of the furnishing is local, supporting South African artisans. Designed with every comfort in mind, your Suite is not simply a base from which to explore the surrounds, but a living space.

Amenities:

  • Emperor-sized bed, convertible to ¾-bed set, with down duvet and pillows
  • Pause area with well-stocked Smeg minibar, and Nespresso machine and coffee pods
  • In-room, free-standing bath with a view
  • Walk-in rain shower with botanical-infused body products
  • Open-air shower made private by curved walls and bushveld foliage
  • Bathrobes of terry cotton and full-length
  • Hairdryer with two speed and three temperature settings
  • Air-conditioning, personally adjustable
  • Private splash pool and deck, with cushioned loungers and two-seater table

Please note: children 12 years and older are welcome; age restriction is revisable when the lodge is booked exclusively

Rates
Arrival & Departure Times

Check-in: 14h00 | Check-out: 11h00
*Deviation to these times by special arrangement only
   
Inclusions.
  • Luxury accommodation; all meals; all teas/coffees and soft drinks; local beers, wines, and spirits;
  •  in-room minibar;
  • 2 game activities per day, with drinks and snacks;
  • Wi-Fi access;
  • 15% VAT
Exclusions.
  • Gratuities; imported beers, wines, and spirits;
  • Lush Boutique purchases;
  • Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance fees (R80 per person per stay);
  • additional activities;
  • transfers

Additional*:

  • gratuities; imported beers, wines and spirits; Lush Boutique purchases; Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance fees; nearby activities; transfers
  • *Added to guests’ bills and payable on check-out
Payment Terms.
  • A 25% deposit within 14 days of making a reservation secures it, and the balance of payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.
  • For reservations made 45 days or more in advance of the arrival date, full payment is due within 1 week of booking.
  • Cancellation Terms.
In the event of a confirmed reservation being cancelled, the following cancellation fees will be charged:
  • 30 – 45 days prior to arrival: 25% of total reservation value
  • 15 – 29 days prior to arrival: 80% of total reservation value
  • 1 – 14 days prior to arrival: 100% of total reservation value
  • All-inclusive: three meals per day, and afternoon tea; all teas/coffees and soft drinks; local beers, wines, and spirits;
  • in-room minibar;
  • Wi-Fi access (all areas);
  • lodge activities;
  • 15% VAT
Additional*:
gratuities; imported beers, wines and spirits; Lush Boutique purchases; Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance fees; nearby activities; transfers
*Added to guests’ bills and payable on check-out

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What sets us Apart!

  • MALARIA FREE
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 350 bird species)
  • Effortless road and air access

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Pilanesberg Gate Times

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

Pilanesberg Gate Fees

Entrance Rates Pilanesberg tariffs are per person and per vehicle.
  • Adults: R80,00
  • Adults Foreign Nationals - R110
  • Children (6-12yrs) : R30,00
  • Pensioners (SA only) - R40.00
  • Vehicles (Sedan/LDV/SUV) : R40.00