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Buffalo Thorn Bush Lodge
Buffalo Thorn Lodge lies in the heart of Black Rhino Game Reserve, world famous for its Big 5 game viewing and pristine bushveld. It’s important to note that Buffalo Thorn Lodge operates on a self-catering basis and is exclusively available for hire by one group of maximum ten guests at a time, making it the ideal destination for an intimate family or friends getaway. This upmarket Lodge has two family chalets and three double chalets. Each thatched chalet features a king-size bed (or alternatively two single beds, and in the case of the family chalets, a loft with two single beds for the kids), en-suite bathroom, outdoor shower, lounge, and private deck complete with a jacuzzi where you can soak away your cares as you soak up the spectacular views. The generous use of wood and thatch lends this peaceful bushveld sanctuary a sophisticated charm; make yourself at home in the communal area which includes a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, TV lounge, reading lounge, games area, boma and refreshingly cool pool. Enjoy the ultimate African adventure under the guidance of your personal ranger. Explore the diversity of bird- wildlife on the daily game drives, including dedicated predator tours. Immerse yourself in the distinctive sights, sounds, and smells of the Pilanesberg. Or get your action fix with the quad biking, archery, and drumming on offer.
Buffalo Thorn Lodge takes its name from the Buffalo Thorn, aka., the “Blinkblaar Wag-’n-Bietjie” immortalised in the Jamie Uys film The Gods Must Be Crazy.
Black Rhino Game Reserve lies along the west border of the Pilanesberg National Park; it is just two hour’s drive from Johannesburg and a certified malaria-free game area.
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- Map & Direction
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|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability|
|Description||1 Jan 2021 to 31 Dec 2022|
|Entire Lodge Midweek - out of school holidays (Sleeps 10)|| |
|Entire Lodge Weekends, SA school holidays public holiday (Sleeps 10)|| |
The rate per night is for the rent of the whole lodge (max sleeping 10 guests including children)
*Please note a minimum of 2 nights is required at anytime.*
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!
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
- Private in-room lounge area
- Private viewing deck, with cushioned loungers and table
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
KITCHEN (FULLY EQUIPPED)
- 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.
BLACK RHINO GAME RESERVE IS LOCATED AT (GOOGLE EARTH):
FROM THE BLACK RHINO GAME RESERVE GATE:
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.
BUFFALO THORN LODGE IS LOCATED AT (GOOGLE EARTH):
**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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- On arrival a R 2000.00 refundable breakage deposit will be required- by supplying cash
- 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
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.
- 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
- Interactive Gumboot Dancing Session
- Balloon safaris in the Pilanesberg National Park
- Team Building for corporates