Mbazo Safari Lodge

5* Luxury Bush Lodge in Black Rhino Game Reserve

Mbazo Safaris Lodge is located in the Black Rhino Game Reserve forms an additional ‘corner’ of the Pilanesberg National Park. It is on the North West side of the Pilanesberg, with its own secured, private entrance that is situated on the western border, and with no boundary fences – wildlife is free to roam across both areas. They offer 5 individual rooms that offers the guest everything they need to have an amazing stay including 2 game drives per day. What lies at the core of Mbazo’s success is a dream that puts you, the guest, as well as the land, wildlife and people of Africa, at the heart of our business.

We started in the Hospitality business over forty years ago to live at the intersection of food, art and commerce. The only thing that has changed is our perspective and experience. Our mission is the same – to delight, inspire and be inspired. What began as a small storefront deli on church street Pretoria, South Africa in 1979, has evolved to become one of South Africa’s cream Hospitality firms.

Our job is to insure that a celebration reflects a client’s style, taste, vision, and yes – even their dreams. This belief has served us well for more than 40 years, and we have remained on the edge of culinary creativity, constantly refining ourselves and our food to make dreams become reality.

Unlike other hotels, Hotels pride themselves on offering our guests in-house award-winning restaurants and our food philosophy is simple: seasonal, ingredients to showcase the region’s finest flavours.

Our Creation Cycle is Deliberately Low-Tech
By going on a true discovery that has been crafted for each guest, you are assisting us to care for the people, fauna & flora of the loved destinations that you visit. People-centred service as authentic as Mbazo. The reason Mbazo came into existence was to provide jobs, skills and hope to people living in desperate poverty. Each Mbazo discovery is spiced with our promise to take Care of the Heart & Soul of what nature provides.

Our services, linen and packaging are hand-made by experienced crafters. We support small local suppliers and producers. Our wild ingredients are hand-harvested by people living in remote areas of Southern Africa where economic opportunities are almost non-existent.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Description 1 Feb -2022 - 6 Jan 2023
Per person per night (sharing) R5 340
Per person per night (single) R7 200

Five Luxury Suites

Lush, Organic and Undeniably Gourgeous

The five two-sleeper chalets are modern elegance while still capturing the sense of craft 'Out of Africa.' Each has a king-sized bed, a fully-stocked minibar, a freestanding bath, en-suite and outdoor showers, and a shaded veranda elevated to take advantage of the bush views.

Mbazo Safari Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment that surrounds it — lush, organic, and undeniably gorgeous.

One of the five suites features a separate children's room with its own en-suite bathroom (including an outdoor shower). This area is divided from the main bedroom, providing parents (and children) with their own space.

Luxury King Rooms
  • Luxury King Rooms featuring king beds and an en-suite bathroom with a Bath and Shower plus an outside shower.
  • The rates are on a full board basis and Include 2 Game drives per day.
  • Max Guests: 4 (Max 2 adults )
  • Children: 0 - 5 years stay free,
  • 6 - 11 years pay 50% of the sharing rate

Safari With Panache

Suites may appear 'down to earth', but they are far from it. Every convenience has been provided, and each includes a shaded deck for guests to enjoy.

The Family Suite includes a children's en-suite bedroom — just like home, but better! The resort welcomes guests of all ages.

Every Meal is a Delicious And Memorable Celebration
Dining, which is as much a part of your safari experience as the safari itself, provides you with the gourmet Big Five: Safari halt. Breakfast. Lunch. Tea in the afternoon. Dinner. To give you a memorable experience of this location, our chefs give contemporary meals a local twist.

Dining becomes its own discovery when paired with top Cape Wines. There's also something to be said for the setting, with every seat in the bungalow being the best in the bungalow. 

Rooms: Five Two-Sleeper Chalets with King Sized Beds

Bathroom: Freestanding Bath & Outdoor Shower
Airconditioning:  Fully Fitted

In-Room Facilities: Telephone, Hairdryers and Safe in Room

Personal Fridge: In-Room Personal Fully Stocked Bar

WiFi: Free Superfast Uncapped WiFi

Spa: Expert Wellness Therapists provide in-room spa and beauty treatments

Pool: Serviced Guest Pool with Loungers and Towels

Dining: Gourmet Big Five: Safari halt. Breakfast. Lunch. Tea in the afternoon. Dinner. to enjoy at the Viewing Terrace

Mbazo Gallery: Wonderful souvenirs, art, apparel, and everyday necessities

Everyone’s Welcome: Suitable for Guests with Disabilities

General Facilities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Secured parking
  • Conference facilities
  • Currency exchange
  • Free airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • Laundry service
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • WIFI

 The weather  

The average maximum temperature ranges from 21°C/70°F in July to 35°C/95°F in January, with the lowest average minimum temperature happening in July.

The region is semi-arid, with an average annual rainfall of 500mm (20in), the most of which falls during the summer months (December – February)

Rain is usually in the form of thundershowers, with a downpour that lasts no more than a few minutes.


Mbazo Safari Lodge is located on Black Rhino, a privately controlled 2100ha part of the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa.

Best Time to Visit

The animals in Pilanesberg National Park are non-migratory, as a result, rather than changing with the seasons, the safari experience continues to evolve throughout the year.

The optimal time to go birdwatching is from October to April.

Can the Whole Lodge be Booked?

Absolutely! The intimate lodging is inspired by the Red-Billed Buffalo Weaver. This bird has been observed in small family groups or in large flocks, thus you as a discerned guest can book the lodge as a couple, family or large flock, capable to serve up to 10 callers.
Is the Lodge Family Friendly?

Definitely! The resort welcomes guests of all ages.

There's also the Eco Garden's children's amusement and education area — the hub of fun and games.

Malaria Free Lodge

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Safari Adventure
There's no better place to celebrate your occasion than with a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will provide you and your partner or friends with an unforgettable experience – and a Mbazo Safari is at the top of the bucket list.

Private dinners, private lodging, customized experiences, and leisure... we'll make it all you want it to be - and more, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. All you have to do is send out invitations and pack your luggage, and we'll take care of the rest.

With only five full-service lodges on this 2100ha privately managed reserve, guests can expect a very personal safari experience. Being out here on your own, exploring the huge wilderness of mountains, plains, and the Pilanesberg crater, is humbling.
You'll get up close and personal with some of Africa's most spectacular animals.

Check-in 14:00 Check-out 11:00

The rate includes all meals and 2 game drives per day.

The Lodge is a simple extension of the natural environment that surrounds it — lush, organic, and undeniably gorgeous.

Child Rate:
- Children of all ages are welcome.
- Children 0 – 5 years stay on a complimentary basis when sharing with 2 full paying adults.
- Children 6 – 11 years stay at 50% of the per person sharing rate when sharing with 2 full paying adults. Please request a quote.
- Children 12 years and older pay the full adult rate and need to occupy their own room.
- A maximum of 2 children (0 - 11 years) may share a room with 2 adults.
- Children under 6 years are not able to join the game drives. A private vehicle must be booked if travelling with children 6 - 11 years, at an additional cost of R3500 per day.

- Luxury accommodation; all meals daily; all teas/coffees; soft drinks; as well as a selection of beers, wines, and spirits.
- Two game drives each day which includes a pre-selection of beverages and snacks.
- Wi-Fi connection is provided.
- 15 % VAT is charged.

- Gratuities: premium beers, wines, and spirits.
- Mbazo Boutique purchases.
- Additional activities.
- Guided bush hikes (subject to availability of a guide).
- Black Rhino Reserve fees of R130 per person per day (subject to change without prior notice).
- Transports.
- Spa treatments.

Deposit Policy

For all bookings made within 60 days of travel
 Full payment Is required within 3 days of your booking.
For all bookings made more than 60 days of travel
 A 50% deposit Is required within 3 days of your booking and the balance 60 days prior to arrival.
Payment can be made via bank transfer, credit card (Master/Visa) or bitcoin.

Cancelation Policy
Cancellations made with more than 60 days to travel -  30% cancellation fee
Cancellations made within 60 days or less to travel forfeit the full payment

Our setting provides us an advantage in the healing stakes: we're in a tranquil hideaway surrounded by the boundless green of the Pilanesberg Crater — the color of wellbeing. There are in-suite spa therapies and yoga mats available, and you can keep the doors open in perfect seclusion, enabling the soundtrack of birdsong to stream in.

This sensation of well-being isn't restricted to massages and sun salutations; healthful food, luxurious accommodations, and personalized service round out the experience.