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Guest Book

Zac Fabian
from Bréau
Our stay at Thaba Lodge was my first real experience of the African bush and while I hoped very much to catch a glimpse of some of its wildlife I never expected to see SO much! Within the first drive we had already seen 4 of the big five and seemed to see new species of megafauna every day, some which I didn't even know existed. We also got to see plenty of exotic birds, reptiles and flora. All this while staying in a pristine lodge.

Thanks very much to Sandy and John but also Zander, the very helpful park ranger and our guide, and Marike for making a great experience possible.
Ingrid Fabian
from Breau-et-Salagosse
I came to Thaba Lodge with the vague hope that my two grown children would get a brief taste of the African bush & sight a handful of animals in their natural habitat
Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine seeing a cheetah mother with her 4 cubs, a lone black rhino, a host of white rhino, young male lions showing affection, a teeny baby elephant with family, a crocodile towing a dead baby hippo, a lioness strolling down a dust track in broad daylight .... & la pièce de résistance ... an elusive male leopard posing on a rock as if just for us!

All this against a backdrop of luxuriously appointed & spacious accommodation, comfy & blanketed landrover drives, hot coffee & rusks at dawn, icy cold beer & biltong at dusk. There is nothing more that a South Aftican living in France could wish for :)

It was a superb 4 days. A huge thanks to Sandy & John for allowing us the privilege of sharing time in this magical place. Treasured memories!
Rob Turner
from Johannesburg
Good afternoon Sandy.

All in all it was an absolutely fabulous weekend. My in-laws are shareholders in lodge 20 so I am a frequent visitor. What I really appreciated was Zander’s willingness to take us on game drives. I have heard that some lodges don’t like going into the park as it’s too long a drive. Zander on the other hand was thrilled to take us into the park and we had a great 6 hour drive on Saturday.

In terms of the lodge, I loved it. The layout was fantastic, the huge bar fridge a great relief. In addition the constant supply of ice and the walk in fridge made it very easy to self-cater. All facilities were in great condition from the quality of the kitchen knives, to the size of the wine glasses (large which is great), to the weber braai on the deck to the various braai grids in the boma to the quality of the bedrooms. All outstanding. If there was one thing I would do if I owned it, it would be to put a bit more wind shelter around the boma. It was a windy weekend and on Friday we did get blown away with the smoke from the fire.

All in all, I loved the lodge. I will most certainly return

Many thanks and please pass on our compliments to Zander and his team.



Contact Us

+27 (0) 83 417 6405
Lodge 17
Black Rhino Reserve
Pilanesberg National Park
North West Province
South Africa
GPS Co-Ordinates:
Thaba Lodge:
Black Rhino Reserve Gate:


The rates are quoted for the WHOLE 10 sleeper lodge per night and NOT per person. Children over the age of 9 years are considered part of the max number of people accommodated in the lodge, while ALL guests irrespective of age count on the vehicle, max 10.

The lodge is only rented as a whole and for exclusive use. We do not rent out individual rooms. Rates are per night for the whole lodge, not per person.

Minimum 2 Nights per Booking.

Check in time is not before 15:00 and check out time is no later than 10:00.

2021 Rates

Sundays - Thursdays
R 10 000 per night
Fridays & Saturdays
R 13 000 per night
School & Public Holidays
R 13 000 per night

Rates Include:

  • Maximum 10 Guests
  • 2 Complimentary Professionally Guided Game Drives per Day (weather permitting)
  • Daily Park Entrance and Conservation Fees
  • Coffee, tea, and bathroom amenities in the rooms
  • Fire wood
  • Serviced
  • Self-Catering
  • Big 5 sightings cannot be guaranteed
  • Credit Card & PayPal payments will attract additional service fees and prices are subject to change

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From Pretoria/Johannesburg

GPS Co-Ordinates:

Take the N4 towards Rustenberg. Take the R556 turnoff to Sun City. Stay on the R556 and pass the entrance to Sun City on the right. Continue for 5.11 km to the 4-way STOP in Ledig village, turn right at the intersection (onto the R565) in the direction of Derdepoort. Continue on this road for approximately 27 km through Ruighoek village (beware of potholes and stray animals) until you see the thatched Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance on the right. Sign in at the gate and either request a pickup 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 (number 17). A normal sedan car should be able to reach Thaba Lodge without a problem.

Big 5

Private Big 5
Black Rhino
Game Reserve
Big 5

Bush Lodge
Big 5

Situated in
a Private
Game Reserve
Big 5

Two and a half
hours from

Thaba Lodge

Thaba Lodge is situated in the Black Rhino Reserve, which is a private concession, incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park on the North Western side. There are no fences between the main park and this concession and animals roam freely between the 2 areas. This lower lying area of the reserve has sweet veld vegetation which complements the Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld. This type of habitat carries a wide variety of game species. Sightings of elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, blackbacked jackal, serval, genet, caracal and African wild dogs are highlights, while many antelope species, giraffe, zebra and primates such as baboons and vervet monkeys are often seen. This area also lends itself to excellent birding, especially in the summer months, because the reserve is situated in a transitional area between the Kalahari and the lowveld.

The Pilanesberg National Park comprises 55 000 Hectares and borders the Sun City entertainment complex. The most remarkable feature of this destination is the 1200 million-year old volcano crater with Mankwe Dam in the centre. The reserve is one of the most beautiful parks in South Africa because of the many mountains that provide scenic backdrops to the savannah.

The Park offers a number of wonderful picnic spots and numerous hides for game and bird watching. In addition to the complimentary professionally guided game drives in an open safari vehicle provided by Thaba Lodge, hot air balloon safaris and interpretive bush walks can also be arranged.