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Thutlwa Safari Lodge

Black Rhino Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Moses Kotane Local Municipality South Africa
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Imagine your very own piece of safari solitude. A place for you to enjoy with a group of friends, family and loved ones, on your own time and at your own pace – welcome to Thutlwa Safari Lodge.
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Black Rhino Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Moses Kotane Local Municipality South Africa
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OnAir26408587368 wrote a review Jan 2024
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We travelled with our family of 5. It was the most wonderful experience. All staff went above and beyond. Accomodation and facilities were wonderful. Special shout out to Vicki who manages the property and anticipated our every need. As well as our experienced and insightful guide, Dion, who took us on unforgettable game drives.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 14 Jan 2024
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Thutlwa Safari Lodge. I am truly delighted to hear that your family had a wonderful and memorable stay with us. Our team is passionate about providing exceptional service, and it's heartening to know that they went above and beyond to make your stay memorable. We are very fortunate to have dedicated staff like Vickie, whose keen attention to detail and guest care make a significant difference. I will ensure she receives your kind words and recognition. It's also wonderful to hear that Dian provided insightful and unforgettable game drives. His passion for the bush and its wildlife is something we are very proud of, and it's great to know that his expertise significantly enhanced your safari experience. I am thrilled that both our accommodation and facilities met your expectations and contributed to the enjoyment of your trip. Looking forward to welcoming you and your family back to Thutlwa Safari Lodge in the future for another unique experience. Until then, we wish you all the best on your future travels. Warm regards, Roanna Bernatzeder Owner, Thutlwa Safari Lodge
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Travel23872351360 wrote a review Oct 2023
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Our extended family thoroughly enjoyed a peaceful and relaxed 3 day bush experience at the Thutlwa Safari Lodge. Twice daily game drives were an amazing immersive experience conducted by the very knowledgeable Dian whilst Vickie ensured that we were comfortable in the lovely lodge nestled in the Pilanesberg. We will most certainly return.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 25 Oct 2023
Dear Valued Guest, It warms my heart to hear that you and your extended family had a peaceful and enjoyable time during your stay at Thutlwa. Our main goal is always to provide our guests with an immersive and comfortable experience, and I am delighted to know our team succeeded in doing so during your visit. Dian’s game drives are indeed a highlight for many of our guests, and I am glad to hear you found them to be amazing and educational. He is so knowledgeable about the bush and the wildlife, and we feel fortunate to have him on our team. Vickie, on the other hand, takes great pride in ensuring all our guests feel at home in our lodge, and she will be thrilled to know her efforts contributed positively to your stay. I am overjoyed to hear that you are considering returning to Thutlwa Safari Lodge, and we can’t wait to welcome you back for another unforgettable bush experience. Thank you once again for choosing Thutlwa Safari Lodge. Until we meet again, we wish you and your family all the best. Warm regards, Roanna Bernatzeder Owner, Thutlwa Safari Lodge
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Maarten G wrote a review Oct 2023
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What a wonderful weekend we spent with 10 adults. This lodge is managed by professional people who are very kind and helpful for everything you ask or need. Vicky, the manager, is one of the best I ever met and I have been spending some time in self catering lodges. Dian, the Ranger, is much more than just a Ranger. His experience is unbelievable, he will answer all your questions about the animals inside the park and much more. He works in perfect harmony with the manager. I highly recommend this lodge and will be back shortly. Thanks for everything, you made our stay wonderful, Maarten
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 18 Oct 2023
Dear Maarten, Thank you so much for your heartwarming review of Thutlwa Safari Lodge. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that you had such a wonderful experience during your stay with us. Our team, led by Vicky and Dian, always aims to provide an unforgettable experience for our guests, and I am glad to hear that their efforts added to the magic of your visit. Your kind words about them truly mean a lot, and I'll ensure your compliments are passed on. It's an honour to be recognised as one of the best self-catering lodges you've visited, and I am grateful for your high recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back to the lodge in the near future. Thank you for choosing Thutlwa Safari Lodge. Wishing you many more adventures until then! Warm regards, Roanna Bernatzeder Owner, Thutlwa Safari Lodge
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Hester marais wrote a review Jun 2023
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Its the first time we decided to use a self catering lodge. I was a bit skeptical but Thutlwa is a beautiful luxurious, well looked after lodge. The 4 rooms are situated around the main lodge area, none of them far. They are all exactly the same rooms. Extremely spacious and newly redecorated. The lodge area is massive. Big kitchen area with dining room. 2 lounge areas and a great bar with bar fridges you can use and even blocks and other kids toys. Outside is a splash pool and lapa area with a biggggg table and chairs and a outside lounge area. The boma area is awesome. You can sit and enjoy being in the bush in a safe, warm and comfortable space. The best are the hosts Vicky and Dian. They are friendly and welcoming. We felt so at home. We visited the lodge with friends, our 2 young adult boys, their girls and our grand daughter of 4 years. They lodge was perfect for all of us. There is also a wood fired warm tub, which was great to spend the afternoon in. Dian is also the game ranger and very knowledgeable about the veld, animals, the birds and plants. He was very entertaining with our 4 year old granddaughter and kept her interested all the time. We loved the flexibility the lodge offered where you can schedule your game drives the way that suites you. We did brunches and dinner around the fire in the boma area, with no rush to be at a dining table according to lodge hours. Thank you Vicky and Dian, we loved every minute of it and will for sure be back at Thutlwa!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 22 Jun 2023
Good day, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your incredible experience at Thutlwa Lodge. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that our lodge exceeded your expectations and that you found it to be a beautiful, luxurious, and well-maintained haven. We take immense pride in our newly redecorated rooms, ensuring that each guest enjoys a comfortable and relaxing stay. It warms our hearts to know that the lodge's design and layout perfectly accommodated your family and friends, offering ample space for everyone to unwind and enjoy their time together. I am delighted that you appreciated the various amenities we provide. Our aim is to provide you with a home away from home and I sense that we managed to do this! Vicky and Dian, our exceptional hosts, truly epitomise the spirit of Thutlwa Lodge. We are proud to have them as part of our team, and we couldn't be happier to hear that their warm hospitality and extensive knowledge of the wildlife, birds, and plants added an extra layer of joy and engagement to your stay. It brings us great satisfaction to know that they created a welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere for your entire family, including your granddaughter. Flexibility is one of the core values we uphold at Thutlwa Lodge, and we are thrilled that you appreciated the freedom to schedule your game drives and enjoy meals at your own pace. We firmly believe that your holiday should be on your terms, allowing you to create memories at your own leisure without the constraints of rigid schedules. We are humbled and grateful for your kind words and glowing recommendation. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and your family, and we can't wait to welcome you back to Thutlwa Lodge in the future. We will continue to strive for excellence and provide you with an unforgettable experience once again. Warmest regards, Roanna Bernatzeder Owner, Thutlwa Lodge
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Vacation57225525923 wrote a review May 2023
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What a very special time we had with our family and friends at Thutlwa last week! Huge thank you to Vickie and Dian and their great staff for looking after us all so well. And Dian's knowledge about everything we encountered in the bush was quite incredible. In particular, his birding skills are top notch! We've been to Thutlwa a number of times already, but this one was the best trip of all! We're already looking forward to the next one.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 25 May 2023
Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Thutlwa! We look forward to hosting you again in future. Best regards, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Lucy Cunnama wrote a review May 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
What an incredible long weekend we had at Thutlwa! Between the hide, swimming pool and hot tub, all our children were entertained, leaving the adults to relax. The layout and considered space means that a large group of friends can share meals, but also have time to yourself. The highlight was the personalised twice daily game drives were we were able to range as far into the park as we liked, with sightings such as cheetah cubs. Managers Dian and his wife, Vickie held us in their care, treating our children with kindness and sharing their intimate knowledge of the area. I would highly recommend Thutlwa for your next holiday!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Responded 25 May 2023
Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We are thrilled that you, your family and friends had a great time at Thutlwa. We hope to host you again in future. Warm regards, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Pioneer49427730497 wrote a review May 2023
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We had an absolutely wonderful four nights at Thutlwa Lodge. The accommodation was comfortable and clean overlooking the bush and at night the starry sky. The staff were friendly and efficient. Vickie and Dian were great hosts. We had awesome game drives with Dian where we saw elephants, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe and many others. The pool, Kolkol and sand pit provided hours of fun for the kids. We had a magical experience one afternoon when a male bull elephant came to the watering hole at the private hide. Thank you for such a memorable stay!
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Responded 25 May 2023
Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We are thrilled that you, your family and friends had a great time at Thutlwa. We hope to host you again in future. Warm regards, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Daniel C wrote a review May 2023
Cape Town3 contributions
We travelled with three other families with kids and couldn't have asked for a better holiday. The lodge is spacious with each chalet having its own private space and then a large communal kitchen, lounge and bar with everything you could need. Plenty of space for the children to run around and play, as well as a pool, and even Lego and other toys and a fully equipped sandpit! The private waterhole and hide is magic and was regularly visited by both us and a variety of animals. The staff were friendly, helpful and almost invisible! We hardly had to lift a finger. Dian, our guide, was hilarious as well as knowledgeable and experienced and was amazing with the kids answering all of their questions.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We are thrilled that you, your family and friends had a great time at Thutlwa. We hope to host you again in future. Warm regards, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Sam Pearson wrote a review May 2023
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We spent 4 nights at Thutlwa and had a fantastic time! The facilities are fabulous, rooms are large and comfortable, pool and hot-tub a dream, the rangers knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile, the staff were magical. I'd highly recommend Thutlwa to anyone.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind feedback! We are thrilled that you, your family and friends had a great time at Thutlwa. We hope to host you again in future. Warm regards, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Alex-and-Diann wrote a review Apr 2023
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
The lodge and facilities are outstanding. Thank you to the owner of the lodge who has created an exceptional place and has spared no expense in ensuring the comfort of guests. Housekeeping staff do a wonderful job of making sure that everything is pristine without being seen. Thank you to Eddie, our ranger, who has made our holiday an unforgettable experience. Every member of our family wished that we could have stayed longer. Thutlwa Lodge was the perfect place for us.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 25 Apr 2023
Dear Alex & Diann, Thank you for sharing your experience at Thutlwa Safari Lodge. I am thrilled to hear that you found the lodge and facilities outstanding and that you appreciated our attention to detail in ensuring the comfort of our guests. I am also glad to know that the housekeeping staff did an excellent job of keeping everything pristine, and that Eddie made your holiday an unforgettable experience. It's always wonderful to hear that our guests wish they could have stayed longer! We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you and your family back to Thutlwa Safari Lodge in the future. Best reagrds, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a lounge.
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Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
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Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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