Thutlwa Safari Lodge

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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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
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Airport transportation
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Air conditioning
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Non-smoking rooms
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Afrikaans

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Black Rhino Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, Moses Kotane Local Municipality South Africa
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Katrin B wrote a review Jan 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This lodge, Vicky the manager, Dian the ranger and the whole lodge team are fantastic. The lodges are as good as the pictures and reviews show. Clean, well equipped with everything and more we needed for a self-catering stay. This was my first safari and I had no expectations of what it would be like. The game drives were hours long but felt really short, the landscape is stunning and there is such a variety of animals. We were lucky to see the Big Five which is not a given, however we would have been very happy without it as other animals are at least as interesting. Dian went above and beyond to make this an experience to remember. We saw different areas of the park, he followed leads to see lions and leopards as well as just taking time to observe the animals. He is very knowledgable.
Vicky and the team that care for he lodges made sure we had every thing we needed, incuding lighting the fire, setting up the pool and even going as far as washing our dishes, which was a self-catering first and gave us a welcomed break from chores.
The sleeping lodges and main lodges are big and there is a lot of outdoor space. The lodge has filtered water and enough wood for fire and charcoal for braai is available. You need to bring all the food and drink and there isn't anywhere close to buy either. It was really nice being away from shops for a few days.
Binoculars are a must both for the gam drives as well as star gazing at night. We travelled with a 12 and 14 year old and everyone in our family enjoyed that stay.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Robert Bernatzeder, Marketing at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 11 Jan 2022
Dear Katrin, Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are over-the-moon that you enjoyed your stay at Thutlwa. Our aim is to provide you with a home away from home, in the bush, and with a touch of luxury so that you can totally relax and unwind during your stay. I am so glad that this seemed to be your experience. I will certainly pass on your compliments to our amazing team! We hope to host you again in future. Kind regards, Roanna (Lodge Owner)
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Alex-and-Diann wrote a review Apr 2023
Brisbane, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Response from Robert Bernatzeder, Marketing at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
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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Jane W wrote a review Apr 2022
London, England, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What an exceptional bush experience. We chose Thutlwa for a family get away in the bush and were not disappointed. Vickie, Dian, Betty, Patricia, Mageso and Stephen provided such warm and comfortable hospitality and ensured we wanted for nothing. The family ranged from 11 to 80 and we were given the space, privacy and help to enjoy a tranquil home from home. The game drives were incredible. Dian is so knowledgeable and his passion for the whole environment comes through with fascinating information and stories about animals, birds, insects and plants. His skill, instinct, patience and luck resulted in us tracking and experiencing a cheetah and her 3 cubs in close proximity. We also enjoyed amazing elephant, rhino, buffalo and even honey badger sightings. And the sound of the dawn chorus of African birds was amazing. An unforgettable experience, I can’t wait to come back.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Keep an open and curious mind on game drives with Dian, you will learn so much more than just...
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Response from Robert Bernatzeder, Marketing at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 18 Apr 2022
Dear Jane, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I am pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our Lodge. We aim to provide our guests with space that feels like a home-away-from-home, and I am thrilled to hear that this was your experience. I will be sure to pass on your compliments to our team. They will be over the moon with your feedback. We hope to host you again in future. All the best, Roanna and the Thutlwa Safari Lodge team
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David V wrote a review Aug 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Having the privacy of your own game lodge with luxurious rooms, while still having staff and wonderful guides around is a unique and unforgettable experience. The rooms are spacious and well maintained. Vickie, lodge manager, was amazing and met us after our drives with hot towels, had our fire built every day for a braai, or just a bonfire to sit at and watch the stars. Dian, game guide, has an obvious passion for the bush, and was as knowledgeable as any guide we've met. Most importantly though he worked hard to create an "experience" whether it's sunrise coffee or sunset drinks, timed perfectly for our family needs, he managed us expertly and we got some thrilling and special game viewing experiences.

Will recommend to all friends and family going to Africa as an unforgettable way to see the bush... spoiled us for anything else in the future.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Response from Robert Bernatzeder, Marketing at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 18 Aug 2022
Dear David, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! We appreciate your support. I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Thutlwa and the team helped to make your stay a memorable one. We look forward to hosting you again in future. All the best, Robert and the Thutlwa Safari Lodge team
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Lucy Cunnama wrote a review May 2023
Cape Town Central, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Robert Bernatzeder, Marketing at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
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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Jan Bron wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time with family. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful. Premises immaculate. The lodge is well equipped for self-catering even though I reckon to offer catering as an option will be an added benefit. The staff easily catered for all the ages in our group, from little children to seniors. Well done guys we will be back and will certainly recommend it to family and friends.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Roanna V, Owner at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 01 Mar 2020
Dear John, Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We really have made every effort to make the lodge a home away from home for all ages, and I am so glad that this came through in your experience. Whilst we realise the convenience of a catered option unfortunately, due to the additional compliance obligations that would arise as a result, we have take the decision to focus on the self catering market so that we can continue to offer our clients an affordable safari experience. We hope that you have take home many memories to treasure and we look forward to hosting you again in future. Kind regards, Roanna
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Barbara C wrote a review Mar 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time. We were a familiy of 8 adults and 2 children and we enjoyed the stay tremendously.
Dian and Vickie were amazing and were always at hand.
The facilities are more than comfortable, with a luxurious feeling, and we enjoyed every minute of it.
The lodge is well equipped with anything you could possibly need (and some more) for self catering, including some appliances you probably won't need. Not joking.. we could even bake muffins.
We loved it and we'll make sure to recommend it to friends and family!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Roanna V, Owner at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 06 Mar 2020
Dear BabaraC Thank you for your review of the lodge and we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! I’m also glad that you made full use of the facilities - fresh muffins at breakfast or on a game drive are delicious!! ;) I’ll be sure to pass on the compliment to Dian & Vickie, too. They will be thrilled. All of the best, Roanna
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pppp007 wrote a review Feb 2023
Cong, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
From the moment we arrived at the lodge we were blown away, my partner felt like a celebrity .
Vicky gave us the warmest of welcomes. Your made to feel at home instantly. The layout for the main house in the middle of the lodges is so spacious . Now as for the lodges , wow ,wow,wow ,that’s all i can say, your gonna love it with your partner.

We had a braai every evening which was set up by Vicky,had drinks here at the bar.everything was perfect. Memories were being made.

DIAN, what can i say, i speak on behalf of all of us ,this guy is one the most impressive guys iv ever met. His attention to detail is noting short of brilliant. He gave us the most memorable experience. I had no expectations going into this safari ,however he managed to call it so well on our drives. We seen THE BIG FIVE. Tk you Dian. I will always remember this till the day i die. You’ve given us a wonderful memory and your perseverance always paid off. The guy is unique .To the owners, you guys are so lucky to have a magic couple looking after your lodges, you’ve got the best in the
Business . Amazing couple and to the rest of the team tk you for your warmth and smiles.

Dreams do come through with this team

Paul & Michelle
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Ro Verrinder, Owner at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 05 Feb 2023
Dear Paul and Michelle, Feedback like yours is the reason we have Thutlwa Safari Lodge! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. As lodge owners, we could not ask for a better team, and I am so glad their passion for showing guests the magic of the bush shone through in your experience. Dian is a wealth of knowledge, and I am so glad he could show you the Big 5. Vickie's kindness and hospitality have a way of making Thutlwa feel like a home from home :). I am thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and we do hope that you will visit us again in future. Yours truly, Roanna - Lodge Owner
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Travel23872351360 wrote a review Oct 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Robert Bernatzeder, Marketing at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
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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Jenny V wrote a review Feb 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great stay at Thutlwa Safari Lodge recently. Great service from Dian and Vickie and the rest of the team.

What I enjoyed about the lodge is that we had all the normal creature comforts, but with a touch of luxury - making us feel at home!
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All the rooms are similar
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Response from Roanna V, Owner at Thutlwa Safari Lodge
Responded 05 Feb 2020
Hi Jenny, Thank you for your lovely review! We aim to make the lodge a “home away from home” and we are so glad that this was your experience. We look forward to have you stay with us again in future. Best wishes Roanna
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Hi Steven, Thanks for your message. Guests would need to do grocery shopping before they head to the lodge. It would be best to shop in Johannesburg otherwise, there is a Spar at the Sun Village, near Sun City. This is about 30 minutes away from the lodge and would be the best place to get extra supplies should you run out. It is very easy to go and in and out of the Black Rhino Reserve. There are no restaurants in the Reserve, however, Sun City has a wide range of restaurants as well as entertainment options. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist with an external caterer. If you are interested in Thutlwa Safari Lodge and would like some more information, please send us an enquiry on our website, and we will assist you with availability. Wishing you a great weekend. Kind regards, The Thutlwa Safari Lodge Team
Gill M wrote a tip Mar 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa69 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Spend at least 3 nights there. No less you will want to stay longer"
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Hester marais wrote a tip Jun 2023
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are no shops at the lodge so make sure you take with what you need for your stay. (Shops are outside the Black Rhino reserve)"
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Jane W wrote a tip Apr 2022
London, England, United Kingdom15 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Keep an open and curious mind on game drives with Dian, you will learn so much more than just focusing on the big 5"
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Harold F wrote a tip Mar 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa30 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The entire lodge is yours so you can pick out of 4 separate, identical lodges/rooms"
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Jenny V wrote a tip Feb 2020
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"All the rooms are similar"
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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.
What food & drink options are available at Thutlwa Safari Lodge?
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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Yes, Thutlwa Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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