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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Pilanesberg National Park, Moses Kotane Local Municipality 00300 South Africa
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge, an intimate sanctuary nestled away on its own private concession in the heart of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. This beautiful retreat is well known for its picturesque topography and extensive plains teeming with wildlife. The lodge and its ten chalets are wrapped high upon the contours of a rocky outcrop giving it panoramic views of the grasslands and waterhole below. Other than what to wear, you do not need to pack a thing because guests stay on a fully inclusive basis, which consists of breakfast, high tea and dinner prepared to perfection, select local beverages and two daily game drives with our experienced ranger on a private game vehicle. The lodge’s location makes it an unbeatable destination for a quick romantic getaway, an intimate honeymoon, or an exclusive venue for a small wedding or corporate breakaway. It is truly spectacular; a place where guests can escape the world and just relax, unwind and breathe in the glories of nature.
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24-hour security
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Heated pool
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Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Hannah W wrote a review 14 Apr
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Myself and partner have just returned home from what I can only describe as the most amazing holiday I have ever, and I think I will ever go on! Tshukudu bush lodge is somewhere I could only have dreamt of! The staff are amazing! Everyone always has a smile, they know you by name and are always ready and happy to help you with whatever you need! We would often go to the main deck area and staff would know what we’d have to drink before we had a chance to even tell them! The rooms are incredibly and all have amazing views of the plains! We were lucky enough to have an upgrade while we were there! I have to say the chalets are beautiful (this is what we had originally booked) but the suites are quite honestly something else! There’s something truly magical about standing in a heated plunge pool while watching elephants play at the water hole! The food was delicious! I had emailed ahead as my partner tends to get hangry when he doesn’t eat regularly and we were worried how he’d cope with the gap between breakfast and high tea! Now for most people you reach high tea after having breakfast at 9am(ish) and think I’m not sure I’m even hungry yet as you can have to much to eat at breakfast! But high tea was always so delicious I’d always have to eat! Safe to say I have put on some pounds 🙈 but in order to cater for my other halves eating requirements staff would ensure he had snacks to eat through the day between main meals which was amazing! Dinner was brilliant and the food was always cooked beautifully! Again this is a 5 course meal but we never made it to the cheese boards! My other half also doesn’t tend to drink milk so the lodge went out and bought him some oat milk which is what he usually drinks! They were so accommodating! Nothing was too much trouble! The game drives! I honestly can’t explain how magical they are! From the awesome scenery to the animals and the sometimes interchangeable weather they are just spectacular! They are made even better by the game drivers! We stayed for a week and JR was our guide and I cannot even begin to explain how amazing he is! He knows the park inside out and back to front! He can tell you all sorts of information about not only all the animals (quite a few of which he knows by name!) but also the plants, grass, trees and weathers! He really is such an incredible guide and we had such a laugh with him too! We saw all the animals we wanted to see and more but please remember they are wild! The guides can’t click their fingers and make them appear - this is why staying for a longer period of time is so worth it! The one thing we would both massively recommend is if you’re thinking of going for just a couple of nights add a couple more nights on! We were never bored and on every drive we something different! While we were there various people came and went as they stayed for shorter amounts of time than we did but we felt so much more relaxed and happy to go with the flow as we had more time! To conclude - if you want to go on safari go to Tshukudu! You will not be disappointed! I’m not generally an emotional person but when it came to leaving I had to stop myself from getting upset, it honestly is such an amazing place with such amazing staff and we feel like we have made some brilliant friends! Tshukudu - thank you!
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rwa25 wrote a review 13 Apr
Cairns, Australia19 contributions4 helpful votes
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Excellent service, ammenities and staff. We had 4 nights here and enjoyed the whole experience. We didn’t get to see all the animals however the morning and evening drives were always filled with exploration and excitement. Loved every minute and our guide Humbu was so knowledgeable. Food great rooms fantastic. Only downside about 165 stone steps to the main dining and bar and lounge area. Though once there the view is just amazing.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lana B wrote a review Feb 2024
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We have just returned from a week long stay at Tshukudu and are missing everything about it so much. Set within the park itself the lodge is nestled away down a private road giving you the most secluded and exclusive view of a gorgeous plain and watering hole. No cars from other lodges can come by so you have a little corner of the park just to yourself. Elephants, Impala and Zebra were regular guests at the watering hole you can see from your balcony as you open your curtains in the morning. Breakfast, High Tea and Dinner is all served up in the main area of the lodge, a stunning viewing deck you could spend hours on soaking up the African sunshine with a stunning firepit close by which was often used for pre dinner drinks! Food itself is absolutely out of this world, lovingly prepared, served and enjoyed! The chefs are all incredibly talented and take such pride in their work, you definitely will not return from a trip to Tshukudu hungry. Special mentions to Chefs Johnny and Elvis who made some unbelievable dishes during our stay. My partner and I enjoyed 3 private dinners during our stay, set up by the staff for us to enjoy in various locations around the lodge including by candlelight next to the pool. The rooms themselves are so comfortable. They are spread across the hill meaning that despite the lodge being exclusive of only 10 rooms you still have privacy. The pool area is extremely well maintained and perfect for enjoying between drives, the staff are always there to bring drinks to you as you relax. The main reason for people’s stay is naturally the wildlife and this was unlike anything I ever imagined. You are offered two game drives a day and they become so addictive, you’re always so excited to head back out. Our driver Jafari was absolutely sensational, it was a pleasure to spend time with him. A truly wonderful man with so much knowledge and passion for Pilansberg who was happy to answer any question. He is also incredible at spotting animals, we managed to complete the Big 5 with so many extra magic moments thrown in (Hippos, Hyena, Baboons, Warthogs, Giraffes, Cheetas etc). This trip was unlike anything I have ever experienced, the most luxurious, friendly, intimate place I have ever stayed. I don’t think anything will ever compare to Tshukudu and I feel honoured to have met the gorgeous people that work there and to have enjoyed the company of other wonderful guests throughout our stay. Thank you Tshukudu for the incredible memories, we will cherish our time with you forever.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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David L wrote a review Feb 2024
London, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Where do I start!! The location, simply stunning, inside the reserve so the feeling of exclusivity is fantastic. The position is beautiful with amazing views. The cottages are oozing with comfort and sophistication, very relaxing indeed. The staff.....well that's probably the Unique selling Point if there is one to draw out. Simon, our guide for the game drives was so knowledgeable and helpful, we enjoyed every second of the early morning and afternoon drives. Big Simon at the lodge along with Tshidi and Thabiso, kept us well fed and watered and nothing was too much trouble. They all had a soft spot for our son who suffered from anxiety issues and felt so welcome because they really all went the extra mile. The food is close to Michelin standard, well cooked, great variety and well explained by the chefs. Andre the manager went above and beyond in helping us with the right accommodation for our son once we arrived; simply amazing and truly made our weeks stay there even more special. I could go on all day if im honest, but if you want a truly amazing, private, luxury immersive experience away from crowds, where nothing is too much trouble, the food superb, the wine flows without the need to ever ask for a glass to be recharged. The views are breathtaking and the accommodation divine. This is the real deal, exactly how you would imagine your dreams in Africa to come alive. I loved it loved it loved it!!!! will definitely be going back
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Just be aware of the steps you have to navigate to get from the drop off to reception.
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Response from Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Responded 26 Feb 2024
Hi Q6873ZQdavidl, Wow! What a tremendous review and rating. The entire team appreciates this greatly and motivates us doing better. We had such a wonderful time with you and the family and is still talking about your visit with us. Now I don't have anyone to take to our "meeting spot" Thank you for selecting Tshukudu as your bush holiday and we are so glad you had a wonderful stay with us. Take care.
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Madeleine K wrote a review Feb 2024
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My husband and I had the most incredible stay at Tshukudu Bush Lodge, and we would love to visit again. The accommodation itself is beautiful, and the bath overlooking the park is dreamy! The food is delicious and top quality. It was also lovely having a nice glass of wine by the camp fire in the evenings. The staff were fantastic and made us feel at home during our stay. Now, onto the game drives! The lodge offers 2 game drives a day (morning and afternoon). These made for some of the most incredible moments of my entire life. We saw many animals (such as lions, elephants, hippos, giraffe, zebra, and more) and our guide JR was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic - he made the entire trip! He answered any questions we had and really enhanced the whole experience. We were also very lucky to have seen black rhinos - which are really rare animals! Overall, a fantastic stay and we were so sad to leave! Would highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Room Tip: This is the wild and not all animal sightings can be guaranteed.
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Response from Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Responded 15 Feb 2024
Hi 402madeleinek, Thank you for your kind and uplifting words, we truly value your feedback. We are grateful that you visited our prestigious property. We will continue to keep our standards high to make every guest leave with a lifetime experience. Thank you from the Tshukudu Team, may we see you again in future.
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Sealbowen wrote a review Feb 2024
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We had the most amazing experience of our lives at Tshukudu. The lodges are spectacular and the fact you have a great view over your own section of the park is brilliant, we saw a lioness and cubs in our first day! The entire house team make you feel special and are brilliant, while the game drive team are out of this world. JR was like a living encyclopaedia and his passion was infectious. We’ll do everything we can to make sure we visit again!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The stairs are quite a hike! But the view is worth it, but definitely worth considering if you...
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Responded 11 Feb 2024
Hi Sealbowen, Thank you for amazing review and rating you left. We definitely recognize value and experience you had with us. Just out of interest, the day you left, that night the same lions made their way up the stairs and gave all of us a massive fright. "Curiosity of the cat" We all hope to see you soon.
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Tracey J wrote a review Jan 2024
6 contributions9 helpful votes
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Having gone with no expectations, we had an absolutely outstanding experience staying here. At the end of our 2 night stay, I was overwhelmed by just how amazing the safari had been. I’ve written a lengthy review, but the key outstanding features and benefits of the Tshukudu bush lodge are 2 x 4 hour game drives per night stay All inclusive food and drinks, local produce extremely well cooked Only lodge within the park boundary, so less driving to get to the ‘action’ and a head start on other game drive trucks Small 9 seater truck, we saw much larger trucks from other lodges Adult only Small and intimate lodge with excellent personal service Jafari was an incredibly knowledgeable guide, as well as being enthusiastic and friendly - he really made the game drives special We arrived at lunchtime and had ‘afternoon tea’ at around 3.30pm. We’re British, the afternoon tea was nothing like we’re used to! We had kebabs, mini quiche, salads, bread, cake, fruit. And though we have no dietary requirements, one of the other guests was dairy free and vegetarian, and she was very happy with the meals she was served. Then the first of the evening game drives with Jafari as our guide. Jafari is so knowledgable about the animals and the park, he had an amazing ability to spot the animals, stopping so we could get photographs and use the binoculars. We took our own binoculars, but the lodge provided us with a rucksack and binoculars. Driving along we would see elephants, rhinos, giraffes, kudu, impala, etc just a wandering around at side of the road, wandering around the trees and in the fields. At times they were so close to the truck we could almost touch them. We witnessed the most beautiful sunset over the water from the bird Hyde. Part way through the drive was a stop where Jafari served us a pre-ordered drink from the bar and some snacks. Returning back to the lodge, we enjoyed dinner sat around the fire pit - 5 course meal with a choice of main course. The food was outstanding, well cooked, beautifully served, and totally delicious. There was an open bar with a range of wines, beers and spirits It was an early morning start - 4.30 up and we departed reception at 5am. Coffee/Tea was available in the room, and also at reception. There were plenty of large warm blankets in the truck which were very welcome in the chilly early morning before the sun rose. With the lodge being inside the park, we had a head start on most of the other game drive trucks and with Jafari as our knowledgable guide we saw the lioness’s resting in the field before running across the field chasing the zebras and then jumping around playfully when they reunited. However, the most spectacular event was watching the cheetahs come out from the rocks, prowl around and ultimately we watched the cheetah chase an impala, ultimately an unsuccessful chase, and then the cheetahs walked back a d lay in the the middle of the road in front of our truck. The morning 4 hour drive was broken with a hot drink and cake break, then we returned to the lodge for a cooked breakfast served with cereal, fruit and pastries. There’s a small pool at the lodge with sun loungers, but I spent a few hours laid on the lounger on the bedroom balcony listening to the sounds of the wildlife. The lodge reception overlooked a watering hole which we saw elephants walk over to. The room was very well appointed, with a fridge, plenty of bottles of still and sparkling water, a nespresso coffee maker and a couple of jars of cookies. The bathroom toiletries were great quality. The shower is set within the sunken bath, which could be a challenge for anyone with physical disabilities. The only slight downside was the large number of steps up to the lodge reception - but they were nice and wide and there was a stable handrail for support. I am in need of a knee replacement, but taking it steady I was fine. I would highly recommend Tshukudu bush lodge as a place to stay, Pilansberg National park was beautiful and never felt too busy.
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Responded 01 Feb 2024
traceyj454, We cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you made writing this tremendous review. We take pride knowing that our guests received a wonderful experience. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon.
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Laura C wrote a review Jan 2024
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Absolutely incredible experience. I can’t recommend this place enough. From the moment we arrived we felt so welcome, all the staff go above and beyond, everyone is so welcoming. The accommodation is amazing, super high quality, clean, comfortable and anything you need they have or can provide. The safari drives are amazing. Our guide Jafari was fantastic, so knowledgeable, fun and knew all the right places to see the animals. Food was fantastic, being a fussy eater I was a little nervous but the variety was great so was always something I could eat. I was nervous about the game drives being too long but they really do fly by, every drive is different and seeing all different animals never gets boring. We did 5 nights, so 10 drives and still weren’t bored. You won’t be disappointed in this place. The drive from Johannesburg airport was about 3 hours but it is 100% worth it.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 01 Feb 2024
N5563FDlaurac, Thank you for the wonderful review and rating. Your contribution is highly appreciated. We will strive to keep our standards high and sure we will because of the great team we have at Tshukudu bush lodge. Thank you
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Ronsr25 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Our guide Jafari made the trip for us all! At the lodge you couldn’t want for anything amazing food and drinks! Ernest Tammy and Thabisso made us feel so welcome they provided the absolute best service from beginning until end with a smile! Chef Elvis was outstanding, dinner was fantastic every night! I highly recommend and thank them all for a great experience. You are in the middle of the reserve so ahead of everyone else, we took Jafari our guides advice on times to leave and he did not disappoint, we saw 4 of the big 5 and are very happy with our encounters.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 01 Feb 2024
Ronsr25 We gratefully appreciate the rating and time sharing your stay with us. We are so pleased that you have enjoyed your stay. May we wish to see you in future.
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Gina080562 wrote a review Jan 2024
Faversham, United Kingdom52 contributions58 helpful votes
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Incredible experience. The lodge was amazing and extremely personable & our safari guide Jafari was the best!! #TeamJafari. He was so passionate about the bush so it made the experience so special for us as he wanted us to have the best experience. Because of Jafaris knowledge we was able to see so many amazing things. Big shout out to the other guys too - Ernest, Tammy, Elvis! The food was 10/10!!! We would highly recommend this lodge you won’t regret it.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 01 Feb 2024
Gina080562 Thank you for taking the time and sharing your experience with us. Jafari is definitely best suited for this career. We truly hope to see you soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tshukudu Bush Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a fireplace, and a view of a nearby landmark.
What food & drink options are available at Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
Yes, secured parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crystal Court, Bakubung Restaurant, and Tusk Bar and Lounge.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tshukudu Bush Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Tshukudu Bush Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tshukudu Bush Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Tshukudu Bush Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.