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247Serendipity
Pretoria, South Africa

Finders keepers - an absolute gem

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 Apr 2023
What an exceptional experience. The beauty of the bush, unrivalled comfort and unstinting attention to one's every need and wish. Add to that brilliant, exciting and hugely informative game drives and wonderfully generous attention. Food was fantastic, amenities included a swimming pool, a gym, underground hide as well as expansive game viewing decks and so much more. Cannot wait to repeat our experience. Thank you!!
Date of stay: April 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2020

You will find more expensive lodges, and probably ones with fancier food. But there's something so fantastic about this place, and its mostly down to the atmosphere created by Petro and Hendrik. My final evening she gave us an impromptu fire-side lecture about the milky way as the southern stars slowly moved overhead and we nursed our after dinner drinks - as content as the well fed lions we could hear vocalising beyond the game fence - and the whole team that she leads in the lodge are capable, friendly and professional. The place is immaculately cleaned and the food is generous african old school...tho they were particularly accommodating for guests with dietary needs. Hendrik's game drives are the real highlight tho - his enthusiasm and good humour is infectious, and he seems to treat every drive like his first. We were dragged complaining from our beds brutally early one morning so we could have the perfect sunrise experience...and it was ! Then, before breakfast Hendrik had found us every single one of the 'Big 5'. I think he was more excited about that than we were. Just go!

Date of stay: February 2020
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Reviewed 14 January 2020 via mobile

I’ve just been to heaven. This is a place to come and remind yourself that there are still a few beautiful, tranquil places left to engage with nature, both animal and scenery. Truly soul cleansing.

The lodge is run at a very high standard by Petro & Hendrik Nothing is too much trouble for them. Great food and hosts who are so knowledgeable.

Hendrik took us out for afternoon and early morning game drives to see the wildlife on the reserve. His knowledge and passion for wildlife is extraordinary. We saw most of the big five plus many other interesting animals, birds and plants all in a stunning setting which added to the enjoyment of the stay.

Of the many places I have visited on my fairly extensive travels, this is my definite favourite now. Something very spiritual happened to me on this visit. I will definitely be coming back.

Date of stay: January 2020
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 December 2019

We spent 2 days at Pilanesberg Private Lodge, and I wish that we had booked for a longer stay! Petro and Hendrik were gracious hosts, and went out of their way so accommodate our young children and elderly parents. The game drives were great, the food was excellent and the rooms were very comfortable and luxurious. The staff were friendly and helpful. The chef, Happy, makes a mean melktert! Even the rainy weather on the first day couldn’t spoil our quick getaway. Thanks again Deon, Petro and Hendrik.

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 December 2019

We had 2 wonderful nights at PPL. From the welcome to the farewell we were wonderfully looked after and pampered from start to finish. The meals were absolutely quality - served in the evenings outside around the fire pit...very special. Petro and Hendrik are wonderful hosts, going out of their way to make your stay memorable. The food was amazing, the game drives excellent, the rooms very comfortable. We had a wonderful time with Deon, family and friends - really felt welcome and at home!!! The lodge is beautiful and the staff is very helpful and friendly!!

Date of stay: December 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 October 2019

We had an amazing experience at Pilanesberg Private Lodge that just kept on exceeding our expectations. Petro and Henrick are wonderful hosts, going out of their way to make your stay simply delightful. We were really pampered from start to finish. The food was amazing, the game drives excellent, the rooms very comfortable and clean. And oh my, that outdoor shower!! Glorious! Henrick is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable game driver and thanks to him we felt so lucky that we spotted so many animals! I can't find enough superlatives to describe how much we enjoyed it! It was simply a magical 2-day stay. Thanks Petro and Henrick for making it so special!

Date of stay: September 2019
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