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Reviewed 21 February 2024

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

Room tip: Just be aware of the steps you have to navigate to get from the drop off to reception.
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 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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Reviewed 12 February 2024

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.

Room tip: This is the wild and not all animal sightings can be guaranteed.
Date of stay: February 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 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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Reviewed 9 February 2024 via mobile

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!

Room tip: The stairs are quite a hike! But the view is worth it, but definitely worth considering if you aren’t the most mobile
Date of stay: February 2024
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 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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Reviewed 27 January 2024

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.

Date of stay: November 2023
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 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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Reviewed 15 January 2024

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.

Room tip: The morning game drives are quite cold, take a nice warm jumper or ask the driver for a poncho ! They're super warm.
Date of stay: January 2024
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andre van Rensburg, General Manager at Tshukudu Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 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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