Tshukudu - one of Africa’s romantic bush lodges

Tshukudu Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

  • Grading: Four Star

Address: Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa.

Number luxury cottages: 6 • Bed capacity: 12

Children over the age of 12 years can be accommodated

Please note: guests are required to climb 132 steps to the lodge


Tshukudu Bush Lodge is located in the malaria free Pilanesberg National Park, in North West Province. It is built high on the side of a hilltop and offers sweeping views of the plains and the waterhole below.

Tshukudu has only 6 luxury cottages and is one of Africa’s most romantic bush lodges, with personal service guaranteed.

Due to the fact that guests are required to climb 132 steps to the lodge, it is inaccessible to the physically challenged.

Tshukudu is famous for bushveld experience, its service, the quality of game rangers and uniqueness of its African inspired cuisine makes it one of the foremost Pilanesberg Lodges.


  • High Season
  • 01 January 2018 till 30 April 2018
    01 September 2018 till 31 December 2018
  • Low Season
  • 01 May 2018 till 31 August 2018
    per chalet per night 
  • High
  • R10 668.00 per double chalet
    R7 536.00 per single chalet
  • Low
  • R9 612.00 per double chalet
    R6 780.00 per single chalet
    per chalet per night 
    Triple Sharing
  • High
  • R13 332.00 per chalet / night
    Triple Sharing
  • Low
  • 12 264.00 per chalet / night
    per suite per night 
  • High
  • R13 872.00 per double suite
    R9 804.00 per single suite
  • Low
  • R12 504.00 per double suite
    R8 820.00 per single suite

Rates include transfers between Bakubung and Tshukudu, accommodation, welcome drinks on arrival, high tea, two game drives, five-course dinner, brunch and all local beverages.

Five-course meals are prepared for guests in the dining room or a bush dinner is served - weather permitting.


Check in at Bakubung by 13h30 daily; please note there is one scheduled transfer to Tshukudu per day.

No children under the age of 12 years permitted at the lodge

Please note that there are 132 steps to lodge.

For the full Tshukudu bush experience there are no radios, televisions or telephones. Cell phone reception is very limited.

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum of 2 nights stay over a weekend (Friday & Saturday)
  • Rates are subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Rates are inclusive of VAT at 14%
  • Rates exclude the 1% Tourism Levy
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Tshukudu is renowned for its tranquillity and superb personalised service. Children under the age of 12 years are therefore not accommodated.

Tshukudu Bush Lodge has 6 luxury chalets - each one is custom designed and offers a romantic sunken bath, an open plan lounge and bedroom, a fireplace and private balcony overlooking the savannah and waterhole.

The cottages are fitted with:

  • a double bed
  • a fully-stocked mini-bar
  • plug points, hair dryer
  • tea/coffee making facilities
  • safety deposit box
  • private balcony.

Cell phone signals can sometimes be received. There are no radios, telephones or TVs in the chalets.

The spacious Tshukudu Suites are custom designed and have all of Tshukudu’s finest touches as standard, including the crystal chandeliers and rock craft fireplace. Luxurious baths overlooking the plains remain an integral feature of the bathroom and romantic experience. The Tshukudu Suites also include a private plunge pool on their secluded decks, an outdoor shower and twin vanities.

Cell phone signals can sometimes be received. There are no radios, telephones or TVs in the suites.


Like all Pilanesberg Lodges, Tshukudu offers exceptional African cuisine and has a fully inclusive wine selection of note. Meals are served either on the main deck, in the intimate dining room or around the fire.

Specialty braais are available on request.

High tea and meals are provided on the deck overlooking the plain and waterhole at the foot of the hill.


  • Rock plunge pool
  • Morning & sun downer game drives accompanied by experienced field guides
  • Speciality braai
  • Fully stocked bar
  • Small library
  • Spa treatments can be arranged


Tshukudu is the perfect base from which to enjoy the rich diversity of indigenous flora and fauna of Africa. Amongst all other species the big five animals can also be seen here.

Join our highly trained and experienced field guides on two game drive adventures per day in seeking out the diversity of indigenous flora and fauna of the area. Included in the game drives, which are conducted in open, 6 seated vehicles, are morning coffee and muffins and sun downer stops.

Conference Facilities

Small conferences and meetings can be arranged on request.

Conference facilities available on request for 12 delegates.

  • Slide Projector
  • Portable Screen (2m x 2m)
  • Overhead Projector
  • Flipchart


Tshukudu Bush Lodge is located in the heart of the Pilanesberg National Park.
An easy drive of 2 hours from Johannesburg.
Access is through the Bakubung Gate and guests are transfered to Tshukudu at 14h30 from Bakubung.

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