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Buffalo Thorn Lodge, Black Rhino Reserve, Pilanesberg

Buffalo Thorn Lodge

  • Grading: Five Star

Category: Self-catering Exclusive-use only

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

Number luxury thatched chalets: 5 • Capacity: 10 guests in total (children included).

The Reserve

Black Rhino Game Reserve forms part of the Greater Pilanesberg National Park, which is in the extent of 57 000 hectares in size.

Black Rhino Game Reserve is situated on the North Western boundary of the Pilanesberg National Park (PNP). It is just less than 2 000 hectares in size and is the first extension that was incorporated into the PNP. This is a malaria free area.

You can enjoy traversing the entire park of 57 000 hectares, in our open game drive vehicles, for close-up viewing of the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) and numerous endangered species such as Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Sable and Tsessebe Antelope.

The Lodge

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Black Rhino Game Reserve and is only 30 km away from Sun City.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules. The main entertainment area comprises a dining room, TV lounge, reading lounge, games area and a fully equipped kitchen.

Outside in the boma, you can relax around an African fire, listen to the sounds of the night and stories told by your experienced game ranger, star-gaze or sit under cover at the dining table and bar.


The 5 star Buffalo Thorn Lodge may be rented only as an exclusive-use, self-catering lodge. This game lodge is rented out as a whole and not on a per person or a per chalet basis.

Buffalo Thorn offers five luxury thatched chalets accommodating just ten guests (children included).

All chalets are stand-alone. The 70 square-metre, en-suite chalets each have their own lounge and private deck with sun chairs. The units have king size beds (or single beds should these be required), a Jacuzzi bathtub as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

The 5 units are made up of:

  • 2 Family units - each with one king-size bed and a loft with two single beds for kids.
  • 3 Double units - each with one king-size bed (or two single beds should these be required).

Camping cots are available on request
Please note that only 10 people in total will be accommodated - children included.

We regret - but no pets are allowed.

Facilities and Services

Buffalo Thorn Lodge has a wide variety of facilities and services available making you feel comfortable and at home:

  • Child friendly swimming pool
  • Heated Jacuzzi with a view
  • Bar with fridge and Ice machine
  • Dining area
  • Open fire barbeque
  • Modern gas barbeque
  • Director chair seating around the open fire
  • Flat Screen LCD TV
  • Home Theatre System
  • DSTV (Digital Satellite Television)
  • Pool/Snooker Table
  • Wine fridge (not stocked)
  • Fully serviced
  • Large fridge and freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Modern 5 burner gas stove with electric oven
  • Microwave/ convection oven
  • All cutlery and glassware
  • Filter coffee machine
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Bar fridge
  • All towels (bathroom and swimming)
  • Electronic safe
  • Air conditioning and fan
  • Lounge area
  • Loungers on private deck
  • Hair dryers

Rates: Valid till 31 December 2018 only

R12, 600.00 per night (Midweek out of RSA School holidays)
R16, 380.00 per night

The rate is for rent of the whole lodge exclusively per night sleeping 10 guests.
** The rate is not per person**
** A minimum of a two-night stay is required at any time**

The rate per night includes:
  • The rent of your own exclusive, 5-Star Self-Catering Game Lodge, on Black Rhino Game Reserve in Pilanesberg National Park
  • 2 x game drives per night stay
  • daily fully serviced by staff
  • tea and coffee in the rooms
  • daily gate fees.
The rate per night excludes:
  • food
  • drinks
  • snacks
  • the lodge is fully self-catering.


Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as your ranger shows you the big and small species of the African bushveld.

Game viewing can also be done from the comfort of loungers around the pool and Jacuzzi, as many species of birds, small animals and even some of the big five have been spotted from the deck.

  • Guided Game Walks
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Elephant Back Safaris
  • Buhwalks
  • Skydiving
  • Tours to Sun City
These activities will be at your own cost and subject to availability. Please enquire prior to your arrival.

Additional Information

  • Children are of all ages are allowed - no extra charge
  • Please note: the maximum capacity of the Lodge is 10 persons inclusive of children.
  • Sun block
  • Hat or cap
  • Comfortable, casual clothing
  • Warm jackets for game drives in cool weather
  • Camera and binoculors
  • Medication for allergies
  • ALL your food and drink requirements
Plus all other personal items you may require.
For additional information please download the following document: What to Bring

How to get there

From Pretoria/Johannesburg:
Head towards Sun City. Stay on the R556 and pass the entrance to Sun City on the right. Continue for 5.11 km to the STOP sign, turn right at the intersection (onto the R565).

Continue on this road for approximately 27 km through a village (beware of potholes) until you see the Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance on the right.

Sign in at the gate and either request a pick-up from the gate if you do not want to drive your car on the dirt roads and we will come and collect you, or drive directly to the lodge.

A normal sedan car should be able to reach Buffalo Thorn Lodge without a problem.

GPS Coordinates for the gate:    25°10'54.84''S   26°57'17.55''E

From the Black Rhino Game Reserve gate:
Enter the gate (sign in - Buffalo Thorn Lodge is number 20) then drive for 2,9 km along the road until you meet an intersection, turn left. It is the first road at which you can turn left, after entering the Reserve.

Then continue for 1,47 km until you reach another intersection - turn extreme right then continue for another 470 m, keeping right until you see our lodge. Turn left into our gate, Stand 20 - Buffalo Thorn Lodge.

GPS Coordinates for the lodge:    25°9'48.73''S   26°58'19.97''E


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Photo of the Jacuzzi at sunset Photo of the main lodge Photo of the main guest area Photo of one of the bedrooms Photo of the kitchen for self-catering.
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