Thutlwa Safari Lodge

"Black Rhino Private Game Reserve"
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4* Luxury Game Lodge in the Black Rhino Game Reserve.

The Black Rhino Game Reserve is a private game reserve that forms an additional ‘corner’ on the Pilanesberg National Park. It’s on the North-West side of the greater Pilanesberg area, with its own secured, private entrance. While ecological conditions at Black Rhino Game Reserve are very similar to that of Pilanesberg, a noticeable difference is the sweet veld vegetation which complements Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld.

Welcome to Big 5 country! Lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, rhino (black and white) and the endangered African wild dog all roam free on the reserve. Antelope species to try and spot include eland, sable, impala, gemsbok, tsessebe and springbok. If you’re up for a challenge, keep your eyes peeled for the less popular ‘Small 5’; including the elephant shrew, the antlion, the buffalo weaver, the leopard tortoise and the rhino beetle. As per the lodges’ namesake giraffes are also abundant on this reserve, and there are over 354 bird species waiting to be spotted and identified by those avid bird enthusiasts.

Imagine your very own piece of safari solitude. A place for you to enjoy with a group of friends, family and loved ones, on your own time and at your own pace – welcome to Thutlwa Safari Lodge.

Our authentically-inspired lodge is a luxury, self-catering escape for guests looking to experience the solitude of the Black Rhino Game Reserve, which is incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park. With accessibility to the greater Pilanesberg area, you can expect the privacy and bespoke offerings synonymous with an exclusive-use lodge, while enjoying the traversing rights to 57 000 hectares of wild safari space offered to the visitors of the national park. SELF-CATERING LODGE.

Thutlwa Safari Lodge gets its name from the Tswana word for giraffe. These elegant animals are always a pleasure to observe whether they are chewing away at their leafy greens or bending down to drink water. Inspired by the grace and carriage of these beautiful animals, Thutlwa Safari Lodge lends itself to relaxation in the heart of the bush, with attention paid to even the smallest detail.

At Thutlwa, we strive to offer you as much fluidity during your stay as possible – with no restrictive itineraries and no time limits. You are also welcome to bring young children and toddlers along on game drives – unlike most lodges that cater to the wider public.

The lodge has been designed with large families and groups in mind. The open-plan design lends itself to that ‘home-away-from-home’ feeling, with all the necessary creature comforts one could expect from a luxurious, exclusive-use lodge.

Contact Information

Physical Address: Lodge 8, Black Rhino Private Game Reserve R565, 7130


Telephone: +27 (0)87 057 5720



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