Built high on a hilltop and overlooking the savanna plains and a waterhole, the luxurious Tshukudu Bush Lodge offers sweeping views of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, which is home to over 7,000 animals including the Big 5, giraffe, hippo, zebra, jackal, hyena and many antelope, and over 350 bird species. Morning and afternoon guided game drives take guests into the Pilanesberg reserve. All game activities are conducted by experienced field guides. Guided bush walks are also an option.
Tshukudu is renowned for its tranquillity. The lodge facilities do not include radios, telephones or TVs, so guests can really cut themselves off from the outside world and truly enjoy the peace and quiet of the African bush.
Nestled in the centre of the lodge is an intimate and quiet plunge pool with umbrellas, pool towels and a barman on standby.
Tshukudu's cuisine has a strong African influence, and is prepared to 5* standards. Breakfast is served on the deck, where you can enjoy either a continental buffet or order a hot breakfast. High Tea is served just before the afternoon game drive and consists of something sweet and savoury to see guests through until dinner. Dinner can be enjoyed on the main deck, in the intimate dining room, or around the fire, and the chef will present his 5 course menu, of which you can expect a different dining experience every evening. A splendid selection of wines provides the perfect accompaniment.
With only 6 luxury chalets and 4 suites, Tshukudu offers a romantic and intimate experience at the foot of the Pilanesberg mountains, with expansive views of the Savannah Plains below. Relax in your open plan lounge and watch the game wander lazily through the bush, towards the waterhole located below the lodge.
At night, after dinner, take a short walk back to your private chalet and watch the stars traverse the African sky and listen for the distant roar of lions.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
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All meals; beverages; morning shared game drive or walk; and an evening shared game drive are included. PLEASE NOTE: The tourism levy is NOT included - this is to be paid directly to the lodge on departure.
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Rates available on request.
Just to say our safari worked out very well and Tshukudu Bush Lodge was well worth a stay. We had a great ranger called Howard who took us on our first drives and we saw some wonderful animals. Bakubung Bush Lodge was also good and when we went on our own drives we were very fortunate to see some close up sights of animals including three lionesses that killed a wildebeest.
Thank you so very much for suggesting and arranging the Tshukudu Bush Lodge and Bakubung Bush Lodge . The first was absolutely fabulous and our guide Howard a real gem. Neil from the Lodge also helped us out with our walking safari yesterday morning before we flew home. After Howard we went on self drive round the park and we saw so much game... 3 lionesses bringing down a wildebeest, a leopard (two different days, cheetah, baby hippo with adults, white and black rhino and of course the zebra giraffes, warthogs, waterbucks, springboks etc- we were just spoilt. Thank so much. Our three days were a lifetime's worth of treasure.
REV E KEMP
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Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg International Airport: Leave the airport and follow the signs for the R21 north to Pretoria. After approximately 45 km the R21 merges with the N1, continue on this road until you reach the junction with the N4 Toll Road. Take the N4 westbound towards Pretoria, Brits, and Rustenberg.
Continue on the N4 for approximately 55 km (past the Brits turn-off) until you reach the junction with the R556 signposted Pilanesburg/Sun City. Continue on the R556 for approximately 75 km until you reach the entrance to Sun City. Drive past this, and turn right at the Bakubung and Tshukudu signpost. Follow the road and it will lead you to the Bakubung Gate. At Bakubung Reception, ask for Tshukudu Office. The transfer to Tshukudu is at 2 pm from Bakubung.
From Sandton (Johannesburg): Leave Sandton on Sandton Drive heading towards William Nicol Drive. Turn right at the junction with William Nicol Drive, and contine to head North for approximately 8 km until you reach the flyover over the N1 Western Bypass.
Continue along William Nicol Drive until you reach the Monte Casino on your right, and the Fourways Mall on ahead and on your left. Turn left off William Nicol onto Cedar Road just before the Fourways Mall, and then at the T junction at the end of Cedar turn left and then first right (signposted Sun City). At the end of this road, turn right at the T-junction onto the R512.
The R512 takes you through Broederstroom and past Hartbeestpoort Dam and Kosmos. There are several T-junctions and turnings on the route, but at each one keep following the R512 signs. Shortly after Kosmos turn left at a crossroads (still signposted R512), and continue past the Elephant Sanctuary on your left. The R512 becomes the R104 - continue on this road ignoring the signs to Pilanesburg until you reach the junction with the R556.
Turn right onto the R556, and follow the directions as above.
From Sun City: From the Sun City Main Entrance, turn right. Follow this road for a short while, and the lodge is signposted off to the right.
General Information For Guests
The luxury chalet facilities include a queensize bed, an open plan lounge with a fireplace, a sunken bath with a shower over the bath, a fully stocked minibar, bird books and magazines, plug points, a hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, a safety deposit box, and a balcony overlooking the savannah and the waterhole.
The suite facilities include a kingsize bed, a spacious lounge leading to a deck with a private plunge pool, an en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath, a separate indoor and outdoor shower, a mini bar, a safety deposit box, a hairdryer, a coffee pod machine, and a tea station.
The lodge is situated on a rocky outcrop and there are 132 steps to be climbed to reach your accommodation.
The main guest facilities include a bar, a dining room and a small plunge pool.
There is complimentary Wi-Fi.
Amidst the hills, about 2 km from Tshukudu Lodge lies the boma. Guests are seated around the fire, where they can relax and take in all that is the Pilanesberg National Park during a memorable bush dinner.
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