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Buffalo Thorn Lodge is an exclusive private, luxury safari lodge; a peaceful sanctuary nestled in the African bush yet one which holds all the excitement of big five game-viewing.

By road, the Lodge is about 2 hours from Johannesburg, in the heart of Black Rhino Game Reserve, within the Pilanesberg National Park. Only 30 kilometers from Sun City, it is in South Africas North West Province, a malaria free area.

Perfect for Families, groups and Friend Breakaways.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is part of the Black Rhino Game Reserve; in the Pilanesberg National Park. Only 30 kilometres from Sun City and about 2 hours from Johannesburg, it is in the heart of the South Africas North West Province a malaria free area.

Buffalo Thorn lodge provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules , with five luxury, self catering,thatched chalets accommodating only ten guests. The lodge is rented out exclusively sleeping ten guests. Thus meaning that you have the tranquility and the beauty of the bush all to yourselves.

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 or to the stories of your experienced game ranger. Alternatively you can star-gaze under an ink black sky or just relax over a good meal at the dining table and bar, inhaling the pungent smells of indigenous veld and wildlife.

Enjoy morning and afternoon Safari in an open vehicle as your ranger shows you the large and small species of the African bushveld. Or game view from the comfort of loungers around the pool. Alternatively relax in the Jacuzzi as many species of birds and buck, even some of the big five, such as elephant, amble past the electric fence a few metres from the pool deck.

We are committed to giving you a memorable Self Catering Safari experience at Buffalo Thorn Lodge.

And included in the rates, are:
- All game drives
- All daily conservation fees.
- A daily fully serviced lodge by the staff
- Tea and coffee in the rooms
Extravagant luxury has never been this affordable and accessible.

Accommodation at Buffalo Thorn Lodge:
All bedrooms or chalets are stand alone units. The 70 square-meter bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms have their own lounge and private deck with sun chairs in which to relax whilst overlooking the African bush. The units boast a king size bed (or two singles should they be required), a Jacuzzi bath as well as an indoor and outdoor shower.

Units are made up as follows:
- 2 Family units: with a King size bed (or two singles) plus a loft with two single beds (for children).
- 3 Double units with one King size bed (or two singles).
- Camping Cots are available on request
Note that only 10 people will be accommodated (children included).

Black Rhino Game Reserve is a natural eco system that has developed over thousands of years. In this unique reserve, the different vegetation exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter lowveld commonly known as bushveld.

As result of the range of habitats and vegetation found in the Black Rhino Game Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park, there is a wide diversity of animal species, from the Big five to 50 other mammal species, 354 bird species, 65 reptile species, 18 amphibian species and thousands of other interesting smaller species!

Rainy Season: It rains during the summer months between November and March, with thunder and lightning showers predominant in February and March. Temperatures hover around 79-86F (26-30C).

Dry Season: April to September is the cool dry winter season with bright clear warm days and cold nights, particularly in the mid-winter months of June to August. Game viewing/safaris is best in winter as the foliage has died back and animals frequent around waterholes.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge has a wide variety of facilities and services available to make 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
- Wi-Fi Hotspot

- 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 linen (bath and swimming towels)
- Electronic Safe
- Air conditioning and fan
- Lounge area
- Loungers on private deck
- Hair dryers

Daily Exclusive Game Drives (Safari) are included in your package and can be arranged with your Ranger.

Only 10 guests allowed on game drive/safari (including children of all ages). Two game drives per night stay (Morning and Afternoon)

Ask reservations for more information on activities.

Things to do in the area:
- Lion Park Tours
- Bush Walks
- Predator Park Tours
- Quad Biking
- Quad Bike Motocross Circuit
- Clay Pigeon Shooting
- Archery
- Interactive Gumboot Dancing Session
- Drumming
- Balloon safaris in the Pilanesberg National Park
- Team Building for corporates

Rooms and Units Available:

Lodge Exclusive Rent for 10 guests including Children- Midweek
All 5 bedrooms (chalets) stand alone. The unitsboast a king size bed (or singles should they be required), a Jacuzzi bathtub as well as indoor andoutdoor showers.
Sleeps 10 Adults

Lodge- Exclusive rent of whole lodge (midweeks out of season)Minimum 2 nights
5 rooms each with King Size bed and an en-suite bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, inside and outside shower
Sleeps 10 Adults

Facilities & Services available:

Children under 12
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Special Meals on Request
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Dining room
Cots available
Fireplace on the Premises
Tswana / Sotho
Communal Television
Communal Satellite TV
DVD and/or VCR
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

> Cancellation of booking than 90 days or more prior to arrival - 20% of total booking retained
> Cancellation of booking between 60 to 89 days prior to arrival - 30% of total booking retained
> Cancellation of booking between 41 to 59 days prior to arrival - 50% of total booking retained
> Cancellation of booking less than 40 days prior to arrival - 100% of total booking retained.


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 (into the R565).

- Continue on this road for approximately 27 km through a village 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 and park at the lodge, normal sedan cars should be able to reach Buffalo Thorn Lodge without a problem.

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

- Then continue for 1.47 km until you reach another intersection take the most right-hand turn then continue for another 470 m continue driving turning/keeping right until you see our lodge. Turn left into our gate, Stand 20 - Buffalo Thorn Lodge.

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