Lush Private Lodge

Lush Private Lodge is the newest addition to the accommodation options provided by Black Rhino Game Reserve, a private concession within the world-renowned Pilanesberg National Park in the North West province.

Secluded amid an indigenous forest grove, this elite boutique Lodge stands out for its understated style and natural finishes which serve to emphasise the beauty of the surrounding wilderness and draw your focus to the magnificent views.

Lush offers guests a choice of five luxury suites – three of which are bush-facing and two mountain-facing suites – all designed to afford you maximum privacy and comfort.

Each exquisitely-appointed suite features an emperor-sized bed (which can be exchanged for twin ¾ beds), a full bathroom complete with an indulgent freestanding tub, an open-air shower, expansive wooden platform, and plunge pool.

Additional suite facilities include a refreshment station with Smeg bar fridge and Nespresso coffee machine – where you can prepare a cup of Lush’s Fair-Trade fresh coffee blend – and a range of deluxe body products.

Please note that Lush only caters to children aged 12 years and older unless in those instances where the Lodge is booked on a sole-use basis for a family or group getaway in which case guests of all ages are welcome.

Lush’s multi-level guest hub comprises a congenial bar area, dining room, and sunken sitting room. The open-plan interior leads onto a wraparound viewing deck where you can laze away the tranquil sunny afternoons in the inviting outdoor living area or tuck into the delicious cuisine in the social outdoor dining space. A traditional Boma is positioned a little distance from the main guest hub, the perfect venue for al fresco dinners alongside a central firepit and cosy barbeque evenings under starry night skies.

There is even a gift curio shop where you can hunt for a souvenir of your African adventures including the Lodge’s bespoke blend of Fair-Trade coffee whose taste and aroma are sure to prove a special reminder of your amazing breakaway.

Having exclusive traversing rights across 55 000 hectares of untamed bushveld, Lush assures guests an authentic and memorable safari experience with the chance to see the Big Five, the endangered African wild dog as well as a great diversity of other game species.

Activities include twice-daily game drives – with morning coffee and late afternoon sundowner stops along the way – and guided nature walks accompanied by certified field rangers. Or enjoy a fresh perspective on the Black Rhino and Pilanesberg Game Reserve’s resident bird- and wildlife by booking a hot-air balloon excursion.

Golf enthusiasts can escape to the nearby Sun City Resort Complex – which lies about a half-hour’s drive from the Lodge – for a round on Sun City’s championship Gary Player golf course or one of the Lost City’s courses. Alternatively, head to Sun City’s Valley of the Waves for a fun-filled family day.

With a sound reputation for warm African hospitality, flawless service, and superb setting, Lush Private Lodge is the ideal safari destination for the sophisticated traveller.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2020
per person per night (sharing) R5 190
per person per night (single) R7 266

Arrival & Departure Times

Check-in: 14h00 | Check-out: 11h00
*Deviation to these times by special arrangement only


  • Luxury accommodation; all meals; all teas/coffees and soft drinks; selected beers, wines, and spirits;
  • in-room minibar;
  • 2 game activities per day, with drinks and snacks;
  • Wi-Fi access;
  • 15% VAT


  • Gratuities; premium beers, wines, and spirits;
  • Lush Boutique purchases;
  • Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance fees
  • additional activities;
  • transfers


  • gratuities; imported beers, wines and spirits; Lush Boutique purchases; Black Rhino Game Reserve entrance fees; nearby activities; transfers
  • *Added to guests’ bills and payable on check-out

Payment Terms.

  • A 25% deposit within 14 days of making a reservation secures it, and the balance of payment is due 30 days prior to arrival.
  • For reservations made 45 days or more in advance of the arrival date, full payment is due within 1 week of booking.

Cancellation Terms.

In the event of a confirmed reservation being cancelled, the following cancellation fees will be charged:

  • 30 – 45 days prior to arrival: 25% of total reservation value
  • 15 – 29 days prior to arrival: 80% of total reservation value
  • 1 – 14 days prior to arrival: 100% of total reservation value

Choose from three Bush-Facing and two Mountain-Facing Suites – distinguished only by their views. Covered walkways lead to each, interspersed between the trees and with their own private entrances. Wilderness-inspired interiors, innovative use of space, and extended fold-back glass doors mean you feel immersed in nature even when in your suite. Their décor gives a nod to the Lupini’s Italian heritage, though much of the furnishing is local, supporting South African artisans. Designed with every comfort in mind, your Suite is not simply a base from which to explore the surrounds, but a living space.


  • Emperor-sized bed, convertible to ¾-bed set, with down duvet and pillows
  • Pause area with well-stocked Smeg minibar, and Nespresso machine and coffee pods
  • In-room, free-standing bath with a view
  • Walk-in rain shower with botanical-infused body products
  • Open-air shower made private by curved walls and bushveld foliage
  • Bathrobes of terry cotton and full-length
  • Hairdryer with two speed and three temperature settings
  • Air-conditioning, personally adjustable
  • Private splash pool and deck, with cushioned loungers and two-seater table

Please note: children 12 years and older are welcome; age restriction is revisable when the lodge is booked exclusively

I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy. – Ernest Hemingway

Lush guarantees you authentic safari adventures to write home about. Exclusive traversing in Black Rhino Reserve and the Pilanesberg’s Wilderness Area offers the opportunity to explore an untouched environment. Access also to the public section of the park increases your chances of encountering a large variety of wildlife.

Game drives, with scenic stops for refreshments – offered by the lodge, on the traditional twice-daily basis
Guided morning bush walks bring you closer to nature – offered by the lodge, on request
Hot-air balloon flights* give you a different perspective on the herds – booked with a trusted tour operator, on request
Golf* at the nearby championship Gary Player and Lost City golf courses, set in parkland and bushveld, respectively – transfers by arrangement

*At an additional cost; please enquire upon making your Lush reservation 


Dining is an essential part of the Lush experience. Days here are punctuated by culinary delights – as anticipated as the activities. All menus celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients in freshly prepared dishes. The Lupini family ethos of cooking now for now ensures consistent quality and satisfaction. Dining options range from light and healthy to downright indulgent, but special dietary requirements – including vegetarian and gluten-free – are catered for on request. Private dining can also be arranged.

  • Breakfast – continental buffet and cooked meals to order
  • Lunch – lighter meals that do not skimp on flavour
  • Afternoon tea – spreads of sweet and savoury treats
  • Dinner – chef’s signature tables and fireside barbecues 

Nearest major cities:

  • Pretoria – 185km/115mi.
  • Johannesburg – 200km/125mi.

Nearest airports:

  • Pilanesberg International Airport – 40km/25mi.
  • Lanseria International Airport – 165km/103mi.
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport – 230km/143mi.




Self-drive directions:

  • From Johannesburg, take the R512 past Hartbeespoort Dam and exit onto the N4 towards Rustenburg
  • From Pretoria, take the N1 north and exit onto the N4 towards Rustenburg
  • Travel along the N4, then take the R556 (Sun City/Pilanesberg National Park) exit
  • Turn right at the stop onto the R556, and continue on towards Sun City
  • Pass the Sun City gate and then Sun Village Shopping Centre (both on the right)
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto the R565 Derdepoort road
  • Continue on for approx. 27km – the entrance to Black Rhino Game Reserve is on the right
  • Friendly gate staff will direct guests on to Lush


SA Express airline locally services Pilanesberg International Airport. The airline offers twice-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays) connecting Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport with Pilanesberg. An airport car rental service is available, and lodge transfers can also be arranged.

Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. In fact, it is a shepherd’s tree – sheltered from the wind and warmed by the morning sun, between hill and plain – that marked the position of the main lodge. Its minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, which at once draws you outside. With this in mind, multi-level interior-flowing-to-exterior spaces are designed for outdoor living. Spend time between safari activities reading or playing board games on the couches, sipping coffee in the bar lounge – a favourite spot to rendezvous at any time of day – or stargazing from the deck.


  • Bar lounge serving the lodge’s own brand of specialty coffee, and a selection of local and international wines, beers, and spirits
  • Open-plan dining and lounge area warmed by two fireplaces in the cooler months
  • Breakfast bar for guests to help themselves to beverages and buffet choices
  • Viewing/dining deck with tables set out for meal times, coffee breaks, and sundowners
  • Boma for social outdoor dinners, with a barbeque, central firepit, and dining tables
  • Lush Boutique offering a range of select items for guests to take home something of their time here
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi with access throughout the lodge

Average temperatures in mid summer (January) range from a low of 19°C/66°F to a high of 31°C/88°F, and in midwinter (July) from a low of 4°C/39°F to a high of 21°C/70°F.
Average annual rainfall is 622mm/24in, and usually occurs in the form of afternoon thundershowers during the period from December to March.


Comfort is the order of the day, though you may wish to dress more elegantly for dinner i.e. sport shirts and slacks for men, dresses or blouses and pants for women. For game drives and bush walks, wearing neutral-coloured, natural fibre clothing is recommended, and we suggest packing the following items to ensure you are all set for your safari experience:

  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Warm pullover and windproof jacket (evenings and the winter months can be chilly)
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, and high-SPF sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellent (provided by the lodge, though you may wish to bring along your preferred brand)
  • Camera, video camera, spare memory cards, and charging equipment
  • Binoculars
  • Waterproof bag for personal items


happens in your own time. But the outline below gives guests an idea of what to expect

Spring & Summer  Autumn & Winter
05h00 – Wake-up call  05h45 – Wake-up call
05h30 – Tea/coffee  06h15 – Tea/coffee
05h45 – Morning game drive (±3 hours)   06h30 – Morning game drive (±3 hours)
09h00 – Continental buffet and cooked breakfast is served back at the lodge 09h30 – Continental buffet and cooked breakfast is served back at the lodge 
At leisure At leisure
13h00 – Light lunch is served   13h00 – Light lunch is served  
16h00 – Afternoon tea is served 15h30 – Afternoon tea is served
16h30 – Afternoon game drive (±3 hours)   16h00 – Afternoon game drive (±3 hours)
20h00 – Dinner is served back at the lodge, in the dining room/on the deck/out in the boma    19h30 – Dinner is served back at the lodge, in the dining room/on the deck/out in the boma