Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is set within an exclusive-use zone in the south-western corner of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, world-renowned for its Big 5 game viewing. This sumptuous Lodge is designed to offer visitors a secluded base from which to experience the best of the Pilanesberg bushveld without compromising on comfort or amenities. The Lodge’s contemporary style, clean lines, flawless finishes and earthy tones are reflective of the naturally pristine landscape. Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge provides three accommodation options: private villas, complete with plunge pool, and executive and standards suites. All suites feature a flat screen TV with select DSTV channels, private deck, and outdoor shower/s. Whether you’re relaxing on your private deck, savouring a five-star meal in the dining area or cooling off poolside, you’re never without a spectacular view of the plains below. Plus, its prime position adjacent to the Pilanesberg Wilderness Area makes Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge the ideal base from which to enjoy the area’s adventurous walking trails and get up close and personal with the resident bird- and wildlife.

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks & Tourism Board, custodians of the land. Acquiring a share in Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge entitles you to the exclusive use of the Lodge’s facilities for a period of 40 years, as well as access to all the Pilanesberg National Park’s public roads.

Pilanesberg National Park is just two hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and a certified malaria-free game area.


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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Description 1 May 2020
to 30 Sep 2020
1 Oct 2020
to 30 Apr 2021
Standard Room Single R5 355 R6 780
Standard Room Double R7 800 R9 050
Family Suite (Room Rate) R17 550 R20 360
Executive Suite (Room Rate) R9 830 R10 810
Villa (Maximum 4 Adults) R19 885 R22 100
Description 1 May 2021
to 30 Sep 2021
1 Oct 2021
to 30 Apr 2022
Standard Room Single R5 735 R6 640
Standard Room Per Person Sharing per night R3 820 R4 430
Family Suite (Room Rate) R17 185 R19 935
Executive Suite (Room Rate) R9 625 R10 585
Villa (Maximum 4 Adults) R19 470 R21 640

Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!

Special SADC Rates
Valid from 01 Jun – 15 Dec 2020

Standard Room Family Suite (Unit Rate)
Can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old
SA Resident Rate R2 400 SA Resident Rate R9 600
  • Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Gate Fee @ R180 per adult per stay, R80 per child from age 3 – 9 years old, Free under 3 years old
  • Conservation Levy @ R150 per adult per day, R75 per child per day from ages 2 – 12 years old, Free under 2 years old
  • Bed levy @ R 10 per person per day from age 1 year old
  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
  • Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adultsharing rate.
  • Children over 12 are charged as adults.
  • The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.
These special rates are applicable to SA residents only.
01 Apr 2020 – 30 Sep 2020
Standard Suite Family Suite (Unit Rate)
Can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children under 12 years old
Minimum 3 Night Stay R2 820 SA Resident Rate R12 000
Book within 7 Days R2 820


  • Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Above Rates are per person sharing
  • Rate excludes Community levy at R 115 per person per stay
  • Rates will apply on block out dates
  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.
  • Children between the ages 6 – 12 years will pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.
  • Children over 12 are charged as adults.
  • The above Conservation Levies are subject to change.

Situated in an exclusive-use area, aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge offers a variety of activities that go well beyond conventional game drives! Get the latest information about Pilanesberg activities and the award-winning Amani Spa at our reception.

Don’t miss out on exciting morning and evening game drives in an open safari vehicle that takes guests out into the Big 5’s territory in Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Experience the African culture under a starlit sky with a percussion band and interactive drumming circles, ensuring a joyous night around the campfire.

Join us for informative talks by knowledgeable game rangers to better understand the Pilanesberg environment and African naturescape.


Relax in the lap of luxury at the award-winning* Amani Spa, offering three spacious private treatment rooms that command an impressive vista of the expansive bushveld amphitheatre. You can enjoy holistic rejuvenating spa rituals, luxurious massages, pampering facials and other beauty treatments. For an intimate retreat, try the couple’s suite with its hydro bath!

*Awarded the Safari Spa Award at the prestigious Les Nouvelles Esthetiques in 2007 and 2013.

Guests at aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge are invited to enjoy delectable cuisine in our gourmet restaurant or outside at the boma in a bushveld setting a mere 2.5 hours’ drive from Johannesburg.



Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge’s facilities and services ensure leisure and convenience for our adventure-seeking guests. After a busy day spent outdoors, you can get the relaxation you deserve at the award-winning Amani Spa, which offers holistic body, skin, and beauty rituals. Get a soothing massage while enjoying the view of the lodge’s bushveld amphitheatre.

Other facilities and services that guests can enjoy are:

  • Babysitting or childcare (with surcharge)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Children’s pool
  • Computer station
  • Concierge services
  • Conference centre
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free self parking
  • Meeting room
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Restaurant
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Wi-Fi (with surcharge)


Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is located in the North West province, approximately 2.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Situated in a private concession within the Pilanesberg National Park, our malaria-free property is host to a wide variety of mammals and bird species found in the Big 5.

The property is close to the following tourist spots:

  • Ukutula Lion Park
  • The Gary Player Golf Course
  • Sun City


Standard Room 


The Standard room features an en-suite bathroom with a patio overlooking the magnificent Pilanesberg GameReserve. The Standard rooms, which comprise a main bedroom with  outdoor shower, can be combined to create a family room option, which in turn comprises twosleeper couches, a covered patio as well as a flat screen television with limited DSTV channels. Please note that there is no television in a standard room and is only available when booking a family unit.
 Private Villa


The Private Villa offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve comprising two rooms each with en-suite bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. Between the two rooms is a spacious lounge with a flat screen television leading out onto a patio with its very own private plunge pool for those wanting to relax under the African sky.

 Executive Suite


The Executive Suites offer an en-suite master bedroom with an en-suite indoor steam shower and double outdoor shower. The units each have a lounge which has a flat screen television with selected DSTV channels. The lounge leads out onto a patio that overlooks the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Private Dinner Venue Charges: 2020 Rates  
Bush Dinner includes Eco-Toilets R15 000 10-40 pax (include portaloos)
(** No children under 16 years allowed) R 220 Per person 41 pax +
Private Boma Dinner R 9 000 10 pax minimum
Exclusive Wine Cellar R 8 160 6 - 10 pax maximum
  R 4 080 2- 5 pax


  • Full Day Conference   R 10 500.00  
  • Half DayConfernce  R 5 300.00 
  • Wifi - Usage - Including as part of conferencing package
  • Data Projector - Including as part of conferencing package
  • PA system- Including as part of conferencing package
  • Flipcharts - Including as part of conferencing package
  • Tele-conferencing phone hire R1 000 / day - Data call usage included


  • Breakfast  R 250.00 per person
  • Lunch  R 350.00 per person
  • Dinner  R 400.00 per person 
  • Tea/coffee/snack breaks   R 100.00 per person


  • Marimba Band (1 hours  R10 000.00 
  • Tribal Dancing (1 hour)  R15 000.00
  • Interactive Drumming   R 210.00 per person
  • African Choir (1/2 hour) R 7 500.00 per person
  • Bushwalk (depending on availability) R800.00 / Person 2,5-3 Hours

Additional Services

  • Baby Sitting   R 180.00 per hour
  • Exclusive Vehicle   R 6 000.00 per vehicle per drive 


All rates quoted include 15% VAT
All rates for South African properties include a 1% South African tourism development levy
Check in time is from 14h00 and check out time is by 10h00 at all aha properties.

Game Lodges Policy:

  • Children: 0 - 5 years of age
  •  Stay free of charge only when sharing with two full paying adults, meals charged on consumption
  • Children: 6 - 11 years of age
  •  Pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with two full paying adults Full adult rate applicable if occupying their own room
  • Children: 12 years & older
  •  Occupy their own room and pay full adult rate
  •  Where a child shares with 1 adult the adult sharing rate applies.
  • Children under the age of 12 years will be accommodated on special children's game drives. This is subject to availability and at the discretion of the lodge manager.

Terms and Conditions

  • Rates are inclusive of
  • All meals, teas, snacks, 2 game drives per person per day and TOMSA 1%

Rates excludes

  • all drinks,
  • curio purchases,
  • laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Conservation Levy R115 per guest per stay. Subject to change as and when advised by North West National Parks

Please see below the standard booking terms and conditions:

If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, a 20% cancellation fee will apply.

45 – 30 days prior to arrival 25%
29 – 15 days prior to arrival 80%
14- 1 days prior to arrival 100%
Refunds where agreed are subject to a 10% administration fee.
Cancellations will only be accepted in writing

Deposit Policy

For all bookings made within 30 days of travel
Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

For all bookings made more than 30 days of travel
A 50% deposit Is required within 48 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

Standard Room:
Maximum of 2 adults
Family Suites:
Maximum of 4 adults and 2 children under the age of 12
Executive Suites:
Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children

Babysitting facilities are offered at R152/ sitter/ hr.
Children between the ages of 6 and 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide.
Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on game drives.
Sole use vehicle is available to facilitate families at an additional cost of R4 235 per vehicle per game drive.





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Business Hours:
Mon - Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours

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What sets us Apart !

  • Ideal for family or group getaways
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Home to the “Big 5”
  • Over 350 bird species
  • Effortless road and air access