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Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

5* Luxury Game Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park

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 Oct 2023
to 30 Aprl 2024
1 May 2024
to 30 Sep 2024
1 Oct 2024
to 30 Aprl 2025
Standard Room Single R7 700 R7 650 R8 850
Standard Room Per Person Sharing per night R5 130 R5 095 R5 900
Family Suite (Room Rate) R23 125 R22 925 R26 590
Executive Suite with Private
Heated Plunge Pool (Room Rate)
R12 275 R12 830 R14 120
Villa (Maximum 4 Adults) - Room rate R25 105 R25 970 R28 865

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

South African Resident Rates

Valid from 01 Oct 2023 – 30 Apr 2024
Excluding peak dates Public Holidays and Long Weekends

Including  21 – 24 March 2024, 29 March – 01 April 2024: 26 April – 01 May 2024


Room Type SADC Rate
Standard Suite
(max 2 people) per person per night
R3 828
Midweek
Standard Suite
(max 2 people) per person per night
R3 144
Executive Suite with Plunge Pool
(max 2 adults and 1 child
under 6 years) - per room
R11 340
Family Suite
(max 4 adults and 2 children under 12 years)
R15 312
Midweek
Family Suite
(max 4 adults and 2 children under 12 years)
R12 576
Villa – max 4 people - per villa
Private Entertainment Area & Private Pool + Private Vehicle
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea and morning & afternoon Game Drives
NB: Private meals need to be arranged in advance and will be charged additionally
R18 138
All-inclusive OFFER! Villa – max 4 pax
Private Entertainment Area & Private Pool
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea and morning & afternoon Game Drives
Includes beverages – bottled water, local beers and ciders, house wine per glass,
soft drinks and a selection of local spirits
R20 540
Exclusive villa offering
Private Entertainment Area & Private Pool
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea and morning & afternoon Game Drives
Private vehicle and private dinners served in villa boma
R23 580
  • Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Standard Suite Rate is per person sharing per night
  • Executive Suite, Family Suite and Villa rates are room rates
  • Rates excludes any items not mentioned or that of a personal nature
  • Rate excludes Community levy at R 145 per person per stay R165.00 per guest per stay. Applicable from 01 January 2024.
 
South African Resident Rates
Valid from 01 Oct 2023 - 30 Apr 2024
Applicable over Public Holidays and Long Weekends
Including  21 – 24 March 2024, 29 March – 01 April 2024, 26 April – 01 May 2024
Room Type SADC Rate
Standard Suite
(max 2 people) per person per night
R4 554
Executive Suite with Plunge Pool
(max 2 adults and 1 child
under 6 years) - per room
R12 960
Family Suite
(max 4 adults and 2 children under 12 years)
R19 176
Exclusive villa offering
Private Entertainment Area & Private Pool
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon Tea and morning & afternoon Game Drives
Private vehicle and private dinners served in villa boma
R23 580

Terms & Conditions
  • Rate includes all meals and 2 game drives daily
  • Standard Suite Rate is per person sharing per night
  • Executive Suite, Family Suite and Villa rates are room rates
  • Rates excludes any items not mentioned or that of a personal nature
  • Rate excludes Community levy at R 145 per person per stay
  • (Subject to change as and when advised by North West National Park)
  • 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.
  • Single rate is a 50% supplement of the sharing rate.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Within 4 weeks: cancellation policy with 20% Cancellation fees
  • Within 2 weeks: cancellation policy with 50% Cancellation fees
  • Within 1 week: cancellation policy with 100% Cancellation fees

   

BUSHCON
CONFERENCING IN THE BUSH
Shepperd's Tree Game Lodge offer state-of-the-art conference facilities.
Experience exclusive bushveld conferences, corporate workshops, meetings and teambuilding
sessions at our award-winning 5 star lodges at these amazing rates.


February – July 2024: R5 400 single | R 4 195 per person sharing
August – December 2024: R5 945 single | R4 615 per person sharing
Rate inclusions:
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, game drive drinks and dinner.
  • Morning and afternoon game drives in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
  • Use of conference venue from check-in time (14h00) until check-out time (11h00).
  •   Including standard equipment, cordials, mints, notepads, stationery, PA system and data projector, and 2 x coffee/tea breaks.
Rate exclusions:
  • Bar, spa treatments and curio shop purchases.
  • Telephone, fax and media costs.
  • Conservation Levy – R145   person per stay (subject to change without prior notification).
  • Additional coffee/tea snack break – R130  per person per break.
  • Extra activities are not included.
Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Only applicable to new bookings.
  • The above midweek rate is only applicable from Sunday night to Thursday, excluding weekends and public holidays.

 

Luxury accommodation in the heart of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

The design feature accommodates 22 Standard rooms (or 11 family suites), 4 spacious executive suites situated and 3 Villas adjacent to the magnificent main lodge.

STANDARD SUITE

The Standard Suite sleeps two adults features an en-suite bathroom as well as an outside shower, and a private patio overlooking the extensive game reserve. The Standard Rooms can also be combined into a Family Room which includes an additional two sleeper-couches. Satellite TV is available for a Family Room option only.

ROOM FEATURES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Ensuite Bathroom with Bath & Outside Shower
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Patio
  • Daily Housekeeping
FAMILY SUITE

2 Luxury Suites that open onto a shared lounge (which can sleep 2 children on sleeper couches) allow for a spacious family offering that can sleep up to 6 people. The lounge and covered patio provide for a welcome retreat from the heat of the day. The lounge has a flat screen TV with DSTV.

ROOM FEATURES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Ensuite Bathroom with Bath & Outside Shower
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Patio
  • Daily Housekeeping
EXECUTIVE SUITE

The Executive Suites provide guests with an en-suite, indoor steam shower, as well as a double outdoor shower, and private patio with private heated pool. The suite also allows guests to relax in their private lounge with satellite TV.

ROOM FEATURES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Ensuite Bathroom with Bath, Outside & Indoor Shower
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Sitting Area
  • TV (selected DSTV channels)
  • Patio
  • Daily Housekeeping
PRIVATE VILLA

The Private Villa include two en-suite rooms, each with a private outdoor shower. The villa’s patio offers panoramic views of the reserve, as well as a private plunge pool. The inside offers a spacious lounge with satellite TV.

ROOM FEATURES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Ensuite Bathroom with Bath & Outside Shower
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee & Tea Station
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Hair Dryer
  • Safe
  • Sitting Area
  • TV (selected DSTV channels)
  • Patio
  • Boma Area
  • Private Plunge Pool
  • Daily Housekeeping

A wide range of activities for our guest’s enjoyment

The Lodge provides a number of fun filled leisure activities for couples, families and groups. A list of activities can be found below, please enquire with the lodge to pre-book those not included in your package:

BIG 5 GAME DRIVES

Get the real feel for the African bushveld by going on a morning or evening game drive. Driving in an open safari vehicle, along with a qualified guide – experience the Big 5 territory of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Please Note: No children under the age of 6 allowed on game drives.

LIVE MUSIC

Get your feel for Africa through a culture experience under a starlit sky, alongside a percussion band and interactive drumming circles to ensure guests have a full and joyous evening around the campfire.

HOT AIR BALLON

Experience the only Hot Air Balloon operation in South Africa to launch from within a National Park, we offer a truly unique flying experience.

AMANI SPA

You can also enjoy holistic rejuvenating spa rituals, massages, facials and even more luxurious beauty treatments. For a more intimate experience, try out the couple’s treatment room with its own hydro bath.

aha SHEPHERD’S TREE & AMANI SPA

 

Pure self-indulgence


Relax, unwind and take yourself on a pamper escape you’ll never forget with Amani health and beauty spa. A truly African experience, the Amani Spa at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is the ultimate escape for pure self-indulgence. Relax in the lap of luxury and enjoy our pampering Holistic Body, Skin and Beauty Rituals designed to revitalise and restore the balance & harmony to your body, mind & soul. You are guaranteed to walk out glowing from the inside out!

The spa offers 3 private treatment rooms, 2 of which cater for couples, and one of which includes a stunning hydrotherapy bath. All the rooms look directly into the surrounding bushveld for an absorbing experience. The spa is operated by Amani African Spas.

While each of Amani’s spas is unique in respect of location, client and ambience, the lifeblood of the company remains consistent:
• Utterly personalized service and care, where each visitor is treated as the only visitor.
• Highly skilled therapists who are employed not just for their technical skill, but also for their intuitive ability to read the client and her/ his particular needs, as well as to manage the relationship on a long-term basis.
• A 360-degree approach to wellness that incorporates body, mind and soul through a diverse and luxuriant range of body, skin and beauty treatments.

Tailor made conference and incentives

Extra-sensory inspiration awaits at the award-winning Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge – a striking gem in the alluring Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Named the Best Lodge in the North West Province; when you experience conferencing here, the golden panoramas and wildlife roaming free will take your breath away in seconds, feeding creativity and energising body and soul.

Treat the team to an exclusive boma dinner or bush dining experience, featuring the finest cuisine in the land, set against epic views you’ll want to commit to memory. The Endangered Wildlife Trust Animal Programmes provide a unique exploration of South Africa’s precious wildlife and the fascinating eco-system that is such an important part of our nation’s singular identity.

The Lodge has a dedicated, state-of-the-art conference facility and functions centre, which offers stunning comfort for up to 70 delegates in classroom-style seating. aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge must be seen to be believed. And once you have arrived at this treasure in the bushveld, you won’t want to leave.

Highlights

  • State of the art conference facilities
  • Exclusive Bush Dinner experience
  • Amani Spa
  • Golfing at Gary Player Country Club
  • Team Building Activities
  • Endangered Wildlife Trust conservation programmes

Conferencing

  • Full day conference R10,500
  • Half Day Conference R5,300
  • Wifi – Usage Included as part of conferencing package
  • Data Projector Included as part of conferencing package
  • PA system Included as part of conferencing package
  • Flipcharts Included as part of conferencing package
  • Tele-conferencing phone hire R1,000 / day – Data call usage included

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 - FACILITIES

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 - LOCATION

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

 (Valid from 01 January – 31 December 2023)

Private Dinner Venue Charges Rates  
Bush Breakfast Dinner R17 250 10-40 pax (include portaloos)
(** No children under 16 years allowed) R 430 Per person 41 pax +
Private Boma Dinner R 9 770 10 pax minimum
Exclusive Wine Cellar R 8 050 6 - 10 pax maximum
R 4 030 2- 5 pax

Conferencing

  • Full Day Conference R 10 500
  • Half Day Confernce R 5 300
  • Full DCP Rate R880
  • Half DCP Rate with Lunch R625
  • Half DCP Rate no Lunch R400
  • Data Projector and PA System Included as part of conferencing package
  • Tele-conferencing phone hire R1,000 / day – Data call usage included

Meals

  • Breakfast R 300 per person
  • Lunch R 400 per person
  • Dinner R 475 per person
  • Tea/coffee/snack breaks R 175 per person

Entertainment

  • Marimba Band (1 hours) R12 000
  • Tribal Dancing (1 hour) R15 000
  • Interactive Drumming R 300 per person
  • African Choir (1/2 hour) R12 000 per person

Additional Services

  • Baby Sitting R 250 per hour (max 2 children)
  • Exclusive Vehicle R 5 500 per vehicle per drive
  • Bushwalk (depending on availability) R1 500 / Person 2.5 - 3 Hours
  • Romantic Turndown R 750
  • Bath Butler Turndown Service R1 500


Sundowners

  • Gin Experience R6 000 for 15pax or less, R 40pp for 16pax +
  • Wine and Cheese Experience R6 500 for 15pax or less, R 425pp for 16pax +
How to get to Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

From Johannesburg

  • Leave Johannesburg driving past Lanseria Airport towards Hartebeespoort Dam (suggested routes either William Nicol or Malibongwe roadways)
  • At the T-junction of Broederstroom (fruit stall in front of you ) turn left
  • Follow signs to Sun City turning right taking the bridge over the dam
  • At stop street turn right
  • At 4 way stop turn left (takes you past Chameleon Village) and once again follow Sun City signs taking you onto the N4
  • Once on the N4 Toll road, take the 1st off ramp for Pilansberg / Sun City
  • Turn right over the Highway continuing as though traveling to Sun City (+/- 80km) going through at least 4 4-way stops.
  • Continue past Sun City entrance and Bakubung Gate turn-off and proceed to the 4-way stop.
  • Turn right onto the R565 and proceed for 12km to the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge entrance

From Pretoria.

  • Leave Pretoria take church street towards Attredgeville towards Hartebeespoort Dam
  • At the four ways stop turn right towards Hartebeespoort dam.
  • Drive through the tunnel at Hartebeespoort dam.
  • At 4 way stop proceed straight (takes you past Chameleon Village ) and once again follow Sun City signs taking you onto the N4.
  • Once on the N4 Toll road, take the 1st off ramp for Pilanesberg/Sun City, exit number 225.
  • Turn right over the Highway continuing as though traveling to Sun City (+/- 80km) going through at least 4 4-way stops
  •  Continue straight past Sun City entrance and Bakubung Gate turn-off, and proceed to the 4 way stop.
  • Turn right and proceed along the road for 12km to the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge entrance on the right hand side.

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.

Rates Include

  • Per Person
  • All meals, teas & snacks and
  • two daily safari activities
  • Incl. TOMSA 1%

 Rates excludes

  • all drinks,
  • curio purchases,
  • laundry and items of a personal nature
  • Community Levy

Please see below the standard booking terms and conditions:

CANCELLATION POLICY

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

  • 60 – 30 days prior to arrival 50%
  • 29 – 15 days prior to arrival 75%
  • 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 1 child under the age of 6
Villa:
Includes private villa unit with private pool, private vehicle, lounge and boma as well as butler service. Private meals must be arranged in advanced and will be charged additionally.

Babysitting facilities are offered at R300 per hour (maximun 2 children)
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 R5 820 per vehicle per game drive.

Say “I DO” in the African luxurious bush

Your marriage made in heaven awaits at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, just two hours outside both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Take your vows in the glow of a golden sunset as you exchange rings against a beautiful bushveld backdrop; or say “I do” in an opulent lodge ceremony, surrounded by the warmth of the people who matter.

Toast to the future, with up to 120 guests as you look out over the Pilansberg Game Reserve’s panoramic landscape – painted in green and gold and teeming with majestic wildlife, roaming free. And you can host your reception in the outdoor boma for a true African flavour, or wine and dine your guests in the rustic restaurant.

From scrumptious buffets to delicious set menus, the selection of mouth-watering food options will tantalise even the most discerning palate. And with service so seamless, all you will need to do is bask in the magic of your special day.

Come and find your heart at Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, and leave with a lingering memory of the African sun, shining down on your special day.

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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 !

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