Tshukudu Bush Lodge


Tshukudu Bush Lodge is one of Pilanesberg’s hidden jewels. Nestled at the foot of an extinct volcano, within Pilanesberg Game Reserve, this upmarket Lodge is geared for romantic getaways. Each elegant chalet is positioned for ultimate privacy and offers breathtaking views of the nearby watering hole and the plains below, where the resident bird- and wildlife go about their business undisturbed. Expect frequent sightings of the Big Five when out on the daily game drives or bushveld walks with the expert rangers. Savour intimate dinners for two on your private balcony or alongside your personal mini-boma fire. Treat yourself to a heavenly spa therapy in the seclusion of your chalet. Unwind in the small but well-stocked library. Or enjoy a rejuvenating dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Famous for its five-star service, tranquil setting, and delectable Afro-centric cuisine, Pilanesberg’s Tshukudu Bush Lodge is the ideal destination for that special anniversary, honeymoon or couples’ only breakaway.

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 Sep 2018
to 30 Apr 2019
1 May 2019
to 31 Aug 2019
1 Sep 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Single Luxury Chalet R7 620 R6 850 R7 620
Double Luxury Chalet R10 775 R9 720 R10 775
Triple Luxury Chalet R13 475 R12 395 R13 475
Single Tshukudu Suite R9 910 R8 915 R9 910
Double Tshukudu Suite R14 015 R12 635 R14 015

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

Bush Walks
Each day guests are offered the opportunity to experience our Nature Reserve on foot. Bush Walks provide a unique opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers to experience the amazing African wildlife up close. Each bush walk is led by a highly qualified, enthusiastic, Game Guide ensuring guests safely experience this unique experience.

Depending on their age, young children will join in open game drive vehicles for safety reasons. Guests will kick-start the day with steaming hot coffee and homemade rusks, before venturing out at around 6:30 am. At around 8:00 am guest return to sit down to a sumptuous breakfast buffet.

Game Drives
Our highly skilled Game Guides will accompany guests in the morning and early evening in open 4x4 game drive vehicles. Their extensive knowledge and training ensures that your game experience will be unforgettable, exciting and informative. This private reserve is known for its close encounters with a vast variety of game including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). In addition, all game drives on the reserve coordinate their game viewing activities which ensure the best of sightings. Halfway through the early evening game drive there's a stop for sundowners and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 7:00 pm, with enough time to freshen up before sitting down to a buffet dinner served in the open air boma (weather permitting).

Activity time table will vary in summer and winter months.

Other Activities in the Surrounding Area

Apart from the bush walk and the 4x4 safari game drives offered by Tshukudu Game Lodge, the following additional activities and attractions are available in the Hoedspruit area of Limpopo:

  • Blyde River Dam boat cruises
  • Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre
  • Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (Kapama)
  • Elephant back safaris (Camp Jabulani)
  • Kinyonga Reptile Park
  • Mafunyani African Village
  • Giant Baobab
  • Jessica the Hippo
  • Horse riding at African Dream horse safaris
  • White water rafting (Seasonal)
  • Micro light flips
  • Panoramic Route (Three Rondavels, God's Window and Pilgrims Rest)
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Kruger National Park
  • Various local Restaurants and Pubs


The intimate conference facility can accommodate 30 delegates. It comes fully equipped with all the usual necessities. Our conference centre has the following standard equipment:

  • Projector
  • Pull Down screen
  • White board
  • Flipchart

Ponder the silence by a blazing fire at night and enjoy food of international standard and African flavour accompanied by a wine from our splendid selection. By day, you can laze by the rock plunge pool.

Tshukudu’s cuisine is not only out of Africa; it’s out of this world. Each dish is prepared to 5 star standards. A full English brunch prepared to perfection at the end of an early morning game drive; high tea with a savory and sweet selection; sundowners under African skies; a splendid selection of wine provides the ultimate accompaniment to your five course Dinner.

The Lodge
Surrounded by over 3800 hectares of undisturbed BIG 5 Game Reserve and the famous Drakensberg Mountains Tshukudu Game Lodge provides a relaxed home away from home. Welcome drinks are served in the open plan reception- and lounge area on arrival and our free Wi-Fi service is available to all stay-over guests should you wish to connect with family and friends back home.

African Dining

Buffet style breakfasts and light lunches are served on the thatched veranda and showcase South African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients. Evening buffet dinners are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the African Boma, under the stars. Traditional venison dishes also feature on this authentic South African menu.

The Rooms
Each of the 14 spacious air-conditioned chalets/rondavels/family units are named after the raised and rehabilitated animals of Tshukudu.

Provision has been made in certain units to accommodate the access of wheelchairs facilitating the disabled or elderly.

Each en-suite unit is equipped with a shower, minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities as well as a safe. Amenities are replenished daily. Hairdryers and international plugs can be obtained from the Reception desk.

Swimming Pool
Recliners under a canopy of thatch beckon guests to enjoy shady relaxation around the pool, which is also a prime vantage point for game viewing. A waterhole lies just beyond the perimeter of the Lodge and attracts various antelope species, elephant and buffalo. Indulge in the peacefulness of the African Bush while our trained staff brings you your favourite cocktail to enjoy.

Curio Shop
Not your regular curio shop, you will find original treasures that have been gathered from all corners of the African continent as well as functional items such as hats, caps, beanies and T-shirts as well as postcards, toiletries and various small trinkets that will remind you of your African Safari.

General Information

  • Keep clothing colours as neutral and as light as possible, so you blend in better with the surrounding environment. Khaki, beige, brown and green are generally best, as darker and brighter colours attract unwanted mosquitoes and insects.
  • During certain times of the year malaria may be more prevalent in certain areas and we therefore suggest a mosquito repellent like Peaceful Sleep or something similar. Alternatively contact your local GP regarding the necessity of malaria prophylaxis.
  • A pair of comfortable walking shoes for bush walks or when off the game drive vehicle.
  • Meals are informal, so smart attire is not required.
  • Please pack a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight and binoculars.
  • Electricity at Tshukudu is a 220-volt alternating current system. Wall plug units take a round two-prong European plug. It is advisable to bring the necessary converter or adapter from your home country, should you need to charge cameras or laptops. Alternatively, international adaptors are available at the Reception Desk.
  • Remember to pack your camera as well as a video camera, along with all the necessary plugs, chargers and memory cards needed.
  • There is a Wi-Fi hotspot in the general public area of the veranda and reception.
  • Cellular phones work in most areas of South Africa and also in certain areas within the reserve, although it is not permitted to take cellular phones on game drive vehicles as they are considered an intrusion
  • All our units are supplied with amenities such as soap, shower gel and shampoo. You may, however, wish to bring your favourite toiletries with you.
  • The lodge offers a laundry service at a nominal additional rate.

When you visit Tshukudu, we ask that you leave all the trappings of city life behind - including your car. Guest vehicles can be parked in protected parking bay at Bakubung Bush Lodge.

From there, you can entrust everything to us:

  • Transfers between Pilanesberg Airport and Tshukudu can be arranged at a charge.
  • One daily transfer from Bakubung at 14h30. High tea served on arrival.

Directions from Fourways, Sandton

  • Travel north along William Nicol Drive to the four-way intersection with Witkoppen Road.
  • Turn left into Witkoppen road towards Lanseria/Roodepoort.
  • Turn right at the intersection with Hans Strijdom Extension on the road towards Broederstroom and Lanseria.
  • Cross over the Muldersdrift/Diepsloot Road and continue with the R512 towards Broederstroom and Lanseria.
  • Cross the bridge over the R28 Krugersdorp/Pretoria highway, pass the Lanseria turnoff and continue straight ahead.
  • At the T-junction turn left on the R512 to Magaliesberg.
  • Continue on this road until you see the Sun City signboard on your left. Turn right on the R512 to Brits and cross the bridge over Hartebeespoort Dam.
  • At the T-junction turn right on the R512 to Brits. Follow directional signs.
  • Continue to the four-way stop and turn left on the R512/27 for Brits/Rustenburg.
  • Pass the first Brits turnoff. At the signpost R27 Rustenburg/Brits turn right.
  • On the bridge turn left towards Rustenburg.
  • Continue till you get to the slipway to the left. Take the slipway and continue on the new N4 highway.
  • A signboard on the left side of the road indicates Pilanesberg to the left on route 91. Exit left off the highway. At the T-junction turn right and continue on this road to Sun City.
  • Pass the Kwa Maritane signboard and Sun Village 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 14h00 from Bakubung.

Directions from Centurion, Pretoria

  • Take the N1 North towards Polokwane.
  • Take the N4 Rustenberg Split (toll-road)
  • Follow the road straight, a signboard on the left side of the road indicates Pilanesberg to the left on route 91. Exit left off the highway. At the T-junction turn right and continue on this road to Sun City.
  • Pass the Kwa Maritane signboard and Sun Village 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 14h00 from Bakubung.

Terms & Conditions exclusive to Tshukudu Bush Lodge

  • Luxury Chalet - Each custom designed chalet offers a romantic sunken bath, an open plan lounge and bedroom, a fireplace and private balcony.
  • Tshukudu Suite - Each spacious custom designed suite has all of Tshukudu’s finest touches as standard, including the crystal chandeliers and rock craft fireplace.
  • Luxurious baths overlooking the plains remain an integral feature of the bathroom and romantic experience. The Tshukudu Suites also include a private plunge pool on their secluded decks, and outdoor shower and twin vanities.
  • Minimum two night stay over weekends (Friday & Saturday)
  • Check in at Bakubung by 13h30 daily; please note there is one scheduled transfer to Tshukudu per day.
  • No children under the age of 12 years permitted at the lodge
  • Please note that there are 132 steps to lodge.
  • For the full Tshukudu bush experience there are no radios, televisions or telephones. Cell phone reception is very limited.
  • Rates include transfers between Bakubung and Tshukudu, accommodation, welcome drinks on arrival, high tea, two game drives, five-course dinner, brunch and all local beverages.
  • Five-course meals are prepared for guests in the dining room or bush dinner (weather permitting).


  • Unfortunately no children under the age of 12 years are allowed at the Lodge.
  • Children between the ages of 12 – 17 years, sharing with 1 or 2 adults will be charged a third person supplement rate on a Fully Inclusive basis


  • Sparkling Wine in room on arrival
  • Bubble-bath with candles after game drive
  • Private dinner with Butler for the evening


Rooms will be kept until 18h00 on day of arrival unless otherwise assured or guaranteed.
2.2. Full pre-payment of the accommodation amount is required in order to secure your booking.
2.3. Check-in is from 14h00 and check-out is by 10h00.
2.4. Cancellation Policy per Booking:
a. Cancellations – for two or less rooms – within 48 hours prior to arrival will be subject to a full cancellation fee of the value of the accommodation booked.
b. Cancellations – for three to nine rooms – within seven days prior to arrival will be subject to a full cancellation fee of the value of the accommodation booked.
c. Cancellations – ten rooms or more – tour cancellation policy in 1 above will apply.
2.5. Guaranteed reservations i.e in respect of which full payment has been received or alternative guarantees are in place with extended payment facilities at the hotel, will be held for first night only, after which the accommodation will be released if not taken up by then.

Rates quoted in South African Rand are inclusive of VAT @ 15%.


Tshukudu Suite
  • Four luxury suites
  • King size extra length bed
  • Spacious lounge leading to deck with own private plunge pool
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath
  • Separate indoor and outdoor shower
  • Minibar
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer
  • Coffee pod machine
  • Tea station

Luxury Chalet
  • Six cottages
  • Queen size bed
  • Day bed
  • Open plan lounge with fireplace
  • Sunken bath
  • Shower over bath
  • Fully-stocked minibar
  • Bird books
  • Magazines
  • Plug points
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Safety deposit box
  • Balcony overlooking the Savannah and waterhole





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