Buffalo Thorn Lodge Accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa

Buffalo Thorn Lodge

5 Star Game Lodge at Lodge 20, Pilanesberg National Park, Black Rhino Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa. Show on Map

About Buffalo Thorn Lodge

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is nestled in the heart of Black Rhino Game Reserve, within the Pilanesberg National Park, only 30 kilometres from Sun City, in the heart of the South Africa’s North West Province, a malaria free area.

Buffalo Thorn provides the ultimate escape from busy schedules, with five luxury thatched chalets accommodating just ten guests. 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 and stories told by your experienced game ranger, star-gaze or sit under cover at the dining table and bar.

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives as your ranger shows you the big and small species of the African bushveld. Game viewing can also be done from the comfort of loungers around the pool and Jacuzzi, as many species of birds, small animals and even some of the big five have been spotted from the deck. We pride ourselves on giving you a memorable wildlife experience.


All bedrooms (chalets) stand alone. The 70 square-metre, en-suite bedrooms 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 singles should they be required), a Jacuzzi bathtub as well as indoor and outdoor showers.

Units are made up as follows:
• Two family units, one King size bed, loft with two single beds for kids
• Three double units, one King size bed
• Camping cots are available on request
• Note that only 10 people will be accommodated (children included)


Buffalo Thorn Lodge has a wide variety of facilities and services available making you feel comfortable and at home.

Outdoor entertainment:
• 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

Indoor entertainment:
• Flat Screen LCD TV
• Home Theatre System
• DStv (Digital Satellite Television)
• Pool / Snooker Table
• Wine fridge

Kitchen (fully equipped):
• 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 towels (bathroom and swimming)
• Electronic Safe
• Air conditioning and fan
• Lounge area
• Loungers on private deck
• Hair dryers

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is fully serviced by our staff of seven and it includes as part of the rate all game drives and all daily conservation fees. Extravagant luxury has never been this affordable and accessible.


This new reserve forms part of the Greater Pilanesberg National Park, which is in the extent of 57 000 hectares, in size. Black Rhino Game Reserve is situated in Pilanesberg National Parks (PNP) North Western boundary. It is just less than 2000 hectares in size and is the first extension that was incorporated into the PNP. The final goal is to incorporate farms between PNP and the Madikwe Game Reserve to form the “Heritage Park” that will be in the extent of 300 000 hectares.

We can enjoy traversing the entire park of 57 000 hectares in open game drive vehicles, for close-up viewing of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo) and numerous endangered species such as cheetah, African wild dog, sable and Tsessebe antelope.

The Black Rhino Game Reserve’s vegetation is predominantly sweetveld and it complements the sour and mixed veld of the PNP. The reserve is characterized by huge numbers of Tambotie trees and therefore regular sightings of the bad tempered Black Rhino are frequent.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Beach towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Children: cot, highchair, etc.
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Security (alarm system)
  • Security (guard)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool

Food & Drink

  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee

Accreditations (as claimed by Buffalo Thorn Lodge)

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)
AA Quality Assured Accommodation Superior

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per unit, per night

Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -25.16353611111111
Longitude: 26.97221388822222

Closest airport(s)
OR Tambo International - 300km

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h30
Check-out by 10h30

Listed on SA-Venues.com
November 2011 - 11 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Yolanda le Roux Ons het die week ongelooflik baie geniet !wat ons gedink het sou n hartseer herdenking wees ,het almal by buffalo thorne vir ons...

Yolanda Le Roux, South Africa

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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

  • Mastercard
  • Visa

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