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Get an overview of this hotelAn Exclusive Lodge situated in the Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park

Perched on a hilltop with sweeping views, including it's own waterhole, this property is in Pilanesberg National Park, home to a vast array of wildlife, including elephants, rhinos, leopards, lions, and buffalo.

Safari adventures

Daily game drives, guided bush walks, brunch, high tea, and five-course dinners paired with South African wines are included in the room rate; an outdoor rock pool provides a relaxing respite.

Private balconies

Decorated with African art, Tshukudu Bush Lodge's six cottages feature private balconies and oval sunken bathtubs overlooking the park's wildlife waterhole and rolling grasslands.

Resort Amenities

All-Inclusive Details

This resort is all-inclusive. Onsite food and beverages are included in the room price (some restrictions may apply).

Food and beverages

  • Meals, snacks, and beverages included

Not included

  • Airport transfers

Resort Amenities

Tshukudu Bush Lodge stands high on a hilltop in the middle of Pilanesberg National Park. The malaria-free park is home to a huge and diverse array of wildlife, including Africa's Big Five. Visitors can play “nature's alphabet” as they try to spot animals from aardvark to zebra. The Bushveld landscape is impressive, too: thickly forested ravines, rocky ridges, broad grasslands, undulating hills, and a large central lake that is a hotspot for game activity.

Game drives are offered twice daily, weather permitting. Game walks led by experienced field guides can also be arranged depending on the season. Both are included in the room rate.

Other activities include a braai (barbecue) under the starry sky.

Tshukudu Bush Lodge leaves roads and traffic behind; secure parking is provided at the Bakubung Lodge, with complimentary transfer (20-minute ride). Cell phone signal is limited, as is WiFi.

Please note that guests must ascend 132 steps to reach the Tshukudu Lodge. Children under 12 are not permitted at the lodge.

  • Outdoor pool 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Total number of rooms - 6 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Free parking nearby 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 7 


Free parking nearby

Room Amenities

  • Fireplace 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Balcony 
  • Free bottled water 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Deep soaking bathtub 
  • Desk 
  • In-room safe 
  • Room service (limited hours) 

Where to Eat

Tshukudo Bush Lodge Dining Area - International cuisine with African influences, paired with South African wines. Communal seating around dining table, fire, or pool. Private dinners can be arranged for special occasions.

Brunch, high tea and dinner are served daily and are included in the room rate. Brunch may include fresh fruit, cheese platter, cold meat platter, croissants, pastries, yogurt, bacon, eggs, sausages, tomato and mushrooms. High tea features sweet and savory treats. Five course dinners offer soup, a starter, a choice of two mains, dessert, cheese and biscuits, fruit, tea and coffee. A hot and cold buffet breakfast is served daily at 11 AM.

Nearby Things to Do

Game drives are offered twice daily. Game walks led by experienced field guides can also be arranged. Both are included in the room rate. The lodge also has a rock plunge pool.

A telescope is on site, and there is usually one pair of binoculars in each game vehicle. Guests are advised to bring their own binoculars.

Golfing and a wealth of other activities are available in Sun City, 15 km (9.25 mi) away. Ecotours are available onsite.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or near the hotel; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Ecotours on site 
  • Game viewing on site 
  • Game drive on site 

Resort Policies


Minimum check-in age is 18

Check-in time starts at 1 PM

Check-in time ends at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 11 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 11 are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children stay free when using existing bedding. Children may not be eligible for complimentary breakfast.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • No onsite parking is available.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No cribs (infant beds) available

No elevators


A city/local tax will be charged
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Resort Name

  • Tshukudu
  • Tshukudu Bush
  • Tshukudu Bush Lodge
  • Tshukudu Bush Lodge Pilanesberg National Park
  • Tshukudu Bush Pilanesberg National Park
  • Tshukudu Lodge
  • Tshukudu Bush Hotel Pilanesberg National Park

We should mention

Guests must transfer via required shuttle to the property. Guests must contact the property at least 24 hours before travel, using the contact information on the confirmation received after booking. Children 11 years old and younger are not permitted at this property. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

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Escape to the bush

4 out of 5
by from Wales, UK
Posted Apr 6, 2016
Pros: Beautiful views, comfortable accommodation and generous hospitality
Cons: While they offer wifi, don't be mislead. It's very slow and patchy. And there are only 2 plug points in the rooms. One of which wasn't working
Location: The Pilansberg reserve is beautiful and the game drives were wonderful
Tshukudu Bush Lodge is beautifully situated and luxurious.
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Fantastic memories of Tshukudu Lodge

5 out of 5
by from New Zealand
Posted Mar 3, 2015
Pros: Everything
We stayed at the Lodge in December 2014 for 2 nights. What an amazing experience. The game drives were fantastic. Our guide Shawn was very good and we were lucky enough to see Lions , Elephants, Giraffe, Leopards and Jackals. I cant recommend the game drives enough. The rooms were lovely and the service was good. Loved that all the drinks in the mini bar are free. Highly recommend Tshukudu and will treasure our memories from our time there.
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Excellent bush lodge overlooking plain and waterho

5 out of 5
by from baildon, UK
Posted Nov 28, 2014
Pros: Beautiful location. Excellent rooms. Great staff.
Location: LocTed on a ridge looking over a waterhole and plain. Gold courses, casino and restaurants in Sun City about 20 minutes away
A truly wonderful experience from start to finish. Beautiful location, superb service and unforgettable game drives. Luke, our ranger, made sure that he passed on his passion for the wildlife in the park and was also a superb host along with Shawn.
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Still open until 2015 - renovations on hold

5 out of 5
by from Sydney
Posted Sep 1, 2014
Pros: There are only a few cottages so we felt so spoilt on our honeymoon! The game drives were awesome thanks to Shawns knowledge and 18 yrs experience
Cons: Nothing
Location: Beautiful national park
Don't miss this beautiful hotel in your next trip to South Africa. Shawn looks after her guests like we are old friends with old world charm! The food, accommodation and game drives were amazing!
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Wonderful Safari

5 out of 5
Posted Nov 11, 2013
Our 3rd visit, and it was just a special as before. Fantastic game drives and a very special place to experience Africa.....
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Great African Safari Experience

5 out of 5
by from Florida, USA
Posted Oct 24, 2013
Pros: Great view, excellent service, intimate
Cons: Nothing
We visited the lodge in early October with our 21-year-old son. The lodge sits on a hill overlooking a valley and a waterhole. The atmosphere is luxuriously wild and intimate. There are six guest cottages, a nice veranda, a fire pit area and a swimming pool. The view is spectacular. We saw 50 to 80 wild animals in the valley below the lodge at any given time. Impala, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, chimpanzee and others were seen. The routine at the lodge is to get up at dawn have a cup of coffee and then go on a game drive. Ralf did a fantastic job of showing us all kinds of animals on the game drives. We saw lions, rhinos, chimpanzee, giraffe, crocodile, hippos, birds, impala, kudu, and many more. They serve you a great breakfast after the morning drive. The mid day is free for reading swimming or lounging. The evening game drive is cool because you get to see lots of animals after dark. The food, drink and hospitality at the lodge is first rate. If I go back, I plan to arrive in time for the evening game drive, probably spend two nights and might even bring a large party to rent the whole place. There is no where to exercise except going up and down the stairs. Overall a spectacular place that is highly recommended.
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Tranquil and Friendly Stay in Pilanesberg

5 out of 5
Posted Aug 6, 2013
Pros: The isolated location and fantastic view over a water hole.
Location: Located in the center of Pilanesberg. Sun City is near by but nothing in the area beats Tshukudu's game drives and tranquil rest.
Our stay at Tshukudu was quiet, restful, friendly, and informative. The staff is well established, knowing both Pilanesberg and the lodge well. Their knowledge and investment into Pilanesberg provided us with a neat insight. The enjoyable food was prepared by a chef that loves what he does.
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It was an amazing lodge... and we travel a lot.

5 out of 5
by from Denver, CO
Posted Nov 12, 2009
Fantastic. That's about all I can say. Make sure Zander is your ranger. Chef Nicholas is great and clearly takes great pleasure in preparing interesting meals for the guests.
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5 out of 5
by from Tallahassee, FL
Posted Jul 31, 2008
We had a wonderful stay in Tshukudu. We were there for 3 nights in the end of July. The game drives were terrific - saw the Big 5 and much, much more. The game guides were skilled, the food fabulous, and the environment was peaceful. I'd go back in a heartbeat!
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Safari und Entspannung pur

5 out of 5
Posted May 12, 2016
Traumhafter Aufenthalt, tolles Team - besonders Shayne unser Guide und Simon unser Servicemann! Wundervolle Safari-Erlebnisse und romantische Lodges. Sehr leckeres Essen und authentische Atmosphäre.
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