There are few large cities in the world that can boast nature’s Big 5 spectacle in the wild, on their doorsteps. Experience a Big 5 Safari at this exclusive, secluded bush location deep in the Pilanesberg malaria-free Game Reserve. Dramatically positioned within the remains of an ancient volcano, it is home to lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and African buffalo and all the other iconic species, cheetah, hippo, giraffe, zebra to name a few. To add to its allure for the city-weary business traveller and couples craving the serenity of the bush and wide-open skies, there is the luxurious Tshukudu Bush Lodge, to recharge for the next big challenge!
Tshukudu which means "Place of the Rhino" is one of those rare game lodges where perfection is a reality. Indeed this is one of the best places in Africa to View Rhino. With only 6 luxury chalets and 4 suites, Tshukudu offers a romantic and intimate experience at the foot of the Pilanesberg mountains, with expansive views of the Savannah Plains below.The separate chalets are structured of natural environmentally friendly materials blending in to the landscape and distributed around the hillside to catch the natural airflows. This together with the thatched roofs and cool wood stone floors make the use of power-hungry air-conditioning unnecessary. The chalets are reached by series of stone stepped walkways leading from the reception and dining area, giving a blending with nature ambience.
Relax in your open plan lounge and watch the iconic animals of Africa wander lazily through the bush, towards the waterhole located below the lodge. At night, after dinner, take a short walk back to your private chalet and watch the stars traverse the African sky. Tshukudu is unique and memorable, in every aspect.
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 savoury and sweet selection; sundowners under African skies; a splendid selection of wine provides the ultimate accompaniment to your six course Dinner.
Accommodation at Tshukudu will be in a Luxury Chalet which is ZAR15710.00 per person sharing . But you can update your room to the Tshukudu Suite for ZAR19,220.00 per person sharing for two night stay during summer months.
During the winter months (May to August) the Luxury Chalet will cost ZAR14,560.00 per person sharing and ZAR17,720.00 per person sharing for a Tshukudu Suite for two night stay.
We can depart as early and this will enable you to stop on the way at places like the Elephant Sanctuary, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Cradle of Humankind, Ukutula Walk with Lions (extra time charge and entrance fee may apply).We can do a similar stop on the return to Johannesburg leg at the end of your safari but in the afternoon.
Child Policy. To preserve its natural setting Tshukudu Lodge is unfenced therefore no children under 12 years allowed.
Itinerary for This Tour
Arrive at Johannesburg (OR Tambo) International Airport, or be met at your hotel, from where one of Mmilo Tours’, professional guides will be awaiting your arrival to meet, greet and transfer you to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, and the 5 Star ecologically sensitively designed Tshukudu Bush Lodge.
You will be at leisure until the late afternoon, with time to anticipate your first exciting game drive. Then, set off on your first sunset game drive, in an open sided game drive vehicle, carrying max six passengers with your skilled and experienced game ranger.
Evening Game Drive, Bed, Dinner, and local beverages included
Depart for a morning game drive at dawn break, in pursuit of the Big 5 and the other magnificent wild creatures and return for a late breakfast. Coffee and muffins are served en route. Thereafter, have a swim, sun bathe at the poolside or just dip languidly into your private plunge pool (luxury suites only), before your afternoon game viewing. You may be in luck and spot game ambling along to drink at the watering hole in the reserve nearby.
Morning & Evening Game Drive, Bed, Breakfast, High-Tea, Dinner and local beverages included.
This is your final morning for greeting the dawn in the wild, as you depart on your game spotting foray with your trusty game ranger. Return for breakfast, before heading back to Bakubung Lodge. Our guide will meet you there at Bakubung and transfer you back to Johannesburg.
Morning Game Drive, Bed, Breakfast, and local beverages included.
Latest time for departure from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg is between 9:30 and 10:00. This is in order to complete the required checking in arrangements at Bakubung reception office at the entrance to the reserve. To guard the privacy of its guests, Tshukudu Lodge only allows their own staff to complete the transfers to/from the lodge deeper inside the reserve. So your guide hands you over to them at this point.
The lodge has been positioned to show of its spectacular surrounding landscape to best advantage. So, it is a 132 step walk from your chalet/suite situated on a rise to the dining room. You need to be in reasonable health and do remember to bring along your comfortable walking shoes.
You have a choice between a luxury suite and a luxury chalet, subject to availability at time of booking and payment. The price displayed is for a 2-night stay in a luxury chalet, per person sharing, between the months of May and August.
Our guide will transfer you from Johannesburg to Bakubung Lodge. Meet at Bakubung Lodge by 13h30 for registration, and the transfer to Tshukudu Lodge leaves @ 14h00. ONLY ONE SCHEDULED TRANSFER PER DAY. Please note that no private vehicles are allowed at Tshukudu Lodge as Tshukudu is situated in the Pilanesberg National Park, 20 minutes drive from Bakubung Lodge. Private vehicles are parked in secured parking at Bakubung Lodge. Late arrivals must be advised so that alternative transport can be arranged, but note that you will miss the high Tea & evening game drive.
Approximately 11h00. Guests will be transported back to Bakubung Lodge for check out. Our guide will meet you at Bakubung Bush Lodge for your transfer back to Johannesburg.
Included in Price:
- 2 Nights accommodation in Tshukudu Bush Lodge
All meals and drinks mentioned in Itinerary and underlined
Game Drives mentioned in Itinerary
Transport in Air-Conditioned vehicles
Private Transfers from airports/ hotels, and back in air conditioned 4x4 high seated closed vehicles
Entrance Fees to Pilanesberg Game Reserve mentioned in itinerary
Services of professional tour guide to transfer you to Tshukudu Bush Lodge and back to an airport in Johannesburg, alternatively to your hotel, provided that is no more than a radius of 40 kms. from Johannesburg International Airport (OR Tambo)
15% Value added tax, where applicable. VAT has been increased from 14% to 15% in the Government’s budget for the year, as announced in March 2018.
All passport and Visa fees excluded
Travel and Medical Insurance excluded
All Optional Activities excluded
All our tours and packages are subject to availability at the time of booking and payment.