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Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Luxurious lodgings, amazing views, great staff and delicious and varied food set in various locations; had the most informative guide Greg and only had to share our jeep; once. Could not recommend it highly enough. Not recommended for young children but fine for our 7, 13 and 14 yr olds; pool and spa. Copious amounts of food!

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Sandra S, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We are so pleased that you loved your stay here with us and I will definitely commend Greg for ensuring that your game drive experience was great and Chef Neroy is delighted that you enjoyed her team's food! We hope to host you and your family again in the near future! More

Sneads Ferry, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want the experience of a lifetime you must include a trip to this amazing place. It all begins the minute you arrive. Everything about the place is explained to you then you are escorted to a wonderful lunch. The rooms are beautiful, with a soaking tub and outdoor shower. We had a terrific game ranger, Mike, who was... More

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Sandra S, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are all very pleased that you had a great stay with us and especially that you had a terrific game drive experience with Mike! The Pilanesberg is such a beautiful reserve and we sincerely hope to welcome you back! Warm regards, The Shepherd's Tree Team! More

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed the for 2 days and one night at Shepherds Tree Bush Lodge for a wedding which booked out the whole lodge. Apart from the dreadful rain (it rained almost non stop, but this did not stop us and all the other guests from having a superlative-filled time!). We drove from Johannesburg and it took about... More

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Sandra S, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your detailed review! We will definitely never forget this wedding - it was incredible! Despite the rain, all the bride and groom's guests quickly set the mood for festivities suitable to this occasion! Chris is a fantastic barman with a persona to go with it - and he loved reading your review - in fact... More

Johannesburg, South Africa
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had the privilege of spending two nights at this fantastic lodge. It was awesome! The staff are friendly, the service is good and the food is great. The game drives were great. This reserve has a large number of animals and a great variety too. Our game ranger was very knowledgeable and had a great sense... More

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Sandra S, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It was a pleasure hosting you both and we hope to share the magic of the Pilanesberg and our beautiful lodge with you again soon! Warm regards, The Shepherd's Tree Team! More

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11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Although a bit pricy, this lodge is worth the money. The staff is always there to help you, the reception is great, the units are amazing and the food is fantastic. Considering everything is all inclusive the price is really good for what you get. We really liked the open showers, having an awesome view of the park while still... More

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Paso Robles, California
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Shepherd's Tree was the highlight of our trip.Outstanding service. Our safari guide Nikki is amazing-very informative and lots o fun. Chris the bar manager another favorite,lots of fun. Everyone was welcoming-we had the jr. suite, great room. Love the outdoor shower.Everything done well -awesome location, good weather, great people. So much to see and we got alot in in the... More

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Sandra S, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and especially that you loved the "Nicky experience" - and the fun way in which Chris manages his bar! They really are both assets to Shepherd's Tree and we look forward to welcoming you back - hopefully soon! More

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Two hours away from the hustle of Jo'burg lies the safari haven Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge in the heart of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Arrived on a Saturday afternoon for a 2-day stay with my partner. We were welcomed with a smile, drinks, cold towel and detailed overview of our schedule thereafter taken to our room beautifully designed,... More

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18 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went to Shepherd Tree lodge for a long weekend. And there were a few things that have stuck with me that I think other people ought to know before going to Shepherds Tree Lodge. It is well located from Joburg making it very convenient to pop off for a long weekend. The lodge itself is tastefully... More

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Sandra S, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am sorry that no one from our management team was made aware of any of the hassles you experienced as we would absolutely have addressed them then and there and hopefully have made your stay more enjoyable and definitely more comfortable - especially considering you being 3 months pregnant... More

Singapore, Singapore
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19 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We spent 2 blissful nights at the Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, which exceeded all expectations (which were pretty high, considering the positive reviews on Tripadvisor!). Located in the Pilansberg National Park, Shepherd's Tree strikes the perfect balance of embracing nature in all its beauty, with the comfort of modern amenities and facilities. ROOMS: We stayed in a family suite, consisting... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

My husband and I have just returned from four wonderful nights at Shepherd's Tree an easy two hour drive from Johannesburg. The lodge is of a modern design but blends in with the surrounding bush. The bar area has a wonderful view into the bush and elephants can often be seen wandering past. Our modern suite was spacious with a... More

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Additional Information about Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Also Known As:
Shepherd`s Tree Game Hotel Pilanesberg National Park
Shepherd`s Tree Game Hotel
Address: Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Specialty lodging in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Skirting the northern slopes of an amphitheatre within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve lies Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, the lodge enjoys unrestricted vistas of the wilderness area of this big 5 wildlife sanctuary. Sweeping patios and sun decks adjoin the generous guest entertainment areas and rim-flow swimming pool. A gourmet restaurant, open entertainment decks, cigar lounge and gift gallery are amongst some of the facilities that discerning guests will find during their African safari. The lodge also includes a conference facility and Amani Spa. Attention to detail extends beyond the pleasure of your hosts, and is perhaps only rivaled by the contemporary cuisine, freshly prepared by dedicated chefs. Shepherd’s Tree features 13 double and 4 executive suites accommodating a maximum of 60 guests. Absolute privacy is ensures through the linear positioning of the suites along an elevated contour line, and providing panoramic vistas of the reserve. Each chalet features full en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and safe. Whilst some of our guests will find proximity to the Sun City complex appealing, most of our guests are at Shepherd’s Tree for the thrill and excitement of big game viewing from the comfort of our custom built game viewers. Qualified and experienced guides are tasked with the pleasure of interpreting the sights and sounds of this vast wildlife sanctuary. The reserve is home to the big 5 and cheetah, wild dogs and hippo. Guests are encouraged to join their guide and host on 2 daily safaris, designed around optimal game activity periods, these occur in the early morning and in the late afternoon and evening, the afternoon safari is punctuated by a sundowner stop before continuing into the night with the use of a powerful spotlight. ... more   less 
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