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“The Jewel in the crown!” 5 of 5 stars
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   P.O. Box 6805, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Darlington, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“The Jewel in the crown!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2007

Outstanding!

  • Stayed November 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2007

My stay at Tshukudu was really a great experience. I enjoyed every minute and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see amazing wildlife and stay in an awesome accomodation.

Everything from the transportation to the lodge, the guided game drives with refreshment break, and fantastic dinners, to the 0520 "wake-up" for the morning game drive was very well organized; and all of the staff were so nice and accomodating.
I must mention Shawn and Doug, and say thanks again to both of you. They are very knowledgeable and experienced guides who absolutely go out of their way to make sure that your stay is comfortable and that you have every opportunity to get many awesome wildlife pictures on each game drive.
The cottage with the sunken bath and balcony was lovely and well maintained. The balcony was a great place to relax with a drink; and view several different species of wildlife crossing the veld to the watering hole.
I have no complaints, only FANTASTIC memories and recommend Tshukudu for an unforgettable South African experience.

  • Liked — The game drives, wildlife and cottage
  • Disliked — No mobile signal
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2007

Where do I start......just perfect! Staff are out of this world, location amazing, food divine, room stunning and the sunken bath (with candles provided) overlooking the plains breathtaking.

Game drives are wonderful and flexible to meet your requirements. Before the afternoon drive you choose what drink you want during the break. Gin and tonic (with lemon) is the only way to refresh yourself on safari! Nibbles provided to keep you going until the fabulous dinner. Morning game drives start after coffee and a flapjack or fruit and have a break where delicious muffins and coffee keep you going until brunch when you return.

We would advise staying more than 1 night to make the most of the peace and quiet to relax in during the day. Many guests do 1 night; arrive, game drive, dinner, sleep, game drive, brunch leave - but you miss sitting on the balcony and watching the animals coming to and going from the water hole outside.

Evening begin with drinks around the fire followed by an amazing 6 course dinner where the chef personally comes out to explain when he has chosen to cook for you. Try unusual dishes like ostrich and impala as it'll widen your experience.

There is nothing to improve at this venue! Tshukudu is the best place I have ever stayed at. You will not want to leave! Go there!!!!

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2007

We stayed at the Tshukudu prior to a trip to Sun City. We stayed for 4 nights and it was the best thing we did. The game drives were exceptional, we had an expert gamer called Adrian who was fantastic. We went on 2 game drives a day and saw different things most times, it was never the same, we even had a game walk and encountered 5 Rhino, truly exceptional. The hospitality at the lodge in terms of good food, expertise on wine etc was brilliant, it was like being fed in a 5 star hotel in the evenings, the 6 course dinners were beyond expectation. The rooms at the lodge were really nice and comfortable, you had everything you need and the sunken bath looking out over the plains is a must.
Make sure you keep your doors closed as the monkeys have a habit of coming in the rooms.
To be honest there aren't enough words to describe a stay here, but if you are seriously interested in looking at the animals and finding out about South Africa, with the added bonus of total peace, relaxation, tranquility this is the place without any doubt. I cannot recommend it enough.

Stayed January 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2007

We stayed here for three nights of a three week honeymoon. Although we did not know the rating of the lodge beforehand, I understood it to be good, the lodge far exceeded any expectation beyond that of a 5* stay.

Physically, the lodge itself is exceptional but it was the attitude of the staff that makes this place a real jewel in Africa if not the World. It presents itself luxuriously in a formal style yet being very laid back at the same time making for a very relaxing experience.

The Safaris are long trips and are well catered for. The morning would start at about 6, finish at about 12, followed by lunch, then another Safari at about 2 and being back by 7'ish. The Safaris are totally random as to where you go and what you can see so no two are ever the same. They can be quite tiring and by the third day I was quite happy just to sit on the Veranda (or lay in my bath) watching the Zebras wander down the hill to the local watering hole.

When it comes to evening dining do not expect to dine quietly in a corner on your own. Evening dinner is a first class affair that involves all guests and Safari guides dining at one table. Thankfully its not black tie, in fact you could wear shorts and t-shirt if that is what makes you comfortable. Prior to the meal one of the guides, Doug, will introduce the chosen wines with a detailed history and likewise the chef, Greg, does the same with the menu. During the meal you will hear Safari tales to keep you enthralled whilst you fine dine.

At the end of the meal every one retires to the veranda or open fire to talk about the Safari that day or just about anything you like. The drinks bar is totally free and is made up of top brand names and is very well stocked. The staff cannot do enough for you.

Those evenings will honestly stay with me for a long time as indeed the whole stay. It goes to show that it's the people that make your stay a memorable one.

  • Liked — Fanastic level of service with exceptionally high standards.
  • Disliked — Leaving it behind.
  • Stayed May 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2006

I'm a seasoned traveller, but having returned from 6 glorious nights at Tshukudu, I now have a new favourite place on earth!
Tshukudu is like staying at the home of a close friend. Because there's only 6 cabins, a full house means 14 guests...and 20 odd staff! From Andre (the managing director) to the brilliant game rangers (we were lucky enough to spend our time with Doug)..even the head chef Greg.... by the end of our trip we knew each of them personally, having dined with them or enjoyed their late night story-telling around the open air braai. These guys are so passionate about their lodge, and that passion rubs off on the guests...hence the reason so many return! The little details made all the difference- from the unlimited mini bar, to the little bottles of amarula and handtied poems on our pillows every night! The game walks and drives were spectacular. Tshukudu is set in the Pilanesberg, which has the advantage of being malaria free and small enough so that you'll have a good chance of seeing the big 7. But nothing can compare to the night I came back from my game drive to find my cabin lit by a roaring fire and candlelight, a private 7 course dinner for 2, a rose petal strewn bubble bath, champagne and 100 red roses. I didn't think that my boyfriend of 6 years was a romantic...boy was I wrong! The team at Tshukudu went above and beyond the call of duty when Barry told them he wanted to propose... and I will never ever forget it.
Tshukudu is quite unlike anywhere you will ever stay...you'll leave feeling like part of the family. I hear they're going to be buidling a honeymoon chalet (although how they'll improve on perfection, I have no idea!). So no guesses where I'll be going on my honeymoon then!

  • Liked — EVERYTHING!
  • Disliked — Nothing whatsoever...perhaps only I should have stayed there for longer!
  • Tips/Secrets — If you do go in winter,make sure you take a good warm jacket for the morning and evening game drives...can be very chilly!
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2006

This place is heaven on earth -spent a great 3 days and nights with wonderful food hosts and accomodation. would love to go back sometime although the 5 am game drives are a bit early after the fabulous evenings .

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Address: P.O. Box 6805, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tshukudu Bush Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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