In one word, I would say my experience at Shepherd's Tree was perfect! From the moment my wife and I arrived at the lodge everybody in the staff greeted us with a smile and were always really helpful.
The room is great and very spacious, and the bathroom is twice as large as the ones in my apartment back home. As many reviews have mentioned, the outside shower is amazing. During our last day there I took a shower while a female elephant ate outside the fence of the lodge, not twenty meters from me.
The meals, which are all included, were excellent. At least three different main course option for both lunch and dinner, as well as 2 options for startes and a dessert. Drinks are not included, but are reasonably priced.
The highlight of the stay is obviously the game drives. Edmar was very friendly and both knowledgeable and approachable, always ready to answer our rookie questions. We were able to see 4 lions up close, as well as herds of elephants, a black rhino family of a female and a baby and lots more. According to more experienced guests of the lodge, the national park has a good density of animals which increases your odds of seeing them.
A couple of final things to consider: it can get quite chilly in the morning drives (which start at 5:30 am in the summer), so make sure you pack a good jacket and long pants. They did provide us with blankets, which was a nice touch. The Internet doesn't always work in the rooms, but really, you shouldn't be checking your emails in a place like this anyway.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shepherd`s Tree Game Hotel Pilanesberg National Park