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Black Rhino Game Lodge
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Reviewed March 5, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Black Rhino Safari Lodge for 4 days in early January and had an amazing experience. Due to various reasons we had to book at very short notice and so were initially allocated a room in the satellite camp which is approx 0.5miles from the main building.

The staff however are more than happy to transport you via golf buggy and are available whenever you need (my only negative on this point is that phones in the rooms would be useful to call for a lift if required at times other than breakfast/lunch/afternoon drives). Our room was very large and immaculate, the only slight oddity is that the bathroom is behind a wall seperating it from the main room (I think this was room 10-4 but can't completely recall) with no doors to the room. We moved to one of the rooms right by the main building for our last night and whilst a little smaller, it is nice to be able to walk to the restaurant and have a more traditional WC arrangement with a door ! Only other slight gripe is that the plunge pool at the satellite camp is tiny and filthy however I think these units are now owned by people other than Black Rhino so am not sure they can control this - the pool at the main building is well kept but again a bit small for more than 5 or 6 people.

The catering at the resort if first class and absolutely no complaints, the bar is also reasonably priced which was a pleasant surprise ! The main lodge building is beautiful and overlooks a watering hole which meant we spent many lunches watching animals drink whilst they were no more than 40/50 metres away at the very most.

Our Land Rover was guided by Rhiaan who is a great guy and very knowledgeable - we had a total of 7 drives with him and each one was absolutely brilliant; we got very close to 4 of the big 5 and it was just the leopards illusive nature which meant even Rhiaan could not find them. We also spent time chatting with Rhiaan in the evenings although again, one masive mistake by the Black Rhino in our opinion is to prevent the game rangers from having a couple of drinks with their guests; we have previously done two safaris and both were enhanced by being able to sit down for sun downers with the rangers and hear proper 'tales of the bush', we were also not impressed the management have the rangers serving drinks/dinner to guests - they are trained professional guides and we felt a little embarassed that they were also asked to be waiters. None-the-less we got on great with Rhiaan and have offered to show him the 'wild life' of London should he ever come to the UK !

Overall the Lodge was amazing and we cannot recommend enough; it did initially seem a little pricey but when you realise how much it includes and the calibre of accomodation and staff is represents fantastic value for money.

The only thing that would probably stop us returning is simply that we love trying new places; if the Black Rhino could replicate itself elsewhere then we would be there in a shot !

Room Tip: I would recommend flexibility in when you go in order to stay in the main camp rather than satellite...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Great place to stay.....lovely people,lovely service,hospitality and the best part- lovely rooms....stayed here for 3 nights apart from the game drives the place was simply refreshing....the rooms had no locks from the outside and we did not have to fear about our stuff....:) this itself explains it . But please be prompt for the game drive or else u will miss it....

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

My one problem was having to say good bye to Craig and his dedicated team at Black Rhino. From the moment I arrived I was made so welcome, the lodge is everything and more you could ask for. The game drives were all very well manged the rangers are good fun and are experts on any topic. As I stayed for 3 nights I was able to go out on a walking trek with one of the rangers. A great way to get out and up close it really enhances the overall experience. Overall it was a great way to chill out and relax, zero stress, well after I recovered from the shock that the resort does not have wifi. Yes you can survive for a few days without email !!
Well done to everyone at Black Rhino, if I don't ever return it will be my loss.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

Very friendly staff and rangers. Nice accommodation. However very bumpy road last 15 minutes and could be better signs to find your way to the correct lodge (there are several). Food was OK, very nice with afternoon tea and friendly service in the restaurant as well. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2011

We have been there for the last 3 nights of our honeymoon trips. Everybody at the lodge was so friendly, helpful. We can see that they love their job and the place.
We have seen many animals and luckily on our last game drive, the ranger found a group of 12 lions. Fantastic !
We recommend it at 200%.
Thank you again for this great nights/days.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

The Black Rhino Game Lodge is a great treat - it is suitable for families, friends as well as for a romantic weekend away. The live in staff and game ranger just adds to teh feeling of being in another world. The animal viewings are great!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

Not sure where the other reviewers stayed; the Black Rhino Lodge was so fantastic that we changed our honeymoon plans to stay an extra two days.

The rooms were incredible, with a TV we never used; and why would you? Twin marvelous showers and an outside shower that was even better. The bath was huge and amazing. Admittedly no fire in the room, but the massive bonfire at the lodge was far better than any room fireplace could be.

The service was attentive and behind the scenes. The food was exceptional, and we would return just for the puddings!

The rangers were passionate, professional, and knowledgable and we couldn't have asked for better sightings.

All in all, our honeymoon was better than we dreamed utter could be thanks to Craig and his team.

We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Thank Sean H
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Address: Road R565, Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range: $368 - $547 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Rhino Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 18
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