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The location for Lush Private Lodge revealed itself with the appearance of a buffalo herd, and so the owners took it as a sign and laid the foundations for this contemporary lodge on the exact spot. Tucked into a wooded hillside, this sheltered lodge is located in Black Rhino Reserve, a private concession in the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. A couple of hours’ drive from Johannesburg and a stone’s throw from the renowned Sun City resort, Pilanesberg is home to over 7 000 animals – including the Big Five, over 350 bird species, rare black rhino and African wild dog.

Guests can expect superb Italian family-style hospitality and a private, unique safari experience at Lush. Enjoy twice-daily game drives in the exclusive-use concession as well as the national park, with scenic stops for refreshments. Being in a private reserve means that you can go on guided bush walks to get even closer to nature. Optional activities like hot-air ballooning and a round of golf on one of Sun City’s championship courses can also be arranged. Or simply unwind with a good book or board game in the lodge’s comfortable bar lounge.


  • Superb service and hospitality at a family-run lodge
  • Exclusive traversing rights in a private concession
  • Spot the Big 5 on twice-daily game drives
  • See rare black rhino and wild dog
  • Guided morning bush walks


  • Game drives
  • Sundowners
A hidden gem of note! Tucked away in the Pilanesberg National Park’s scenic north-western region, you’ll find Lush to be everything you’d expect from a private, luxury safari lodge – but at an outstanding, great-value rate!
Monique Lange

Monique Lange

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Lush’s luxurious suites are distinguished only by their views: bush-facing or mountain-facing. These spacious units are private retreats interspersed between trees and designed with absolute comfort in mind. Extended fold-back glass doors open onto private decks equipped with splash pools, cushioned loungers and 2-seater tables. Bathrooms are en suite and feature large freestanding bathtubs and walk-in rain showers.


Lush’s minimalist décor and natural finishes complement the gorgeous surroundings and awe-inspiring views. Sip on a cup of the lodge’s own brand of speciality coffee or a glass of fine wine in the inviting bar lounge. During the cooler months, cosy up beside one of the fireplaces in the open-plan dining and lounge area.


Tables are neatly set out on the viewing/dining deck for meal times during the summer months or dine in the indoor area warmed by two fireplaces when the weather’s a bit cooler. Lush’s menus celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients and focus on the Italian ethos of ‘cooking now, for now’.

General facilities

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Boma
  • Plunge pool


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Dates Board Price
2022-01-01 — 2023-01-06 Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $340

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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