Overview of Lush Private Lodge

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.

Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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


Rooms at Lush Private Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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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.

    General Facilities

    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.


    Barbeque facilities


    Plunge pool


    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’.

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