Escape The Grind, Relax And Unwind – Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge

Less than three hours from Johannesburg, the Pilanesberg is an incredibly rich and ecologically diverse game reserve where you are able to immerse yourself in the sights, scents and sounds of the African bush from an ancient volcanic crater.

Within this fascinating reserve is a haven of tranquillity and luxury – Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, which lives up to its reputation as a destination of choice from which to enjoy the truly unique bushveld experience that the Pilanesberg has to offer. Shepherds Tree Game Lodge is set within an exclusive use zone of the Pilanesberg Reserve, and the feel of the lodge is that of a secret hideaway, created to delight and entertain by bringing you close to nature. No comfort is sacrificed though and the friendly staff and attentive hosts are never far away with their signature service with a smile.

Arriving at the expansive and well-appointed Lodge, you are immediately struck by a sense of privacy – the Lodge is carefully designed to preserve the magical feeling of stepping away from the bustle of the city and into a place where anticipation exists amongst the wild plains and ancient hills. From the thrill of spotting big game to the quieter pleasures of identifying a nearly-hidden bird or simply taking the time to enjoy the spectacular colours of an African sunset, everything about Shepherds Tree Game Lodge encourages you to relax and unwind.

The game drives are an essential part of the bush getaway experience, and after climbing into an open safari vehicle, you can explore the vibrant landscape of the Pilanesberg aided by knowledgeable guides who have a wealth of information to share.

One of the greatest pleasures of being in the bushveld is not just spotting the coveted big five, but rather, enjoying the things that take you by surprise: catching a glimpse of an elusive honey badger, watching a kingfisher dive for its dinner or learning about the use of plants in traditional medicinal remedies.

There is a range of other activities provided by the Lodge, from informative talks by the game rangers on eco-related topics, to interactive drumming circles around a hearty campfire. To feel utterly relaxed, slip off to the award-winning Amani Spa for a soothing massage or rejuvenating facial, or while away an indulgent, romantic afternoon with a couple’s spa session.

Of course, no bushveld getaway would be complete without some fine dining to round off the experience. Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge serves up mouth-watering meals at its five-star restaurant for culinary enthusiasts and your host Tafadzwa Manyowa can set up a boma dinner under the stars for those looking for an experience closer to nature.

The time spent at this exclusive lodge, set in this exceptional corner of the African bush will linger with you long after you depart. Don’t be surprised if on one busy, smoggy afternoon you find yourself planning your next Shepherd’s Tree getaway – the only remedy for the city blues.

The Lodge at a glance: Shepherds Tree Game Lodge offers 26 Standard Rooms (or 13 family suites) with the option to be converted to create a family room, which includes two sleeper couches. The Lodge also has 4 spacious Executive Suites and 1 Villa with 2 bedrooms, plunge pool and private Boma.

Reservations can be made through the following:

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Lodge Contact Numbers: 014 551 3910


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