WHERE WE STAYED:
Thaba Lodge, Black Rhino Reserve, Pilanesberg, North West Province, SA
The magnificent Thaba lodge is a self‐catering, private luxury safari lodge situated in the malaria-free Black Rhino Reserve, a private concession in the wilderness area of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve Africa.
Thatched Thaba Lodge is an exclusive use lodge that sleeps 10 people sharing in 5 beautifully designed and fitted, individual, air-con spacious suites. A double shower and hand basins complement the beautiful bath in the en-suite PLUS you can enjoy the outdoor shower for those really warm days. Each suite is private and has a balcony with loungers and a gorgeous view.
The main entertainment area is an enormous double volume area with a fully fitted open plan kitchen with a walk-in fridge, scullery with dishwasher, dining area, casual lounge with flat-screen TV (DSTV), reading lounge with library, bar, pool table, and a wonderful veranda with a gas Weber braai, and spectacular views of the mountain (Thaba) after which the lodge is named.
Beautiful fireplaces allow for cozy winter evenings. The lodge has a splash pool and sun deck, boma with outdoor wood braai, an elevated viewing deck, and is surrounded by a non‐intrusive electrified fence to keep guests safe from the big 5 which are regularly spotted in the area. A small waterhole often attracts animals and birds for guests viewing pleasure. We were surrounded by buck at every turn.
The lodge is fully serviced and is managed by an amazing husband & wife team. Zander and Marike are both qualified FGASA game rangers who know the reserve backward, are so knowledgeable on everything wildlife, have superpowers when it comes to spotting animals, and ensure your stay is 5-star PLUS.
Distance from Johannesburg:
2.5 – 3 hours self-drive
· We got to see 4 of the BIG 5 and so many babies
· A RHINO FEEDING her calf 2 meters from our van
· A TROOP OF ELEPHANTS taking a long and fun bath….splashing was a prerequisite
5 TIPS FOR OPEN-AIR GAME DRIVING
1. Sunscreen & lots of it …..a sun hat is also a MUST
2. Binoculars to take in all the great spotting
3. A cooler box filled with cold drinks & scrumptious snacks
4. Eye drops for when the dust gets just too much
5. Warm blanket for when the sun goes down
BONUS TIP: Pick a game ranger who loves his trade, you will see & learn WAAAAY more than you could imagine.