Incorporated in the magnificent malaria-free, big 5 Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

An idea retreat, Black Rhino Game Lodge boasts 19 Suites and 4 Luxury Suites. Each air-conditioned suite offers tea and coffee making facilities, T.V’s, DSTV, WIFI and expansive bathrooms including an outdoor shower. The 4 Luxury Suites features the same as the Luxury Suites but are bigger in size and has their own Hot Tub or Plunge pool

Overlooking a busy waterhole, which is a hive of bird and animal activity and a favourite playground for elephant and buffalo, the central gathering area is an expansive space which invites the opportunity of outdoor living.

The well appointed open plan lounge and dining areas spill over onto shady timber decks which offer guests wonderful areas for relaxation and game viewing.

Africa has an age-old rhythm that is experienced through the hospitality of its people. Experienced game rangers and a team of energetic hosts will welcome guests in their journey of discovery. Open vehicle safaris through this picturesque game reserve combined with moments of magic at the fireside whilst enjoying a starlit dinner will delight guests. A visit to this special corner of Africa will remain in many fond memories.


The main lodge boasts 19 Suites and 4 Luxury Suites. Each air-conditioned suite offers tea and coffee making facilities, T.V’s, DSTV, WIFI and expansive bathrooms including an outdoor shower. The 4 Luxury Suites features the same as the Suites but are bigger in size and has their own Hot Tub or Plunge pool.


The Black Rhino Game Lodge is on the western side of the malaria free, ‘Big Five’ Pilanesberg National Park of South Africa’s North West Province, the Lodge provides a beautiful bushveld getaway. We offer two thrilling game drives each day to explore the magnificent landscape and get up close to the wildlife that call it home. 


 named after a Tswana chief who went by the name ‘Pilane’.

The park was named after a Tswana chief who went by the name ‘Pilane’. The northern part of Pilanesberg National Park was originally owned by the Bakgatla – ba – Kgafela tribe (also known as the Bakgatla tribe). The southern area of the park was formerly a set of farms owned by local farmers in the 1860s and they were responsible for the development of the Mankwe Dam in the reserve. The Government during the 1960s under the apartheid regime then bought these farms in the south of the park. The Bakubung tribe decided to settle on this land, arriving from the nearby town of Ventersdorp. This land was then passed onto Bophuthatswana (an area set aside for members of a specific ethnicity – ‘Bophuthatswana’ means gathering of the Tswana people).

Now was the time for the re-introduction of wildlife into the area and the conversion of Pilanesberg into a game reserve. Chief Tsidmane Pilane from the Bakgatla tribe agreed to the inclusion of a mountainous region owned by them, to be included in the new reserve. Families were moved to a new town to the east of the reserve in an agreement with tribal authority. These are the stages leading up to what we observe today as the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.



the safety of our guest’s and staff are our top priority. 

A new 20-step protocol that is currently being introduced to our lodge. New cleaning and disinfection procedures, increased attention to safety in communal spaces, protective equipment, and updated training for team members are included in the new protocols. These protocols describe specific processes and measures that are designed to make you feel confident when you visit us. To learn more read the outlined steps below:

Lindie Stiehler
Lindie Stiehler
Feb 2021 Lindie Stiehler & Family Lindie Stiehler & Family Black Rhino Game Lodge) itself was lovely designed and layed out, therefore we as a family loved our “family hideaway” (Suites 1 & 2 + 19 very much!! Here we enjoyed awesome family time with our own private splash pool inside the bush! Our food was perfectly done, delight and plentiful. All the staff and chefs were exceptionally well trained, friendly, helpful and went out of their way to be there for us at all times, making sure we are feeling welcome, comfortable and satisfied. The Park is beautiful with a wide diversity and endless landscapes, animals & birdlife! During an afternoon safari the sunsets were just so dramatic and we even got to experience a thunderstorm! We learn a lot from our guide and completely fall in love again with the SA Bushveld. We saw so many animals and birds, the Kori Bustard, Hamerkop and Rufous Naped Lark were a few of my favourite birds. Although the Elephants quickly became also a favourite, watching them and learn more about their family life’s and behaviour. I can recommend Black Rhino Game Lodge to all visitors from all over the world. This might be our first visit to Black Rhino Game Reserve, but not our last, we will be back. Also A BIG thank you, to Santie, Matthew and their teams!!
Excellent weekend get away. Wonderful experience, staff and service was super, delicious food, activities were handled in a very professional, manner. The lodge was clean, beds comfortable and all amenities available that you might need. We had an awesome weekend and will will definitely go again.
A bush break deserved We decided to treat our staff for a weekend away as it has been a long hard year. I would like to thank all the staff at Black Rhino for making our year end superb. A special thanks to Olivier, Karabo and Thabo for going the extra mile and nothing I asked was too much effort. Precious you too were always ready with a smile. In actual fact all staff on every shift were amazing. The rooms were very comfortable, clean and spacious. Thanks RJ for the very interesting game drives. It was amazing to see so many elephants and even though sometimes a little too close for comfort. Thank you for your patience with some amazing photo opportunities. You have a fantastic knowledge of the bush. The à la carte lunches were amazing, unfortunately I am not a huge fan of Buffets dinners or breakfasts. Once again thanks to all.
Liz Dev
Liz Dev
Amazing spot My husband and I spent the weekend at Black Rhino Lodge. We had an amazing time, food was excellent, location great, rooms very comfortable and game drives spectacular. The staff were very friendly and our ranger, Kobus, was great, we had some very special sightings. A fantastic get away weekend
Amazing visit The Black Rhino Game Lodge is amazing and a great getaway for some family and down time. The game drives are fantastic, food is wonderful and the rooms spacious and comfortable. But the best part is the staff - they are amazing. From the lady who helped with reservations, to the staff at reception. The waiters deserve a special mention - they are superb. Cobus our game ranger was tenacious and very knowledgeable - he accommodated the kids on the drive and was eager in showing and teaching us. Cant wait to go back!
Jia B
Jia B
Good & Bad Good: 1. Amazingly friendly staff. 2. Beautiful and spacious room. It was brand-new. 3. Elephants came to the water dam to drink and bath in the accommodation 4. We saw 4 out of Big 5. Just missed leopard 5. Food was divine. When there were not many guests they provided a course meal for dinner and it was so nice. Second day we had a buffet breakfast and dinner but still were good. No complaints. Bad: 1. When we arrived I found some yellow marks on the duvet cover but they changed it quickly. I found some yellow marks on towel for the floor but didn’t report it as we had more than enough towels. 2. When another person use the toilet in the room you can hear all the sound. 3. IMPORTANT: I am an Asian and my husband is South African who can’t speak Afrikaans. Second day we had four new people in our game drive and they were all Afrikaners and our game ranger as well. They started to speak Afrikaans including the ranger during the game drive and We couldn’t understand what was going on. So during 2 game drives there were 80% Afrikaans and 20% English. The ranger knew that we couldn’t speak or understand Afrikaans. Anyway my husband and I had to ask questions when it needs to be. They were all friendly but what’s the main purpose of guided game drive by paying extra money? Isn’t it to know the wildlife better in a safe and fun environment? I didn’t know I had to speak Afrikaans to go for a game drive at Black Rhino Game Lodge. I went to the other game lodge a month ago and the ranger was a Afrikaner and there were afrikaners but whenever they asked a question in Afrikaans he replied in English and said sorry I have to speak English for everybody. I think he was right. The game drive is for everyone and I believe there were a lot of internationals came before lockdown and I do not believe that our ranger explained them in Afrikaans. 4. Maybe good and bad - no internet in the room. Only at the restaurant and bar area 5. There were 3 splash pools but small. So, with many kids and families in a hot day it was crowded to be relaxed. It was great overall and if someone asked me I might recommend this lodge.
Njeri Choge
Njeri Choge
Simply Awesome!! Black Rhino Lodge, was all sorts of awesome, from the staff to the game drives. Our kids had the time of their lives seeing all the animals and we got to see 4 out of the 5 Big Five! The serene environment was so relaxing. Thank you to all the staff at the Lodge who made our trip so memorable!