3-Day BIG 5 self-drive tour to Pilanesberg

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Enjoy the most stylish and luxurious lodge with this self-drive safari package at Lush Private Lodge, set in the Black Rhino Game Reserve – a private concession within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park.

Overview

An ideal family retreat, Lush Private Game Lodge boasts 5 spacious luxury suites and 1 deluxe suite, which will ensure guests comfort and style. Exclusive traversing rights to 55 000 hectares, as well as access to the park’s public section, assure guests an intimate and unique safari experience, seeing the Big Five and the endangered African wild dog. Spend 2-nights tucked into a wooded hillside, where you are held in the bush and in the moment. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Johannesburg to Lush Private Lodge

Your journey begins with collecting your rental vehicle at Johannesburg airport and then continuing with a three hours' drive from Johannesburg to Black Rhino Game Reserve, a private concession within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. Minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, at once drawing guests to outdoor living spaces.


Settle into your room, luxuriously equipped with an en-suite bathroom and endless views of the bush and your own splash pool, providing respite in the heat of the day, to loungers, where you will be lulled by the sounds of the bush.


In the afternoon you will head out with your guide for a game drive through the reserve in search of wildlife including the Big 5. Expect an uninterrupted game-viewing experience in an untouched African wilderness. Arrive back at the lodge in time to freshen up before enjoying a sumptuous dinner.

Accommodation: Lush Private Lodge

Day 2: Activities and Relaxation

An early morning wake up call starts the day, followed by a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee and rusks before setting off on a morning game drive.


Exclusive traversing in Black Rhino Reserve and the Pilanesberg’s Wilderness Area offers the opportunity to explore an untouched environment. The park, encircled by the hills of a volcanic ring-dyke complex and containing both Kalahari and Lowveld biomes, is a wilderness Eden. As a guest of Lush, you are assured a private and unique safari experience, with the rare opportunity to see the black rhino.


Optional guided morning bush walks and hot air balloon activities can be requested, subject to availability and at an additional cost.


Later in the afternoon, you will head out on your afternoon game drive, which may continue beyond dusk, and return back to the lodge to enjoy dinner and reminisce about the day’s sightings.

Accommodation: Lush Private Lodge

Day 3: Departure

After one final game drive and a warm heartening breakfast, you bid farewell to the African bush as you depart Lush Private Lodge and continue with your onward journey back to Johannesburg airport where you will return your rental vehicle and continue on with your own travel arrangements.

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Inclusions

2 nights at Lush Private Lodge
Car hire from/to Johannesburg
Luxury Suite accommodation with its own private game viewing decks which is the perfect spot to enjoy the tranquillity
Big-5 Game Viewing on safari
All meals
All teas/coffees and soft drinks; selected beers, selected wines and spirits
All taxes / VAT
2x safari activites, daily
Park fees
Optional activities at an additional cost

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