Please arrange with the lodge at which you are residing for daily transfers to Sun City’s Convention Centre. With an area of 550km², the Pilanesberg National Park is the fourth largest park in South Africa. Some of the lodges are a 30km drive away from Sun City.
Should attendees wish to reside in the Pilanesberg National Park while attending the Fusion2021 conference we recommend Bakubung Lodge, KwaMaritane Lodge or Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge as they are within a 20-minute drive from Sun City. The commute from the other lodges will range from 34 minutes up to an hour.
SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION
Nkala Safari Lodge
10 People – Self Catering
To make a reservation: https://www.nkalalodge.com/
By road to Sun City: 45 min (36.3 km)
Nkala Safari Lodge is a Luxury Exclusive use Self Catering Lodge. The accommodation comprises 1 x 70sqm Honeymoon suite with its own lounge and kitchenette and 4 x 60sqm luxury suites, 1 of the suites has a interleading 25sqm room attached making up the Family Suite. The main communal area comprises a kitchen, lounge, dining area and bar. The exterior communal area has a large undercover entertainment area, gas and wood braais, a boma and swimming pool. An animal Viewing Deck with lounge is situated 70 meters from the main area. To keep the little one’s entertained there is a separate play area with a jungle gym. Two daily Game Drives included in the rate with your own ranger in your own private 4×4 safari vehicle. Each drive averages around 2.5hrs. A maximum of 11 people are allowed at the lodge. 10 people maximum on the vehicle during game drives.
Thutlwa Safari Lodge
10 People – Self Catering
To make a reservation: https://www.thutlwasafarilodge.com/
By road to Sun City: 47 min (38.4 km)
Thutlwa Safari Lodge gets its name from the Tswana word for giraffe. These elegant animals are always a pleasure to observe whether they are chewing away at their leafy greens or bending down to drink water. Inspired by the grace and carriage of these beautiful animals, Thutlwa Safari Lodge lends itself to relaxation in the heart of the bush, with attention paid to even the smallest detail.
At Thutlwa, we strive to offer you as much fluidity during your stay as possible – with no restrictive itineraries and no time limits. You are also welcome to bring young children and toddlers along on game drives – unlike most lodges that cater to the wider public.
The lodge has been designed with large families and groups in mind. The open-plan design lends itself to that ‘home-away-from-home’ feeling, with all the necessary creature comforts one could expect from a luxurious, exclusive-use lodge.
Buffalo Thorn Lodge
10 People – Luxury Self Catering
To make a reservation: https://www.buffalothornlodge.co.za/
By road to Sun City: 53 min (39.5 km)
Buffalo Thorn Lodge is an exclusive private, luxury safari lodge; a peaceful sanctuary nestled in the African bush yet one which holds all the excitement of big five game-viewing.
By road, the Lodge is about 2 hours from Johannesburg, in the heart of Black Rhino Game Reserve, within the Pilanesberg National Park. Only 30 kilometres from Sun City, it is in South Africa’s North West Province, a malaria free area.
Perfect for Families, groups and Friend Breakaways.
MID RANGE ACCOMMODATION
Black Rhino Game Lodge
23 spacious luxury suites
To make a reservation: https://blackrhinogamelodge.com/
By road to Sun City: 47 min (38.4 km)
Black Rhino Game Lodge is a hidden treasure set within a Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater within the 58 000 ha Pilanesberg National Park. This area has become renowned as one of South Africa’s most exciting big five eco-tourism destinations. A mere 33 km from Sun City this ‘Malaria Free’ safari destination is within easy reach of Gauteng and the Johannesburg International Airport.
An ideal family retreat, Black Rhino Game Lodge boasts 23 spacious luxury suites, which will ensure our guests of comfort and style. Each air-conditioned suite offers television, tea and coffee making facilities and expansive bathrooms including an outdoor shower. Our private game viewing decks are the perfect spot to enjoy the tranquillity and excellent birding opportunities.
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.
Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge
23 spacious luxury suites
To make a reservation: https://shepherdstreegamelodge.info/
By road to Sun City: 21 min (18.5 km)
Situated within its own exclusive-use zone in the South-West of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve – the Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge offers you your own slice of this 57 250-hectare park. While its own concession, the area still offers you all the wonders of the Pilanesberg including the magnificent Big 5, and incredible views of the distant bushveld amphitheatre. To top it off – the entire park is a malaria-free area.
The lodge has a welcoming atmosphere and offers a relaxed social environment for guests, as well as a variety of activities on offer. There are two daily game drives available to guests which extend outside of the concession and into more of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve wilderness area. Taking place in both the early mornings and evenings, each drive is around three-to-four hours long and includes either an early morning coffee stop, or a safari sundowner.
Ivory Tree Game Lodge
To make a reservation: https://ivorytreegamelodge.com/
By road to Sun City: 43 min (38.3 km)
Ivory Tree Game Lodge lies in the heart of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The reserve is set within the crater of an ancient volcano – one of the largest of a very rare formation.
This ancient configuration comes hand-in-hand with various indicators of the presence of early man in the region. This is showcased through the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the Park.
This exquisite Pilanesberg lodge offers you a variety of room options from Standard, Family, Luxury, Executive Suite an even the Pilane Villa. The Executive Suite is the perfect place for private luxury by offering a plunge-pool on the private patio atop all its other fantastic offerings.
Looking for a little adventure too? At Ivory Tree Game Lodge – adventurous outdoor activities include quad biking, archery, airguns, and more.
Morokolo Safari Lodge
To make a reservation: http://www.morokolo.com/
By road to Sun City: 45 min (37.8 km)
Morokolo Safari Lodge is situated on the northern slopes of the Pilanesberg mountain range within the Black Rhino Game Reserve. Recently incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park, the Black Rhino Game Reserve boasts one the richest diversities of African Fauna & Flora in Africa.
The ‘Big Five’ and scores of wildlife roam free around Morokolo Safari Lodge, a boutique luxury game lodge, just 2½ hours’ drive from Johannesburg.
With eight luxury suites plus a private bar and entertainment area, Morokolo Safari Lodge is the ideal wildlife safari getaway destination for couples, families and small corporate or tourist groups throughout the year.
Morokolo Safari Lodge is equipped with top-of the range 10-seater open-air private safari vehicles operated by professional game-rangers offering you full access to the Pilanesberg National Park.
After an amazing African safari, plunge in the crystal clear waters of our swimming pool or relax in the warm waters of the Jacuzzi while watching the most incredible African sunset. Complete the day with quality cuisine from our Reserve Restaurant (1 min shuttle from your lodging) or alternatively enjoy a traditional African barbeque (braai) at Morokolo Safari Lodge on request. Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rates apply.
To make a reservation: https://tambutilodge.com/
By road to Sun City: 55 min (40.7 km)
Enjoy luxury bespoke accommodation with quality furnishings. All suites are surrounded by striking Tambuti Trees and offer spectacular bush views. Enjoy the peacefulness and tranquillity of the
Delightful flavours will complete your dining experience with delectable meals served with ambient set-ups. Even your taste buds can relax at Tambuti Lodge where only the best, home-cooked foods are served to satisfy your palate.
This private game lodge is situated within the malaria free, Big Five Black Rhino Game Reserve. View Africa’s most impressive wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives in an open 4-wheel drive safari vehicle with our expert guides.
Bakubung Bush Lodge
To make a reservation: https://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotels/Bakubung-Bush-Lodge
By road to Sun City: 14 min (5.7 km)
Bakubung Bush Lodge, luxury accommodation set within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, where a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity lies.
Bakubung Bush Lodge is concealed within the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park and offers you everything you need to get in touch with the bush.
These Pilanesberg Game Reserve lodges are set in an area where the Big 5 roam, a mere 2 hour drive from the hectic lifestyle of Johannesburg. Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers you everything you need in regards to comfortable and luxury accommodation. With the bush just outside your window you will be able to relax and take in everything about the bush and the animals living around you.
Bakubung Bush Lodge has some of the best accommodation in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and offers an amazing family holiday experience.
Kwa Maritane Lodge
To make a reservation: https://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotels/kwa-maritane-bush-lodge
By road to Sun City: 14 min (10.0 km)
Located in the Pilanesberg National Park, on the slopes of a 2-billion-year-old volcano, is home to Africa’s big five. Relax by the pool, head out for a late afternoon game drive and then enjoy dinner in our wonderful restaurant. On Wednesdays and Saturdays enjoy our bush boma, under the African stars.
Kwa Maritane, or “Place of the Rock” offers unparalleled comfort, in a malaria free area, less than two hours from Johannesburg.
Unwind at Kwa Maritane Spa to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in the peaceful setting of the bushveld. Indulge with treatments such as Thabayadiotso, our signature treatment, or pamper yourself with a pedicure while watching the game on the plains.
Tshukudu Bush Lodge
To make a reservation: https://www.legacyhotels.co.za/hotels/tshukudu-bush-lodge
By road to Sun City: 41 min (12.1 km)
Elegant exclusivity on the plains of Africa
Tshukudu is one of those rare game lodges where perfection is a reality.
With only 6 luxury chalets and 4 luxury suites, Tshukudu offers a romantic and intimate experience at the foot of the Pilanesberg mountains, with expansive views of the plains below. Relax in your open plan lounge and watch the game wander lazily through the bush, towards the waterhole located below the lodge.
At night, after dinner, take a short walk back to your private chalet and watch the stars traverse the African sky.
Situated in a malaria free area, offering game drives, bush walks, free WiFi and a swimming pool, Tshukudu is unique and memorable in every aspect.