Shepherds Tree Game Lodge

Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West Province

About Shepherds Tree Game Lodge

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge is a 5-star establishment situated in the beautiful Pilanesberg Game Reserve in Gauteng. This lodge concession was awarded by the North West Parks & Tourism Board (custodians of the land).

Covering 57 250 hectares of the reserve, Shepherd's Tree boasts a malaria-free status in which an abundance of plant- and animal life can be enjoyed, including the famous Big 5 (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffaloes and lions).

This lodge lies within an "exclusive use" zone and adjacent to the Wilderness Area, giving visitors and guests a sense of complete serenity and seclusion from the chaos of city living.

The Lodge

The luxurious Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge has been operating for over four decades. Such is its level of service and product that generation after generation have been able to enjoy its grand approach to the laid-back sense of African chic.

Once guests have arrived through the Shepherd's Tree gates, they will leave their vehicles in our safekeeping and proceed to the lodge in a game viewing vehicle.
The lodge is equipped with a gourmet restaurant and an outdoor Boma (traditional African meeting place), in which scrumptious flavours can be enjoyed. In addition, it has:

  •     A casual lounge and cocktail bar with stunning views of the African bushveld
  •     An entertainment deck with an outdoor bar (and similarly breath-taking views)
  •     A spectacular rim-flow swimming pool
  •     The Amani Spa
  •     A conference centre that accommodates up to 70 delegates in comfortable, modern surrounds
  •     A business centre for guest telecommunication needs
  •     A friendly and efficient reception desk
  •     A curio shop


The Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge comprises 13 family suites (each measuring 132 square metres) and four Executive Suites (86 square metres each). These are separate but close to the main lodge for the convenience and privacy of our esteemed guests. The main lodge and each of the suites boast stunning architecture and décor. Detailed, personalised touches are never overlooked, sure to leave a lasting impression. Each suite has a plasma screen television, DSTV and a mini business centre. In addition, each one has been positioned to ensure gorgeous views.

Family Suites
These suites have two bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, a writing table and a chaise lounge. The bathrooms have a bath, but the outdoor shower is a must for balmy African afternoons or warm sunrises. Internet access is available in both bedrooms, the lounge and the patio.

Executive Suites

The Executive Suites have one bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a writing desk and a chaise lounge. The bathroom has a bath and a steam shower. There is also a double outdoor shower with spectacular views - the perfect way to start the day. Internet access is available in the bedroom, lounge and patio.


During your time at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, take advantage of the spa and trained therapists to work off any stresses and strains. The Amani Spa is all about indulging you, as the guests; immersing you into a world of pampering. The Amani Spa boasts its own brand, called Africology, which is made only from natural ingredients. All body, skin and beauty therapies are performed with a holistic approach, aimed at balancing, soothing and revitalising body, mind and spirit.

There are three private treatment rooms, including two rooms equipped to accommodate couples. This is the ultimate in intimate experiences to share with your loved one. The third room has a hydrotherapy bath, guaranteed to make you forget the outside world. Each of the treatment rooms has a stunning view of the reserve.


While enjoying the luxuries of the Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, there are various activities in and around the lodge to occupy guests that want to experience Africa. These include:

  •     Game drives in open game viewing vehicles with experienced rangers
  •     Safari walks with experienced trails rangers
  •     Quad biking
  •     Air gun shooting
  •     Archery
  •     Cultural shows (learn more about the local Zulu and Tswana cultures by watching them perform)
  •     Interactive drumming lessons
  •     Watch the impressive Percussion Band perform on fascinating instruments like the Djembe drums, Conga drums and cowbells
  •     Listen to specialised talks from some of our most knowledgeable and interesting rangers


Apart from the luxurious in-room amenities and the host of things to see and do, the lodge also offers world-class services that are designed to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. These include a concierge service, transfers to and from Sun City, child care services, fun 'ranger' activities for children, business services and room service.


GPS co-ordinates: 25°18'08.57°S,

The recommended route follows the N4 west before turning north onto the R556, while following the PILANESBERG signs. Continue past Sun City entrance and Bakubung Gate turn-off, and proceed to the T-junction. Turn right and proceed along the road for 12km to the Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge entrance.

Room Types

Standard Room

  • 13 Standard Room
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Family Suite

  • 13 Family Suite
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Executive Suite

  • 4 Executive Suite
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