Lush Private Lodge, Black Rhino Game Reserve, Pilanesberg


• Easy access – only 3 hours from Johannesburg
• Big 5 Game viewing
• Access to the Restricted Wilderness Area – excellent for walking safaris
• Golf and Hot Air Balloon Safaris on offer
• Only 5-star option in the Greater Pilanesberg
• Romantic and Intimate. Only 5 individual bush suites
• Fully inclusive offering – excellent value
• Exceptional service, cuisine and attention to detail
• Malaria Free

Lush is a Lupini family-owned and managed boutique private game lodge, set within the Black Rhino Reserve of the greater Pilanesberg National Park and run on Italian hospitality, offering luxury accommodation, dining, and safari experiences. A relatively short 230km minute drive from OR Tambo or 165km drive from Lanseria Airport. Transfers can be arranged.

Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. In fact, it is a shepherd’s tree – sheltered from the wind and warmed by the morning sun, between hill and plain – that marked the position of the main lodge. Its minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, which at once draws you outside. With this in mind, multi-level interior-flowing-to-exterior spaces are designed for outdoor living. Spend time between safari activities reading or playing board games on the couches, sipping coffee in the bar lounge – a favourite spot to rendezvous at any time of day – or stargazing from the deck.

Bar lounge serving the lodge’s own brand of specialty coffee, and a selection of local and international wines, beers, and spirits
Open-plan dining and lounge area warmed by two fireplaces in the cooler months
Breakfast bar for guests to help themselves to beverages and buffet choices
Viewing/dining deck with tables set out for meal times, coffee breaks, and sundowners
Boma for social outdoor dinners, with a barbeque, central firepit, and dining tables
Lush Boutique offering a range of select items for guests to take home something of their time here
Complimentary Wi-Fi with access throughout the lodge

Dining is an essential part of the Lush experience. Days here are punctuated by culinary delights – as anticipated as the activities. All menus celebrate fresh, seasonal ingredients in freshly prepared dishes. The Lupini family ethos of cooking now for now ensures consistent quality and satisfaction. Dining options range from light and healthy to downright indulgent, but special dietary requirements – including vegetarian and gluten-free – are catered for on request. Private dining can also be arranged.

Choose from three Bush-Facing and two Mountain-Facing Suites – distinguished only by their views. Covered walkways lead to each, interspersed between the trees and with their own private entrances. Wilderness-inspired interiors, innovative use of space, and extended fold-back glass doors mean you feel immersed in nature even when in your suite. Their décor gives a nod to the Lupini’s Italian heritage, though much of the furnishing is local, supporting South African artisans. Designed with every comfort in mind, your Suite is not simply a base from which to explore the surrounds, but a living space.

Emperor-sized bed, convertible to ¾-bed set, with down duvet and pillows
Pause area with well-stocked Smeg minibar, and Nespresso machine and coffee pods
In-room, free-standing bath with a view
Walk-in rain shower with botanical-infused body products
Open-air shower made private by curved walls and bushveld foliage
Bathrobes of terry cotton and full-length
Hairdryer with two speed and three temperature settings
Air-conditioning, personally adjustable
Private splash pool and deck, with cushioned loungers and two-seater table

Please note: children 12 years and older are welcome; age restriction is revisable when the lodge is booked exclusively

I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy. – Ernest Hemingway

Lush guarantees you authentic safari adventures to write home about. Exclusive traversing in Black Rhino Reserve and the Pilanesberg’s Wilderness Area offers the opportunity to explore an untouched environment. Access also to the public section of the park increases your chances of encountering a large variety of wildlife.

Game drives, with scenic stops for refreshments – offered by the lodge, on the traditional twice-daily basis
Guided morning bush walks bring you closer to nature – offered by the lodge, on request
Hot-air balloon flights* give you a different perspective on the herds – booked with a trusted tour operator, on request
Golf* at the nearby championship Gary Player and Lost City golf courses, set in parkland and bushveld, respectively – transfers by arrangement
*At an additional cost; please enquire upon making your Lush reservation

Nearest major cities:
Pretoria – 185km/115mi.
Johannesburg – 200km/125mi.
Nearest airports:

Pilanesberg International Airport – 40km/25mi.
Lanseria International Airport – 165km/103mi.
O.R. Tambo International Airport – 230km/143mi.


SADC SPECIAL : 10 OCT 2020 – 30 NOV 2021 01 DEC 2021 – 15 JAN 2022
Per person sharing per night R2 990.00 R3 750.00
Per single adult sharing per night R3 588.00 R4 490.00

Children 10 years and older are charged adult rate (please speak to us if you have a group so we can possibly discount)

SADC EXCLUSIVE USE SPECIAL : 10 OCT -19 DEC 2020 / 05 JAN – 31 MAR 2021
R25 000.00 per night for exclusive use of lodge (5 rooms)

R35 000.00 per night for exclusive use of lodge (5 rooms)

Included: Accommodation; Two safari activities per day; All meals and snacks; Soft drinks, tea & coffee, selected alcoholic beverages; WiFi; Laundry

Excluded: Park entrance fees (R130 pppd, subject to change); Premium beverages; Spa Treatments; Items of a personal nature

Children:  10+ are welcome

Terms & Conditions Apply.
Cannot be combined with other specials, unless specified.
Proof of SADC Residency will need to be provided.
Subject to availability. E&OE.