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Nkala Lodge

Luxury sole-use self-catering lodge in the black Rhino Reserve, Pilanesberg.


Black Rhino Reserve, Pilanesberg Reserve, North West Province
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Family owned, self-catering Nkala Safari Lodge is the perfect escape to relax in the African bush. They are a short 35 min drive from Sun City or 2 hr drive from Lanseria Airport. Nkala is situated in the Big 5, Malaria free, Black Rhino Game Reserve and forms part of the 55,000-hectare Pilanesberg National Park. View the Big 5 in their natural habitat as well as South Africa’s other rare species in the comfort of your own exclusive use self-catering lodge.

The perfect family and friends’ getaway, Nkala lodge is child friendly and encompasses 5 free standing en-suite Luxury Suites with a maximum occupancy of 12 guests. The Accommodation comprises of 3 Luxury Suites, 1 Luxury Family Suite and 1 Honeymoon Suite.

The Luxury Suites all feature air-conditioning, a private deck, a sleeper couch, a tea and coffee station with a Nespresso machine, a bar fridge and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and both an indoor and outdoor shower.

The Luxury Family Suite consists a main bedroom and a children’s bedroom which are inter-leading. The main bedroom features the same amenities as the Luxury Suites. The children’s bedroom features air conditioning, a tea and coffee station, a private deck, a bar fridge and an en-suite bathroom with a shower.

The Honeymoon Suite, the most luxurious of all the Suites Nkala has on offer, features air-conditioning, a dressing room, 2 private decks and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and both an indoor and outdoor shower. It also has a separate lounge which has its own guest toilet, a full kitchenette with a Nespresso machine, a bar fridge and a TV.

The main communal area includes a fully equipped open plan kitchen and scullery, a dining area, a TV lounge, a bar, an outdoor boma with braai, an outside undercover lounge and dining area with gas braai and a swimming pool to cool down and lounge around in between game drives. Walk a few metres from the main lodge and you will find Nkala’s viewing deck. Spend a lazy afternoon or self-indulgent morning relaxing on the viewing deck, whilst keeping an eye out for one of the elusive Big 5 coming to quench their thirst. The Viewing Deck is also a treat for avid birders, as it is often visited by a myriad of the 300 bird species found in the area. Nkala also features a jungle gym. Situated in an enclosed Boma 30 meters away from the Main Lodge, the jungle gym provides the perfect space for the little ones to enjoy themselves in the comfort of their own special place.

​​Indulge in the luxury of having the lodge to yourself and your guests as the professional game ranger who will guide you through one of the richest diversities of fauna and flora in Africa. Game drive starting times are flexible as you have use of a private safari vehicle. Game drives are conducted in a 4 x 4 safari vehicle on the 2,000-hectare Black Rhino Game Reserve, which is open to the 55,000-hectare Pilanesberg National Park allowing the Big 5 and other endangered species such as African Wild Dog, Cheetah and Black Rhino to roam free. Nkala Lodge is privileged to have traversing rights to the whole Pilanesberg National Park, as well as their restricted Wilderness Area, established for the protection of the endangered Black Rhino. Other activities range from guided morning bush walks to golf at the nearby championship Gary Player and Lost City golf courses.

Special Midweek Rate


for sole use of the lodge on a self-catering basis for up to 12 adults + 4 Children

Special Siza Weekend Rate


for sole use of the lodge on a self-catering basis for up to 12 adults + 4 Children

Standard Rate


for sole use of the lodge on a self-catering basis for up to 12 adults


Self-catering exclusive accommodation
2 guided game drives per day with a private ranger and safari vehicle
Tea & coffee in rooms
Daily housekeeping
Complimentary Wifi
3 bags of firewood per day (incl. firelighters)


Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Pilanesberg National Park and the Black Rhino Reserve (which is a private concession).
Viewing deck at the waterhole which is on an ancient game trail. If you sit there long enough, the game comes to you!
Nkala has a webcam at the viewing deck so if you miss any visits you can always catch up on footage and see who has been while you were sleeping.


Max occupancy is 16:

12 adults (anyone over the age of 10yrs old) and an additional 4 kids (under 10yrs old). There is only 1 Game viewer and it takes 10 guests no exceptions. So if the lodge is full then guests will have to take turns going on game drives.

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