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Tambuti Lodge

Game Lodge in the Black Rhino Reserve, Greater Pilanesberg Game Reserve


Black Rhino Reserve, incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park on the North Western side.
North West Province,
South Africa
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Tambuti Lodge offers contemporary elegance combined with the ultimate in safari luxury while offering prime Big 5 game viewing in the Black Rhino and Pilanesberg Game Reserves.

Set in the North Western side of the greater Pilanesberg National Park and only 33km from Sun City, this malaria free Big Five private game lodge is surrounded by the trees of an old Tambuti forest within the Black Rhino Game Reserve. Set in pristine African wilderness at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater,

Tambuti Game Lodge offers guests an intimate and luxurious safari experience.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 surrounding bush from your private deck.

Guests can relax next to the inviting swimming pool, in the cosy TV lounge with its fireplace, or enjoy a sundowner in the bar. The lodge also has a business centre with free Wi-Fi Internet access, and guests can sit around the boma and experience the starry skies at night.

Stay in one of five luxurious suites. Enjoy ultimate comfort in contemporary and spacious en-suite accommodation featuring private decks, deep baths, indoor and outdoor showers. View Africa’s most impressive wildlife, including the renowned Big 5, on our morning and afternoon game drives in an open 4-wheel drive safari vehicle with our expert guide.

The suites might be great, but the whole experience is then backed up by the superb personal service and hospitality offered by the Tambuti team (you’ll probably even get a greeting from Hibou, the lodge’s hand-reared spotted eagle owl!) –check out the Tripadvisor reviews and you’ll see that the guests consistently rave about the staff and management of Tambuti! Those rave reviews also extend to the food and dining experience at Tambuti and the lodge tries to keep things fresh and varied – one night you might be dining by candlelight on the deck next to the swimming pool, the next you’ll be enjoying a braai around the fire in the boma under the stars; if you fancy something especially romantic you could end having an intimate set-up on your own private deck!

The game viewing doesn’t disappoint either. The area around the lodge is characterized by a huge number of tamboti trees which results in regular sightings of the shy and scarce black rhino. These trees also play host to an incredibly wide variety of bird species thus making the area a birding paradise. The reserve is positioned between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld so you get a mix of game, tree and bird species that would never be found cohabiting in another area. Because of this, the species here are incredibly varied and unique from other reserves within Southern Africa – in fact it's home to over 354 different animal species native to Southern Africa, including the Big Five, the endangered wild dog and other rarer species such as Roan, Tsessebe and Sable antelope. You'll also likely have the pleasure of seeing buffalo on regular occasions as they often take shelter in these more remote areas that are not accessible to public visitors in the park.

At Tambuti you can view all the Pilanesberg has to offer on morning and late afternoon game drives in an open 4 x4 game vehicle with an expert ranger (note that off-roading is not allowed in pursuit of sightings) You can also enjoy interpretive guided bush walks (remember to pack those comfy shoes) offering the bird watcher, botanist and the nature enthusiast the ultimate bush experience - the walk itself is relaxed and the experienced ranger uses his vast knowledge of the bush to identify and explain many of the hidden secrets!

Black Rhino is a private game reserve, incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park on the North Western side. This lower lying reserve’s sweet veld vegetation complements the Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld. This type of habitat is known to carry a wide variety of game species, and sighting of elephant, black rhino and white rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard are very common. The reserve is entered exclusively through Black Rhino private entrance gate on the Western side of the reserve.

Special SADC Rate


per person sharing per night. Valid until 15 December 2024.

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night


Two safari activities per day
All meals and snacks
Soft drinks, tea & coffee, selected alcoholic beverages
Laundry Service


Access to the Black Rhino Reserve is through a private entrance on its western side. This lower lying reserve’s sweet veld vegetation is complimented by the Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld, supporting a prolific amount of game including the Big 5 and offering exciting and rewarding game viewing opportunities. Aptly named after the shy and scarce Black Rhino, the reserve is dotted with groves of Tambuti trees that attract these precious inhabitants


Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species)

Effortless road and air access

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