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Not too far from Johannesburg so perfect for a weekend getaway. Very relaxing main lodge (a rhino wandered up to the watering hole off the main deck - no lie), and the individual cabins provide the character of an elegant country retreat. Hospitality of staff (hotel and included game drives) was great.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Phillip our guide was knowledgeable and took the time to help us discover the many hidden treasures of the park.
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Having deliberated for some time wether to go with the herds at Sun City or one of the much more expensive lodges over that way we opted for the much smaller Black Rhino hoping for a more personal bush experience. Here is a small overview of our stay........ The drive from Johannesburg airport took around 3 hrs, were were welcomed at the gate by a security guard called "Lucky" who after taking some details and giving us a map to the lodge mentioned that we might see a Lion by a watering hole we would be passing. Being April the first we shrugged it off with a smile & "cheers mate" but sure enough as we approached said water hole, there she was in full view lying under a tree around 15mtrs away & bearing in mind we hadn't evenchecked in we thought it was a great start!! Nice welcome with a drink then lunch then off to our "room". Our own thatched lodge (number 8)which was big enough to throw a party in. Spotlessly clean, the A/C was ticking over and everything worked.Our game drives were all an adventure and our ranger Danie delivered the big 5 over our 3 day stay.The "Sun Downers" and morning hot drink stops were a nice touch, the Food and "snacks" were pentiful and of good quality, drinks were very reasonably priced and all the staff were helpful and courteous.I think the negative reviews I have read on this place must come from people who want 5star plus treatment and facilities at a 4 star lodge and price. We absolutely loved it!
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เป็นประสบการณ์ที่เต็มอิ่มและคุ้มค่ามากที่เลือกพักที่นี่ เพราะ ห้องพักสวยงาม เตียงนอนสบาย อาหารอร่อย พนักงานเอาใจใส่ดูแลเป็นอย่างดี ที่สำคัญพาออกรอบ Game Drive ทั้งเช้า และเย็น โดยช่วงเช้าใช้เวลา 4 ชั่วโมง (6.00 - 10.00) ช่วงเย็น 3 ชั่วโมง ( 16.30 -18.30 )
Genuine Expedia guest review
Dete er ikke et hotell, men en game resort som passer for folk som vil se dyr, og som ikke har behov for ekstra luksus.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Rooms are Nice but not Well maintained.
Food are not great.
Genuine Expedia guest review
TripAdvisor reviews for Black Rhino Game Lodge
Overall rating:TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: 4.5Based on 167 traveler reviews
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My husband and I booked into the Black Rhino last Saturday after arriving on an overnight flight from London. The lodge was about 3 hours from the airport so it is an expensive drive to hire a car but well worth while. Our room was great and ready for us early. There are two safari's each day - one at 6:30 am and another at 3:30 pm - what an tremendous experience! Saw the big 5 on the first two safari's!! They don't serve breakfast until your return around 10 am nor do they offer snacks so bring a protein bar or something. The meals were all very good and although you pay for drinks and wine, there is a great selection at reasonable prices. Highly recommend for a couple day trip.
We spent two nights at the Black Rhino Lodge at the end of March. There was six of us in our group. Our game ranger was Shayne who took us on our 4 game rides. Shayne is very knowledgeable for his young age. Warm, friendly personality with good sense of humor. We saw all the animals with the exception of the lion and leopard in the park. Shayne took it personally that we didn't get to see those two (Some of the other groups did get to see them). But we weren't disappointed considering all we did get to see while we were there. The Lodge was nice. The rooms were huge and well maintained. We would like to visit again sometime. Take my advice, spend more than two nights on your visit.
Spent one night here as part of our mini tour of South Africa. Everything was absolutely perfect!
The lodge we stayed in - superb
The staff - always there, always attentive
The food - a feast every day!
The game drive - we saw more than we ever hoped to. Johan was our Ranger and his passion for his job made the experience for us. Thank you Johan, your enthusiasm for nature is infectious!
The price - this includes two game drives. Even before we left the UK, I would have been happy to pay the price (£260) for the two game drives for me and my wife alone.
Keep up the great work - I've never been to Kruger but would come back here next time due to our fantastic experience!
The decision to go to a private lodge came purely due to lack of time on our South African holiday. As a local I knew that the chance to see the big 5 was rare and driving ourselves through the Kruger or Pilansberg for that matter would take time that we didn't have. We saw the awesome reviews for Black Rhino and found a great deal. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly by KG and given a full tour of the main lodge. Blown away by the surroundings (situated right next to a watering hole) we were already pleased with our decision. We were then given lunch (the chef came out personally to greet us and accommodate my vegetarian partner) then shown to our suit which was to die for. Massive room with two indoor and one outdoor shower, bath tub, lounge area, patio, queen size bed and coffee station. Stunning. We then went on one of our four game drives. We saw all of the big five over three days and much much more. We Shared our drives with some amazing people. The guides were informative and passionate. So enthusiastic for their jobs which rubbed off on us. During the drives we stopped for drinks and sundowners, or tea and coffee in the mornings. We're consistently treated like royalty and felt like a highly valued customer. Our servers were friendly, chatty and always willing to accommodate. Cornelius in particular eon our hearts as he told of stories from back the day when he worked at sun city for 'the late mr Freddie mercury himself'. As an entertainment treat the manager on duty Spencer and the guys decide to show off their drumming skills. They ended off the show with a fire dancing routine which blew us away. Nothing was ever too much for them and we honestly felt like stars. Would highly recommend for couples, families and business. Best safaris, best service by far. We will be back.
We were at Black Rhino lodge for 3 nights as part of a tour of our cricket team to South Africa. There were 15 of us. Everyone, without exception was blown away.
The accommodation is in lodges spread around the property in the bush. This provided a feeling of privacy. The rooms were enormous and very comfortable. Ours overlooked the waterhole near the main building. An outdoor shower was very useful.
On arrival, our induction was handled very well and with some humour by the lodge manager. The daily routine of eating resting and game drives meant that each day is full of activity. The food was excellent and varied. One night we ate in the Boma and enjoyed a braai. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Within hours our group had established a friendly rapport with them that lasted throughout our stay. Whatever was asked of the staff was happily provided.
The game drives were awesome. We were lucky enough to see plenty of lion, rhino, elephant and giraffe plus plenty of other sightings. Our guide, Ruann, was very knowledgable and continually read the signs and tracks of animals to give us the best opportunities for sightings. Whilst he was working to give us the best experience, he kept our safety foremost in his mind. Thanks Ruann for a great time.
While in camp, we were also lucky enough to see wildlife around the waterhole - including a herd of over 20 elephants.
Our whole stay at Black Rhino Lodge was a wonderful experience which will live in our memories for many years to come. I would recommend a stay here to anyone.
Lekker, Lekker, Lekker -- our Ranger Shayne taught us this means "awesome" and that it was. We were on a tour that included 2 nights and 4 safari outings at Black Rhino Game Lodge. It was so fantastic and we saw more animals than I can remember, including a huge herd of elephants on a mountainside and an elephant that came right up to our safari truck. Our safari's were made special because we had a wonderful Ranger.....Shayne was professional, knowledgeable....a great driver and very friendly. He really tried to make each drive exciting....and was as excited as we were to see a pack of rare African Wild Dogs!!! The Lodge itself was beautiful, staff very accommodating, food plentiful and tasty. Our private lodge was so incredibly delightful....you could lie in bed at night and see the stars....we were surprised at how great the room was ... yet we were out in the middle of the bush. I would highly recommend this Game Lodge.... we will treasure our memories of So. Africa.
We stayed only 1 night, but it was well worth it. We arrived too early for check-in, and we were taken to the outside lounge with our welcome drinks, and drinks orders were taken. A while later our lunch orders were taken, and we were seated for a very good lunch.
Our room was incredible. We really didn't expect the room to be that large, and comfortable as well. The bed was perfect, and I don't often fit on many beds being 2m tall. We had even had a very welcome visit from a Lesser Bushbaby in our room, which was excellent, because we had never even seen a Bushbaby in Pilanesberg. The game drives were also excellent. Black Rhino operates mostly on their own private-concession roads, meaning the sightings are controlled on not overcrowded. Johan was our ranger, and he was definitely by far the best guide we've ever had. Not many guides can keep me interested when they stop and tell me about "mundane" things like trees, but I learnt a lot from him, and he had many stories and fun facts to keep us well entertained. The game was also excellent, as we had good lion, rhino, and elephant sightings. We also managed to follow a Brown Hyena in the road for quite some time, which was exciting as it was the first time i'd ever seen a Brown Hyena before, despite many attempts in Pilanesberg. We were incredibly impressed with Johan, and from what we've heard all of the guides are up to the same standard.
The meals were really good, the room was exceptional, the drives were fantastic. It felt like Sabi Sands luxury, at Pilanesberg prices. I would easily go back.
The Lodge is our most wonderfull experience in South Africa. We have 2 nights stay and think is used to be like a paradise. We habe been warm welcomed from the stuff and they had personal and professional attitude to us throughout our stay.
I would like to express our special thanks to our game driver Johann for the incredible experience.
We will recomend the Lodge to all potential travellers from Bulgaria.
The lodge was just the right size for us. The tariff included all meals and two game drives a day. Whilst the meals were average and did not seem to accommodate a gluten free diet the rangers who took us on game drives made up for it. They were so knowledgeable and helpful and managed to find animals that we certainly wouldn't have found if we drove round ourselves. The vehicles which carried 9 people were also great for viewing. Whilst the lodge staff were trying to be helpful they didn't seem to have the skills or knowledge to do their job. We were never given a wine list at dinner. The wait staff didn't seem to know what was being served. I found this a bit off putting as well as their over friendliness which appeared a bit robotic. All in all we had a great stay. The room had everything including a sitting area and air conditioning which was much needed. The swimming pools are in fact plunge pools. Worth staying here despite the downsides as you will get a really nice experience. No groups or tour groups.
The lodge has a good position within the Black Rhino reserve with a large waterhole that attracts a variety of animals. I saw Rhino, Elephant, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest and Impala from the lodge during my 2 night stay. Spend some time reading a book outside the main lodge near the waterhole, between games drives, and you'll definitely see some animals. The staff were very friendly, always available and professional. Food was very good and plentiful.
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