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Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

I had my worse experience in game lodges in this place. I really don't recommend it. What's good: restaurant offer amazing food, building are nice styled. Our ranger Karel (S07, coming from T02) was great. View is blessed. What's wrong: 1) services (above all transport from the rooms to the Lounge) are horrible. - not smart having rooms far from...

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear CORTE777 Thank you for your review and bringing all your concerns under my attention. My sincere apologies for not being able to meet all of your expectations. We are investigating all of your issues as, as many positive reviews on this forum can attest to, this is not the norm at our establishment. Please refer to my personal correspondance...

Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

From the outset I was made to feel very welcome. After a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg with spectacular views, my bags were taken to my room, driven to reception and welcomed with a cocktail. Immediately served lunch outside with a great view of the weaver birds attending their nests. The food was superb. When I reached my room it...

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Nuremberg, Germany
Reviewed 1 week ago

Better than perfect. From Check-in to Check-out an unforgettable experience. Hospitality and awareness of the responsible Persons are excellent. The game view was well organised and we had the possibility to see all of the big 5

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear 497gerhardk Thank you so much for your valuable feedback and positive review. Me and my team are always happy to know we met our guests expectations, as this makes all our efforts worth the while. We hope you visit again soon, Kind Regards The Shepherds Tree Team

Hong Kong, China
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel was superb and very nice. It is smaller than other of the lodges but that is what we wanted. The service was great too. Included in the price are all meals, dawn & dusk game drives and teas and snacks before the game drives. BUT water is not included which was a bit annoying for us since we...

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ogiv2016 Thank yo so much for your detailed review. We take great pride in our service and offerings and receiving positive feedback such as yours are always welcome. I take note of your comments regarding the water and have already improved on this service. We hope to welcome you back soon. Kind Regards The Shepherds Tree Team

Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lodge was superb, if somewhat pricey by local standards. But it included fantastic game watching drives in good vehicles with small groups. Overall a wonderful experience in a memorable bush environment. To be recommended ...!!!

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Edward R Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay on this forum. We are glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay with us, and thank you for being willing to recommend us. Hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards The Shepherds Tree Team

Haarlem, The Netherlands
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stay was a last minute decision after in order to make the most out of a business trip to Joburg. Nevertheless - everything just worked out: It was a great experience with comfortable transfers, fantastic accommodation, very good food, game drives with an expert ranger - we managed to see pretty much all animals in the park. Of course...

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear superpad Thank you for your review... me and my team appreciates this, especially knowing we met your expectations and could provide you with a great experience. I'm also glad the safaris didn't disappoint. We hope to see you again soon.. Kind Regards The Shepherds Tree Team

Frankfurt, Germany
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful stay at the Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge. Actually our holiday was planned in Madikwe but the weather made it impossible. The alternative "Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge" was a perfect alternative! We enjoyed every minute and can recommend this lodge without hesitation.

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear guenter123e Thank you so much for this review of Shepherds Tree, I am very glad you found us to be the perfect alternative to Madikwe and thank you very much for being willing to recommend us to friends and family. We hope you visit again soon. Kind Regards The Shepherds Tree Team

eMalahleni, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service could be more up to standard. When arriving in the dining room esp for breakfast the staff could inform the visitors about eggs that are available. The coffee etc. could also be served more efficiently. While during the lunch and dinner drinks should be served with more efficiency as well. The rooms could also have an information list...

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Robyn M Thank you so much for your review and bringing your concerns under my attention. We take feedback such as yours very seriously and will definitely look into improving on the concerns you mentioned during breakfast service and the schedules being made available in the rooms. We hope you visit again soon. Kind Regards The Shepherds Tree Team

New York City, New York
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just departed a fantastic 4 days at Shepherds tree lodge. The lodge and it's exceptional staff truly went above and beyond to accommodate this rather high maintenance groups of Americans. The Pilanisburg Game Reserve is beautiful on its own, but the hotel service, food, and accommodations far exceeded our expectations. The rooms are American 4 star level (think Marriot/or...

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Johan E, General Manager at Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, responded to this review

Dear ebgnyc Thank you for this wonderfully detailed review of Shepherds Tree Game Lodge, It is very satisfying to know our guests had a good time with us and we managed to meet or exceed their expectations. It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and we hope to see the "Americans in the bush" for a second time around somewhere...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cole the game ranger was useless !! he did not offer any information. He was not enthusiastic and didn't really care about his guests. Very Disappointing !! No water in the room at night ! No water in JEEP. Nothing even offered during the Game drive. We Were given stale crisps two days in a row. Our jeep was packed...

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Dear C2401ARcindyp Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Shepherds Tree Game Lodge. After thorough investigation, and considering all the facts regarding your concerns, I would like to offer you a sincere apology for not being able to meet all of your expectations, and for the fact that our standard offerings as a non-self catering...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Skirting the northern slopes of an amphitheatre within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve lies Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, the lodge enjoys unrestricted vistas of the wilderness area of this big 5 wildlife sanctuary. Sweeping patios and sun decks adjoin the generous guest entertainment areas and rim-flow swimming pool. A gourmet restaurant, open entertainment decks, cigar lounge and gift gallery are amongst some of the facilities that discerning guests will find during their African safari. The lodge also includes a conference facility and Amani Spa. Attention to detail extends beyond the pleasure of your hosts, and is perhaps only rivaled by the contemporary cuisine, freshly prepared by dedicated chefs. Shepherd’s Tree features 13 double and 4 executive suites accommodating a maximum of 60 guests. Absolute privacy is ensures through the linear positioning of the suites along an elevated contour line, and providing panoramic vistas of the reserve. Each chalet features full en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar and safe. Whilst some of our guests will find proximity to the Sun City complex appealing, most of our guests are at Shepherd’s Tree for the thrill and excitement of big game viewing from the comfort of our custom built game viewers. Qualified and experienced guides are tasked with the pleasure of interpreting the sights and sounds of this vast wildlife sanctuary. The reserve is home to the big 5 and cheetah, wild dogs and hippo. Guests are encouraged to join their guide and host on 2 daily safaris, designed around optimal game activity periods, these occur in the early morning and in the late afternoon and evening, the afternoon safari is punctuated by a sundowner stop before continuing into the night with the use of a powerful spotlight. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Address: Pilanesberg Game Reserve | Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park 316, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range: €433 - €1,254 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 30
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“I had room 19 which I would recommend but I don't know about others but they all seem orientated in a similar fashion”
 of 5 bubbles , 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“All rooms seems to have a great view, but smaller room numbers are closer to the restaurant :-)”
 of 5 bubbles superpad, 1 Mar 2017 | Read review
“It looks like all rooms face out over the plains, you can't get a bad room.”
  • Outdoor shower!
  • Massive bed with 4 poster nets that they open around the bed at night
  • Huge bed looks out the windows to the sprawling plains
  • View from the balcony
  • No neighbours for miles
  • From the bathroom looking at our balcony, which overlooked the plains
  • From the balcony looking at our neighbours house
 of 5 bubbles DebbieINLux, 15 Feb 2017 | Read review
“All have outstanding rooms, closer to main hotel better but golf cart transport availible”
 of 5 bubbles 749beverleym, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room 17, Executive, all inclusive package (all meals plus morning and evening game drives)”
 of 5 bubbles RDPWAP, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
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