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A Big 5 Safari Adventure in Pilanesberg National Park - Ivory Tree Game Lodge 
Having been called to Johannesburg to assist with the coordination of a large corporate function, I figured Id grab some free time and visit Pilanesberg National Park, a growing tourist destination only 2 hours out of Johannesburg. My friend and colleague Colin joined me on my full days escapade.


Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park, a malaria free area, is set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. Fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills, the park rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. Game drives through the park make fascinating viewing as you experience syenite inselbergs, thickly forested ravines, rolling grasslands and acacia bushveld. Game is plentiful and diverse and includes all of the Big 5. Bird life is prolific offering some 300 different species. It is a relatively young game reserve compared with the other reserves within South Africa having been proclaimed a national park in 1976 and is therefore still making its mark as a great tourist destination in South Africa. I believe it deserves the attention it calls for. It is a beautiful reserve, some 50 000 hectares in size making it the 8th largest national park in SA.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Ivory Tree Amani African Spa

Ivory Tree game drive

A number of accommodation establishments are available to you in the park and they are Bakubung Bush Lodge, Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Manyane and Bakgatla Resorts, Tshukudu Bush Lodge and Ivory Tree Game Lodge. However I believe there is only one that gives great value for money and that is Ivory Tree Game Lodge situated in the north eastern section of Pilanesberg. Offering 60 luxury suites, superb personal service, highly qualified game rangers and a bush spa that has just recently won Les Nouvelles Bush Spa of the year award, Ivory Tree provides a great all inclusive bush experience that will be fondly remembered.
Tshukudu Bush Lodge is another luxury lodge set high up on a hill with open balconies providing spectacular views across the landscape. With only 6 luxury cottages it offers a quieter and more secluded atmosphere than Ivory Tree, but an exclusive rate accompanies it!

Hot Air Balloon ride over the Pilanesberg

Adding one of these two adventure activities could make the Pilanesberg the highlight of your stay! Enjoy a 1-hour early morning hot air balloon ride over the park or a 1-hour exhilarating elephant back safari. Both of these activities are within easy reach of the lodges.

Elephant Back riding in the Pilanesberg

The nearby Sun City Resort complex offers a myriad of entertainment and relaxation opportunities. As an added attraction to the Pilanesberg area it offers a popular casino, great restaurants and bars, Valley Of The Waves water park, world class golf courses, bird park, adventure activities such as quad biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting and guided games drives into the park. Sun City offers 4 luxury hotels all at different levels of accommodation (from 3 to 5 star).



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Claire 
Hi Colin,

Many thanks for your comment. I'm glad you can make use of the information provided.
Yes, abolutely! I would happily book the other lodges if my client preferred them, however my focus is on providing my clients with an experience that is of great value for money, a quality experience that brings out the best of what our country can offer. I want the client to return to their home country and say "Wow, South Africa is beautiful! We had such a great time!"
It is a case of finding out from the client exactly what their wishes are, what they are looking for, what they want to experience on their holiday. Its meeting these needs that are important.

Let me know if i can assist any further.
Regards
Claire

Colin 
Hi Claire

Great immages you have placed on your blog. This information on the various properties is useful to my company but I note you review Ivory & Tshukudu Lodge which are obviously the focal point of your business. Can we book the other lodges through your company ? Please advise.

Ciao

Colin
Centre Stage Travel
info@cstravel.co.za

Steve 
Nice Newsletter!

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