The Lush Private Lodge is set on the Black Rhino Game Reserve, a private concession within the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Exclusive traversing rights to 25,000-hectares, as well as access to the park’s public section, assure guests an intimate and unique safari experience, with the chance to see all of the Big 5 and the endangered African wild dog.
Tucked into a wooded hillside you’ll find 5 individual, luxury suites which affords the privacy of home, while the main lodge, run on Italian hospitality, ensures you are very well taken care of. Lush is a contemporary lodge, shaped around the environment. Minimalistic décor and natural finishes put the focus on the view, at once drawing guests to outdoor living spaces.
Choose from 3 Bush-facing or 2 Mountain-facing Suites, distinguished only by their views, interspersed between the trees. Each is not simply a base from which to explore your surrounds, but a living space designed with every comfort in mind. Your emperor bed, topped by a down duvet and pillows, is a roll away from a pause area, with a well stocked Smeg mini-bar and range of Nespresso coffees. A few steps to the other side is a free-standing bath with a view; lie back and soak up the scenery. Around the corner, a walk-in rain shower opens out to an open air shower. Body products, with botanical extracts, heighten the sensory experience.
Innovative use of space, wilderness-inspired interiors, and extended foldback glass doors mean you feel immersed in nature even when in your suite. While their décor gives a nod to the Lupini’s Italian heritage, much of the furniture and other decorative items are local, supporting South African artisans.
The main guest area offers a bar, an open-plan dining and lounge area, an outdoor lounge, and a wraparound viewing and dining deck. The lodge has an African boma for social outdoor dinners. The boma features a braai, a central firepit and dining tables. A the Lush Boutique guests will find a range of select items, including the lodge’s blend of fair-trade coffee, for guests to take home something of their time here.