Tshukudu Game Lodge

Code: Game Lodge
Mo - Sun
  • Bush Walk Info
  • Conference Room
  • Game Drive (2)
  • IMG_2331
  • Pool1
  • Reception2
  • Room 7
  • Room 9
  • Veranda Bar
  • Wheelchair Friendly

 Welcome to Tshukudu Game Lodge

Tshukudu Private Game Reserve borders the world renowned Greater Kruger National Park and combines home comforts with the exciting Big 5 safari experience (Lion, Rhino, Elephant, Leopard and Buffalo). The lodge has magnificent views of the Drakensberg Mountains and offers close encounters with some of the rehabilitated orphaned animals in their natural habitat.

Giving back to nature

Since we opened in 1980, Tshukudu has restocked many other reserves in South Africa with wild animals and have been actively involved in the rehabilitation of orphaned animals back to the wild.

For a holiday to remember contact us today!

* Provisions have been made for wheelchairs for the handicapped.
* All rooms are air-conditioned and there is a sparkling clear swimming pool to cool down during those hot summer days.
* Children of all ages are welcome.



R2 930.00 per person per night sharing in a standard chalet
R3 250.00 per person per night single in a standard chalet

Children 4 – 12 yrs pay ½ price of the adult rate quoted

Tariff Includes

  1. Three meals per day : full breakfast buffet, light luncheon, afternoon tea and dinner in the open-air boma or veranda dining room (Weather dependent)
  2. Accommodation on a sharing basis
  3. An early morning bush walk accompanied by experienced Game Guide
  4. An afternoon game drive (Sundowner drinks for own account) in open safari vehicles, accompanied by experienced Game Guides.
  5. Group Rates are available on request

Tariff Excludes

  1. Telephone calls
  2. Morning Game Drive: An additional morning game drive can be booked at an additional cost.
  3. A once off Conservation Levy of R 35 per visitor (all ages)
  4. Personal bar account
  5. Room mini-bar consumables
  6. Sundowner drinks on Game Drives
  7. Curio Shop Purchases
  8. Laundry
  9. Airport Transfers
  10. Breakages


  1. Please make use of the on-line booking system or alternatively contact us in writing via e-mail.
  2. All stay over guests will be required to provide positive ID when checking in and a copy of the ID document / passport / birth certificate will be made for record purposes. Please ensure that you have the necessary documents with you on arrival.
  3. All guests will be required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.
  4. Quoted in Rand (ZAR), subject to change and inclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT) at 15%
  5. Bank charges will be levied on cash deposit payments & Foreign transfers.
  6. A once off Conservation Levy per person will be added to all confirmed bookings.
  7. Children 4 – 12 yrs pay ½ price of the adult rate quoted
  8. The child rate only applies to children under the age of 12 years when sharing with adults.
  9. Children under the age of 12 years are permitted on bush walks and game drives at the sole discretion of the Game Guide.
  10. No pets are allowed.
  11. All guests will be required to settle their accounts for extras, telephone calls, beverages, laundry, etc. on departure. This can be done by credit card or local currency notes.
  12. We recommend that all guests have a comprehensive travel insurance to cover injury, medical costs, loss or damage to personal belongings and cancellation.
  13. Check in time : 14h00    Check out time : 11h00

Deposits, Settlements and Cancellations

  1. 50% deposit is required within 48 hours to reserve your booking. Balance is due 1 (one) month prior to arrival in order to confirm your booking.
  2. Additional Deposit Fees will be levied on all cash deposit payments and foreign exchange transfers.
  3. All cancellations must be sent in writing to bookings@tshukudulodge.co.za via electronic mail.
Days prior to arrival 0-15 15-30
Deposit retained 100% 50%

The Lodge

Surrounded by over 3800 hectares of undisturbed BIG 5 Game Reserve and the famous Drakensberg Mountains Tshukudu Game Lodge provides a relaxed home away from home. Welcome drinks are served in the open plan reception- and lounge area on arrival and our free Wi-Fi service is available to all stay-over guests should you wish to connect with family and friends back home.


African Dining

Buffet style breakfasts and light lunches are served on the thatched veranda and showcase South African dishes prepared from fresh local ingredients. Evening buffet dinners are often enjoyed seated around a roaring fire in the African Boma, under the stars. Traditional venison dishes also feature on this authentic South African menu.

The Rooms

Provision has been made in certain units to accommodate the access of wheelchairs facilitating the disabled or elderly.

Each of the 17 spacious en-suite air-conditioned units is equipped with a shower, minibar, coffee and tea-making facilities as well as a safe and hairdryer. Amenities are replenished daily.

Swimming Pool

Recliners under a canopy of thatch beckon guests to enjoy shady relaxation around the pool, which is also a prime vantage point for game viewing. A waterhole lies just beyond the perimeter of the Lodge and attracts various antelope species, elephant and buffalo. Indulge in the peacefulness of the African Bush while our trained staff brings you your favourite cocktail to enjoy.

Curio Shop

Not your regular curio shop, you will find original treasures that have been gathered from all corners of the African continent as well as functional items such as hats, caps, beanies and T-shirts as well as postcards, toiletries, international plugs and various small trinkets that will remind you of your African Safari.

General Information

  1. Keep clothing colours as neutral and as light as possible, so you blend in better with the surrounding environment. Khaki, beige, brown and green are generally best, as darker and brighter colours attract unwanted mosquitoes and insects.
  2. During certain times of the year malaria may be more prevalent in certain areas and we therefore suggest a mosquito repellent like Peaceful Sleep or something similar. Alternatively contact your local GP regarding the necessity of malaria prophylaxis.
  3. A pair of comfortable walking shoes for bush walks or when off the game drive vehicle.
  4. Meals are informal, so smart attire is not required.
  5. Please pack a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlight and binoculars.
  6. Electricity at Tshukudu is a 220-volt alternating current system. Wall plug units take a round two-prong European plug. It is advisable to bring the necessary converter or adapter from your home country, should you need to charge cameras or laptops. Alternatively, international adaptors are available for purchase in the Curio Shop.
  7. Remember to pack your camera as well as a video camera, along with all the necessary plugs, chargers and memory cards needed.
  8. There is a Wi-Fi hotspot in the general public area of the veranda, reception and swimming pool. All units are also equipped with free Wi-Fi.
  9. Cellular phones work in most areas of South Africa and also in certain areas within the reserve, although it is not permitted to take cellular phones on game drive vehicles as they are considered an intrusion
  10. All our units are supplied with amenities such as soap, shower gel and shampoo. You may, however, wish to bring your favourite toiletries with you.
  11. The lodge offers a laundry service at a nominal additional rate.


Bush Walks

Each day guests are offered the opportunity to experience our Nature Reserve on foot. Bush Walks provide a unique opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers to experience the amazing African wildlife up close. Each bush walk is led by a highly qualified, enthusiastic, Game Guide ensuring guests safely experience this unique experience.

Depending on their age, young children will join in open game drive vehicles for safety reasons. Guests will kick-start the day with steaming hot coffee and homemade rusks, before venturing out at around 6:00 am. At around 8:00 am guest return to sit down to a sumptuous breakfast buffet.


Game Drives

Our highly skilled Game Guides will accompany guests in the morning and early evening in open 4×4 game drive vehicles. Their extensive knowledge and training ensures that your game experience will be unforgettable, exciting and informative. This private reserve is known for its close encounters with a vast variety of game including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino). In addition, all game drives on the reserve coordinate their game viewing activities which ensure the best of sightings. Halfway through the early evening game drive there’s a stop for sundowners and snacks, before returning to the lodge at around 7:00 pm, with enough time to freshen up before sitting down to a buffet dinner served in the open air boma (weather permitting).

Activity time table will vary in summer and winter months.