Escape to the Pilanesberg

30 September 2013

A mosaic of rich earthy tones and thatch woven amongst quiet woodlands, the exclusive hideaway of Ivory Tree Game Lodge has been inviting travellers to explore the secrets of South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park since its establishment in 2004.

Flight Centre recently had the privilege of travelling to this stunning retreat for the weekend and discovered a unique sanctuary of big game and refined luxury. Welcomed by the warmth of a crackling fire and graciously attentive staff, the hectic streets of Johannesburg seemed like a distant memory as we reached the entrance to the lodge.

Rhino, Ivory Tree Game Lodge Rhino, Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Boasting a beautiful lounge with soft leather sofas and inviting armchairs draped in exotic skins, the lodge itself is a haven of tranquility.  Complete with a rustic bar, spacious dining room, elegant spa and glittering pool ensconced by a sunlit patio, this is the ideal place to relaxin between game excursions.

Tucked against the Pilanesberg’s Bakgatla Gate which opens onto 60,000 hectares of beautiful South African bush-land, Ivory Tree is perfectly poised to provide travellers with a world-class game experience.  With daily morning and evening excursions,our outings yielded many incredible sights.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge Ivory Tree Game Lodge

From an elusive Leopard’s dinner – a lifeless Impala stowed high in a tree, to baby Rhinoceros to a lone bull Elephant stubbornly blockading the entrance to the lodge, each time we returned with exciting new accounts of the day’s sightings.

After our last evening drive, warm candlelight and sumptuous culinary creations greeted our return. With intimate tables set amongst the high ceilinged dining room, the chatter of excited guests floated amongst the chandeliers, as our ranger humorously described a close encounter with an elephant.

After desert, the dining room slowly cleared as guests returned to the sanctuary of one of the lodge’s standard or executive suites in preparation for an early morning in the bush and we prepared for our departure back to the city.

While we wished of staying forever, every good thing must eventually come to an end.  And, as the heavy gates closed behind us we looked forward to the next time we would return to Ivory Tree.

 

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