Blog for the week of 23 – 29 November 2015

Blog for the week of 23 – 29 November 2015

Upon driving out this week one could see how the bush has been filled with colours and scented by the trees as they are all starting to flower. Just love how one can see the seasons change in the park. Sightings has been great again with Lions on the hunt. A mother leopard with her two cubs scanning the world from up on the rocks, cheetahs roaming the plains, as well as some of the more rare sightings of caracal and serval. It is nice to even at times spend a bit more time at one of the many hides in the park and just unwind while nature fills your ears with the abundance of birdlife around you and animal life that makes its way down for a drink of water. It truly is breath taking and well let’s just say there’s nothing quite like natures...
Blog for the week of 16-23 Nov 2015

Blog for the week of 16-23 Nov 2015

What a week it has been here at Shepherds Tree Game Lodge. It was quite the wow moment as the night skies were lit up by thunderstorms followed by some well needed rain. But even with all the water around us the elephants still came down to the water hole at lodge for a drink and showing off their enormous beauty to the guests. We truly were lucky this week, as some lions as well as a leopard decided to embrace us with their presence on our concession road. Sightings has been great and our rangers got to share a lot of their knowledge with guests, from the smallest of creatures such as Dung Beetles, to some of the endangered species such as Wild Dogs and Cheetahs, all the way up to the tallest of all the Giraffe. Let’s not forget the Red Hartebeest, Tsessebe, Elephant and Zebras adorable new life in the reserve. We are looking forward to the week ahead and what nature has in store for us....

The passed week has yet again been amazing ! Not only did we once more have a week filled with great sightings of Lions filling the dirt roads with their presence , Elephant herds playing around, and not to forget the majestic leopards. Even the Wild dogs had their presence known by making a kill. With thunder rumbling in the heavens above we made our way to the dam where we stopped and sat in the hide taking in the scenery around us, waiting for most of the rain to clear. While relaxing there, a breeding herd of elephants made their way down for a drink of water and a couple of Impalas were playing in the backround chasing each other up and down and the Hippos were just lazing about in the water. Making our way back to the lodge after morning drive this morning a beautiful male leopard sat right next to the road not one little bit bothered with us and he let us enjoy watching him for a good 10 minutes before walking to the front of my vehicle and slowly walking in the road for about another 10minutes. It truly was a great...
Great week for Cheetah’s

Great week for Cheetah’s

What a great week for Cheetah sightings. We were blessed to have the Cheetahs show themselves a few times this week. Seeing these amazing cats eating and even attempting to hunt just reminded us all what the bush was all about. The lions were out and about as well even being lucky enough to watch the cubs at play, while the adults took a well-deserved nap from a successful hunt. We were also happy to know our Elephant bulls still have been visiting our water hole during the day and allowing the guests to watch these amazing animals drink while enjoying a wonderful lunch. What more could one ask for.. Darryn...
Birds of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Birds of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a birders paradise with over 300 species being recorded. The best time for bird viewing is the summer months where one can one record over 80 species in a single day.What makes the park popular amoungst birders is the six great bird hides dispersed over the reserve which gives guests the opportunity to get out of their vehicles, stretch their legs and enjoy the birdlife. When planning which hide to visit and photograph birds keep the following in mind: West-facing hides: Rathogo provides good photographic lighting in the mornings. East-facing hides: Ruighoek , Mankwe & Malatse are great in the afternoons. North-facing hides: Makorwane and Batlhako are better suited to low light photography on cloudy days. One of the most popular hides in the park is Mankwe Hide. The dam attracts many water birds such as blacksmith lapwings, grey, black-headed and Goliath herons, pied kingfishers, malachite kingfisher, great white egrets, Egyptian geese and white-faced whistling ducks to name a few. Also be on the look out for the African fish eagle which is seen perching high above overlooking the dam. Did you know that Ivory Tree Game Lodge offers bird drives which are tailor made to suit everyone, from someone starting out to experience the great joy of Birding to the experienced “Twitcher” looking for that ever elusive “Lifer Tick” to add to their list. Enquire when making the reservation about this activity Below are a few images that our lodge photographer, Massimo Da Silva, has managed to capture while out on safari: If you looking for accommodation in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve we have...
New Private Villa!

New Private Villa!

We are pleased at announce a new accommodation type now available at Shepherds Tree Game Lodge. The private villa is located to present breathtaking panoramic views of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The villa consists of 2 rooms each with en en-suite bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. Between the two rooms is a spacious lounge with a flat screen television leading out onto a patio with its very only private plunge pool for those wanting to relax under the African sky! Lets let the pictures do the talking  ...