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One of the newest 5* lodges on the circuit is Shepherd Tree Game Lodge.

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The entire lodge lies in an exclusive use zone in the south-western portion of the 57,250ha, “Big 5” and malaria free Reserve. Guests will enjoy both private traversing and access to all the Reserve’s public roads. The lodge offers commanding views of the distant bushveld amphitheatre and is superbly positioned adjacent to the Wilderness Area, thus offering the opportunity of walking trails in this untouched environment.

The design feature accommodates 13 family suites (136m²) and 4 spacious executive suites (86m²) situated adjacent a magnificent main lodge.

The family suites offer two en-suite master bedrooms with a shared lounge and patio. The family suites can also be configured in such a way as to offer a luxury suite option as well as a standard room option.

The executive suites offer one en-suite master bedroom with a lounge and patio. In addition, guests can savour an indoor steam shower and double outdoor shower. The placement and design of each suite ensures privacy and uninterrupted views. Each suite offers the highest quality equipment with plasma screen TV, Satellite Television and a mini-business centre.

In addition the lodge features the Amani Spa. A banquet for the soul and senses using the unique Spa product brand, Africology, made from the purest of ingredients, free from artificial preservatives, colouring & fragrances. You are guaranteed to walk out glowing from the inside out!

Numerous incentive style activities are on offer from quad biking and interactive drumming to tribal shows at the bush dinner.

This lodge is being managed by the same team as Ivory Tree, but offers more exclusive accommodation. For smaller groups it is a wonderful option.

Rhino Poaching Dream Team Launched

Poaching ‘dream team’ plans to hunt down poachers

A ‘dream team’ has been set up to track and shut down syndicates involved in illegal poaching. The team includes vehicle tracking company, Tracker, with one of its best field operatives, former Soweto Dog Unit member and Tracker law enforcement officer, Stroppie Grobbelaar, at the helm.

Grobbelaar’s back-up team will include intelligence agents as well as the eBlockwatch community network. Existing eBlockwatch members  can join the team by logging on to the eBlockwatch website, or new members can sign up and register at www.eblockwatch.co.za.
In particular, owners of game farms and those involved in conservation are being asked to sign up. Helicopter pilots, farm watch groups and game rangers are also needed, as eBlockwatch believes these people will be most instrumental in providing information that with help Stroppie and his team at Tracker hunt down the poachers.

Every email received with information will be captured and fed into eBlockwatch’s Memex software belonging to the Specialised Services Group. This will then be fed through to Stroppie and the ‘dream team’. Once poachers have been located, eBlockwatch members closest to them will receive an sms, asking them to help mobilise their security companies and networks to assist.

Lets hope this will go a long way to stopping this atrocity!!

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