• Bakubung Bush Lodge

    Pilanesberg Game Reserve Bush Lodge
  • Bakubung Bush Lodge

    Pilanesberg Game Reserve Bush Lodge
  • Bakubung Bush Lodge

    Pilanesberg Game Reserve Bush Lodge
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    Pilanesberg Game Reserve Bush Lodge
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Bakubung Bush Lodge

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Bakubung, where the Big Five roam, a mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breath-taking beauty and serenity. A place called Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or "People of the Hippo", offers you everything you need to get in touch with the bush.

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Wildlife

Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Pilanesberg National Park, which is home to Bakubung Bush Lodge, ranks amongst the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55 000 hectares. The Park offers guests sightings of a wide diversity of animal and plant life. This includes 360 species of birds, the Big Five and many other South African animals.

Junior Rangers Programme

Apart from game drives, bush walks, birding and in-house entertainment, Bakubung and Kwa Maritane have developed something even more engaging, the Junior Ranger’s Programme.

Game drive

Experience the BIG 5 with our trained field guides who will also show you Africa's other beautiful fauna and flora.

All Activities
  • Guided bush walks & game drives
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Volleyball court
  • Children’s playground
  • Big 5 viewing
  • Table tennis & darts
  • Board games
  • Action cricket
  • Junior Rangers

Lodge Facilities

  • 100 hotel rooms (1 wheelchair accessible room)
  • Volleyball Court & Kids Playground
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Boma
  • Conference facilities for up to 120 delegates
  • Swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Internet Lounge
  • DSTV Bouquet
  • Complimentary Internet Connectivity in Rooms
  • 2 Flood-lit tennis courts
  • Table Tennis & Darts, Board Games, Action Cricket, Game Walks

Dining

  • The Bakubung restaurant caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
  • Enjoy our African themed spit braai on Fridays. On Wednesday and Saturday nights you can book for the bush braai at our Boma in the park, or enjoy our Chef's carvery in the main restaurant. 
  • The Bakubung restaurant has various options to choose from. For an unforgettable dining experience try a bush braai around a huge fire in the Boma. 
  • If bush dining is not your thing, then dine in comfort in the main restaurant and choose from the Chef's carvery to your heart's content.

The Marula Grill

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner during the following hours:

  • Breakfast 07:00 - 10:00
  • Lunch 12:30 - 14:30
  • Dinner 18:30 - 22:00


Our restaurant offers a buffet breakfast, and either a buffet or table d’Hote luncheon and dinner.

A terrace menu is offered between 11h00 and 21h00 daily.

Thutlwa Pool Bar

Relax and experience the sights and sounds of the magni cent Pilanesberg National Park from a Giraffe’s point of view, whilst indulging in a refreshing cocktail at Thutlwa Pool Bar. Once the curtain of darkness sweeps over the open plains, enjoy a pre-dinner drink.

Motswedi Bar

Ladies Cocktail Bar open 10h00 - 01h00 daily, offering a range of imported beers, spirits, wines and cigars.

Boma

Capture the spirit of Africa with a bush dinner at our Boma situated in the park. Offering undercover seating for up to 240 people.
A variety of theme evenings and gala dinners are available on request.

Johannesburg - 175km  -  Pretoria - 135km -  Sun City - 10km

Directions from Fourways, Sandton:

  • Travel north along William Nicol Drive to the four-way intersection with Witkoppen Road.
  • Turn left into Witkoppen road towards Lanseria/Roodepoort.
  • Turn right at the intersection with Hans Strijdom Extension on the road towards Broederstroom and Lanseria.
  • Cross over the Muldersdrift/Diepsloot Road and continue with the R512 towards Broederstroom and Lanseria.
  • Cross the bridge over the R28 Krugersdorp/Pretoria highway, pass the Lanseria turnoff and continue straight ahead.
  • At the T-junction turn left on the R512 to Magaliesberg.
  • Continue on this road until you see the Sun City signboard on your left. Turn right on the R512 to Brits and cross the bridge over Hartebeespoort Dam.
  • At the T-junction turn right on the R512 to Brits. Follow directional signs.
  • Continue to the four-way stop and turn left on the R512/27 for Brits/Rustenburg.
  • Pass the first Brits turnoff. At the signpost R27 Rustenburg/Brits turn right.
  • On the bridge turn left towards Rustenburg.
  • Continue till you get to the slipway to the left. Take the slipway and continue on the new N4 highway.
  • A signboard on the left side of the road indicates Pilanesberg to the left on route 91. Exit left off the highway. At the T-junction turn right and continue on this road to Sun City.
  • Once reaching Sun City, go straight past the Zenex garage on your right, after 4km you will see a sign indicating you to turn right to Bakubung, follow the road and it will lead you to the Bakubung Gate.
Directions from Fourways, Sandton:
  • Take the N1 North towards Polokwane.
  • Take the N4 Rustenberg Split (tollroad)
  • Follow the road straight, a signboard on the left side of the road indicates Pilanesberg to the left on route 91. Exit left off the highway. At the T-junction turn right and continue on this road to Sun City.
  • Once reaching Sun City, go straight past the Zenex garage on your right, after 4km you will see a sign indicating you to turn right to Bakubung, follow the road and it will lead you to the Bakubung Gate.

Standard King Rooms
Total: 20
All our standard king rooms have one king size bed, air conditioning, bathrooms with separate bath, shower and toilet, DStv Bouquet, direct-dialling telephones, electric shaving plugs, coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, international multi plugs and electronic safes, minibar stocked on request.

Standard Twin Rooms

Total: 55
All our standard twin rooms have two double beds, air conditioning, bathrooms with separate bath, shower and toilet, DStv Bouquet, direct-dialling telephones, electric shaving plugs, coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, international multi plugs and electronic safes, minibar stocked on request.

Standard Queen Rooms
Total: 11
All our standard queen rooms have two queen size beds, air conditioning, bathrooms with separate bath, shower and toilet, DStv Bouquet, direct- dialling telephones, electric shaving plugs, coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, international multi plugs and electronic safes, minibar stocked on request.

Luxury King Rooms
Total: 9
All our Luxury king rooms have
one king size bed, air conditioning, bathrooms with separate bath, shower and toilet, lounge area with couch, DStv Bouquet, direct-dialling telephones, electric shaving plugs, upgraded coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, international multi plugs and electronic safes, minibar stocked on request.

Executive Suite
Total: 4
All our Executive Suite rooms have one king size bed, air conditioning, bathrooms with separate bath, shower and toilet, lounge area with couch, DStv Bouquet, direct-dialling telephones, electric shaving plugs, upgraded coffee and tea making facilities with VIP amenities, a hairdryer, international multi plugs and electronic safes, minibar stocked on request

Wheelchair Accessible Room
Total: 1
Our wheelchair accessible room has two double beds, air conditioning, wheelchair accessible shower and toilet, DStv Bouquet, direct-dialling telephones, electric shaving plugs, coffee and tea making facilities, a hairdryer, international multi plugs and electronic safes, minibar stocked on request.

 

Terms & Conditions exclusive to and Bakubung Bush Lodge

  • Bakubung Bush Lodge - Children can only be accommodated in a Standard room if sharing with one or two adults.
  • Exclusion dates apply. Please refer to clause 3 in the attached terms and conditions.
  • Minimum two night stay over weekends (Friday & Saturday).
  • Dinner Bed and Breakfast rate - 1 complimentary game drive is included per person per night’s stay. Please refer to Wildlife Activities page for further information.
  • Children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated free of charge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis, including one game drive, if sharing with one or two adults.
  • Children aged 13-17 years will be accommodated free of charge on a room only basis and will be charged (2018) R540.00 (2019) R710.00 per child per day for breakfast, dinner and one game drive, if sharing with one or two adults.
  • Full Board rate - 2 complimentary game drives is included per person per night’s stay. Please refer to Wildlife Activities page for further information.
  • Children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated free of charge on a full board basis inclusive of dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and two game drives per day, if sharing with one or two adults.
  • Children aged 13-17 years will be accommodated free of charge on a room only basis and will be charged (2018) R1090.00 (2019) R1190 per child per day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and two game drives, if sharing with one or two adults.

All rooms have:

  • Individual air-con
  • bathrooms with shower and toilet
  • DSTV
  • direct dialing phone
  • electric shaving plugs
  • coffee/tea making machines
  • hair dryer.

At Kwa Maritane you can get the sense of being far away from it all and yet be minutes away from civilisation.
Our shuttle service will transport you from the airport or to Sun City for a small charge in no time.
Room service from 07h00 to 22h00.

Terms & Conditions

  • All bookings are subject to availability
  • Rooms will be kept until 18:00 on day of arrival unless otherwise assured or guaranteed.
  • Check-in is after 14:00 and check-out is before 10:00.
  • Rates may be subject to change.

Cancellation Policy

  • If the reservation is cancelled less than 14 days prior to arrival a 50% cancellation fee will apply.
  • If cancelled 7 days or less prior to arrival a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

A 10% admin fee will be retained for cancellations made after the card has been charged.

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY PROGRAMS

Junior Rangers

Legacy Junior Rangers programme is available for all children aged 6-12 years. Activities are geared around natural resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation offering a special opportunity to explore the Pilanesberg National Park. The Junior Rangers Program is available at a small additional cost to parents and usually takes 2 days to complete. On completion of the program, children will be including in a graduation ceremony and will be given a certificate and badges for activities completed.

WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES

Game Drives

Bakubung Bush Lodge - Children can only be accommodated in a Standard room if sharing with one or two adults.

  • Dinner Bed and Breakfast rate - 1 Complimentary Game Drive per day per adult. Children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated free of charge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis including one game drive, if sharing with one or two adults. Children aged 13-17 years will be accommodated free of charge on a room only basis and will be charged (2018) R650.00 (2019) R710.00 per child per day for breakfast, dinner and one game drive, if sharing with one or two adults.
  • Full Board rate - 2 Complimentary Game Drives per day per adult. Children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated free of charge on a full board basis inclusive of dinner, bed, breakfast, lunch and two game drives per day, if sharing with one or two adults. Children aged 13-17 years will be accommodated free of charge on a room only basis and will be charged (2018) R1090.00 (2019) R1190.00 per child per day for breakfast, lunch, dinner and two game drives, if sharing with one or two adults.
  • Additional game drives are charged at R650.00 per adult / R325.00 per child between the ages of 0-17 years

Game Drive Times

Morning Afternoon
May 08h00 15h30
June - July 08h00 15h30
August 08h00 15h30
September 06h00 16h00
Oktober - March 05h30 16h30
April 06h00 16h00

Game Drives last approximately 3 hours, depending on weather conditions and animal sightings in the Park.

Bush Braai

Bush braais are held (weather permitting) every Wednesday and Saturday night. If you would like to book a bush braai on an alternative night, a minimum of 30 people is required. If numbers drop below 30, the full rate for 30 people will be charged.
Prices may be subject to change. Non-residential rates available on request.

HONEYMOON ADDED VALUE OFFERS

  • Allocation of a room with a King Size bed
  • Bottle of Sparkling wine a platter of chocolate dipped fruits (strawberries when available) with a personalized note from the GM
  • Complimentary Late Departure (Subject to availability)
  • VIP Turndown on day of arrival

PILANESBERG FULL BOARD RATES KINDLY NOTE:
Terms and Conditions

  • FB (Full Board) – includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 game drives per person per day
  • Exclusion dates apply. Please refer to clause 7 in the attached terms and conditions
  • Minimum two night stay over weekends (Friday & Saturday)
  • Please refer to Wildlife Activities page for further information

Need Assistance ?

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Business Hours

Mon – Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
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What sets us Apart!

  • MALARIA FREE
  • Ideal for family or small groups
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Large elephant population
  • Over 350 bird species)
  • Effortless road and air access

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  • Most special deals by far
  • Secure payment process (SSL)
  • South African based
  • Superior knowledge
  • Expert advice
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Pilanesberg Gate Times

  • March & April
    06h00 - 18h30
  • May - September
    06h30 - 18h00
  • September & October
    06h00 - 18h30
  • November - February
    05h30 - 19h00

Pilanesberg Gate Fees

Entrance Rates Pilanesberg tariffs are per person and per vehicle.
  • Adults: R80,00
  • Adults Foreign Nationals - R110
  • Children (6-12yrs) : R30,00
  • Pensioners (SA only) - R40.00
  • Vehicles (Sedan/LDV/SUV) : R40.00