South African Lodges

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Address
Pilanesberg National Park
Sun City
Rustenburg
0300
Rating
Lodge Type
Family, Conference, Leisure, Game Lodge, Malaria Free, Big Five, Kids Club
R2770.00SINGLE RATE
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The Bakubung Bush Lodge enjoys a beautiful location in the Pilanesberg National Park.The lodge has an excellent setting on the edge of a hill overlooking the park and elephants are often seen from the lodge. The lodge name translates as "People of the Hippo", offers leisure guests, families and conference delegates an unforgettable stay in the untamed African bush. The lodge is 178 km from Johannesburg, and the famous Sun City Resort is only 12 km away.

Accommodation

The lodge, features 77 beautifully appointed air-conditioned, thatched rooms.Featuring a decor in an African theme, they offer modern conveniences to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay.

Room Amenities:

  • Either two double beds or one king size bed
  • En-suite bathroom including a shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Color TV (with DSTV bouquet)
  • Hairdryer
  • Plug for electric shaver
  • Internet connectivity
  • Either a balcony or a patio

Dining

The Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring different themes including African, Indian, and Asian. On Wednesday and Saturday nights, guests may enjoy a bush braai at the outdoor boma in the national park itself, or enjoy the chef's carvery in the main restaurant. The bush braai, is around an enormous fire in the boma, makes for an unforgettable dining experience.

Meal services:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner: restaurant or boma
  • Room service

Facilities & Activities

The facilities at the lodge are children friendly and designed for families.

  • Restaurant and bar
  • DStv bouquet TV
  • Big Five game viewing
  • Guided bush walks and game drives
  • Floodlit tennis court
  • Action cricket
  • Boma for outdoor braais
  • Children's playground
  • Conference facilities for up to 120 delegates
  • Internet connectivity in rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Internet lounge
  • Volleyball
  • Kalahari Health and Beauty Spa
  • Shuttle transfer to the Sun City Resort, Casino & Entertainment Center (10 km).

Conferences

The Lodge is an ideal venue for business meetings, conferences and other events of various sizes. With wall-to-wall carpeting and independent air conditioning, the conference venues are spacious and comfortable. The conference packages, secretarial services as well as Internet and email access are available.

Game Drives

The early morning game drive and late afternoon game drives are in open 4 x 4 vehicles.

Game drive departure times:

  • January to March: early morning 5:30 am and late afternoon 4:30 pm
  • April: early morning 6:00 am and late afternoon 4:00 pm
  • May to August: early morning 8:00 am and late afternoon 3:30 pm
  • September: Early morning 6:00 am and late afternoon 4:00 pm
  • October to December: early morning 5:30 and late afternoon 4:30 pm

Junior Rangers

With many different activities to enjoy such as game drives, bush walks, birding, picnicking and in-house entertainment, the lodge offers the Junior Rangers program, allowing parents to enroll their kids in a unique, educational and fun experience. Under the supervision of trained staff, parents can rest assured that their children are well looked after while participating in a host of educational activities allowing the whole family a great getaway.

Activities offered are geared towards the protection of natural resources and environmental education offering an exceptional opportunity to explore the Pilanesberg Park. Activities have been created for children between the ages of 4 to 12 years to encourage an appreciation for nature and conservation.

Children learn about the history of the Park and partake in wildlife walks that allow children the opportunity to learn about the animals and the sounds of various birds. The guides teach about the different plants in the area.

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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Restaurants

Dining at lodge

The restaurant serves three meals a day, and the buffet has different themes on different days ranging from African, Indian and Asian.  On Wednesday & Saturday nights guest can enjoy a Bush braai in the boma deep inside the park where the chef cook over an open fire. 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.

Meal services at the Lodge:

  •     Breakfast
  •     Lunch
  •     Dinner: restaurant or boma
  •     Room Service

The Spa

At Bakubung's Noko Kalahari Health & Beauty Spa, guests are offered a variety of different spa treatments which can be enjoyed in a tranquil and relaxed environment.

Junior Rangers Programme: kids activities

The perfect family escape from the bustle of the city, located in the heart of the malaria-free, 'Big Five' Pilanesberg National Park and only an hour and a half's drive from Johannesburg, the Bakubung Bush Lodge offers something special for children. With various activities to take part in including game drives, bush walks, birding, picnicking and in-house entertainment, Bakubung has developed something, even more, engaging, this being the Junior Ranger's programme, allowing parents to enrol their kids in a unique, educational and, most importantly, a fun experience.

Under the supervision of trained staff, parents can rest assured that their children will be well looked after while participating in a host of educational activities allowing the whole family a great getaway. Activities are geared around natural resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation offering an exclusive opportunity to explore the Pilanesberg National Park. Activities have been created for children from the ages of 6 years old to that of 12 years old and aim to encourage an appreciation for nature, conservation and natural resources.

From learning about the history of the Pilanesberg National Park, participating in wildlife walks allowing children the opportunity to find out more about wild animals, the sounds various birds make become prominent as guides teach one what to listen for as well as that of the purpose of the various plant life around the lodges.

Once activities have been completed, kids are presented with activity badges and stickers. Once they have completed all 8 activities and have therefore collected all 8 activity stickers, they will participate in a Junior Ranger pledge ceremony whereby the Bakubung Junior Rangers are given a certificate portraying that they are now a part of the resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation initiative.

Bush Braai

Bush Braais at the Lodge is held in the boma situated 15 minutes from the lodge on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. The menu consists of traditional South African dishes. The combination of game drives and bush braais can also be arranged on any other evening subject to a minimum of 36 people being booked.
 

Game drives

The Lodge offers game drives all year round, either in the early morning or late afternoon.

Game drives times leaving from the Lodge:

 

  • January, February & March: 5:30 am ( morning game drive ) & 4:30 pm ( Evening game drive )
  • April: 6:00 am ( morning game drive ) & 4:00 pm ( Evening game drive )
  • May, June, July & August: 8:00 am ( morning game drive ) & 3:30 pm ( Evening game drive )
  • September: 6:00 am ( morning game drive ) & 4:00 pm ( Evening game drive )
  • October, November & December: 5:30 am ( morning game drive ) & 4:30 pm ( Evening game drive )

Besides the 'Big Five' visitors also have the opportunity to encounter the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and even sable. The Pilanesberg mountains offers guests sightings of a wide diversity of animal and plant life including 361 species of birds, the Big Five and almost every type of animal found in Southern Africa.

Bird watching

The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the best places for birding in South Africa. Over 355 species have been recorded in this national park located in the North West province and a birder could record up to 110 species in winter and plenty more in summer including both migrant and permanent species.

 The transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld region in this part of South Africa brings with it a unique mix of birds with Red-eyed Bulbul living together with Black-eyed Bulbul. Many other such fascinating habitations are visible throughout the game reserve, but it isn't limited to only bird species but also to other animals and plants.

Spa treatments

At Noko Kalahari Health & Beauty Spa, they offer a wide choice of different spa treatments.

 

Hot Air Balloon Safari

The Hot Air Balloon rides over the park are offered every day in the morning, weather depending. Guest are collected at the lodge and are taken into the park to meet with the balloon crew. The flight is approximately an 1 hour long. A leisurely game drive is then taken through the park to a game lodge where breakfast is served, after which guest are returned to their hotel/game lodge.

•Duration: 1 to 4 hours in total
•Booking is essential
•a minimum number of guests are required to conduct a flight

Flights are early in the morning, and you will need to allow some 3.4 hours for the full activity which includes the following:

 

•Early morning collection from your hotel by safari vehicle
•Launch of the balloon from the centre of Pilanesberg National Park
•An hour drifting serenely over the Park
•A sparkling wine celebration on landing, a time-honoured tradition in ballooning
•A Full English breakfast at a Game Lodge
•A First Flight certificate signed by your Pilot
•Return transfer to your hotel/game lodge

Terms and Conditions: Hot Air Balloon Safaris

 

•1-hour flight: Minimum 8 passengers / Maximum 65 pax (1-hour flight)
•35-minute flight: Minimum 25 / Maximum 125 pax (½ hour flight)
•Children under the age of 13 can unfortunately not participate
•Subject to availability of balloons
•Full prepayment is required before the trip takes place

Childrens playground

The childrens playground at the lodge is an exciting place for kids to spend a fun filled morning or afternoon.

Swimming

The Lodge features an outdoor swimming pool which is located in the garden.

Tennis & Volleyball

The Lodge features two floodlit tennis courts as well as a volleyball field to which guests have access to.

Nearby golf courses

The 18 hole championship Gary Player GC and the Gary Player designed Lost City GC are located at the Sun City Resort, which is only a 14 minutes drive away from the lodge.

Visit to the Sun City Resort

The world famous Sun City Resort is only a short 12 minutes drive away from the lodge. Guests may choose to drive their car to the resort or take the shuttle bus.

Sun City attractions:

 

•Sun City Casino & Entertainment Centre
•The Palace of the Lost City Hotel
•Cascades Hotel
•Sun City Hotel
•Cabanas Hotel
•Valley of Waves: water park
•Health & Beauty Spa
•Gary Player Golf Course
•Lost City Golf Course
•Bird Aviary
•Farmyard animals
•Kamp Kwena

Walking Safari

This exciting safari walk takes place on request basis at an additional charge per person. The Lodge can take up to 9 guests per walk, and the duration of the tour is 3 - 6 hours.  For this exciting half-day walk/hike, the Lodge provides a "breakfast box" which includes a sandwich, fruit, chocolate and a cold drink per person (items are subject to change).

Conference venues

The Lodge is and the ideal venue for business meetings, conferences and banquets. With luxurious wall-to-wall carpeting and independent air conditioning, the conference venues are spacious and comfortable. Also, to the conference packages, secretarial services as well as Internet and email access are available.

Standard conference equipment:

  • Overhead projector
  • 36mm slide projector
  • Lectern
  • TV and VCR
  • Wall screen
  • Flipchart
  • Whiteboard
  • PA system
  • Lapel microphone
  • Roving Microphone
  • DVD Player

Optional extras (for hire per day, and subject to availability):

  • LCD projector
  • ISDN lines

Mid-Week 24-hour Conference Package (Sundays to Thursdays) & Weekend 24-hour Conference Package (Fridays and Saturdays):

  • Conference venue
  • Standard conference equipment:
  • Mid-morning tea
  • Lunch
  • Mid-afternoon tea
  • Dinner in the hotel restaurant
  • Accommodation in the hotel
  • Breakfast

Half-Day Conference Package:    

  • Conference venue
  • Standard conference equipment:
  • Mid-morning tea
  • Lunch

  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Boma
  • Childrens playground
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Nearby golf course
  • Nearby Gym
  • Nearby Spa
  • Open Air Boma
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis court
  • Terrace
  • Volleyball field
  • Wellness centre
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • WIFI
General Services
  • 24 - hour reception service
  • Babysitting
  • Braai/Barbeque
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Kid's entertainment
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Room service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Walking safaris
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria and Animals
  • Fauna & Flora in the Pilanesberg, North West Province

    Besides the 'Big Five', visitors in the Pilanesberg National Park also have the opportunity to encounter the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, hippo, crocodile and even sable. The Pilanesberg mountains offer guests sightings of a wide diversity of animal and plant life including 360 species of birds, the Big Five and almost every type of animal found in Southern Africa.

    The Pilanesberg National Park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.

    Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually home in arid areas are found cohabiting with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees. Wildlife includes lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, buffaloes, leopards, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles.

    The bird life diversity in the Pilanesberg National Park is outstanding. While some birds are migrants, many are permanent inhabitants. Their food sources vary with some eating carrion or live prey while others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.

Children Policy
  • Accommodation for families with children

    Children under the age of 18 (maximum two children per room) are accommodated free of charge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis if sharing with one or two adults. Children occupying their rooms will be charged the full adult rate.

    Junior Rangers Programme

    With many different activities to take part in such as game drives, bush walks, birding, picnicking and in-house entertainment, the Bakubung Bush Lodge offers the popular Junior Ranger’s programme, allowing parents to enrol their kids in a unique, educational and fun experience. Under the supervision of trained staff, parents can rest assured that their children are well looked after while participating in a host of educational activities allowing the whole family a great getaway.

    Activities offered are around natural resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation offering an exclusive opportunity to explore the Pilanesberg National Park. Activities have been created for children between the ages of 6 to 12 years to encourage an appreciation for nature, conservation and natural resources. From learning about the history of the Pilanesberg National Park, participating in wildlife walks allowing children the opportunity to find out more about wild animals, the sounds various birds make become prominent as guides teach one what to listen for as well as that of the purpose of the various plant life around the lodges.

    Once activities have been completed, the children are presented with activity badges and stickers. Once they have completed all 8 activities and have therefore collected all 8 activity stickers, they will participate in a Junior Ranger pledge ceremony whereby the Bakubung Junior Rangers are given a certificate portraying that they are now a part of the resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation initiative.

Available Rooms

Standard Room

# Rooms:
76

The Lodge has beautifully appointed climate controlled, thatched studio rooms. The rooms are decorated in an African theme with all the modern conveniences to ensure a comfortable and relaxing stay. The each room has doors that lead out onto a balcony or a patio with views park.

Hotel room features:

  • African theme
  • Air conditioning
  • One King bed or two Double beds
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access.
Single Room R2770
Double Room R3920

Luxury Room

The spacious Luxury Rooms offer the ultimate comfort to guests who wish to relax in a welcoming setting. Exclusive amenities and features have been added for extra luxury.

Luxury Room features:

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Bath tub and shower
  • King beds
  • Lounge area
  • Entrance hall
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Work desk.
Single Room R3150
Double Room R4290

Executive Suite

# Rooms:
4

The Executive Suites provide space and exclusivity. These suites are open plan featuring a King bed, a modern en-suite bathroom as well as a welcoming lounge making for a most relaxed setting.

Executive Suite features:

  • King bed
  • Desk
  • Lounge with sofas and lounge table
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Shower and bathtub
  • Entrance hall
  • Air conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access.
Single Room R5110
Double Room R5110

Bakubung Bush Lodge Specials

The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.

Enjoy great Winter rates when staying 3 nights or longer at Bakubung Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg. Stay for only R3,010.00 per double room per night, including breakfast, dinner and one game drive per person per night's stay.

This special is available to South African Residents and is valid 1 May - 31 August 2016 for stays of 3 nights or longer.

Included in the rate:

  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • One complimentary game drive per person per night’s stay

Excluded from the rate:

  • Items of a personal nature

Terms and Conditions:

  • Valid 1 May - 31 August 2016
  • Only valid for South African Residents
  • Subject to availability
  • Minimum 3 night stay
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2015-12-25

1. Location: excellent
2. Friendliness: excellent
3. Value for money: excellent
4. Cleanliness: excellent
5. Overall impression: excellent

Regards, Nomsa Langa

2015-07-13

We are just back in the UK after our visit to South Africa, where we very much enjoyed a 4 night stay at Bakubung Lodge, with my sister (who stayed with me there in January 2012) and my husband on his first ever visit. He was mighty impressed by everything.

We had a great welcome as returning guests and were in fact recognized so got a very personal and warm welcome at Reception and from the game Ranger Jarred who also remembered us from January. My sister is disabled and so some special requests were made – like always getting to go on a Game viewing vehicle with STEPS, and this was always arranged. Much appreciated. The wheelchair was ready and waiting at reception on arrival – a huge asset so many thanks for that too.

We were NOT INFORMED at Reception on arrival that guests must BOOK a table for Dinner, selecting the time you want to eat, so on our first night – a busy Friday, we found all tables full and had to wait till 8.30 p.m.. It was never an issue in January as there was enough space when using outside and inside if you preferred, but in winter with mostly inside getting used it did present a problem coming into dinner on return from our first Game Drive. Please just make sure, Reception have this oversight pointed out to them.

The disabled room was again fine although we had an on-g0ing problem with the flushing system on the toilet but although reported on the Friday night I think weekend maintenance only saw the problem getting a minor adjustment so it remained an irritant throughout our stay. Supplies to the bedroom were erratic – sometimes 1 Five roses tea bag and 5 Rooiboos which if you don’t drink Rooiboos is a problem and toiletry supplies were hit and miss – twice having no shower gel late at night when you came to take a shower- so some improvements here would not go amiss. Maybe, again, weekend staff are not quite so accurate as the regular weekday staff.

However, all in all, our stay was excellent, the competence, and skill of the Game Ranger Jarred made for memorable Game Drives and he is to be congratulated on his knowledge, skill and customer relations – first class.

I will most certainly return with my sister and it could well be January 2013. My sister is about to move to a Retirement Village in Joburg so I guess I will be out by January to find her safely settled in and in need of a change of scene and Bakubung would instantly spring to mind.

Will be in touch again soon.

Thank you for your assistance in booking this accommodation and please update Bakubung on my comments.

Kind regards.

Mrs Jennifer Forbes

2015-07-01

2015-05-12

2015-04-24

We had a very nice stay at Bakubung together with our family from Johannesburg and kids. The game drives were superb and we saw so much wildlife during our time there.

The room in which we stayed had two double beds and still had space for comfortable sitting and relaxing. Our grandkids were able to stay in the same room with us. The Lodge has an outdoor pool and playground for kids.

Regards,
Doris Eberhard

2015-04-14

What a nice holiday we enjoyed. Bakubung is a bit of a mix between a Hotel and a Lodge: one is surrounded by the wildlife of the Pilanesberg National Park but one has all the comforts of a hotel. We enjoyed our game drives where we saw a lot of animals, and the food was delicious.

Susanne T. / England

2015-01-27

As I was SO IMPRESSED by my stay at the Lodge, I did want my comments to be passed on to the Bush Lodge by some means or another, so I am now going to attempt to tell you about my findings and would ask you please to pass these comments onto the Bush Lodge direct.

My sister and I stayed at Bakubung from Jan 27th – 31st. My sister is disabled and on checking in she was walking with a walking aid. This was “noticed” by Reception albeit my sister did not come with me to the Reception desk whilst I did the checking in. When I quoted my Booking Ref. at the check in counter, they found my booking file and noticed the room we had been alloted and immediately said to me, you are booked into a room which is upstairs, so we are changing this to a downstair room. That occurred without any request from me for a “convenient room” to meet my sister’s needs. I drove round to the parking area near out room where help was waiting to unpack our car. This gentleman assisted my sister and immediately said, you will find these paths so much easier with a Wheelchair and off he went to Reception and brought back the Lodge Wheelchair. I was mighty impressed!! - and indeed it did most certainly help to get my sister from one part of the Lodge to another with the wheelchair. I discovered later that in fact we had been put in the wheelchair friendly room, (room 301) so that room had all the facilities in the bathroom too to assist someone with a disability. It was first rate.

In addition, we received incredible help at the Wildlife Service Office, who made sure my sister was assisted onto the Game Viewing vehicles each afternoon and I would very much like to compliment all the Rangers, but in particular, special mention must be given to Jared who was tremendously enthusiastic, knowledgeable and had a superb manner with the guests. Many compliments to him.

Our Game drives were incredible and we had sighting RIGHT ON THE ROAD, of leopard, lions. Elephants and rhinos and also had a excellent sighting of Black Rhino. What more could you ask for.

I most certainly will return to the Pilansberg and without doubt to Bakubung.

Please would you be so kind to pass these compliments to Bakubung Bush Lodge and let me know that you have done so, as I am most keen for them to get the praise they are clearly entitled to.

Many thanks,

Mrs Jennifer Forbes

2014-09-10

Excellent for family

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -25.345619

Longitude: 27.055222

Directions

Directions to the Bakubung Bush Lodge from the O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa:

1. Head northwest on Bonaero Dr toward Kenaero Ln 1.9 km
2. Take the 1st left toward Atlas Rd/R21 250 m
3. Take the 1st right toward Atlas Rd/R21 280 m
4. Take the 1st left onto Atlas Rd/R21 350 m
5. Take the ramp onto R21 32.9 km
6. Take exit 134 to merge onto Danie Joubert Fwy/N1 toward Polokwane
Partial toll road 22.5 km
7. Slight left at Platinum Hwy/N4 (signs for Rustenburg)
Partial toll road 63.7 km
8. Take the exit toward R556 550 m
9. Turn right at R556 (signs for Bapong) 79.9 km
10. Turn right
Entering toll zone in 3.0 km 4.2 km
11. Turn left
Destination will be on the right 1.4 km

Bakubung Bush Lodge
Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa

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Parking

The Lodge provides shaded and open parking facilities to guests on a complimentary basis.

Star Rating

4 Star

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