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Bakubung Bush Lodge

Bakubung Bush Lodge lies within the world-famous game-rich Pilanesberg National Park. This beautifully appointed luxury Lodge takes its name from the local word, Bakubung, which means “People of the Hippo.” Bakubung offers visitors ample opportunity to enjoy the surrounding pristine bush whether you’re relaxing on your private balcony or out on a game drive with the Lodge’s expert guides. Relax poolside during the heat of the day as you watch the wildlife saunter to and from the nearby watering hole. Unwind in the peaceful Bakubung Spa or challenge fellow visitors to a game of volleyball. Come evening the starlit boma is the perfect spot to socialise fireside and relive your Big 5 sightings. Its sheer comfort, Afro-chic décor, and exceptional service are bound to make Bakubung Bush Lodge a favourite Pilanesberg getaway for the entire family, while the Junior Ranger Programme is sure to be a hit with budding young conservationists. 

Pilanesberg National Park is just two hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and a certified malaria-free game area.

 

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Domestic Campaign
Bed & Breakfast 01 Jun 2020 - 15 Jan 2021
Single per Room Per night R1 590
Double per Room Per Night R2 000

Terms & Conditions

  •  Rates are available for standard rooms only
  •  Subject to availability
  •  Rates are subject to other terms and conditions
  •  Rates are valid until 15 January 2021
  •  Rates are only applicable to residents of country where hotel/resort/lodge is located, ie South Africa   

 
Midweek Promotion
Validity: 01 January 2020 – 31 December 2020

 Restrictions: valid only from Sunday - Thursday
Subject to availability

Details Rates
Standard Room Single per night R3 470
Standard Room Double per night R4 440
Luxury Room Single per night R3 770
Luxury Room Double per night R5 100
Executive Suite (single and double) R5 735

The midweek promotional rates are inclusive of – Breakfast, Dinner , Limited Internet and 1 Game drive per person per day.


Last Minute Promotion
 
Validity: 01 January 2020 – 31 December 2020

Restrictions: Book and Travel within 7 days
Minimum 2 night stay
Subject to availability

Details Rates
Standard Room Single per night R3 310
Standard Room Double per night R5 100
Luxury Room Single per night R4 020
Luxury Room Double per night R5 450
Executive Suite (single and double) R6 120

The Last Minute promotional rates are inclusive of – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner , Limited Internet and 1 Game drive per person per day.

Exclusion dates:

  • 7- 11 August 2020
  • 12 – 16 November 2020
  • 24 – 28 December 2020 
Game drives


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

Snake demonstrations


Visit us outside the wildlife centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays for a live snake demonstration by one of our experienced field guides. Bookings are essential and can be made at the Wildlife Centre.

Game viewing

The lodge itself plays centre stage for incredible wildlife sightings. So even if you're not taking part in a game drive or game walk, ensure that you keep your keen eye out for some truly incredible experiences right outside on your doorstep.

Bush sundowners


If you're looking for unprecedented views to share with your partner or loved ones, our specialized game rangers will take you to one of their many secret spots. Sip on a glass of champagne while you soak in an African sunset. By prior arrangement only.

Boma dinners


Another not-to-be-missed activity is the famous Bakubung bush boma dinner. Sit under a canopy of a million stars, whilst you dine on our local South African dishes and watch live traditional entertainment. A truly once in a lifetime experience that will stay in the memory forever.

Bird & tree walks


Learn about our vibrant bird life, and age-old trees as one of our experienced field guides take you on an informative morning walk through the property. Limited to 10 guests per day. Bookings are essential.

Board games


For active minds, we have a selection of board games available for hire. Enquire at reception for more information.

Kids activities


Junior Rangers Programme

Our trained rangers host an incredibly educational kids program called Junior Rangers that teaches the youngsters about nature and conservation in a fun, hands-on environment. Not to mention it gives you some time to relax!


Hippo Holiday Club (available all year round)

The Hippo holiday kiddies programme is available for children aged 4 to12 years old, and takes place Tuesdays to Sundays during the school holidays. Enquire with us for more information.


Playground

The kids are able to explore and play in our fully equipped playground with jungle gym, swings and slides. We also host many other kids activities to give you the break that you need and deserve.

Golf


The true golfers will be well aware that bordering the Pilanesberg National Park is one of Africa's most iconic golf courses, the Gary Player Country Club. Whether you're confident enough to take on the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, or you're happy with a round at the scenic Lost City Golf Course, our guest relations manager will organise you a round.

Table tennis & darts


Equipment is available from reception.

A selection of Conferencing Venues at: Bakubung Bush Lodge the Place of the Hippo

Bakubung Bush Lodge is concealed within the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park and offers you everything you need to get in touch with the bush.
These Pilanesberg lodges are set in an area where the Big 5 roam, a mere 2 hour drive from the hectic lifestyle of Johannesburg. Bakubung, or “People of the Hippo”, offers you everything you need in regards to comfortable and luxury accommodation. With the bush just outside your window you will be able to relax and take in everything about the bush and the animals living around you.
Bakubung Bush Lodge has some of the best accommodation in the Pilanesberg and offers an amazing family holiday experience.

Venues

The Kubunyana Conference Room at Bakubung

  • U-shape: 22 delegates
  • Herring-bone style: 30 delegates
  • School room: 30 delegates
  • Cinema style: 60 delegates
The Mmakubu Conference Room at Bakubung

  • U-shape: 40 delegates
  • Herring-bone style: 72 delegates
  • School room: 90 delegates
  • Cinema style: 120 delegates
The Magarekubu Conference Room at Bakubung

  • U-shape: (A) 12 delegates. (B) 12 delegates. (A&B) 28 delegates
  • Herring-bone style: (A) n/a. (B) n/a. (A&B) 45 delegates
  • School room: (A) n/a. (B) n/a. (A&B) 50 delegates
  • Cinema style: (A) 40 delegates. (B) 40 delegates. (A&B) 80 delegates

Banqueting and Conferencing

Below is a list of Standard Equipment and Technology you can expect to find at Bakubung Bush Lodge:

  • 35mm slide projector
  • TV monitors
  • P A system
  • Notepad / Pens
  • Lectern
  • Wall Screen
  • Lapel Microphone
  • Mineral Water
  • VHS Recorder
  • Flip Chart
  • Roving Microphone
  • Cordials
  • White board
  • DVD Player

Further Options

Private Gala Dinners Functions:

Please Note: This would be in the venue that you conference in if in conference. Please liase with reservations for further information and suggestions if you are planning a function for your group or conference. This is subject to venue availability, the number of guests the seating capacity & entertainment for the function. A large variety of menus are available for your selection. Prices are determined by the menu selection. We have Standard linen in stock for Décor. Should you require assistance in getting quotes for additional décor and entertainment please advise accordingly?

Restaurant Times
Breakfast 07h00 - 10h00 | Lunch 12h30 - 14h00 | Dinner 18h30 - 22h00
• Sunday to Thursday is Chef ‘s choice buffet.
• Fridays - Out of African – lamb on a spit.
• Wednesday & Saturday nights an option is to book our bush braai at our boma in the park, or dinner in our main restaurant being our Chef’s carvery.
• Room service: is available between 11h00 & 21h00

Wildlife Activities
To make your stay memorable for your guests we suggest that you include a game drive and bush braai in your agenda. The bush braai is held in our boma situated 20 minutes from the lodge. The menu consists of traditional South African dishes. A bush braai is held on Wednesday & Saturday evenings for all hotel & timeshare guests

Other Nights:


Game Drive Bush Braai's or Bush Braai's only can also be arranged on any other evening subject to a minimum of 30 people being booked (Groups less than 30 pay for 30) If no other groups are booked, and your group is alone at the boma. Please note this does not confirm
Sole Use of the boma for a group, as bookings can change at any stage. Should another group book and be at the boma on that night your costing will revert to the per person rate.

For a Bush Braai only on other Nights for a group less than 30 a surcharge of R4000.00 is applicable. If no other groups are booked, and your group is alone at the boma.
Please note this does not confirm Sole Use of the boma for a group, as bookings can change at any stage. Should another group book and be at the boma on that night your costing will revert to the per person rate.

Sporting Facilities on Site:

  •  2 Tennis courts (floodlit)
  •  Swimming pool
  •  Action Cricket (please enquire & floodlit)
  •  Volleyball – (please enquire & floodlit)
  •  Outdoor chess| Pool Table | Table Tennis
  •  Trampoline & Kiddies Playground

 

Other Sporting Facilities in the Area:
Golf, Squash & Aquatic Sports offered at Sun City.

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. Follow directional signs
  • 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
  • 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 until 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
  • On 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

 

Swimming pool


The swimming pool is located next to the cocktail bar, where guests can enjoy drinks or a delicious meal either in the shade of the bar or by the poolside for the sun lovers.

Residents lounge



For our professionals, we have an internet lounge for convenience and comfort. Alternatively, enjoy this space with a book.

Legacy Balance Spa

Relax and harmonise at the exclusive Bakubung Spa within the rich expanses of the Pilanesberg National Park. An extensive spa treatment menu is available, offering men and women a wonderful choice of treatments and massages to restore mind, body and soul.

Monday - Saturday: 09h00 to 20h00
Sundays & public holidays: 09h00 to 18h00
Bookings are essential.

Conference facilities


Ensuring the success of your meeting or conference is all in a day's work for us. Simply choose the conference package that best suits your needs, and we will assist you with the finer details.

Kids playground


The kids are able to explore and play in our fully equipped playground with jungle gym, swings and slides. We also host many other kids activities to give you the break that you need and deserve.

Tennis courts


There are two floodlit tennis courts available for those guests who wish to be active during their stay. Tennis rackets and tennis balls are available from reception.

Wildlife centre


Visit our wildlife centre to see various snakes, and to learn more about our bush walks, game drives and animal sightings.

Transfer services


A scheduled shuttle is available at a nominal surcharge to all guests between the lodge and Sun City at regular intervals daily.

Transfers to/from the Pilanesberg airport may be arranged on request.

Computer & internet facilities


There is nothing quite as restorative as being in nature, however sometimes through technology you just want to be able to share this experience. We provide guests with 500Mb of complimentary WiFi every day!

Remember to tag us on social media so we can share these amazing moments with you. Instagram handle - @bakubungbushlodge

Restaurant & bars


Marula Grill Restaurant:

At our famous traditional restaurant you will be spoilt for choice with traditional favourites, as well as some tempting authentic local fare. The menu is expansive, the buffet is tantalizing, and the restaurant caters to you for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Thutlwa Pool Bar:

Relax and experience the sights and sounds of the magnificent Pilanesberg National Park, whilst indulging in a refreshing cocktail at the Bar.


Motswedi Ladies Bar:

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


Bush Boma:

Every Wednesday and Saturday we offer you the chance to dine under the brilliance of the African stars - an indescribable plethora of universal magic. Dine to the sound of traditional entertainment, and feast on a wide selection of local flame grilled cuisine.

Our small boma may be booked for private events for 10 - 30 people.

Volleyball court


Up your game, and sharpen your skills at our volleyball court. Equipment is available from reception.

Gym


Adjacent to the tennis courts. Open from 05h00 to 20h00.

 

Gary Player Golf Course Sun City, Valley of the Waves Hot Air Balloon Safaris Pilanesburg Game Reserve
The Gary Player Golf Course designed by Gary Player, is an 18 hole par 72 walking course, with a 5km running trail along the course. Built in an extinct volcanic crater this fantastic golfing paradise conforms to the stringent US PGA specifications and is ranked as one of the top five golf courses in South Africa. It is also home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The Valley of Waves is the central feature of the Lost City at Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon. When waves are not generated, a bobbing cycle is generated in a diamond pattern. All Resort residents enter the park free of charge by presenting their resident cards. Day visitors pay an entrance fee to the park. A hot air balloon flight is usually a once in a lifetime experience. Flying over the Pilanesberg, you will see incredible wildlife while taking in the breath-taking scenery. Hot Air Ballooning captures a mystical freedom as the natural elements of wind, flame and hot air, carry the balloon on a unique journey through the skies. The Pilanesberg is located in North West Province and borders Sun City. The 'Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex' is the park's primary geological feature. This vast circular geological feature is ancient even by geological standards as it’s the crater of a long extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world.
Standard King Rooms

  • Our 20 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
  • Hairdryer
  • International multi plugs
  • Electronic safe
  • Minibar stocked on request

Standard Twin Rooms

  • 55 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
  • Hairdryer
  • International multi plugs
  • Electronic safe
  • Minibar stocked on request
Standard Queen Room

  • 11 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
  • Hairdryer
  • International multi plugs
  • Electronic safe
  • Minibar stocked on request
Luxury King Rooms

  • 9 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
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • International multi plugs
  • Electronic safe
  • Minibar stocked on request

 

Executive Suite

  • 4 Executive Suites 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
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • VIP amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • International multi plugs
  • Electronic safe
  • Minibar stocked on request
  • Room layout may differ from image shown
Wheelchair Accessible Room

  • One wheelchair accessible room has two double beds
  • Air conditioning
  • Wheelchair accessible shower and toilet
  • DStv bouquet
  • Direct dialling telephones
  • Electric shaving plugs
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • International multi plugs
  • Electronic safe
  • Minibar stocked on request
  • Room layout may differ from image shown

Timeshare Chalet

  • Self-catering chalet
  • Two en suite bedrooms
  • Kitchenette
  • LoungeOpen veranda with BBQ
  • Premium bedding
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Daily housekeeping
  • The lounge includes LED TV
  • Pull-out couches suitable for two children under the age of 10
  • Kitchen is equipped with
  • Fridge
  • Hot plates
  • Oven
  • Basic equipment

Terms & Conditions exclusive to the Bakubung Bush Lodge

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

Half Board Rate - Dinner Bed and Breakfast Rate

  •  1 complimentary game drive is included per person per night’s stay.
  •  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 R 780 per child per day for breakfast, dinner and one game drive, if sharing with one or two adults.

Additional Game Drives 2020

  •  Additional game drives are charged at R585.00 per adult / R290.00 per child between the ages of 13-17 years / R165.00 per child between the ages of 6-12 years.

Full Board Rate Includes

  •  2 game drives per person per day
  •  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 R1 310 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. 

Deposit Policy

  •  For all bookings made within 30 days of travel
  •    Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).
  •  For all bookings made more than 30 days of travel
  •   A 50% deposit Is required within 48 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

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.

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

Full board rates are available upon request.

FB (Full Board) – includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 game drives per person per day.

Excludes

  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

Check-in is after 14:00 and check-out is before 11:00.

Need Assistance?

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Business Hours:
Mon - Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2 hours

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What sets us Apart !

  • MALARIA FREE
  • Ideal for family or group getaways
  • Rich biodiversity of game
  • Home to the “Big 5”
  • Over 350 bird species
  • Effortless road and air access