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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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

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 BRAAIS 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. 

Nearby Attractions

 

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.

 

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  • Over 350 bird species
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