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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- Availability & Rates
- Facilities | Location
- Nearby Attractions
|Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to availability|
|Standard Room Single - Full Board|
|Standard Room Single - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
|Standard Room Double - Full Board|
|Standard Room Double - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
|Luxury Room Single - Full Board|
|Luxury Room Single - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
|Luxury Room Double - Full Board|
|Luxury Room Double - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
|Executive Suite - Full Board|
|Executive Suite - Dinner, Bed & Breakfast|
- The special rate of R 2 390 includes VAT and breakfast. This rate only applies to the Standard Rooms (Standard Twin and Standard King)
- The rates displayed for the Luxury and Executive Rooms include Dinner, Breakfast and, one game drive per person per day.
Look at our Special Offers for SA Residents under our special offers section!
Experience the Big 5 with our trained field guides who will also show you some of Africa's beautiful fauna and flora.
- 2022: Additional game drives are charged at R620.00 per adult / R310.00 per child between the ages of 0-17 years
Game Drive Times
|June - July||08h00||15h30|
|October - March||05h30||16h30|
Game Drives last approximately 3 hours, depending on weather conditions and animal sightings in the Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For active minds, we have a selection of board games available for hire. Enquire at reception for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a balcony overlooking the park, the Kubanya Room offers guests prime game viewing opportunities while they break for tea or snack time.
- U-shape: 22 delegates
- Herring-bone style: 30 delegates
- School room: 30 delegates
- Cinema style: 60 delegates
Adjacent to the Marula Grill Restaurant and overlooking the waterhole, is the Mmakubu Room, Bakubung’s largest conference venue. This space can be tailored for any type of event or layout.
- U-shape: 40 delegates
- Herring-bone style: 72 delegates
- School room: 90 delegates
- Cinema style: 120 delegates
If you are hosting a small conference or require a boardroom meeting, this is the ideal venue. It is a medium-sized room and can accommodate smaller groups comfortably.
- 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
- Wall Screen
- Lapel Microphone
- Mineral Water
- VHS Recorder
- Flip Chart
- Roving Microphone
- White board
- DVD Player
Private Gala Dinners Functions:
We aim to surprise and delight; gala dinners being our special forte. Our banqueting team will ensure that your guests have a truly memorable occasion and impeccable dining experience
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?
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
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
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
You do not need to leave our beautiful lodge to experience the prolific range of wildlife. We are home to over 50 species of large mammals and hundreds more of the smaller variety. Many animals can be seen in and among the lodge buildings and just a walk to the restaurant can be an exciting affair.
When it comes to topography and game viewing, the Pilanesberg is a cut above some of the other national parks in South Africa and Bakubung offers a variety of ways to enjoy it. Live on the wild side and experience a game walk on foot with one of our qualified guides to enjoy an encounter with some of the park’s 7000 animals.
Big 5 safari
The Pilanesberg is not only home to an abundant wildlife population – with more than 360 bird species and 7 000 animals (including the notorious big-5) - but also houses a plethora of roads from which to enjoy them. Start the day off while its cool with a game drive – you can self-drive or join one of the resort’s experienced rangers on an open game vehicle.
Not much trumps a cool dip in the pool on a hot summer’s day. The Bakubung pool, with its plethora of loungers and full poolside service, allows guests to lie back, soak up the sun and enjoy a cold beverage or a light lunch without having to move. If you need a short break from the sun, our poolside bar is a great place to retreat to and have a drink in the shade.
For those visiting on business or for those needing a quiet space to get a few hours of work done, our resident’s lounge is the ideal space to retreat to. There are a variety of comfortable seating areas to work from and the area offers strong WIFI signal should you require it.
Nestled into a hillside just above the lodge, the Legacy Balance Spa at Bakubung is an enchanting escape from the busyness of outside life. The tranquility of the spa’s interiors blends perfectly with its natural surrounds and the high ceilings and openness of the space allows for the sounds of nature to immerse you. Legacy Balance spas are known for their personalised treatments, award-winning products and highly trained therapists, ensuring you will leave our spa feeling elated and, well, a little more balanced.
Mon - Sat: 9am - 7pm,
Sun & public holidays: 9am -6pm.
Bakubung’s business and leisure facilities plus its location - being just a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and ten-minutes from Sun City and the Gary Player Golf Course – make it a highly desirable MICE destination. The four interior spaces, the largest of which can host up to 120 delegates, are ideal for any type of conference or event, from meetings and gala dinners to weddings and presentations. If you are looking to absorb the outdoors and take in the view, poolside and boma dinners can also be arranged.
Family comes first! Bakubung and its facilities and activities make it an easy choice for families. Kids can spend hours playing on our playground which has been fully equipped with slides, swings and climbing equipment. When they are done here, there are a number of other kid’s activities on offer to help keep them entertained.
What better way to stay healthy and active than with a game of tennis? Get your game on with family or friends or get stuck in with the kids - with two floodlit courts available you can play night or day. You do not even have to bring equipment with you because there are tennis rackets and balls available from reception.
We are passionate about wildlife and educating our guests about the incredibly diverse range of animals, birds and reptiles we are home to in the Pilanesberg. Guests can come visit the wildlife center to view and learn about various indigenous snakes from the area, as well as find out about our educational and interactive bush walks, game drives and recent animal sightings.
For guests who would like to take a shuttle to enjoy a quick day trip in to Sun City or perhaps require a transfer service to and from the airport, we have you sorted. For a small surcharge, a scheduled shuttle bus is available between the lodge and Sun City at regular intervals, plus transfers to and from the Pilanesberg airport can also be arranged on request.
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!
Bakubung has more than one spot in which to kick back and enjoy yourself over a drink or a scrumptious plate of food. The Marula Grill restaurant, centrally located inside the resort and overlooking the hippo hide, caters for all mealtimes and offers guests the choice of a buffet or an à la carte carte menu with a selection of dishes to suit all tastes, including some traditional favourites. For a sundowner cocktail, join us the Thutlwa Bar overlooking the pool and for the ladies, the Motswedi Ladies Bar is open till late offering a variety of beverage options and cigars.
Marula Grill Restaurant:
The Marula Grill Restaurant is open all day and conveniently located in a central part of the resort, overlooking the waterhole. Diners are often spoiled by visiting elephants coming for a late afternoon drink. Cuisine is a choice of a buffet feast or an à la carte carte menu with an extensive selection of dishes to suit all tastes. Seating is vast and guests can choose to dine inside or outside, with exterior seating available under a covered patio, or on the lawn under the stars.
Breakfast: 07h00-09h30; Lunch: 12h30-14h00; Dinner: 18h30-21h30. A light terrace menu is available from 11h00-21h00.
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.
On Saturdays, Bakubung offers guests a unique dinner dining experience under the stars. Be escorted into the reserve by our rangers where you will enjoy a beautiful boma dinner set around the fire and illuminated by the golden glow of lanterns. This is a true way to enjoy deliciously handcrafted cuisine while immersing yourself in nature. Wednesday evening boma dinners are also on offer to in-house guests when occupancy levels allow for this. Please enquire with us directly to confirm our boma dinner days and times.
Our small boma may be booked for private events for 10 - 30 people.
Grab your family members and start a game of volleyball and soon, there will be others wanting to join in the fun. There is nothing more social than a game of volleyball and it’s a brilliant way for kids to make new friends while participating in a fun and active game.
For those wanting to keep fit and active on their bush breakaway, Bakubung offers a fully equipped gym adjacent to the tennis courts. Runners can enjoy a jog on one of our treadmills and for those looking to tone up, there are a variety of weights and weight machines on offer. Fresh sweat towels and cold water are always available on site, to ensure you have a pleasant workout experience.
|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.|
The Standard King room is a great choice for couples who enjoy the extra space. Each of the 20 king rooms comes equipped with one king size bed, air conditioning, DSTV, direct dialing telephones, coffee and tea making facilities, international multi-plugs, hairdryers, electronic safes and minibars which can be stocked on request. Bathrooms comprise of a separate bath and shower, toilet and electric shaving plugs for those who may need
Standard Twin Rooms
The Standard Twin room is the perfect choice for friends or families travelling together. Offering two double beds in each room, the space comes equipped with air conditioning, DSTV, direct dialing telephones, coffee and tea making facilities, international multi-plugs, hairdryers, electronic safes and minibars which can be stocked on request. Bathrooms comprise of a separate bath and shower, toilet and electric shaving plugs for those who may need.
The optimal choice for a travelling family, Bakubung’s 11 Standard Queen Rooms offer all the comforts and amenities needed for your stay. Rooms come equipped with air conditioning, DSTV, direct dialing telephones, coffee and tea making facilities, international multi-plugs, hairdryers, electronic safes and minibars which can be stocked on request. Bathrooms comprise of a separate bath and shower, toilet and electric shaving plugs for those who may need.
Our Luxury King Room boasts one large king size bed, plus a lounge with a couch to curl up on and enjoy a good book from. Each of the nine luxury king rooms comes equipped with air conditioning, DSTV, direct dialing telephones, coffee and tea making facilities, international multi-plugs, hairdryers, electronic safes and minibars which can be stocked on request. Bathrooms comprise of separate bath and shower, toilet and electric shaving plugs for those who may need.
With just four Executive Suites on offer, these rooms are a step-up from the luxury king room, offering special executive amenities. Each of these comes equipped with air conditioning, DSTV, direct dialing telephones, coffee and tea making facilities, international multi-plugs, hairdryers, electronic safes and minibars which can be stocked on request. Bathrooms comprise of a separate bath and shower, toilet and electric shaving plugs for those who may need.
Wheelchair Accessible Room
Bakubung has one wheel-chair friendly room which is easily accessible and spacious enough for our guests to navigate. The room is also equipped with a wheelchair accessible shower and toilet, air conditioning, DSTV, direct dialing telephones, coffee and tea making facilities, international multi-plugs, hairdryers, electronic safes and minibars which can be stocked on request.
Room layout may differ from image shown.
Wrapped around the perimeter of the property and overlooking one of the park’s waterholes, is an array of fully serviced, self-catering chalets. All the chalets are equipped with two en-suite bathrooms, a lounge, an open veranda with a braai/barbeque, an LED TV and a pull-out couch for two small children. The chalet’s kitchen is fully kitted with fridge, stove and an oven, plus basic kitchen utensils. Bedrooms are fitted with premium bedding and black out curtains, for those wanting to lie in and enjoy the mornings a little longer.
- 1 complimentary game drive per person per night of stay
- Boma dinners, which are offered every Saturday night
- All beverages
- Items of personal nature
Children can only be accommodated in a Standard Twin room if sharing with one or two adults.
* 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.
A Park entrance fee of R 40.00 will be charged for children under 12.
Children aged 13-17 years will be accommodated free of charge on a room only basis and will be charged R650.00 per child per day for breakfast, dinner and one game drive, if sharing with one or two adults.
All Rooms Have:
- Individual air-con
- bathrooms with shower and toilet
- direct dialing phone
- electric shaving plugs
- coffee/tea making machines
- hair dryer.
Check-in is after 14:00 and check-out is before 10:00.
For all bookings made within 30 days of travel
Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking.
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.
Payment can be made via bank transfer, credit card (Master/Visa) or bitcoin.
- 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
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.
The rate for day use will be the single room rate, but the room must be vacated prior to 17h00, and is subject to availability.