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Bakubung Bush Lodge

Kubu Street Bakubung Gate, Pilanesberg National Park, Moses Kotane Local Municipality 0300 South Africa
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#1 of 5 hotels in Pilanesberg National Park
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A mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and ten minutes from Sun City, lies a place of breathtaking beauty and serenity. A place called Bakubung Bush Lodge. Concealed in the rich expanses of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung, or "People of the Hippo", offers guests everything they need to get in touch with the bush.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Tennis court
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kid-friendly buffet
Special diet menus
Poolside bar
Kids club
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Spa
Massage
Baggage storage
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Gift shop
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Flatscreen TV
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Green
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Lola D wrote a review 12 Apr
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The resort was beautiful. The staff was amazing and so helpful. Our rooms were clean and spacious. The food was amazing. I would love to go back and spend time there again. I don’t have the photos to show the beauty of this resort and the amazing attentive staff
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Hodders_12 wrote a review 07 Apr
Johannesburg, South Africa44 contributions44 helpful votes
We travelled as a family, the staff are very friendly and attentive. We never had any issues. Everything works and was on time. The game drives were good fun and the rangers are very knowledgeable. The buffet is amazing. A great experience, so close to Johannesburg. We visited Sun City for a day excursion whilst staying at Bakubung.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Angus M wrote a review 03 Apr
Johannesburg, South Africa26 contributions16 helpful votes
My family and I hired one of the Villas for a long weekend. The Villa itself was lovely and the staff were friendly but I received a nasty surprise upon checkout when I was greeted with a bill of over R5 000 for two game drives. Although it had been explained to me that meals at the restaurant were not included when you stayed at a Villa, I was never told that I would have to pay for game drives over and above the cost of my accommodation (which was around R14 000/night!). Game drives are standard when staying at a lodge of Bakubung's calibre (and cost) and I assumed they would be included. Had I known that I would be charged I would have just done a self-drive through the park as I had driven to the Lodge from JHB! I wrote to Dimpho from the Lodge expressing my unhappiness with this but have not had a response. I doubt I'll stay here next time I return to the Pilanesberg.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear 336angusm, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We appreciate hearing about your experience and apologize for any confusion regarding the inclusions during your stay at our Villas. We regret that the additional cost for the game drives came as a surprise to you. Our Villas are self-catering, and supplementary activities such as game drives are optional and are charged separately to ensure flexibility in our guests' experiences. We understand your expectation and will take your feedback into consideration for future communications with our guests. We apologize for any delay in our response to your concerns. Our team strives to address all guest feedback promptly, and we will investigate the communication gap with Dimpho to ensure such instances are avoided in the future. I am pleased to note that despite this issue, you were able to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Pilanesberg and the comfort of our Villa. Should you reconsider staying with us again, we would be delighted to welcome you and ensure a more seamless experience. Warm Regards Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manager
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Jean-Patrick F wrote a review Mar 2024
New Hyde Park, New York2 contributions1 helpful vote
Bakubung use to be our favourite place for a safari holiday with my family. Bakubung has changed and not in a nice way. It has got bigger and greedier. Power generators had be used continuously at night. The staff was mostly unfriendly and sometimes rude. I have tried to communicate with reception and management on those matters but this was a total waste of my time. The quality of the food was still nice and the hotel relatively clean. Pilanesberg is a beautiful place, but we will stay in a different lodge/hotel in the park next time.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear jeanpatrickf2021, Thank you for sharing your feedback about your recent stay at Bakubung. We are truly sorry to hear that your experience did not meet your expectations, especially since Bakubung has been your preferred destination for a safari holiday with your family. We regretfully rely on generators during load shedding and power outages, which is unfortunately a widespread challenge in South Africa. We continuously strive to minimize disruptions and provide a peaceful environment for our guests. It's also disheartening to hear about your interactions with our staff. We take great pride in our hospitality and guest service, and we will address your concerns with our team to ensure that all guests receive the warm and friendly service they deserve. We are glad to hear that you still enjoyed the quality of our food and found the hotel relatively clean. We appreciate your positive feedback in these areas. We value your loyalty and regret that this experience has led you to consider staying elsewhere in the park next time. We understand how important it is for our guests to feel valued and welcomed during their stay, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused by the changes you have noticed. We hope you'll afford us the opportunity to regain your trust and provide you with a memorable and enjoyable stay in the future. Warm regards, Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manager
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Martin G wrote a review Mar 2024
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom7 contributions3 helpful votes
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Great, large room and bathroom. Very clean. Beautiful location. Good food, but queuing at busy times. Good choices for vegetarians. Game drives stunning. James was excellent on every drive. We saw many of the game close up and took great pictures. Night time Bush Barbecue very special. Can highly recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear G1898WLmarting, Thank you for the great review and for pointing out that you enjoyed a relaxing time with us at Bakubung Lodge. The Pilanesberg National Park is nested in a crater of an extinct volcano and covers an area of 572 square kilometers. We are proud to be in this beautiful conservation area. From the warm welcome at reception to the impeccable housekeeping and dining experiences. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our buffet menu and that our chefs' dedication to excellence shone through. The Boma night holds a special place in our hearts, and we're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the excellent food and music and that you found us accommodating your vegetarian preferences. We're especially grateful for your kind words about James, our game driver. It's wonderful to hear that his professionalism and passion for his work enhanced your experience. We'll be sure to pass along your compliments to him. We can't wait to welcome you back again in the future We look forward to providing you with another exceptional experience. Warm regards, Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manager
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Reywoeke4u wrote a review Mar 2024
Hartbeespoort, South Africa50 contributions17 helpful votes
Hi we visited for my wife's birthday and stayed in the hotel. And from start to finish it was just great Check in staff was great and help-full The rooms are a but dated but clean and tidy and we had a great view. The game drives and Breakfast and dinner was included and was great the waiting staff was excellent which is more then we can say for some lodges these days.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Reywoeke4u, We're truly delighted to hear about your wonderful experience at Bakubung Bush Lodge, and we're thrilled we could add a touch of celebration to you and your wife’s stay. I am especially pleased to know you enjoyed the game drives and amenities on offer. Our staff takes pride in providing warm and welcoming, responsive, and attentive service, and I will share your wonderful commendation with them. Thank you for highlighting the exceptional efforts of our team in ensuring a memorable experience for you and your wife. We appreciate your recommendation and look forward to welcoming you back for another memorable stay. Warm Regards Julandé Maré Guest Relations
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Georgina S wrote a review Mar 2024
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I cannot find words to how good this lodge is, The staff were very friendly and made you feel welcome to their country. It was our first time in South Africa and will not be our last. The game drives last around three hours and the drivers are very knowledgeable about the animals.
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear georgtinas639, Thank you so much for sharing your heartfelt review of your memorial experience with us at Bakubung Lodge. We appreciate hearing about your positive and welcoming experience of our country. I am pleased you enjoyed the well-organized and informative game drives. We understand the importance of consistent and high-quality service for all our guests, and I appreciate your commendation for all the staff with a special mention of their friendliness. I am pleased to hear that your time with us left such a positive impression. We as "People of the Hippo" are looking forward to welcoming you back soonest! Warm Regards Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manager
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Atiq Rehman wrote a review Mar 2024
London, United Kingdom31 contributions5 helpful votes
A thoroughly enjoyable stay! The accommodation was excellent accompanied by a lovely pool area. The staff were super friendly with the restaurant offering tasty buffet options. You can also order from the menu. The safari tours in an open drive vehicle was also a great experience. You get to see the most of the animals! They offer 2 drive options a day, either early morning or mid afternoon to suit. Recommend you check it out!
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dear atiqr2019, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. It was our pleasure to accommodate you and I am pleased you had an enjoyable time during your stay. The positive comments about the spacious and clean rooms, along with the lovely pool area, are a testament to the high standards maintained at Bakubung Lodge. It's great to know that you found the food offerings satisfying, with special mentions for the buffet and menu on offer. We take great pride in delivering exceptional wildlife experiences and providing knowledgeable and enthusiastic rangers who can enhance our guests' understanding and appreciation of the natural environment. Overall, it's clear that you had a fantastic time, and the enthusiastic recommendation speaks volumes about the quality of our lodge and services. Thank you very much, we will endeavor to keep the excellent work up for all our Guests to experience! We hope to welcome you back soonest! Warm Regards Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manger
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Maidei Lucia M wrote a review Feb 2024
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Bakubung is our go-to for every quick gateway. Coveniently located not far from Johannesburg; it is easily accessible. The service is consistently great and the staff are always warm and welcoming. The perfect place for a quick escape and nature reset.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 02 Mar 2024
Dear Maidei Lucia M, It is heartwarming to learn that you had a fantastic time during your stay, and we highly value your feedback. We appreciate your enthusiastic recommendation, as it speaks volumes about the quality of our lodge and services. Thank you very much, we will endeavor to keep the excellent work up for all our Guests to experience. We look forward to welcoming you back to the “People of the Hippo” in the near future! Warm Regards Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manager
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Isaac M wrote a review Feb 2024
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I am Orapeleng Motlhale from Carletonville Gauteng last year July, we had great. experience right from the reception staff what a warmly welcome we received from them, going to the rooms good housekeeping from the staff. we had awesome dining experience as well food varieties excellent buffet menu well done to the chefs. Game driver professionalism and passion shown by Mpho knowledgeable. he was explained in detail we had great time I don't' mind doing the tour more than once. Lastly it was the Boma night food was excellent compliments to the chefs and the music as well excellent thanks to the management and staff for making us to enjoy our stay. defiantly we will come again, first impression last and you will defiantly attract guest locally and internationally. Regards Mr. Orapeleng Motlhale
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 02 Mar 2024
Dear Mr Orapeleng Motlhale, Thank you so much for sharing your review of your experience with us. It's truly heartwarming to hear that your time at Bakubung Lodge left such a positive impression.   From the warm welcome at reception to the impeccable housekeeping and dining experiences, it sounds like every aspect of your stay exceeded expectations. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed our buffet menu and that our chefs' dedication to excellence shone through.   We're especially grateful for your kind words about Mpho, it's wonderful to hear that his professionalism and passion for his work enhanced your experience.   The Boma night holds a special place in our hearts, and we're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the excellent food and music. Your compliments mean the world to our team, and we're so glad we could contribute to making your stay memorable.   We can't wait to welcome you back again in the future and we look forward to providing you with another exceptional experience at the "People of the Hippo".   Warm regards, Julandé Maré Guest Relations Manger
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R 4,320 - R 5,811 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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South AfricaNorth-West ProvinceMoses Kotane Local MunicipalityPilanesberg National Park
NUMBER OF ROOMS
100
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bakubung Bush Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Nearby attractions include King's Tower (4.1 km), Valley of Waves (4.0 km), and Sun City Resort (4.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Crystal Court, Bakubung Restaurant, and RocoMamas Sun City.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Bakubung Bush Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Bakubung Bush Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Bakubung Bush Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bakubung Bush Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.