Pilanesberg is a GREAT park. And of the mid-range lodges inside the park gates, Kwa Maritane is an excellent choice I think.
It is fairly large, not one of the week exclusive ($$$$) ones. It has several sets of rooms, maybe five or six, with a few rooms in a row. Some surround the pool and outdoors eating area, some are further back around a second pool and a bit quieter. We were in one of these, room 128, of you want a nice quiet room.
The rooms are thatched, burg ceilings, air con which is excellent. No mosquitoes, which is even e is an ensuite with bath and shower in each. The standard rooms are not huge, but are roomy enough. One of the hotel's real assets is a long underground tunnel to a watering hole hide. Last time I was here I saw a leopard take a waterbuck there, at 3am. Do go down a few times!
The Kwa Maritane game drives, 5.30am and 4.30pm are excellent. The open sided truck holds 18 guests, and their drivers are knowledgable and point out the sights. Each drive is three hours with a break in the middle.
The hotel will drive you to Sun City with is gob-smacking and worth the trip - about 150 rand for transport and Sun City entry fee.
The buffet food at Kwa Maritane is fine but nothing to write home about - all perfectly good for a family, lots of salads, raw meat they barbecue for you. If you are a 'foodie' you won't like it much, though. In New Zealand we have a chain restaurant called Valentines. The same sort of thing. Perfectly ok - good range of salads, meat, sweets are clearly a specialty, but all 'family food' but nothing special.
But really, you aren't there for the food, right?!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled beneath “the Rock”, from whence Kwa Maritane gets its name, this luxurious four star hotel offers excellent service, mouth-watering cuisine and spacious en-suite accommodation that exude elegance in true African style.Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is located in malaria free Pilanesberg National Park, an easy 2 hour’s drive from Johannesburg and a mere 10 minutes from Sun City. This is the perfect setting for a relaxing family weekend away or for a corporate conference.Kwa Maritane Spa Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in our magnificent Spa. Indulge yourself with treatments such as Thabayadiotso, our signature treatment, or be pampered with a pedicure while watching the game feeding on the plains in front of the Spa. Whether it is a full body massages, in which the masseur uses Mountain Aloe oil, or a soothing, deep cleansing facial using warm volcanic milk, the professional therapists will simply spoil you.There are four treatment rooms, including one suite suitable for couples looking to share the experience. There is also a manicure and pedicure lounge, a rasul chamber, relaxation area and hydro pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kwa Maritane Bush Hotel Rustenburg