Bakubung Bush Lodge

Pilanesberg, South Africa

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The hotel

Bakubung Bush Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge located in the heart of Pilanesberg National Park, just 10 minutes away from Sun City and two hours from Johannesburg. The lodge offers it's guests comfortable accommodations, incredible game drives and bush walks providing the chance to get up close and personal with the world's big five. There's also great amenities for both couples and families, including; a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and even a wildlife centre. Bakubung Bush Lodge is an ideal destination for an unforgettable safari experience in a stunning, malaria-free setting.

Amenities

  • Safari
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Located in Pilanesberg National Park, just a two hour drive from Johannesburg.

Hotel information

100 rooms and suites all with free Wi-Fi, separate bathroom area, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, electric safe and mini bar*. 

Standard Queen Rooms have two queen beds and sleep a maximum of 4 adults. 

Half Board: rates are inclusive of breakfast, dinner & 1 game drive per day (guests can choose morning or afternoon).   

Full Board: includes the above plus the addition of lunch. 

Standard Twin Rooms feature two twin beds and sleep a maximum of 4 adults. 

Standard King Rooms feature one king bed and sleep a maximum of 2 adults.

Luxury King Rooms feature one large size king bed and a separate seating area. Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults.

Executive Suites feature a king bed and a bath tub for you to view the surrounding Pilanesberg National Park. Sleeps a maximum of 2 adults.


Marula Grill (buffet or a la carte). Thutlwa Bar. Motswedi Ladies Bar. Swimming Pool. Residents Lounge (quiet working area). Legacy Balance Spa*. Kids playground. Tennis courts. Wildlife centre. Volleyball court. Fitness centre/gym. 

*Denotes local charge.

Conservation Levies are Included in the rates seen for two adults. Children under 12 years old (maximum of 2 children) who accompany parents on an inclusive Game Drive package, would be required to pay Conservation Levies at an additional cost of R40.00 per child per night), including VAT. This is payable upon arrival at the Lodge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful resort and amazing staff. Our group was treated like royalty

Apr 12, 2024 Lola D

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
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Bush experience

Apr 7, 2024 Hodders_12 Johannesburg, South Africa

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.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Ripped off

Apr 3, 2024 Angus M Johannesburg, South Africa

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… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A very disappointed stay

Mar 30, 2024 Jean-Patrick F New Hyde Park, New York

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… Read more
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. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Brilliant Game Lodge and Experience.

Mar 12, 2024 G1898WLmarting Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

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.