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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
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Sydney, Australia
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“Good Solid Family Hotel”
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We stayed at Kwa Maritane for 2 nights as a last minute booking because everything else in the area was full. The property was surprisingly good, and although it was also fully booked it never appeared to be overcrowded.

Our room was really well presented, modern and comfortable, it was a bit of a hike to the restaurant but I guess that's what you get for booking the day before the long weekend. We didn't spend a lot of time in our room, but we had a very comfortable bed and the room was very clean.

The resort has lots of facilities and would be really well suited to a family or group of families, with several pools, mini- golf, tennis courts etc lots for the kids to do between the morning and evening game drives. Good value too, as they offer very well priced, all inclusive packages.

We ate most of our meals in the restaurant and the food was good quality with lots of choice. All meals were buffet style (although there is a separate menu at lunch) and I'm not a massive fan of the buffet, but it was fine for a couple of days. The best thing about the restaurant is that you can sit quietly, have a few drinks and watch all the animals wander to the water hole - very relaxing. We also went to the Saturday night Bush Brai which I would recommend as a fun experience particularly after the evening game drive, when they drop you straight to the Boma in the middle of the bush.

We took a couple of the hotel run game drives which were good value and well run, but to us nothing beats the self-drive option when it's available. For self drive we went out of the park and entered at other gates to be able to see more of the park. This proved to be a great choice as we only saw elephants and lions in other parts of the park.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 25 October 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your recent stay at Kwa Maritane and thank you for the wonderful comments.

I am glad that you enjoyed your bush dinner experience, as it is usually the highlight of our guest’s experience, and it also sounds like you had some good game viewing - both from the restaurant and from the comfort of your car!

I am really pleased that you had such a wonderful stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa Maritane in the near future.

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Gavin
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

We booked Kwa Maritane on booking.com two days before we were due to arrive. However when we got to the hotel, the receptionist denied any knowledge of our booking. In the end she found a room while rather implying that we should be grateful for this. The explanation was that IT systems often take a while to syncronise. We'd have been very unhappy if no room had been available......
Anyway, the hotel itself is fine. The location right by a water hole is great. Sitting in the hotel hide wathching a large male rhino enjoy a mud bath was truly memorable. The staff were clearly trying hard. We enjoyed an evening game drive with a hotel guide and a couple of trips on our own. The game viewing at Pilanesberg is nearly always good, especially for rhinos and elephants. The food in the restaurant was reasonable as buffets go if not spectacular, though having breakfast outside while overlooking the water hole was enjoyable.
The hotel is not cheap but much better value that Sun City.
One minor quibble: the free internet was the slowest I've experienced in 15 years.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 15 October 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Kwa Maritane.

We are always concerned when even the slightest things go awry and have investigated the circumstances surrounding the glitch with your reservation. I will respond more fully via separate email.

We are aware that the internet signal is often very slow, as being in the bush we only have a 2 Mb bandwidth, (no ISDN and no fibre optics!) and the signal can be erratic. Our IT Department is busy investigating alternatives and we trust that this problem will be rectified in the near future.

I trust that despite the mishap with your reservation you still enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa in the near future.

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Gavin
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We stayed in a cabana at Kwa Maritane in July 12. The cabana was clean, well equipped and just right for 2 people. Eating outside was great as the patio overlooked the game reserve and if you were lucky, you could see rhino, elephants or buck wandering down to the watering hole. There is an underground tunnel to a hide overlooking the watering hole, which is a great idea.
Another highlight was the bush braai, which was a short drive away. Good selection and an opportunity to eat some more 'unusual' meats. Eating in fire and lantern light was really good.
The game reserve itself is quite small, but big enough to drive down a different route every day for 2-3 days. It's not the size of the Kruger but it can certainly hold its own. We saw elephant, rhino, hippo, lion, and loads of buck. And the birds! African birds are stunning, and are a pleasant diversion when the animals are lying low. We saw over 80 species.
Kwa maritane offers great value for money. It's not a small exclusive exorbitantly expensive private game lodge, but it offers many of the attractions that private lodges have, but at a fraction of the cost.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 25 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your recent stay at Kwa.

We are indeed blessed with having one of the most beautiful settings in Africa and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa Maritane in the near future, to experience some more Kwa Magic!

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Gavin
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Milwaukee, WI
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

I spent a couple days at Kwa Maritane last month and thoroughly enjoyed it. The resort isn't the poshiest I've stayed at, and the rooms and facilities could use a bit of a face lift but the proximity to the park and the animals is fantastic. The property literally borders on the Pilanesburg park, and animals are right at your doorstep.

We were greeted upon checking into our room by a baboon wandering around, and several times zebras came up to the watering hole right next to the restaurant. The highlight was the "hide" - a viewing hut you reach via a tunnel where you can sit and watch an unbelievable array of wildlife (so close I even heard a zebra pass gas!)

Game drives were fantastic, as well. People working at the resort were all very nice, and food at the restaurant was good. They offered a dinner in the bush on Saturday night, and maybe it was because I was fighting a nasty cold and not feeling well, but I was not impressed with that.

Otherwise, very nice.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 10 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your recent stay at Kwa Maritane and thank you for the wonderful comments regarding the people and the food.

I am really sorry that you did not enjoy your bush dinner experience, as it is usually the highlight of our guest’s experience. I hope that you have recovered from your cold?

I trust that apart from the above, you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa Maritane in the near future.

Kind regards

Gavin
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East London, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

My husband and I drove down to Kwa Maritane from East London for our honeymoon, as we both love safari and spending time in the bush. I also love a bit of luxury- and Kwa Maritane is a perfect mix of both!
The cabana we stayed in was lovely and really well equipped, the restaurant was great and reasonably priced (paid about R400 for two great buffet dinners and a very good bottle of wine!), the pool areas were stunning (although we didn't swim, water far too cold!!) and the facilities were well equipped and clean.
The spa also looked amazing and again, very reasonably priced although we didn't use it as we decided to go on a game drive and bush braai instead...I cannot recommend this highly enough! The drive was wonderful, the guide very knowledgable and passionate about his work, and the braai in the bush boma was perfect!
We only had one complaint regarding a noise issue (our cabana was close to the conference centre which was hosting a very noisy party!) however the complaint was dealt with by Gavin in a professional, polite manner; very grateful to him for his efforts to put the situation right!
All of the staff were friendly, helpful and polite, and really went the extra mile to make us feel welcome, especially Tina at Reception who put up with my grumpy late night phone call begging for the music to be turned down!!!!!
Will definately be going back, and have recommended Kwa Maritane to all our friends!

Room Tip: If you have timesheare, avoid booking into the cabanas nearest to the conference centre
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 6 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review of your recent experience at Kwa and for all your delightful comments. We are always pleased when someone enjoys their stay at Kwa, as it is a very special place.

Your gracious comments regarding the staff are most welcome and I will personally pass on your comments to Tina – she is a star!

I would again like to offer my sincere apologies for the noise made by the in-house conference group during their awards dinner and after party, and thank you for being so understanding.

We are really glad that you and your husband enjoyed your experience here. We wish you a long, happy and fruitful life together and look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa in the near future.

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Gavin
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

We booked this as a quick overnight after a morning in Valley of the Waves. The hotel is a classic lodge in a great location. The reception, Bar and "cooking" staff were great. The restaurant waiters let the side down badly. They were disorganised (they cleared a table for us while the occupier was at the buffet which led to a pleasant dinner with a surprised but very pleasent German). The waiting staff were grumpy, banging down cutlery and "forget" to bring requested things.

That said I would stay again for the location, facilities and hopefully the waiters were having a bad day!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 5 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent experience at Kwa Maritane.

We are always concerned when a guest does not enjoy their experience here and I can assure you that we take all comments and concerns raised by our guests extremely seriously.

Please accept my sincere apologies for the drop in standards which you experienced in the restaurant. This is certainly not the level of service to which we strive.

It is unclear as to why the waiters would be "having a bad day", but I will certainly investigate the incident which you have described, and take the appropriate action to prevent a recurrence.

I trust that apart from the above, you enjoyed your stay, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa Maritane in the near future.

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Gavin
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Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

The accommodation was very good , The facilities likewise, I suggest you eat in the restaurant ( Good) as the bar meals tend to get rather cool by the time you get them. Kwa Maritane is well placed for visiting Pilansberg Game Reserve,. Sun City and Lost City complexs There is plenty to do for children and adults alike. The beauty being you have a choice of Peace ful lesiure or High activity

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 4 September 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Kwa and for your positive comments regarding the accommodation and the restaurant food.

We are always concerned when a guest experiences a drop in standard during their stay here and I would like to offer my sincere apologies if the food which you received in the bar was not at the correct temperature. I will certainly investigate the cause and remedy the situation.

We are really pleased that you and your family enjoyed your experience here and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa in the near future.

Kind regards

Gavin
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Property: Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Address: Pilanesberg National Park 0316, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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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