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Bakubung Bush Lodge
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“This place is AMAZING!!!”
Reviewed 27 March 2013

So, when u think of "bush lodge this is NOT what I had in mind!!! The rooms are super nice - clean, spacious with spectacular patio views. There is wildlife right outside your patio door. Breakfast is great and check it and check out is efficient. If you EVER want to stay in a fabulous lodging facility, but still experience a "bush lodging" experience with wildlife right outside your door - THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!

Room Tip: I am terrified of lizards and frogs, so if you want to avoid a baby frog on your door step, stay on...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

What a lovely hotel---excellent service, spotlessly clean everything, and amazing location. I stayed here in March with a group event for work. Checkin was fast and efficient--- with a really friendly fellow--- great sense of humor. The meeting rooms, breaks/meals, and overall set up for a large meeting were perfect for our team's needs. The food available at the buffet meals was good and varied-- as we had some veg and non-veg people. One morning i was late for breakfast given a game drive and immediate start for our workshop--- so one of the waitresses was kind enough to fix me a plate of food that i could have at our first morning break---she went an extra step to help me, and i really appreciated it. Room service was also fast/good. The rooms are spacious and comfy, and mine had doors that opened onto the back lawn to see the field where a multitude of animals grazed throughout the day/evening. It's quite a treat to see elephants, wildebeast, wart hogs, gazelle, etc., from your hotel room terrace! The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom is well done and clean. Be careful with the shower, as the water was erratic from crazy hot to freezing cold to nothing--- and it acted that way for three mornings despite my best efforts. The coffee/tea maker in the room was a nice touch. We went for two game drives-- one afternoon drive+evening meal outside the lodge and one morning drive. The afternoon drive was the best i've ever seen---and i've been to game parks in more than a dozen countries. Lions, elephants, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, jackals, a cobra, a plethora of birds, etc, etc. Our guides were Jared and Lizzie, and they were both highly knowledgeable---and Jared was especially a lot of fun on the evening drive. Both kept their cool when we encountered elephants on the road back to the lodge-- and they were very skilled in maneuvering the situation, as i understand elephants attacked a car last month, so there is danger. Overall--- what a wonderful experience!

Room Tip: try to get a room on ground floor with patio/chair to enjoy watching the animals
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

It's Africa, so perhaps one shouldn't expect European 5 star. But then again, why shouldn't we as they are perfectly capable to deliver.
This hotel delivers on many fronts. The rooms are nice and clean, the staff is friendly, the pool is clean, and you have wildlife on your doorstep - literally. My main concern about this hotel is the lack of coordination among the staff. The restaurant serves perfectly good food, but the staff runs around not knowing quite what to do, they forget orders (and being told off by the others), wrong orders to the right table and vice versa. If you're in a holiday mood these are trivilalities and not a major issue - unless you have small, tired children threatening to make a scene every other second due to lack of the ordered water, milk coke or what ever else. Then it can become just a tiny bit stressful.
Further lack of coordnation was experienced on the day of check-out. We asked if we could have the room an extra couple of hours (due to pool commitments before a long drive). We were told we could keep the room an extra hour as house keeping needed to clean the room before the next guests arrived. This was fine with us. During the extra hour the phone rings from the front desk kindly reminding us that we were late for check-out...
Pool time dragged out, so I went down to the front desk to ask for a changing room or similar, and was informed that we could just keep our (now emptied) room as long as needed.
That small incident aside, the game drives are very nice in the evening and morning. And it's quite special eating your breakfast next to zebras, giraffes, and elephants that can come right up to the electrified fence separating you.
Will we go back? Sure, no worries.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Bakubung L, General Manager at Bakubung Bush Lodge, responded to this review, 13 March 2013
Thank you for the feedback on your recent stay at Bakubung Lodge and for the positive comments.

I apologise that there was a lack of co-ordination between the staff and will certainly follow up with the relevant managers, in order that they address this shortcoming.

We look foward to welcoming you back to Bakubung Lodge in the not too distant future.
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Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

This was one of my best travel trips in forever not only because I was on a honeymoon vibe and excited to spend time with my new hubby, but the overall experience was amazing.
One of my favourite things was when we went on a night game drive and first thing we saw were the elephants playing in the water and having “bath time” and seeing how scared the big old hippo is of the elephant. We saw a great deal of animals the blouwilde bees, zebras, giraffes, white and black rhino and lots more. Just when we thought this evening could not be any better we ended off at the Boma with the most welcoming and warming “braai” ever!!!!there was food for Africa, we sat next to a lovely Canadian couple who also loved to eat and try as much of the food possible…luckily we could explain the African tradition meals.
The next morning we went on the elephant back safari which was so beautiful and a breath taking experience, we had the most amazing service and the best tour guide…they go through tremendous effort to make the experience worthwhile, they even make a cute video of your elephant safari as well as you feeding the beautiful elephants.

All in all this was the best holiday ever, good company, even better food, and excellent service.
We will definitely return with the rest of the family.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

We were fortunate to stay in one of the chalets that look directly into the game reserve where animals frequently visit. Not only had elephant, warthog and zebra greeted us as we arrived but we then awoke to a massive herd of Wildebeest, four warthog families and an abundance of birdlife to make breakfast on the patio an absolute delight. The chalets are well equipped, well taken care of and very comfortable. I would strongly recommend a visit if you have never been to Bakubung. We ate in the restaurant and enjoyed a Saturday evening buffet. Although a little expensive the selection of food catered for every taste. Just a pity the chef didn't smile more which is about the only negative that can be added. All in all a great experience.

Room Tip: Chalet 212 has a great view of the wildlife when they come to visit
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sandviken, Sweden
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Perfect location with the Pilanesberg right outside our window. You could actually take a shower and watch the zebras grazing outside.

The food was excellent, both breakfast and dinner (included in our booking).

Very well kept lodge and very clean. The pool was well placed with a wonderful view.

It was sad to leave after 3 nights and we defenitly will return some day.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

The lodge is perfectly situated for adventures into the Pilanesburg National Park. The chalets were well appointed & serviced regularly. Wonderful views of the reserve just the other side of the electric fence served up elephants and various buck species during our stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Bakubung Bush Lodge
Address: Bakubung Gate, Pilanesberg National Park 0316, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access 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 #2 of 3 Hotels in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Bakubung Bush Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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