The room was clean and spacious and a short walk to the dining room. The hotel is designed that all rooms appear to overlook the reserve and we had the privilege of a lone elephant at the fence while having breakfast.
The breakfast and dinner selection were excellent (recommend their soup). At breakfast we chose a window seat so that we could look out but unfortunately the staff had placed a table on the other side of the window that they were using to store their cleaning materials, so our view was somewhat obscured by staff going about their duties.
Checkout was a 10 so we decided to take an early morning drive and return to our rooms before then to freshen up before checkout. We put our luggage in the car and placed a "do not disturb" sign on the door so that we could return after our drive, but when we returned found that the room was already being cleaned. The lodge should understand that guests may be on a drive and planning to return before checkout, and not have rooms cleaned unless the guests have paid their bill, but I would also recommend leaving your luggage in the room to ensure complete access before checkout.
Tip - take a game drive provided by the lodge which is included in the rate. It's still good to take a drive in your own car and congratulate yourself on spotting some game, but you are likely to see more game on a guided drive. Take lots of warm gear with you in winter, although blankets are provided.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bakubung Bush Hotel Pilanesberg National Park