Arrived very late on the 23rd/24th (due to flight delays in Europe) but hotel were great with efficient check in, welcome drinks, and food provided - at 2am - Even kept the bar open for us til about 4am!
Some of us got up early on Xmas Day for the balloon ride - but for me 3.30 was a tad too early so went for the early morning game drive instead. Wasnt disappointed with great views of lions and rhino's -(as well as the rest) but the highlight was a lone cheetar under a tree. The lions and rhinos were only about 15mins after leaving the lodge!
The Xmas day though was a mixed experience - it was great as we were in a large family group - but there was a mix up over the food - we'd been told that our slot was 2 til 5pm - but when we turned up at 2.30 (after drinks in the bar) we were told that the hot buffet would finish by 3pm (extended from 2.30!). Not the leisurely xmas lunch that we were expecting - which did spoil it.
The one non buffet lunch that we had (on xmas eve) was a very good standard for things like chicken burgers - but have to agree with a previous reviewer that the evening buffets are uninspired. The roast meats are good but the veg was lacking.
The other strange thing is that the bar area was very quiet - dont know where everyone was - perhaps it was that our large group took it over - or that everyone else was at Sun City - but if we hadnt been there it would have been empty!
Re the rooms - we were in the chalet type block - std type rooms with 2 double beds so quite large. Air conditioning was quite noisy - although at least ours worked.
- Also Known As:
- Bakubung Bush Hotel Pilanesberg National Park
- Bakubung Bush Hotel
- 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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