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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
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Singapore
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“A great experience!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

At Kwa Maritane, guests were hosted by warm restaurant staff and taken care of by the extremely experienced and knowledgable guides who took us on our game drives.

Props to Jacques who took us on the afternoon and early morning game drives -- he was patient and clearly passionate about animals and the environment as he took the time to share information about nature and animal behaviours and traits on the drives... and noted a random request to pack hot chocolate for the second game drive!

The food and service at the restaurant was impeccable -- fresh fruit and foods and responsive wait staff who were always smiley made our trip so enjoyable, despite the long night (i.e.: getting to bed at 10pm) and early morning (read: 4am wake-up call after)

The tiny gesture which made all the difference --
The turn-down service was a welcome surprise for us at the end of a long game drive and hallmark of Legacy Hotels' service quality.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, November 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post such a brilliant review of Kwa Maritane!

Your kind comments regarding the staff and the guides are most welcome and will certainly passed on to them.

Jacques (as are all of our guides) is extremely passionate about the bush and the animals and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your experience with him.

Your complimentary comments regarding the food and service at the restaurant are greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back soon to experience some more Kwa Magic!.

Regards

Gavin
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Always love going to Kwa! Have taken several US visitors along and they always enjoy the African "bush" experience with the luxury of excellent accomodation! Definitely rate Kwa as my "Out of Africa" experience!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments regarding Kwa Maritane!

It is such an amazing place and I am really pleased that you continue to enjoy the Kwa Magic, and that you share it with others.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Gavin
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

I recently escorted a group of 78 people to Kwa Maritane for a two night bush experience.
These people came from all over the world so the lodge had to take into account the diversity of the guests. Everything was run like clockwork and always with a smile and quiet efficiency.
The guests had a marvelous time with fantastic game viewing, good meals and wonderful
memories of brilliant South African hospitality at its best.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you for your superb review of Kwa Maritane following your group’s recent stay.

I was delighted to read your wonderful comments as it makes us particularly proud when visitors from around the world enjoy true South African hospitality.

I am really pleased that you and your group enjoyed your bush experience with us and will certainly pass on your kind remarks to the staff.

We trust that you will all return soon to experience some more Kwa Magic!

Kind regards

Gavin
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Loved Kwa Maritane, were treated like royalty. Game drive was spectacular, and just the right length. Just a couple of hours from Centurion, and a relatively easy drive. Food was excellent, and our ground floor room had a patio that looked out into the bush. Loved listening to the elephants eating on the other side of the waterhole.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post such a complimentary review following your recent stay at Kwa Maritane and thank you for the wonderful comments regarding the food.

We are always delighted when a guest experiences the best that Kwa Maritane and the surrounding Pilanesberg has to offer and we trust that you will be back soon for some more Kwa Magic!

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Gavin
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

Most of the reviews about Kwa Maritane focus on the resort and the wildlife.

One of the best kept secrets of Kwa Maritane is its excellent conference centre and facilities. It is world class. The Kwa Maritane conference experience must be rated as one of the best in Southern Africa. It combines conferencing with peace, tranquillity, great game viewing, excellent accommodation, fantastic service from Treasure Legodi and his team, perfect meals and a great bush boma experience. Legodi’s team is experienced, efficient and handled everything professionally right from the first exploratory meeting to the booking, check-ins, daily requests and requirements right until the checkout time. The entire operation runs like a well-oiled machine.

Some of the conference attendees were fortunate so see a big male lion right at the entrance gate to the lodge on arrival.

Everything is in one place and you do not have to struggle with traffic, taxis, trains and listen to boring morning shows if you are having a conference at Kwa Maritane. It is a short walk from the well appointed rooms to the conference venue, restaurant and other amenities which have been written about by other reviewers.

Breakfast and lunch were buffet with interesting dishes. Make sure to include the bush boma evening braai “barbeque” in your conference package. It is an indescribable experience. We had a number of foreign attendees in our conference group and it showcased the South African culture, traditional braai and hospitality. I have been to many bush boma barbeques but the Kwa Maritane bush boma braai is the best.

Our company will definitely be back next year! Our expectations were surpassed! It was one of our most productive conferences ever.

Room Tip: The 1st floor rooms (executive studio section) offer better views of the game park.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post such a wonderful review, following your recent conference at Kwa, and especially for your focus on the conference centre and facilities!

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to host you and your delegates and we are extremely humbled by your most flattering comments. It is always rewarding to hear that someone has thoroughly enjoyed their stay with us and I will certainly pass on your remarks to Treasure Legodi and his team, as well as to all the other departments concerned.

It is really such a bonus when guests get to see one of the Big Five before they’ve even checked in!

I am also very pleased that you and your foreign visitors enjoyed the bush boma dinner experience, as it gives us the opportunity to showcase traditional South African music, fare and hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you back for your next conference and some more Kwa Magic!.

Kind regards

Gavin
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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Not only this place is literally a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the great PWV complex on which Pretoria is situated (my place of residence), kwa Maritane exceeded all my expectations for a romantic mid spring getaway. The lodgings were superb, the service amazing, the food fantastic. Breakfast brought me us a wonderful surprise as the fauna literally dines with you on the terrace, with a just (an electrified - for you the scared folks) fence separating you from the beasts. The underground hide was also a well appointed niche to get close to nature. There is literally a kings buffet awaiting you every night (which was included on the price of the package) that can only be caped of with a night cap at the attentive resident water hole on the wall (the bar). over all this was an experience to be repeated. The only one from the big 5 i didn't spot was the ever shy Leopard.

Room Tip: The rooms next to the reception are the best, as you can view the fauna from your window.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review following your recent stay at Kwa Maritane- that’s what the Kwa Magic is all about!.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful setting, so close to Pretoria and Johanesburg, in the midst of a game reserve.

Your kind comments regarding the food and service are greatly appreciated and I will certainly pass them on to the staff.

We always pleased when someone enjoys their stay as much as you did and we trust that you will be back in the near future to experience some more Kwa Magic.

Kind regards

Gavin
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2012 via mobile

I stayed with my husband and another couple in October and we had a fantastic time. The accommodation was very nice and and had everything you would require, even dish cloths are provided. We stayed in an 8 sleeper but I would not recommend having 8 people staying, we didn't need to use the upstairs room but it was very small and up an odd stair case, it would be fine for two children but not adults if you we're staying for longer than 2 nights. The hide was a brilliant experience and made the lodge fantastic, likewise our room faced the fence so we had great views of zebra going to the waterhole. We had some good sightings, lion, rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe and even a brown hyena. The only downside to Kwa Maritane location vs the other camps was the game roads, if you want to stay inside the park there is only one track to the other roads, it was quite long and ran close to the main road for quite some time so eats into your drive time, however what we did was left the park and drove outside to the park and re-entered at other gates, two of which are only 10 men's away.

Overall a very good experience and if you prefer nice accommodation over game spotting and want to avoid malaria zones this is the place for you, however if its the animals you are after my personal recommendation would always be the Kruger Park.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this review, October 25, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful comments regarding your recent experience at Kwa - we are always pleased when someone enjoys their stay here.

You are quite correct in that the upstairs bedroom is really designed to accommodate children, as it is rather a “loft room”.

The Hide is a wonderful and unique feature. Did you know that you can watch a live feed from the Hide on www.wildcam.com, and click on Kwa Maritane.

Although the road into the centre of the Park is quite long and runs next to the main road for a while, there are often good sightings of lion, elephant and rhino, as well as the ever present zebra and wildebeest! The alternative roads which you suggest are a good suggestion, as it does get you into (and out of) the middle of the Park more quickly.

We are really glad that you enjoyed your experience here and look forward to welcoming you back to experience some more Kwa Magic in the near future.

Kind regards

Gavin
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Property: Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Address: Pilanesberg National Park 0316, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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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