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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

Kwa Maritane Bush lodge is like a comfortable oasis in the middle of the desert. Located in the Pilanesberg National Park it gives great opportunity to enjoy the African wildlife namely the big five. Rooms or lodges are spacious in fact even a single bed was as large as the conventional double bed. Rooms are fitted with AC,TV spacious attached baths with bathing tubs. Each room has a good view of the jungle and the wildlife. It is recommended to keep the balcony door closed so that birds may not enter the room. Guided tours are available into the Pilanesberg National Park. The famous Sun City is also close by.
If one takes the early morning jungle safari then packed breakfast veg/nonveg is provided otherwise one can enjoy a buffet breakfast/lunch/dinner that has a wide choice. A great attraction is a visit to the Sun City that is in close proximity.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 25, 2010

Great location for visits to Pilanesburg National Park and Sun City, also a short drive from Johannesburg. Ideal quiet location without the busy hotel atmosphere. Guest room was very comfortable and opened out onto the surrounding gardens. The game drives are great and you get to see a wide array of animals and the surrounds. Overall very happy with the stay, no big complaints.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 12, 2010

Pilanesberg natural reserve is breathtaking and safe to visit with your own car (recommend small SUV or like for an elevated view over the bush). Also malaria-free! Kwa Maritane is excellent, it even has an own hide to view a drinking spot for wild animals. Birds, elefants, etc.

Stayed: February 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

On our visit from London we stayed at Kwa-Maritane for 7 nights with our extended family. Wonderful friendly staff and clean surroundings. Check in was very good with soft drinks offered and you immediately have the feel you are in the bush. The hide provides for lots of wildlife encounters and time to listen to the bush. Beautiful new lounge and outdoor patio. Have never been disappointed by ordering food at Kwa-Maritane. Food here is great value for money and big portions. Love the two swimming pools and both different and easy to order from pool side menu. Enjoyed evening swimming too!

The Pilansberg is great for game viewing and had sightings of elephant, lion, rhino etc etc. An elephant bull also walked next to the fence at Kwa-Maritane one evening and it was such a thrill. I am a huge fan of the Pilansberg and will return again and again.
Kwa-Maritane's wildlife department offer great game drive excursions and guides are well informed.

Was our 5th stay at this resort and can highly recommend it to bush lovers! Great experience and only 90 minutes from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

- unhelpful staff at reception
- drab, old rooms
- really bad safari, feels like animals herded through the park, no intimacy
- great breakfast brunch in the new restaurant, great view from the porch
- decent bar for after-safari

In conclusions; you can find better safari lodges at that price

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 26, 2009

There was nothing about this place that I can stay was up to the standard it should have been. My room was only moderately clean, the carpet was coming up and the view was non-existent (which is really saying something for an African hotel). Further, if you travel extensively, you will be very disappointed with the service at Kwa-it does not compare with service you can get at comparably priced hotels anywhere in the world. In my 3 day stay, they managed to get everything a good hotel should get right completely wrong. The park is very nice and well worth the trip, but I could not leave this hotel soon enough!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 6, 2009

The lodge was kind of nice but as i read that it had burnt down last year I was expecting that it would be nicer, more spanking clean..it wasnt so. The restuarant was really nicely done up and we enjoyed our meals there...they have lovely lights put up and the view is nice too.
The rooms however are quite dated and not very clean...i had to get spider webs cleared from ours. I understand that there would be insects around in bush lodges but expecting good housekeeping is not too much i am sure if you are paying for it!
The surrounding are really lovely and as it shares the boundary with the pilanseberg national park the mornings were lovely coming out of the room balcony a the back and seeing the early morning birds, squirrels and other small animals. The game drives from kwa maritane was very good, well organised and the staff was really very very good.
I must complement them for finding and returning our camera from the bus we came in right after we reported it missing.
The lady at the reception was very helpful and efficient. She suggested a lion park tour where we could touch lions and cuddle cubs ...it was just amazing experience.
All in all i will recommend it and hope they imporve on their rooms a bit to make it more pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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KWAGM, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2009

We really appreciate guest feedback & this review is no exception. Glad we seemed to do pretty well all round & that our staff (our biggest asset) got a great thumbs up !!! Rooms were refurbished in 2007 & we will have a look at this aspect and have a word with Housekeeping re the spider webs too.
Guests are right, its a great place to holiday & we look forward to welcoming them and new guests to our special destination in the not too distant future.

Thanks again for the Review

Dave Johnson - General Manager

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Additional Information about 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: $320 - $501 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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