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“Great spot to stay, but the reception staff was a joke”

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
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Reviewed November 13, 2010

Second time we stayed here. The location is great, the rooms are good... housekeeping is so very nice. Restaurant was good and also the wine. Safari's were the best. Ralf was by far the BEST game driver, he goes above and beyond on each and every drive. The Boma dinner only happens on Wed and Sat nights, make sure you go to it, (reserve in advance) it is a good experience under the stars. The only bad thing, actually it was so bad that it was an on going joke between all of us that stayed there... there were always the same two people at the reception, a woman and a man. (Sat there are many others that know what they are doing) Both were clueless to anything I asked for. Actually the man would say "no" to everything I asked him, even before the sentence was finished. I asked for a German adapter, he said "no, we don't have those" and then I asked house keeping and she came up with one within 10 minutes. I asked for a cab to take to Sun City (because the shuttle times are fixed and if you don't reserve 30 min in advance, you are out of luck) he refused to call me a cab, stating that they are too expensive. I asked him to call and see how much one would be and I would be back in 10 min. I came back and asked what he found out and he said "I didn't call, I think they are too expensive". You just have to laugh. Ralf over heard this and took us and picked us up as well! Also, he told me that I could not exchange currency at reception without money. (while I handed him the money I needed to exchange)?? Still trying to figure out what that means. The woman was just as bad. So, if you need anything and they do not help you, there are managers around the corner that will help you. Will go again, just won't waste my time with reception. We are really easy and NEVER complain, not even this time to management, just want you to know this before you arrive. Oh, and the wireless internet connection ONLY will work if you are in the bar or restaurant.... NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY!!!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

Kwa Maritane is a lovely place, staff are well trained and our game drive ranger did a good job.
We opted to do a bush dinner after the game drive. This was disasters, the food was terrible, the meat was overcooked and tough, lamb chops were unrecognizable. Insects were running around in the food and the seving staff did not care.
So my advise. Go on the game drive and eat in the hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank pietuys
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Reviewed October 19, 2010

Having been fortunate enough to be taken to Pilansberg with work I didn't really know what to expect. To give a view I will break it down as follows:
Location: Unbeatable. Within the confines of the national park you can literally see lion, elephant, zebra, baboons without leaving your room! Coupled with the proximity to Sun City if you fancy eating elsewhere in the evenings makes this ideal.
Rooms: On the whole good but nothing that will blow you away. If I had any gripe at all it would be the shower quality but that's it. The bed was very comfy though with the first game drive at 5.30 am I wasn't in it that much.
Facilities: overall great as well, I was a little disappointed by the number of leaves in the pool which the staff didn't seem to ever clear out, but I guess this could be a full time job on it's own.

In summary you are probably in this part of the World for the safaris and this hotel location makes it hard to beat for that alone.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 25, 2010

On the first evening saw an elephant right outside the dining room drinking at a water hole. Beautiful hide you can reach from inside the hotel grounds. Lots of play areas for children to keep them amused when you are not on game drives. Fantastic braai (barbecue) in the boma (area enclosed in reeds to protect you from wild animals) one night. Staff went out of their way to make it a night to remember. Game drive combined with treasure hunt was a fun evening had by all. Only down side is the bathroom. Shower a triangular shape so tiny that you keep banging your elbows n the wall when you try and shower. Toilet so low it is almost on the floor.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled on business
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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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Thank alz190
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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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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: $321 - $500 (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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