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Bakubung Bush Lodge
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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“Friendliest hotel you'll ever come across”
Reviewed September 17, 2005

We paid a fleeting visit to Jo'burg on a stopover, and so were looking for a game park close by that we could visit for a day or 2. Pilanesburg was ideal, and Bakubung, on its edge, was fantastic. The staff were so naturally friendly, and seemed genuinely pleased to see us - right from the time you arrive at the gate. The accommodation is superior, and the food is also above average, and abundant. We had stayed 1 night in Sun City, and although this too was enjoyable, had we known what Bakubung was like, we would have stayed at least 2 nights there instead, as it is more relaxed, with the bush right over the back fence.

The only thing that prevents me from giving this the top rating is the price, which still seems high for SA standards.

Although Pilanesburg is smaller than places like Kruger, it is ideal if you have only a couple of days, and gives you more chance to spot game. We saw 3 lions and 3 lionesses, a rhino family, hippos, and a multitude of elephants, zebras, giraffes, baboons and hoofed creatures. Amazingly, we also saw a pack of rare wild dogs which ran right in front of our vehicle, and a herd of buffalo, although they were in the distance. The only thing missed out of the big 5 was a leopard.

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Reviewed February 28, 2005

We had visited Bakubung several years ago and thought it unremarkable. We decided to go back on this trip to South Africa because it is in a malaria-free area and we had our young children travelling with us. We were very happily surprised. The rooms had been re-done from basic motel style decor to full-scale luxury. The bathrooms were gorgeous as well. The food, which had been buffet-basic was absolutely delicious. The game drives were good if you can't go to a park in the Kruger area, but otherwise disappointing if you have been to the bush. The kids loved seeing the game, however, and we all loved the beautiful pool. It's a very nice weekend-type destination from Johannesburg if you have kids or you can't take the time to go to Kruger.

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Property: Bakubung Bush Lodge
Address: Bakubung Gate, Pilanesberg National Park 0316, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access 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:5 star — Bakubung Bush Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 100
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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