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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bakubung Bush Hotel Pilanesberg National Park