Bakubung Bush Lodge

Bakubung Gate, Pilanesberg National Park, Ledig, Pilanesberg, South Africa, 300 - See map
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8.7
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Bakubung Bush Lodge

"Except this unsatisfied experience, the catering service is excellent so we always stay in the lodge for lunch and dinner."

LAU - August 12, 2018

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9.4

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Exceptional location
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Excellent comfort
8.9 room quality and comfort
Excellent cleanliness
8.8 rating for cleanliness
Excellent service
8.7 rating for service
Excellent facilities on premise
8.6 facilities on premise

A very pleasant and luxurious stay at an affordable price point.

Karin | August 18, 2019

Safari trips, food, service and accomodation were all superb.

Erica | March 18, 2020

The food is really quite good.

Kinh | August 19, 2017

Highly recommended.

Karin | August 18, 2019

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Cheaper than 95% of all properties in Pilanesberg in the last 24 hoursCompared to 37 Pilanesberg properties at Agoda for various dates
Value for money8.3
Distance to city center10 km
Location rating9.4

Rooms available at Bakubung Bush Lodge

Excellent
Room comfort & quality
8.9
Executive King Suite
Executive King Suite
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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1 Bedroom Accessible
1 Bedroom Accessible
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 double beds
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Standard Queen
Standard Queen
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 queen beds
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Luxury King
Luxury King
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard Double
Standard Double
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Park view
  • 2 double beds
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Standard Double Bed
Standard Double Bed
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard King Bed
Standard King Bed
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Standard Double Room
Standard Double Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 double beds
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Business King Room
Business King Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed
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Deluxe King Room
Deluxe King Room
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower and bathtub
  • 1 king bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Bakubung Bush Lodge?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hotel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Bakubung Bush Lodge?

Bakubung Bush Lodge is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Bakubung Bush Lodge also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hotel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Bakubung Bush Lodge has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hotel.

What is the smoking policy at Bakubung Bush Lodge?

Bakubung Bush Lodge does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

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What people love about Bakubung Bush Lodge

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Location
    "The location is beautiful and the hotel sensitively built."

    Catherine | April 24, 2017

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    "The access to wildlife from the lodge is great."

    Catherine | April 24, 2017

  • 10.0
    Exceptional
    Staff 
    "You first notice the staff are very welcoming."

    Gioja | January 13, 2019

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Overall rating:
8.7
Excellent
540 reviews
Cleanliness
8.8
Facilities
8.6
Location
9.4
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More about Bakubung Bush Lodge

Ideal for fun and relaxation, Bakubung Bush Lodge is located in the Ledig area of Pilanesberg. Only 10.00 Km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Lost City Golf Course, Outdoor Adventure Centre, Sun City Clinic.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Pilanesberg hotel. The hotel provides free Wi-Fi in all rooms, daily housekeeping, wheelchair accessible, facilities for disabled guests, luggage storage to ensure our guests the greatest comfort.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include television LCD/plasma screen, carpeting, internet access – wireless, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as outdoor pool, spa, massage, kids club, tennis courts. Bakubung Bush Lodge is a smart choice for travelers to Pilanesberg, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

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8.4
Excellent
"While overall the lodge is a nice experience for safari arou..."

LAU | August 12, 2018

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Food and dining

Restaurants on site

The Bakubung restaurant
Menu:Buffet, A-la-carte

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Reviews of Bakubung Bush Lodge from real guests

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8.7
Excellent
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8.8Room comfort and quality
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8.0
Excellent
Jasmine from South Africa
Group
Standard Queen
Stayed 1 night in August 2016

Wonderful stay with great Experience!!!”

Beautiful lodge is well located, good food with multiple choices, friendly and professional staffs, and impressive Game Drive. We chose to stay at Bakubung Bush Lodge is because our friends are celebrated his birthday there. The room we had was beautiful and comfortable, except the minibar was empty? We had an unforgettable evening at the Bush Braai but we have to leave at 20:30pm, which is too soon and that we could not fully appreciate our evening by the fire. Lizzy, the Guide/Ranger was amazing, she gave us a fantastic Game Drive that we never experience. She knew where animals and explained their behaviors are. We had a chance and took a great video shooting lions chasing after a hyena, it was amazing!!! Kabelo at the Front Desk was professional, he took care of us since our arrival until our departure. We had a memorable stay. We are looking very forward to our next stay at the Bakubung Lodge!

Reviewed August 15, 2016
8.4
Excellent
Donald
Couple
Standard King Bed
Stayed 4 nights in November 2017

Magical location for Bakabung Bush Lodge”

This was our 3rd or 4th visit to Bakabung Bush Lodge, staying 4 nights this time with another couple. The location, service and facilities were perfect for our main reason for being there from the UK, that is to see the animals in Pilanesberg National Reserve. Our lodges were perfectly location, staff friendly and welcoming. The game drives were fantastic and we never tired of going out with the rangers and also in our hire vehicle. Food at Bakabung was excellent and the pool a welcome break between the game drives, though a bit noisy at times with children and adults having fun! Understandable. We didn't use the spa facilities. A friendly member of staff arranged for our very dusty vehicle to be thoroughly cleaned before we left. I sincerely hope this won't be our last visit to Bakabung and the magical Pilanesberg.

Reviewed November 07, 2017

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful and extensive review on your recent stay with us. I am delighted to see that you were able to have such a wonderful time with us in the tranquility of the bush and that you thoroughly enjoyed your Game drives with our knowledgeable Rangers. We all look forward to welcoming you back to Bakubung for yet another memorable stay with us. Warm regards Monica da Encarnacao Guest Relations Manager

Responded November 14, 2017
Bakubung Bush Lodge
9.3
Exceptional
Scott from South Africa
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in November 2015

Most Memorable Weekend of our Lives”

The food at the restaurant was amazing and was good value for money! The game drive was spectacular in the morning. We saw 3 of the BIG 5 as well as plenty other wildlife. Our rooms were comfortable!

We loved our stay at Bakubang Bush Lodge. It really was an incredible and memorable stay. The staff service was very accommodating and friendly. We loved our room and felt right at home. The food at the restaurant was amazing. The wildlife within the camp was also a sight to see. I was so excited to see the elephant walking by the waterhole in the chalets. The morning game drive was so awesome! We saw 3 of the BIG 5 and plenty other wildlife. I used this weekend to propose to my girlfriend and it really was a special place to do so. We are so happy to be engaged and happy that I did it at a special place like Bakubang Bush Lodge. It was a memorable weekend that we will never forget!

Reviewed November 23, 2015
10.0
Exceptional
Gioja from Netherlands
Family with teens
Luxury King
Stayed 4 nights in January 2019

The most amazing place ”

You first notice the staff are very welcoming. The rooms are wonderful and very well provided with robes, toiletries, refreshments. Don’t forget the waterhole cam channel on the TV. Buffet food for breakfast and dinner - exceptional choice and quality. But the highlight is the amazing bush drives - three hours of intoxicating drives through the beautiful Pilanesberg park with knowledgeable guides and amazing animals. We saw four of the big five plus countless others. My highlight was the elephants walking up the road right in front of us. Awesome.

Reviewed January 13, 2019
8.8
Excellent
Sushila from United States
Solo traveler
Standard King Bed
Stayed 1 night in September 2016

Lovely Hotel”

Bakubung is a lovely hotel. It has a water hole just opposite the dining room so you can watch animals come and go. The room includes a game drive which you must book in advance with reception. The food is good without being great. Limited vegetarian choices and rather lacking in imagination eg pasta and pesto. I would have loved some African choices. There is no gym but there is a spa. The rooms are nice and comfortable and it is a good idea to request a balcony which overlooks the water hole. The walls are a little thin as the crying baby next door could be heard loud and clear from my room. All in all a great place and I would stay here again.

Reviewed October 07, 2016
8.7
Excellent
Victor from United States
Couple
Standard Double Bed
Stayed 4 nights in October 2015

Loved it, just lacking one thing”

The hippo pond, Safari and drivers, room/grounds

We had a great stay although the front desk was not helpful in getting us a taxi or driver to take us into see some towns. And the shuttle said every 1/2 hr or something, and was not. We felt stuck.. Did do the Safaris and loved that and learned different things from different drivers, that was wonderful! Your Lodge is fantastic but need to offer your guest more to do outside of the Lodge. Your photos did make it seam we would be staying on the hippo pond... As we found they were Time Share units. Our room was amazing! 524..... Thanks for everything, most your staff were amazingly friendly... Would highly recommend IF you offered service outside your Lodge. Thanks so much for the experience we had..

Reviewed November 07, 2015
9.0
Exceptional
Jeff from United States
Family with teens
Standard Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in October 2015

Great Location For Wildlife Of Pilanesberg”

Location, food, pool

We stayed here primarily for the game drives. As for resort it met all expectations as buffet meals were very good, rooms are old but in great shape and working order. The wildlife comes right up to resort as there is a watering hole there Pilanesberg has a ton of wildlife as we saw 4 of BIG 5 in first two drives

Reviewed October 24, 2015
8.4
Excellent
Karen from United States
Group
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in February 2018

Excellent lodge in need of a little maintenance”

The lodge is beautifully situated with a U-shaped layout of hotel rooms, and self-catering chalets overlooking the reserve. The staff are friendly and accommodating. The food was excellent and a wide variety. The rooms were clean but showing their age in a few places. Comparatively it is a good value versus some of the smaller more exclusive lodges within the park who are fancier but cost double the price.

Reviewed February 12, 2018

Dear Karen, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We truly appreciate all feedback received from our esteemed guests. I am delighted to see that you were able to have such a wonderful time with us in the tranquility of the bush and that you thoroughly enjoyed our location as well as our food. We are currently in the process of completing our maintenance schedule on our rooms and hope this will assist in getting the rooms to our standards. "The people of the Hippo" all look forward to welcoming you back soon. Warm regards Joel Papenfus General Manager

Responded February 14, 2018
Bakubung Bush Lodge
8.0
Excellent
Kinh from United States
Business traveler
Standard Double
Stayed 2 nights in August 2017

Excellent Dining”

Bakubung and Legacy Hotel Group herald the dining at this location. They are quite right so to do. The food is really quite good. If you can get a seat on the brick patio which affords diners a view of the lawn, it is the best. I particularly enjoyed bird watching.

Reviewed August 19, 2017

Dear Kinh, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with us. We truly appreciate all feedback received from our guests. I am delighted to see that you were able to enjoy our amazing food whilst overlooking the beautiful Pilanesberg. We all look forward to welcoming you back to Bakubung soon. Warm regards Monica da Encarnacao Guest Relations Manager

Responded August 20, 2017
Bakubung Bush Lodge
8.4
Excellent
LAU from Hong Kong
Family with young children
Standard King Bed
Stayed 4 nights in August 2018

Excellent food!”

We stayed 4 nights for two rooms. We requested ground floor in advance by email as kids were young but when checked in, only allocated us to first floor. So we need to move again the other day. Except this unsatisfied experience, the catering service is excellent so we always stay in the lodge for lunch and dinner. Location is not easy to find especially after 6 pm it’s hard to find the way there as it’s very discrete location around 15 mins away from Sun city. While overall the lodge is a nice experience for safari around.

Reviewed August 12, 2018

Dear LAU, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. We truly value all feedback received from our esteemed guests. Please accept my apologies for the inconvenience experienced with your rooms upon arrival. Our Front Office Manager will be investigating further. I am pleased to see that you were able to enjoy our delicious food and we all look forward to welcoming you back to Bakubung soon. Warm regards Monica da Encarnacao Guest Relations Manager

Responded August 13, 2018
Bakubung Bush Lodge
8.7
Excellent
Miriam from South Africa
Family with teens
Standard Double
Stayed 2 nights in February 2014

Excellent”

Overall service

Excellent, I wish to visit the Bukubung Bush Lodge in the near future

Reviewed February 26, 2014
10.0
Exceptional
Catherine from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Standard Double Bed
Stayed 1 night in April 2017

Exceptional”

It was an excellent stay. The location is beautiful and the hotel sensitively built. The access to wildlife from the lodge is great. I watched elephants swimming in the dam through my binoculars. A great experience all round.

Reviewed April 24, 2017
5.6
Zack
Couple
Standard Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

Overpriced average rooms and service”

Safe didn't work. Photos on the site were not a representation of what the facilities looked like. Rooms were dark inside. Staff were not friendly at all and I had to greet first everytime. Bush drives were punctual, but lack of communication from driver/guide. Game drive finished at 20:00 - so 3.5 hours not 3. No snacks provided by Bakubung at the stop half way through, while all other hotels had snacks and drinks. Food was good. For this price, based on the accommodation, I expected better quality. Should have booked with Ivory Tree

Reviewed February 18, 2019

Dear Zack, Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience with us. We truly appreciate all feedback received from our esteemed guests. I would like to apologize for your Game drive experience with us. Our Head Ranger has been made aware of your comments and will be addressing all Rangers. We have a standard set of snacks and drinks that are provided on all drives and I apologize that you did not receive yours. This is by no means our service standards. All staff will also be addressed with regards to your interactions with them, we pride ourselves on our staff friendliness. I truly hope we are able to welcome you back, in order to experience Bakubung at its best. Warm regards Monica da Encarnacao Guest Relations Manager

Responded February 20, 2019
Bakubung Bush Lodge
9.6
Exceptional
Chun-i from South Africa
Family with young children
Standard Double Bed
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Great holiday lodge”

Love the lodge, great location, very friendly staff, all very fond of children! It really is great to wake up to wildebeest and warthog having breakfast at your back yard. Game drive was great, the guide was determined to find as many lions as he can 😂

Reviewed December 29, 2016
7.6
Very good
Elyahu from Israel
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 1 night in January 2018

Our first safari experience ”

Pilanesberg is a great place for Safari. Big enough but also small enough. We took 2 game drives. 16:30-19:30 and the following morning (in some heavy drizzle) 5:30-8:30. We were quite lucky and saw a great variety of animals. Pilanesberg is a lovely propertyComfortable sitting areas,

Reviewed January 26, 2018

Dear Elyahu, Thank you for taking the time to leave this review on your recent stay with us. We truly appreciate all feedback received from our esteemed guests. I am delighted to see that you were able to have such a wonderful time with us in the tranquillity of the bush and that you were able to have such amazing animal sightings. We all look forward to welcoming you back to Bakubung soon. Warm regards Monica da Encarnacao

Responded January 29, 2018
Bakubung Bush Lodge
10.0
Exceptional
manjola from South Africa
Couple
Standard Double
Stayed 2 nights in December 2015

too good”

location food and posh

fantabulous. from the food to the staff, the location the game drive the posh surroundings in a bush.

Reviewed January 15, 2016
9.0
Exceptional
Joel from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard Double Bed
Stayed 4 nights in January 2013

Great hotel and value for what you get”

The Weds Bush Braai, food and rooms

my wife and I stayed for 4 nights in January and were very happy with the Lodge. Rooms were top notch and I could not fault the service, food or game drives.

Reviewed February 05, 2013
7.7
Very good
Laurice from South Africa
Couple
Standard Double Bed
Stayed 1 night in October 2012

Really great hotel”

Food was really good, room were nice a spacious

We had a really great stay at Bakubung! The rooms were beautiful and the food was amazing! Would definitely return!

Reviewed December 12, 2012
10.0
Exceptional
Dennis from United States
Family with teens
Standard Double Bed
Stayed 3 nights in January 2016

As good as it gets”

We love this place; It's an easy 2+ hours from Joburg, and a perfect way to relax for a couple of days. We built our stay around our game drive, one in the evening, then again early the next morning, Sun City is just a few minutes away, but we had no hesitation in passing that up and just spending the day hanging out at the pool until the evening meal. We were very lucky in our game drives, getting an extended view of lions, elephants, a hippo with a baby walking across the road, lots of rhino and giraffe, and zebra around every turn, all helped by interesting but not too much commentary from our guides. The buffet breakfast and dinner is wonderful, with a good reasonably priced wine list. We ate all the meals at the outside tables taking in the mountains. One morning a little group of warthogs burst out of a drain (we think) and ran across the field in front of us.

Reviewed February 01, 2016
6.4
Good
Melissa from United States
Solo traveler
Standard Double
Stayed 3 nights in May 2018

Thank you!”

I really enjoyed everything at Bakubung for the most part. That said, some pieces of feedback: - The morning game drives should leave earlier (around 6am) and should last longer. They should also come with a packed breakfast. - The field guides should focus on educating about the animals more. - There should be free unlimited wifi. This is essential in this day and age.

Reviewed May 30, 2018

Dear Melissa, Thank you for the above review. In terms of the Game drive times, we go out later in winter as it is far to cold and still dark at 6am. Breakfast options on a Game drive would also be limited and therefore we opt for guests to enjoy the full spread at the Lodge. I have shared your comments with our Head Ranger and he has noted your concerns. "The people of the Hippo" all look forward to welcoming you back to Bakubung soon. Warm regards Monica da Encarnacao Guest Relations Manager

Responded May 30, 2018
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