"2hr from Johannesburg"
We went to Bakubong Lodge from JB for the weekend. Initially we went into Sun City (next door - 5km) for a look but way to plastic for our liking. Booked online at the Sun City Gates and went to the Lodge. Lodge is inside a game reserve / national park. Price included breakfast, dinner and a safari tour. Beds comfortable, room was great, views into […] the bush. Staff super friendly. Food was great. Tour - we saw 4 of the big 5, and had an amazing time Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Excellent Hotel at a Great Price"
Did an over night stay to do an evening and morning game drive. Hotel location is perfect, right inside the Bakubung Gate to the park. Our room rate included one game drive, buffet dinner, and buffet breakfast. Those extras made a high room rate into one that was a steal. Rooms are luxurious and the staff is extremely responsive and helpful. The game […] guides were exceptional getting us to four of the big five. This is a very family friendly resort. Only downside to the rooms is that the buildings have thatched roofs. That means you can hear what is going on in the room next door. Overall this is an exceptional hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Inside Pilanesburg Park near Sun City"
Amazing food variety, great location for self drive of park or game drive. Beautiful lookout of valley. We went march 14th, weather 18-22 degree Celsius. Rooms spacious. Food one of the best. Bar also plenty stocked. Legacy group has done well.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Perfect for luxus mini safari"
The lodge is actually a medium sized hotel but very well appointed (4 star at least). Rooms are beautiful and set in a large horse shoe pattern around a large pond / watering hole. The food is excellent and both breakfast and dinner are buffet affairs. For a traveller used to European prices the drinks are very competitively priced. Game drives are […] a hit and miss affair - the quality highly dependent upon both your driver and the luck of which animals you get to see. My only gripe that prevented me from awarding 5 stars was related to my room. There was an intermittent fault with the lights (fuse?) and they were unable to repair it. Having a shower, navigating an unfamiliar space not much fun I'm the prr fawn hours. Also when packing I had a long search to find my hearing aid which I did eventually under a cabinet. It had been trodden on and pushed out of the way, presumably by a maintenance guy when trying to repair the lights in the evening dusk. Disappointing. Last comment...this is ideal for a dafaro experience whilst still enjoying a pampered existence. There are more authentic lodges available if you want something more rugged. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I loved every minute of my stay at the Bakubung Bush Lodge. The room was immaculate, the buffet tasty and exotic, and the drives around the park unforgettable. I saw more wildlife than I could imagine. My only problem with the place was getting there. I was traveling solo with only a few days in the country, unfamiliar with the problematic areas and […] the local rules of the road, so I was reluctant to rent a car. I searched for any form of public or semi-public transportation (buses to Sun City, etc.) and found them prohibitive. I finally made expensive but satisfactory private arrangements -- just bear in mind that if you're traveling alone, you may need to put a little extra effort into this aspect of the trip. I hope Bakubung finds some good options, because the lodge itself is wonderful. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice time in the Bush"
We enjoyed our stay. Food was very good and the room comfortable. Highly recommend this as a good middle ground between very basic bush camps and high end private lodges. Game drives were well done.Genuine Expedia guest review
Rooms nicer than Internet pictures. Fabulous game spotter on game drives. Cozy rooms and fireplaces throughout. Would definitely stay again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A magical place!"
This is my second stay at Backabung...and it won't be my last. I can't think of anyplace else I've traveled where I am so totally relaxed. The service is outstanding, location is beautiful, and the game drives are so much fun. I am not a fan of buffets...but their food choices are vast and the quality is great. Definitely schedule a massage--it is the […] best massage I've ever had! Give yourself at least 3 nights here and do at least two drives. Congratulations to the entire staff at Backabung...you are amazing and we can't wait to return! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great weekend escape from J'burg and Pretoria"
Really nice property with excellent daily game drives. The buffets offer ample options and are worth the price of half board inclusion in the package. Fun programming for kids on location as well as a pool, tennis court, and playground. We would certainly come back again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Bakubung is terrifically located in Pilanesberg and the waterhole provides a great view of wildlife. The guides for the wildlife drives are very knowledgeable and fun. I will return as soon as I can.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"The Best Place on Earth!"
*The room and grounds were clean and BEAUTIFUL (wonderful views from the hotel rooms). *The food (breakfast and dinner) provided in the hotel rate were delicious meals and on Saturdays you can eat at a Braii in the bush. *The game drives were spectacular-- we got to see SO many animals-- and the guides are incredibly friendly and knowledgable. *The […] location is just stunning...I would highly recommend Bakubang as the best place to stay in Pilanesburg. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Wonderful luxurious spot in the bush to relax"
As always, Bakubang has exceeded it's expectation of a very special luxurious get-a-way, to relax and enjoy the bush the animals and exceptional exquisite cuisine. When returning to South Africa to visit with family, this has become a place where we "retreat" to appreciate all it has to offer. Though probably expensive for maybe the average South African, […] we highly recommend visitors consider even staying just one night at the location, because the smell of the outdoors and the excitement of looking for animals is something one cannot fully describe, accept that it is priceless. We hope to make Bakubang the first stop on our future visits to South Africa. This place is World Class in everything. Keep it that way! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great place to see wildlife"
The Lodge is directly on the edge of the Pilanesberg Reserve. The hotel is arranged around a watering hole and it seems that every room has a view. During our stay we saw families of warthogs grazing by the watering hole and families of monkeys foraging for food. The game drive (a 3 hour drive through the reserve with a guide) included in our stay was […] also wonderful. We saw giraffe, zebra, hippos, jackals, antelope, wildebeast and more. Also the rooms were very comfortable and clean. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Check in staff did not have our booking through Hotel.com seemed to cause a lot of confusion building work going on but otherwise fabulous setting in the PilansbergGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"great location and the staff at the restaurant was great."
We had a fabulous time, we will definitely come back soon.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The location of the hotel is perfect...but unfortunately the service of the rooms let this place down...cockroaches in the rooms, cleaning staff not removing dirty glasses and cleaning the rooms effectively. The staff were friendly and helpful at most of the amenities of the hotel. Game Drives were great and the barbecue in the bush was also a highlight. […] But for the price charged we would have expected more!!! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Food was great and staff very friendly and helpful!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent Choice for Pilanesberg"
Booking through Hotels.com was convenient and the best price we found for the resort after checking many websites. The standard room impressed us both as the furnishings, draperies and fabrics were of quality. The bathroom could be opened up to the bedroom by louvered doors if you wish. There is a separate shower and tub and the room was 'spotlessly' […] clean. The building we were in is 2 stories with rooms on the ground floor offering a terrace and the rooms above a balcony. We found the breakfast and dinner buffet that was included, to be very good, fresh ingredients, simple food but very tasty given the volume produced and location of the resort. We were pleased as the restaurant exceeded our expectations - no complaints. Bottom line we were happy we chose Bakubung, very much enjoyed our 3 night visit and would definitely return. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Excellent service. Very patient staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Kids (age 6&9) particularly enjoyed the "junior rangers safari" where they went out on a game drive with a guide from Bakubung with a special emphasis on education about conservation in the park. The only (trivial) negative was the on/off wifi in the hotel. Overall superb experience […] for 2-3 days with children. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Game reserve break"
Very comfortable room, lodge is very well run, staff very friendly and helpful. Food is very good and varied. Game drives interesting, and although on this occasion we didn,t see lion or leopard, I have seen them in the past. Rangers were good, . I would recommend Bakubong lodge.Genuine Expedia guest review
"great location, committed staff"
great stay in ideal location frequent visitor and overall excellent experience let down by the fact that i have repeatedly ( on 3 occasions now) complained about the poor and very variable WiFi service - dont plan on doing any work, you'll be sorely disappointed. I have also complained that the fast dial phones dial you through to non existent extensions […] and the numbers on the phones and in the information folders are all wrong. In spite of my complaints none of these issues have been addressed. Im considering some of the excellent alternative hotels in the area/park for my next visit Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
perfect for exploring pilanesberg. We were unlucky with the weather and a bit dissapointed that all game drives were cancelled when we could go into the park with our own vehicle.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"very bad game drive and food"
The game drive was worst. No sights of lions leopards or buffalo. Where are big 5, as promised. We were vegeterian and we told reception while checking in , but reception never communicated to chef. The food was horrible .Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Situated perfectly, great view, comfy beds"
Everything was great, except the most ghastly toilet noises when flushed, also the aircon that did not work properly and sadly no coffee in our room.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"A wonderful retreat in the heart of the bush"
Room 302 was a ground floor twin with fantastic views of the watering hole. As we arrived, an elephant was taking a stroll around the perimeter fence. Lion visited later. What a welcome! From the gatehouse staff onwards, we had an excellent, friendly service. Five star, but not fussy or intrusive. The meals were superb and an inclusive game drive per […] day was also a bonus. Organise your permit for the Pilanesberg or Sun City at reception as this is much cheaper than paying at the gate. Overall, a truly perfect place to stay - we wish our four days could've been longer. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Christmas at Bakubung"
Excellent facilities in picturesque surroundings. Quick access to Sun City resort. Good quality food geared to festive season.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great game viewing with Sun City bonus on doorstep"
My 2nd visit here & again it was great. For around £185 prpn, bed,breakfast & a fabulous dinner buffet, the rooms are large, well appointed & all look out onto the watering hole with it's ever changing visitors. Also included in the price is a game drive per day, either morning (early!) or late afternoon. Extra drives can be booked at £22 per person […] or for around £10 you can self drive your own car into the reserve for £10 for the duration of your stay. We did that also & came across lads of animals that way also. The entrance to the reserve is a 3 minute drive. The gambling Mecca of Sun city is only a 10 minute drive away but one nw has to pay to go in & visit, about £3-50 each & to be honest it's simply not that good. However if you haven't been before it's worth a look. Staying at Bakubung is way cheaper than any of the hotels there & in our opinion, way better too. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
This is a fantastic resort. From the quality of the rooms to the fantastic food to seeing 4 of the big 5 on our game drives, this is an experience not to be missed. I would recommend it to anyone!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Game drives and bush hotel"
We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay in Bakubung Bush Lodge. The game drives were excellent with informative game leaders and we were lucky enough to see a variety of animals on our morning drive. The environment of the lodge was also excellent but we found the double room for four people including 2 teenagers was too small for comfort, requiring more […] storage to keep suitcases out of the way. Staff were always pleasant and helpful throughout our stay. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely situation with easy access to wildlife"
Bakubung was a great three day break being so close to Johannesburg. Soft hills of the reserve are a stark contrast to the ugly Sun City and plethora of mines in the local area. Game drives were good with transport well organised and high quality. Food was plentiful and delicious. The hotel was only about a third full and could be a little busy if capacity […] reached. Ideal for children as wildlife is easy to find and zebras etc. drink at the waterhole next to the hotel. Lovely staff - helpful and polite. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
I returned to SA after 17 years abroad with my daughter - I was nervous, time-poor and I exhausted. Bakubung beckoned... it was the perfect choice. Staying in Johannesburg I didn't want to travel too far but wanted a true game reserve experience. We were picked up from Sun City in a 4WD vehicle - that was where our adventure began. The Lodge is personal, […] friendly and restful - with game drives offered early mornings or late afternoons/evenings. We wanted to relax while having the experiences - lazy breakfasts in or outside overlooking the hippo pool - where we languished in the shade of the umbrellas while becoming friendly with a family of warthogs, wildebeest and water buck. Mid mornings were spent lazing around the pool with the odd snack or cool drink; followed by siestas and then our evening drives. On our first evening we encountered lion just 2 metres from our vehicle, white rhino, giraffe, and a herd of 14 elephants including 3 babies - WHAT A TREAT! Bakubung - up close and personal without malaria, long drives and dusty terrains... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Pilannesberg at its Finest"
The hotel has very comfy and spacious rooms. The room was very clean. Front desk service is good but still can be improved. Front desk needs more staff to cater to the needs of the visitors. Food was really great especially the bbq night in the bush. We will definitely come back. :)Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Just what I needed after being away from the South African bush for seven years. The tranquility of the setting, magnificent food, game drives and early morning walks made us realise that our roots are In Africa....Genuine Expedia guest review
"Fabulous, high quality game park hotel."
Excellent. Booked with a 'buy two nights, get one free' deal, including game drives. Really very very good value and excellent in all respects - the buffet breakfast and dinner were some of the best I have had - and I have travelled extensively. The game drives were wonderful. This was July / August so do bring warm clothes for them - you are basically […] driving in an open topped van with outside temperatures of around 3 or 4 degrees so you DO need warm, windproof clothes, as they go around 8-11 am or 3.30-6.30pm. Don't be shy - hat and gloves are great! We arrived around 2.30, expecting to wait for rooms and found ourselves on game drive 30 mins later... (Times vary each month) Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Comfy beds, location n fantastic services"
Very good Indian pure veg. Food available on request . Outstanding services offered.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Need a vacuum"
By two the first night that we stayed both my husband and I could not breathe due to the accumulated dust in the room . Value for money - yes but that does not help if the room is so dusty that you have to be seated outside just to breatheGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Fantastic food and service"
We really enjoyed our stay at Bakubung and hopefully will return.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
The stay was good. The hotel was good. However Tourists should prefer Kruger to Pilannesburg. The density of Animals in Pilanesburg is much lower than Kruger. However hotel stay was very pleasant. Food for Veg is a problemGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great Bush Lodge"
We stayed one night at Bakubung at the end of a 3 week trip to Botswana and South Africa. It is a great hotel, very family friendly. The rooms are very comfortable and look out onto a waterhole where Waterbuck and Zebra are frequently seen grazing. The buffet dinner and buffet breakfast are both fantastic and must rate with some of the best I have had […] anywhere in the world. We could have easily stayed longer. The only slight downside for us was the formal game drive which unfortunately was not up to the same standards we had recently experienced in Madikwe Game Reserve. One can however undertake self-drives into the park from Bakubung and that is what we will do next time. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A pleasant stay"
My wife and I had a very pleasant stay at Bakubung. We were disappointed with service levels which were variable, not too bad in general, but not great for a upmarket venue. Food was superb, game drives and guides/rangers were aboslutely outstanding and the lodge is a pleasant place to be. Room was fine if not exceptionalGenuine Expedia guest review
"Perfectly located for game tours"
This hotel is perfectly located for safari tours in Pilanesberg, the service is good, however a little bit slow - but who cares during vacation...? We stayed there 3 days - which is enough to see the whole park - with our almost 2 and 5 years old girls and enjoyed every minute. The kids loved to see the animals but also the playground and the pool. […] The morning and evening buffet was good with a lot of different food. It cools down a but during night time which is good and makes that area Malaria free! We saw 4 of the big 5 during our stay and lots of other animals. Dont forget a sweater or a jacket as the early morning and evening game drives can be quite cold and windy! also don't spend too much time in the artificial place Sun City if you dont like Casino and have a swimming pool at home... Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
My stay was good and the staff where very friendlyGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very Good Holiday Destination"
Our stay was very good. The location was close to Sun City and game sanctuary. Also giving tgiving concession rate to drive into safary personally for the entire duaration is great. The staff very friendly and helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful hotel, exactly what we wanted!!"
The hotel is literally on the edge of the park, eating breakfast whilst watching zebras was definitely a high point!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"fantastic luxurious holiday not to be missed"
fantastic 5 star holiday at affordable pricesGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Lovely experience for my entire family, 6 adults, 1 child. Great value especially with the outstanding buffet breakfast and buffet dinner included in the price of the room, as well as one game drive per day! Loved every minute of our 3-day stay! Hotel staff was helpful on every level and I highly recommend the Bakubung Lodge!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good hotel but a bit pricey"
I stayed here with my wife and 4 year old daughter 7th to 9th January 2012. Great location right at the gate to the Pilaanesberg National Park. I am an active wheelchair user and found getting around difficult at times as it is a little hilly and the paths are made of bricks which can be very uneven in places. They did offer a wheelchair accessible […] room but the outlook was not as good as we originally had. Food was excellent, lots of choice. Service was good. Rooms and facilities are starting to look tired but this is becoming normal in the region. If you remember that African 5 star is European 3 star you won't be disappointed. I think it is a bit too expensive in comparison to the other hotels we have stayed at in South Africa over the last few years.There is nowhere in Europe that you can come across a herd of 38 elephants on a small road to your hotel though ! Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We stayed one night to get the most of the Valley of Waves at sun city and the whole of sun city was booked out - as per expedia. The back gate entry to sun city made it easy to get to and the hotel rooms were spacious.Genuine Expedia guest review
"The true Pilanesberg experience"
Everything was really nice and the whole family enjoyed the stay. Location is perfect, service is excellent, rooms are nice and clean. Game drive was included in the price and was really exciting. Do not expect to see the Big Five in a weekend but if you are looking for a true African wildlife experience that is the place to go.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Little overprised but still a pleasant stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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