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Pilanesberg - Bakubung Bush lodge

Game Lodge Safari Packages - Pilanesberg - Bakubung Bush lodge
Minimum stay two nights over weekends (Fr & Sa or Sa & Su).
I can probably beat any rate as my margin is small - send me a request anyway and I will see what I can do...
The additional advantage is that I am based at Pilanesberg, and I will book you into a Lodge suited to you. I am also at hand if needed.

I offer you the free 3 hour open vehicle Lodge drive, plus a good % off the accommodation. I can also offer a longer private specialist drive with myself in the morning at a fee - closed vehicle (dust, rain, wind, cold). We can stop as long as we want when we find that quality sighting, as it will just be us, without the other 20 people on the Lodge drive. I'm the only guide based at Pilanesberg that can offer you this. In addition for the foreign visitors, I offer a very reasonable transfer rate, with well priced stopping options en route at Sun City, the Predator Park, Ukutula Lion Park, Elephant Sanctuary, De Wildt Cheetah Centre, Chameleon Village Fleamarket at Hartebeespoort dam, Lesedi Cultural Village and the Cullinan Diamond Mine. Even if you drive yourself, consider stopping somewhere below not only on the way there, but on the way back as well. Lastly, if flying in or out of Jo'burg locally (Cape Town, Durban, PE, EL), look at Lanseria airport i.s.o. ORTambo - it is 30 minutes closer to Pilanesberg, and just about all the car rental companies are based there now as well.
Note the SA Express flights from/to Cape Town Mondays and Fridays direct to and from Pilanesberg, currently at R1600 and up one way.

Also note that if I don't answer you immediately, it is probably as I'm on tour or busy with a transfer.

Bakubung Dining Room
Bakubung Lodge
Bakubung Room
1 free game drive per adult per /day (extra drives @ R600pp)
Book with us and you will also get free wi-fi during your stay
The Lodge retain the right to block out periods where special business, entertainment or sportsevents are taking place in their area. On these occasions rack rates will apply

Value/Price of Meals pp : 2020 Updated

Breakfast: 7h00 - 10h00 @ R250 --- 6 - 12yo @ R95 & 13 - 17yo @ R130
Lunch 12h30 - 14h30 @ R270 --- 6 - 12yo @ R105 & 13 - 17yo @ R140
Sunday Lunch 12h30 - 14h30 @ R270 --- 6 - 12yo @ R95 & 13 - 17yo @ R140
Midweek Dinner 18h30 - 22h00 @ R325 --- 6 - 12yo @ R140 & 13 - 17yo @ R190
Friday & Saturday Dinner 18h30 - 22h00 @ R400 --- 6 - 12yo @ R160 & 13 - 17yo @ R200
Boma Braai nonresidents (Wed & Sat) R400 --- 6 - 12yo @ R190 & 13 - 17yo @ R210

And just an idea on drinks;
500 ml Windhoek beer @ R50
340 ml Castle Lager @ R46
Can of Coke @29
Single J&B whiskey @ 22,50

To book mail us please - 

2019: Bakubung bush lodge - breakfast, dinner/nights stay + 1 free drive per adult/day - extra Game Drives R550
Validity   Official Rate/n Our Rate/n
1/1/19 - 30/04/19
1/9/19 - 31/12/19
Single  R 4 600* R 3 900** + R46
Double R 6 262* R 5 200** + R62
1/5/19 - 31/08/19 Single  R 3 676* R 3 300** + R37
Double R 5 170* R 4 500** + R52

* Plus 1% Tourism Levy ** Our rates include the 1% tourism levy, and covers the extra VAT @ R50/room/n.
Bookings to be paid 60 days in advance, with a roughly 10% non refundable deposit
to secure.
Children occupying their own rooms or 18 yo will be charged the full rate.

Children under 6 years will not be permitted on Lodge drives.

2019 - if sharing with 1 or 2 adults.
Children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) free of charge on a D, B&B basis. including one game drive,
Children aged 13-17 years free of charge and will be charged R540.00 per child/day, on a D, B&B basis. including one game drive

Legacy Junior Rangers program is available for all children aged 6-12 years. Activities are geared around
natural resource protection, environmental education and responsible recreation offering a special opportunity
to explore the Pilanesberg National Park.

Bakubung Dining Room
Bakubung Lounge
Bakubung Outside Dining Area

Included: 1 free drive per adult/day for hotel guests that paid above rates. Bushbraai only every Wednesday and Saturday night for all hotel & timeshare guests - weather permitting, min 30 pax total; Timeshare residents have to pay for the game drive though. VAT. 1% tourism levy.
Excluded: Sun City entrance & shuttle. Game walk on request. Drinks. Game drives R550pp. Extra game drives. Transfers to/from Gauteng
Check-in time is 14:30 on day of arrival, check-out time is 10:00 on day of departure.
Game drives - R550pp/3 hours 13yo and older, 6 - 12yo R275/child, no under 6 yo on game drives., Game drives & Bush Braai - min 30 pax
Game drive & Bush Braai if staying elsewhere subject to availability - R900pp. Need to be booked and paid for in advance, and you will need to make your own way to the Lodge and be there 15 min before departure.

Game drives & Bush Braai can also be arranged on any other evening however these are subject to a minimum of 30 people being booked (groups less than 30 are still required to pay for 30).
For a Bush Braai Only on other nights for a group less than 30 a surcharge of R2500 is applicable if no other groups are booked, and your group is alone at the boma. The transfer to the boma is R30 per person.

Game drive times:
Oct - March - 5h30 & 16h30
April, Sept - 6h00 & 16h00
May, August - 8h00 & 15h30
June, July - 8h00 & 15h00

Sun City Shuttle - Bakubung Reception to Welcome Centre, returns 20 minutes later
R90pp one way, R80 entrance. Valley of the Waves R120 - 160pp
9h40, 13h40, 17h40, 19h40, 21h40, 23h40
FR & SA additional one at 00h40
Note that you will need to book the return time in advance!

Now as for Bakubung Bush Lodge, Bakubung's vehicles and the Bakubung rangers:
Situated very close to Sun City in the south this is most definately the most popular lodge. Accommodation is in hotel rooms and there are some timeshare units as well. You will probably forgive the often tunnel vision service as the restaurant looks out over a watering hole, and occasionally you get lucky while having a bite. Reception & Game Department very competent & helpful. Seasonal frogs might keep you awake a bit. The 100 & 500 block have a view into the Park, but the 300 (middle) block is behind the pool. The best rooms at the side blocks are actually the ground units, as at most upstairs units the view is partly obscured by the trees. The cons for the ground units though, is that there will always be people walking past between the room and the fence. 6 guides, 3 senior and 3 junior, using large open top trucks. The senior rangers are most competent, the juniors decent. Book drives direct on arrival, and make sure you get the time right. Be at reception 15 mmin before.They also have the sightings over the last week, month and/or year accessable on PC. Note that the drives are for the Lodge residents & not open for the general public, except on very short notice space permitting, i.e. 1 hour before departure.
Game right outside Bakubung Lodge
Bakubung Reception
Outside lounge area at Bakubung with a view of the Park

Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Working with new pics are just too time consuming, so I only do it when I have free time! May 2019
Picture Gallery up to 2019
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004

It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg

Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R5 000pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting.  It's not a Zoo!

History of Pilanesberg National Park

Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged.  Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc

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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
- Updated June 2019
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