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.
Value/Price of Meals pp : 2018 Updated after VAT increase
Breakfast: 7h00 - 10h00 @ R230 --- 6 - 12yo @ R90 & 13 - 17yo @ R125
Lunch 12h30 - 14h30 @ R230 --- 6 - 12yo @ R90 & 13 - 17yo @ R125
Sunday Lunch 12h30 - 14h30 @ R250 --- 6 - 12yo @ R135 & 13 - 17yo @ R180
Midweek Dinner 18h30 - 22h00 @ R330 --- 6 - 12yo @ R135 & 13 - 17yo @ R180
Friday & Saturday Dinner 18h30 - 22h00 @ R370 --- 6 - 12yo @ R135 & 13 - 17yo @ R180
Boma Braai nonresidents (Wed & Sat) R365 --- 6 - 12yo @ R145 & 13 - 17yo @ R185
To book mail us please - firstname.lastname@example.org
2018: Bakubung bush lodge - breakfast, dinner/nights stay + 1 free drive per adult/day - extra Game Drives R550 Validity Official Rate/n Our Rate/n 1/1/18 - 30/04/18
1/9/18 - 31/12/18
Single R 4 408* R 3 800** + R50 Double R 6 018* R 5 200** + R50 1/5/18 - 31/08/18 Single R 3 530* R 3 200** + R50 Double R 4 970* R 4 500** + R50
* &** add 1% additional VAT rate (14 - 15%) from 1 April 2018 to official rate
* 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.
2018 - 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.
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.
Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City
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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.
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Condition of the Veld
Dangers in Pilanesberg
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Directions - see map
Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.
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Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.
Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park
Geology of Pilanesberg National Park
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History of Pilanesberg National Park
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Picture Gallery - taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.
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Reading - other re Pilanesberg.
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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated April 2018
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