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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 beat any rate for locals, but unfortunately not for foreigners (R100/n difference)- send me a request anyway and I will see what I can do...
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 R1500 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 (R420pp)
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 sports
events are taking place in their area. On these occasions rack rates will apply

Value/Price of Meals: 2016:

Breakfast: 7h00 - 10h00 @ R180 - 6 - 12yo @ R90
Lunch 12h30 - 14h30 @ R180 - 6 - 12yo @ R90
Dinner 18h30 - 22h00 @ R300 - 6 - 12yo @ R150

To book mail us please - travelinafrica@gmail.com 


2016: Bakubung bush lodge - breakfast, dinner/nights stay - Game Drives R420
Validity   Official Rate/n FIT/n Our Rate/n for locals
1/1/16 - 30/04/16
1/9/16 - 31/12/16
Single  R 3 885* R 3 500 R 3 200**
Double R 5 460* R 4 800 R 4 700**
1/5/16 - 31/08/16 Single  R 3 140* R 3 000 R 2 800**
Double R 4 500* R 4 100 R 4 000**

* Plus 1% Tourism Levy ** Our rates include the 1% tourism levy.
Bookings to be paid 30 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 aged 12 and under, with max of 2 sharing with 1 or 2 adults, free of charge - D, B&B.
Children 13 to 17 will stay free when sharing with one or two parents but pay 50% of meal prices.
All Game Drives for children U18 are not free of charge, and charged at R210/drive.
Children under 6 years will not be permitted on Lodge drives.
These rates are applicable to Lodge residents
( R420/adult, R210/child)

JUNIOR RANGERS
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: Bushbraai only every Wednesday and Saturday night for all hotel & timeshare guests - weather permitting, min 30 pax total; have to pay for the game drive though. VAT. 1% tourism levy.
Excluded: Sun City entrance & shuttle. Game walk on request. Drinks. Game drives R420pp. 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 - R420pp/3 hours 13yo and older, 6 - 12yo R210/child, no under 6 yo on game drives., Game drives & Bush Braai - min 30 pax
Game drive & Bush Braai if staying elsewhere - R700pp. 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 R2200 is applicable if no other groups are booked, and your group is alone at the boma. The transfer to the boma is R20 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
R65pp one way, R60 entrance, no sunbucks. Valley of the Waves R120 - R150pp
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 slack 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.
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. Also have the sightings over the last week, month or year accessable on PC.
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

Picture Gallery 2011 & after
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 -  R4 250pp - 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 April 2016
All Pilanesberg queries -  travelinafrica@gmail.com