Discover why Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s most popular safari destinations on this highly enjoyable safari tour.
The reserve is located in a malaria-free region and that’s a large part of its attraction. Guests stay at Bakubung Bush Lodge which is one of the largest lodges in the Pilanesberg and only a short 15-minute drive from the famous Sun City Resort.
Enjoy daily game drives in a unique environment. Pilanesberg lies on the floor of an ancient volcanic crater, in a transitional zone between the dry, arid Kalahari Desert and lush Lowveld region. It’s a Big 5 game reserve and renowned for its high concentration of game and prolific birdlife.
Before the drive back to Johannesburg, you have the option of a game drive in a closed tour vehicle in Pilanesberg Game Reserve or spending a few fun hours at Sun City.
BAKUBUNG BUSH LODGE ǀ Luxury accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve
67 luxury suites, sleeping up to 134 guests
Bakubung Bush Lodge is a family-friendly safari destination located in the south-east corner of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve; and a short 15-minute drive from Sun City Resort. The lodge overlooks a sweeping lawn that leads down to a large waterhole that usually has a resident pod of hippos in it.
There’s so much to do at Bakubung Bush Lodge between the early morning and afternoon game drives to keep the whole family busy. Lodge facilities include a large swimming pool, flood-lit tennis courts, kids’ playground, volleyball courts, internet lounge, gym and spa centre, a large restaurant and poolside bar. A highlight is the African-themed spit braais (barbeques) and bush braais that happen on certain nights of the week at the outdoor boma.
Accommodation ranges from standard/deluxe rooms to family rooms and exclusive private suites. Each ensuite luxury room is elegantly decorated and fully equipped for comfort and convenience. The spacious rooms open up onto a private balcony with a panoramic view of the reserve.
Children of all ages welcome at Bakubung Bush Lodge.
Guests are picked up early in Johannesburg and driven to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Arrive at Bakubung Bush Lodge mid-day after exploring the game reserve for a few hours. Have a light lunch and relax before it’s time to depart for a late-afternoon game drive in the reserve. Game drives are in an open safari vehicle with a professional ranger. Return to the lodge as the sun is setting and enjoy a starlit dinner around the firepit on warm evenings.
Overnight at Bakubung Bush Lodge.
Includes: Lunch and dinner
Set off early after hot beverages for a 3-hour sunrise game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in an open safari vehicle with a professional ranger. Return to the lodge for breakfast and keep yourself busy with everything there is to do at Bakubung. For an additional cost, you can join a guided bush walk or a game tracking activity, or visit the reserve’s wildlife centre or Predator’s World. Depart late afternoon for the game drive. Dinner around the boma on warm evenings.
Overnight at Bakubung Bush Lodge.
Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Wake up early for hot beverages and then depart for a 3-hour sunrise game drive in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Return for a hearty breakfast; pack up and be ready to leave mid-morning either for a game drive in a closed tour vehicle or a few fun hours at Sun City which is a short drive away. Depart mid-afternoon for the return journey to Johannesburg.
Collection and drop-off point: Any accommodation address in Johannesburg
Collect in Johannesburg: Between 05h30 and 06h30
Drop-off in Johannesburg: From 17h00
If you plan to fly out of OR Tambo International Airport on the last day of the safari tour, we suggest reserving a domestic flight that departs no earlier than 19h30 and an international flight that departs no earlier than 21h00.
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