We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Romantic Bush Getaway to the lost valley”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 October 2012

Not only this place is literally a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the great PWV complex on which Pretoria is situated (my place of residence), kwa Maritane exceeded all my expectations for a romantic mid spring getaway. The lodgings were superb, the service amazing, the food fantastic. Breakfast brought me us a wonderful surprise as the fauna literally dines with you on the terrace, with a just (an electrified - for you the scared folks) fence separating you from the beasts. The underground hide was also a well appointed niche to get close to nature. There is literally a kings buffet awaiting you every night (which was included on the price of the package) that can only be caped of with a night cap at the attentive resident water hole on the wall (the bar). over all this was an experience to be repeated. The only one from the big 5 i didn't spot was the ever shy Leopard.

Room Tip: The rooms next to the reception are the best, as you can view the fauna from your window.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Sanchinho
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review following your recent stay at Kwa Maritane- that’s what the Kwa Magic is all about!.

We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful setting, so close to Pretoria and Johanesburg, in the midst of a game reserve.

Your kind comments regarding the food and service are greatly appreciated and I will certainly pass them on to the staff.

We always pleased when someone enjoys their stay as much as you did and we trust that you will be back in the near future to experience some more Kwa Magic.

Kind regards

Gavin

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (710)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

534 - 538 of 710 reviews

Reviewed 23 October 2012

I stayed with my husband and another couple in October and we had a fantastic time. The accommodation was very nice and and had everything you would require, even dish cloths are provided. We stayed in an 8 sleeper but I would not recommend having 8 people staying, we didn't need to use the upstairs room but it was very small and up an odd stair case, it would be fine for two children but not adults if you we're staying for longer than 2 nights. The hide was a brilliant experience and made the lodge fantastic, likewise our room faced the fence so we had great views of zebra going to the waterhole. We had some good sightings, lion, rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe and even a brown hyena. The only downside to Kwa Maritane location vs the other camps was the game roads, if you want to stay inside the park there is only one track to the other roads, it was quite long and ran close to the main road for quite some time so eats into your drive time, however what we did was left the park and drove outside to the park and re-entered at other gates, two of which are only 10 men's away.

Overall a very good experience and if you prefer nice accommodation over game spotting and want to avoid malaria zones this is the place for you, however if its the animals you are after my personal recommendation would always be the Kruger Park.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
1  Thank Tashwa31
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write such wonderful comments regarding your recent experience at Kwa - we are always pleased when someone enjoys their stay here.

You are quite correct in that the upstairs bedroom is really designed to accommodate children, as it is rather a “loft room”.

The Hide is a wonderful and unique feature. Did you know that you can watch a live feed from the Hide on www.wildcam.com, and click on Kwa Maritane.

Although the road into the centre of the Park is quite long and runs next to the main road for a while, there are often good sightings of lion, elephant and rhino, as well as the ever present zebra and wildebeest! The alternative roads which you suggest are a good suggestion, as it does get you into (and out of) the middle of the Park more quickly.

We are really glad that you enjoyed your experience here and look forward to welcoming you back to experience some more Kwa Magic in the near future.

Kind regards

Gavin

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 October 2012

We stayed at Kwa Maritane for 2 nights as a last minute booking because everything else in the area was full. The property was surprisingly good, and although it was also fully booked it never appeared to be overcrowded.

Our room was really well presented, modern and comfortable, it was a bit of a hike to the restaurant but I guess that's what you get for booking the day before the long weekend. We didn't spend a lot of time in our room, but we had a very comfortable bed and the room was very clean.

The resort has lots of facilities and would be really well suited to a family or group of families, with several pools, mini- golf, tennis courts etc lots for the kids to do between the morning and evening game drives. Good value too, as they offer very well priced, all inclusive packages.

We ate most of our meals in the restaurant and the food was good quality with lots of choice. All meals were buffet style (although there is a separate menu at lunch) and I'm not a massive fan of the buffet, but it was fine for a couple of days. The best thing about the restaurant is that you can sit quietly, have a few drinks and watch all the animals wander to the water hole - very relaxing. We also went to the Saturday night Bush Brai which I would recommend as a fun experience particularly after the evening game drive, when they drop you straight to the Boma in the middle of the bush.

We took a couple of the hotel run game drives which were good value and well run, but to us nothing beats the self-drive option when it's available. For self drive we went out of the park and entered at other gates to be able to see more of the park. This proved to be a great choice as we only saw elephants and lions in other parts of the park.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank gotravelgirl
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post your review following your recent stay at Kwa Maritane and thank you for the wonderful comments.

I am glad that you enjoyed your bush dinner experience, as it is usually the highlight of our guest’s experience, and it also sounds like you had some good game viewing - both from the restaurant and from the comfort of your car!

I am really pleased that you had such a wonderful stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa Maritane in the near future.

Kind regards

Gavin

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 October 2012

We booked Kwa Maritane on booking.com two days before we were due to arrive. However when we got to the hotel, the receptionist denied any knowledge of our booking. In the end she found a room while rather implying that we should be grateful for this. The explanation was that IT systems often take a while to syncronise. We'd have been very unhappy if no room had been available......
Anyway, the hotel itself is fine. The location right by a water hole is great. Sitting in the hotel hide wathching a large male rhino enjoy a mud bath was truly memorable. The staff were clearly trying hard. We enjoyed an evening game drive with a hotel guide and a couple of trips on our own. The game viewing at Pilanesberg is nearly always good, especially for rhinos and elephants. The food in the restaurant was reasonable as buffets go if not spectacular, though having breakfast outside while overlooking the water hole was enjoyable.
The hotel is not cheap but much better value that Sun City.
One minor quibble: the free internet was the slowest I've experienced in 15 years.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank JRMJ
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2012

Thank you for taking the time to share your recent experience at Kwa Maritane.

We are always concerned when even the slightest things go awry and have investigated the circumstances surrounding the glitch with your reservation. I will respond more fully via separate email.

We are aware that the internet signal is often very slow, as being in the bush we only have a 2 Mb bandwidth, (no ISDN and no fibre optics!) and the signal can be erratic. Our IT Department is busy investigating alternatives and we trust that this problem will be rectified in the near future.

I trust that despite the mishap with your reservation you still enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa in the near future.

Kind regards

Gavin

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 September 2012

We stayed in a cabana at Kwa Maritane in July 12. The cabana was clean, well equipped and just right for 2 people. Eating outside was great as the patio overlooked the game reserve and if you were lucky, you could see rhino, elephants or buck wandering down to the watering hole. There is an underground tunnel to a hide overlooking the watering hole, which is a great idea.
Another highlight was the bush braai, which was a short drive away. Good selection and an opportunity to eat some more 'unusual' meats. Eating in fire and lantern light was really good.
The game reserve itself is quite small, but big enough to drive down a different route every day for 2-3 days. It's not the size of the Kruger but it can certainly hold its own. We saw elephant, rhino, hippo, lion, and loads of buck. And the birds! African birds are stunning, and are a pleasant diversion when the animals are lying low. We saw over 80 species.
Kwa maritane offers great value for money. It's not a small exclusive exorbitantly expensive private game lodge, but it offers many of the attractions that private lodges have, but at a fraction of the cost.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank The_Gilberts_SAUK
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
ghathers, General Manager at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your recent stay at Kwa.

We are indeed blessed with having one of the most beautiful settings in Africa and I am really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Kwa Maritane in the near future, to experience some more Kwa Magic!

Kind regards

Gavin

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Pilanesberg National Park
9.2 km away
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Bakubung Bush Lodge
#1 of 3 in Pilanesberg National Park
861 reviews
5.4 km away
The Palace of the Lost City
39.6 km away
Safari Lodge Hotel & Convention Centre
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
5.1 km away
Cascades, Sun City
Cascades, Sun City
#5 of 6 in Sun City
655 reviews
2.7 km away
The Kingdom Resort
The Kingdom Resort
#2 of 6 in Sun City
389 reviews
4.7 km away
Cabanas, Sun City
Cabanas, Sun City
#3 of 6 in Sun City
774 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Address: Pilanesberg National Park 0316, South Africa
Region: South Africa > North-West Province > Pilanesberg National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Pilanesberg National Park
Price Range: ₹ 25,829 - ₹ 34,503 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled beneath “the Rock”, from whence Kwa Maritane gets its name, this luxurious four star hotel offers excellent service, mouth-watering cuisine and spacious en-suite accommodation that exude elegance in true African style.Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is located in malaria free Pilanesberg National Park, an easy 2 hour’s drive from Johannesburg and a mere 10 minutes from Sun City. This is the perfect setting for a relaxing family weekend away or for a corporate conference.Kwa Maritane Spa Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul in our magnificent Spa. Indulge yourself with treatments such as Thabayadiotso, our signature treatment, or be pampered with a pedicure while watching the game feeding on the plains in front of the Spa. Whether it is a full body massages, in which the masseur uses Mountain Aloe oil, or a soothing, deep cleansing facial using warm volcanic milk, the professional therapists will simply spoil you.There are four treatment rooms, including one suite suitable for couples looking to share the experience. There is also a manicure and pedicure lounge, a rasul chamber, relaxation area and hydro pool. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Agoda, Hotels.com, HotelQuickly and TripOnline SA so you can book your Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Kwa Maritane Bush Hotel Rustenburg

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing