Pilanesburg National Park is an attractive 50,000 hectare malaria-free area which is centred around an extinct volcano crater. Today, the Park is home to over 7,000 animals including the Big 5, giraffe, hippo, zebra, jackal, hyena and many antelope, and there are also over 350 bird species.
At Kwa Maritane, guests experience excellent game sightings on bush walks or game drives in the company of qualified guides. The focal point of the sunrise and afternoon game drives is game and bird identification, and costs R200 per person. The lodge's 130 metre underground tunnel leading to the Hide further provides guests with a close-up glimpse of the wild.
From September to March, the lodge also offers a more leisurely sundowner drive, with sundowners and game viewing by spotlight.
As well as game drives, the lodge has many entertainment options on offer - from tennis courts to 2 magnificent swimming pools and outdoor chess.
And with Sun City minutes away, guests can enjoy a game of golf at the Gary Player course or choose between bowls, squash, ten-pin bowling and an exceptional variety of water sports.
All the necessary comforts have been taken into consideration when furnishing the 90 en-suite rooms.
All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dialling phone, tea/coffee making machines and a hair dryer.
There is a shuttle service between the lodge and Sun City.
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Breakfast and dinner are included. Game drives are additional.
Children of any age are welcome. Rates available on request. Children aged 5 years and older may go on the guided game drives that are available to book seperately. Babysitting services are available for younger children.
Directions For Drivers
From Johannesburg International Airport: Leave the airport and follow the signs for the R21 north to Pretoria. After approximately 45 km the R21 merges with the N1, continue on this road until you reach the junction with the N4 Toll Road. Take the N4 westbound towards Pretoria, Brits, and Rustenberg.
Continue on the N4 for approximately 55 km (past the Brits turn-off) until you reach the junction with the R556 signposted Pilanesburg/Sun City. Continue on the R556 for approximately 75 km towards Sun City. You should see Kwa Maritane distance markers every 10 km along this stretch. About 5 km from the Sun City entrance, take the right turn towards Kwa Maritane/Mogwase/Pilanesberg Airport. Travel approximately 2 km along this road and the Kwa Maritane Gate will be on your left.
From Sandton (Johannesburg): Leave Sandton on Sandton Drive heading towards William Nicol Drive. Turn right at the junction with William Nicol Drive, and contine to head North for approximately 8 km until you reach the flyover over the N1 Western Bypass.
Continue along William Nicol Drive until you reach the Monte Casino on your right, and the Fourways Mall on ahead and on your left. Turn left off William Nicol onto Cedar Road just before the Fourways Mall, and then at the T junction at the end of Cedar turn left and then first right (signposted Sun City). At the end of this road, turn right at the T-junction onto the R512.
The R512 takes you through Broederstroom and past Hartbeestpoort Dam and Kosmos. There are several T-junctions and turnings on the route, but at each one keep following the R512 signs. Shortly after Kosmos turn left at a crossroads (still signposted R512), and continue past the Elephant Sanctuary on your left. The R512 becomes the R104 - continue on this road ignoring the signs to Pilanesburg until you reach the junction with the R556.
Turn right onto the R556, and follow the directions as above.
From Sun City: From the Sun City Main Entrance, turn left and follow the signs to Kwa Maritane.
General Information For Guests
The shuttle service will transport you to Sun City for a small charge.
Other services are: Covered parking, Babysitting and cots, 2 bomas, 2 tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, Children's playground, Table tennis, Volley ball, Outdoor chess, Trampoline, Bush putt, Pool Table, The Wildlife Centre, Game drives. Room service is available from 7 am to 10 pm.
There is the option to do a brief one-hour bird and tree identification trail around the lodge or opt for the more extensive two-hour walk that takes you deeper into the park and into more detail. Subject to number and availability.
The focal point of the sunrise and afternoon game drives is game and bird identification. From September to March, the lodge also offers a more leisurely sundowner drive, with sundowners and game viewing by spotlight, or make a whole evening of it with an afternoon drive combined with a bush braai at the boma.
Then there is also the unique experience of a 130 metre underground tunnel leading to the Hide. The perfect vantage point for an intimate look into the wild, without being detected yourself. Or if you'd prefer to stay in, you can always catch live wildlife on the Wildcam facility in your bedroom.
Normal Game Drives*: ::January - March: Morning drives at 5.30 am and afternoon drives at 4.30 pm.::April: Morning drives at 6 am and afternoon drives at 4 pm.::May: Morning drives at 8 am and afternoon drives at 3.30 pm..::June / July: Morning drives at 8 am and afternoon drives at 3 pm.::August: Morning drives at 8 am and afternoon drives at 3.30 pm.::September: Morning drives at 6 am and afternoon drives at 4 pm.::October - December: Morning drives at 5.30 am and afternoon drives at 4.30 pm.
Cost of Game Drives: R200 per person*::Cost of Game Drive/Bushbraai: R200 per person*
Park entrance fees for self-drive visitors into the Pilanesberg National Park are now as follows:::Adults: R45 per person; Pensioners: R20 per person; Children: R20 per person; Vehicles: R15 per vehicle*
* Prices and times subject to changes and availability.
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