I recently spent a night at Kwa Maritane in the Pilanesberg National Park of the North West Province, South Africa.
Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. It’s unusual rock structures, and types make it a unique geological feature. The crater of a long extinct volcano stands in the centre of the Pilanesberg National Park created by volcanic eruptions over 1400 million years ago.
The lodge’s main restaurant overlooks the waterhole - "The Rock" with its magnificent granite formations.
On arrival we were served refreshments on the deck and noticed a small herd of elephants grazing on the adjacent hill. A zeal of Zebras trotted up to the waterhole which is located 100 meters from the restaurant deck. At breakfast the following morning we were joined by a heard of around 30 Wildebeest.
The buffet lunch and carvery dinner offer a wide variety of dishes based on delicious, traditional South African cuisine.
We were treated to an unforgettable al fresco dinner experience in the lodge's outdoor bush boma. Weather permitting, this is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The area is Malaria free and home to the 'Big Five' (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant), making it a popular destination for both local and international tourists.
Our 3 hr game-drive included watching a pride of lions’ amble through the bush, plenty of elephants, giraffe, a huge array of bird life (there are over 360 species of birds in the park) and hippo, to name a few.
Childrens activities at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge:
The lodge offers fun filled activities including game drives, bush walks, bird watching and a Junior Ranger’s programme. This uniquely designed children's program allows parents to enrol their kids in an educational bush learning experience.
There is also a Children’s playground, rock climbing, outdoor chess, bush putt putt, table tennis, a pool table, tennis and swimming pools.
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge can be reached from Johannesburg within a two hours drive (173 km). The Pilanesberg Airport is 2 km away from the modern Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, and Sun City Resort is an 11 minutes’ drive from the lodge.