Herd of elephant at Pilansberg National Park
Herd of elephant at Pilansberg National Park

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, North West province

By Sarene Kloren Time of article published Jan 30, 2017

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I recently spent a night at Kwa Maritane in the Pilanesberg

National Park of the North West Province, South Africa.

The rooms are spacious and all have magnificent views. 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. 

View from the restaurant 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


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 bush boma offers guests al fresco dining 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.

Game drives

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.

One of the 2 pools at the lodge. 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.


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