Our Rating
6.9
Overall

Kwa Maritane

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Pilanesberg

from R 2282 pp/night sharing

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Our Rating
6.9
Overall

Kwa Maritane

South Africa, Near Gauteng, Pilanesberg

from R 2282 pp/night sharing

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Our Verdict

A quick 2-hour drive from Gauteng brings you to Kwa Maritane - the "Place of the Rock" - a 90 room bush-resort style lodge that's especially welcoming to kids!

Our Ratings

6.9
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
7.0
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
6.0
Romance

Our Ratings

6.9
Overall
7.5
Luxury & Style
7.0
Setting
6.5
Game Viewing
6.0
Romance

What's Hot

  • Kids will love Kwa Maritane as there's just so much to keep them happy and occupied - from 2 swimming pools (including one with a fun slide!), trampolines, tennis courts, bush putt putt and even a climbing wall!
  • The hide at the waterhole, reached via a long underground tunnel, throws up some exciting close-up encounters with game
  • One of the most easily accessible reserves from Gauteng - just a couple of hours drive and you can be relaxing with a cold drink in hand and with the stress of the 9 to 5 fast receding
  • You're just around the proverbial corner from the varied attractions of Sun City - perfect for if you feel like a round of golf for example after the morning game drive
  • If you fancy going out in your own vehicle to do some extra game viewing, that's easily possible as the reserve's roads are open to the public

What's Not

  • Just 1 game drive a day is included (and those are usually in larger trucks than the 4x4 Land Rovers usually used by game lodges) so if game viewing is your central focus of going on a break, then there are probably better options out there
  • This is more a resort-in-the-bush than a typical game lodge with generally more kids around too - if you fancy something smaller, quieter and more intimate then one of the more traditional lodges in the Black Rhino reserve is probably a better bet
Kwa Maritane

Kwa Maritanefamous for its waterhole hide linked to the lodge by a 180m long underground tunnel – enjoy a front row seat literally metres from the animals as they come down to drink at the waterhole!

Lodge Profile

A quick 2-hour drive from Gauteng brings you to Kwa Maritane - the "Place of the Rock" - a 90 room bush-resort style lodge that's especially welcoming to kids!

Quick Overview

Location
Pilanesberg
Drive Time
2 hours from Johannesburg
Malaria
No
Setting
Overlooking the bushveld
Rooms
90 - 16 Twin Rooms, 34 Studio Rooms, 40 Executive Studio Rooms
Aircon
Yes
Pool
Yes
Spa
Yes
Camp Fenced
Yes
Tracker
No
Off Road
No
Child Policy
All ages welcome

PLACE OF THE ROCK

Kwa Maritane, means ‘Place of the Rock’ – pretty appropriate given that it’s located on the outer rim of an extinct volcano overlooking a unique granite dome. The original tourist development inside the Pilanesberg National Park, this resort-style property makes for a perfect family-friendly bush experience. For one thing it’s situated just a easy couple of hours drive from Gauteng (so you’re likely to be spared the worst of those “are we there yet?” whinging from the back seat that we all dread!) There’s also a host of different facilities and activities on offer which will keep the whole family happy.

FAMOUS WATERHOLE HIDE

The lodge is famous for its waterhole hide linked to the lodge by a 180m long underground  tunnel – here you can relax and enjoy a front row seat literally metres from the animals as they come down to drink at the waterhole. There’s also a permanent webcam set up, so if you’re feeling too lazy to take the walk down the tunnel, you can relax on your bed and watch the feed on the dedicated TV channel!

GAME DRIVES

Located in the south of the 55 000 hectare, malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, Kwa Maritane makes a great base from which to enjoy the rich diversity of indigenous flora and fauna on offer here - including the Big Five. You can pop out in your own vehicle of course given that the reserve’s roads are open to the public, but it makes way more sense to go out on one of the organised lodge game drives  led by one of their experienced field guides – they will drive you into the Park in the cool air of the early morning or late afternoon to evening when the animals are more active and hopefully out and about, to ensure that you won't be disappointed. The Pilanesberg is in the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wetter lowveld bushveld zones, so there is a stunning diversity of fauna and flora on offer here, including the Big Five, rare species like brown hyena, sable antelope and black rhino – not to mention over 350 bird species!

LOADS OF ACTIVITIES

Back at the lodge itself you can be as active or lazy as you want. Kids will delight in the 2 swimming pools and children’s playground, whilst some of the other activities on offer include a rock climbing wall, tennis courts, pool table, table tennis and even bush putt putt – there’s also a Junior Rangers programme if they are keen to learn more about the wonders of the bush. Whilst the kids are charging around, why not head off to the Spa where you can be pampered in one of 4 treatment rooms. Of course, the varied attractions of Sun City are also just a 10 minute drive away.

COMFORTABLE ROOMS

Like sister resort Bakubung, Kwa Maritane consists of both a timeshare section (which we don’t book) as well as 90 hotel rooms of various types. Unlike smaller traditional game lodges with their standalone chalets, the rooms here are located in larger blocks but they are pleasant and well-appointed but obviously more “resorty” than your typical small game lodge. Again they are also really family-friendly – for example each Studio Twin Room has two double beds and a sleeper couch and to ensure  your comfort and convenience they have air conditioning, bathrooms with shower and toilet, DStv, direct-dialing telephones, electric shaving plugs, coffee and tea-making facilities, a hairdryer, international multi-plugs and electronic safes.

DINING EXPERIENCES

As you would expect in a resort-style lodge, most of the dining in the main restaurant consists of large buffet style meals (useful with fussy kids especially!) but a couple of times a week there are also bush boma braais where you can enjoy eating under the stars. A favourite spot is on the restaurant terrace overlooking a small waterhole where you may be lucky enough to eat your breakfast with animals drinking nearby. Talking of drinking, for more adult time head to the bar for an ice-cold beer or cocktail and perhaps catch the game on TV.

 

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Child Policy

  • Children 12 years and younger (maximum 2 children) are accommodated free of charge when sharing with 2 Adults
  • Children 13 -17 years are accommodated free of charge on a room only basis and will be charged R500 per day for meals and gamedrive/s as reflected in their package
  • Junior Rangers Programme is available for children 6-12years, this service is charged for