Manyane Resort Blog
Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Camping, Self-Catering & Non Self-Catering Accommodation
Other than for those visiting Sun City the main attraction of the Pilanesberg, is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve with its rich diversity of wildlife. 57200 ha in extent and surrounded by three concentric circles of hills this is one of the largest game parks in South Africa, easily accessible on good roads from Johannesburg some two and a half hours away.
The Park hosts the “Big 5” – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo as well as both black and white rhino, then add cheetah and wild dog to make up the “Magnificent Seven”.
A number of the animals regularly seen are giraffe, zebra, warthog, baboon, monkey, hippo, crocodile, as well as a wide variety of antelope which includes kudu, sable, gemsbok (Oryx), impala, springbok, waterbuck, wildebeest, eland, blesbuck, tsessebe and steenbok, along with a number of the more elusive or less common animals such as the Brown Hyena, with a bird population of over 350 different species, 80 of which can be seen in the walk through aviary at Manyane Camp. There is a self-guided trail too at the Manyane Resort where one could probably add some other birds to ones list.
From Manyane one is able to access the road network of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and be able to drive ones-self around in the Park, visit various hides and the central dam, which almost always has some animals there slaking their thirst. Alternatively guided tours into the Park are offered. Should Manyane be fully booked, let us arrange accommodation for you at its sister Lodge, Bakgatla. Alternatively there are a number of fully hosted and catered for luxury Private Lodges in the Pilanesberg which we would be able to book for you.
Should guests wish to visit Sun City, the gates to the roads outside the Park are open 24 hours – so enjoy a show or the Casino at leisure and return to Manyane as it suits.
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