We were trying to book on-line using the Golden Leaport resort website. It offered us a camp site at Bakgatla resort but after entering credit card details an error would occur. When I phoned Golden Leapord they said the system was offline and if I booked with them over the phone it would be 10% more expensive (even though not my fault their system is down). The next day when the system was still down they only then advised me that Bakgatla is actually fully booked even though their website allocated me a camp site. I was then offered the last camp site at Manyane. Arriving at Manyane was pleasant and we were greeted with friendly smiles. However it was very full and cramped - they certainly can pack the tents in. We were very luck to have found a site by the fence away from most of the noise. The ablutions nearest to us only had 1 shower so there was always a queue. The shower floor was covered in mud obviously from peoples shoes but there was noone there to clean it. We then decided to use the ablutions further from us which at least had 3 showers. It was adequately clean but looking run down. The swimming pool is in serious need of an upgrade with paint peeling and green mould on the bricks. On the 2nd morning of our stay someone came to clean out the braai and replace our dustbin bags in our site. We had a HUGE baboon coming through a hole in the fence right by our tent who then proceeded to run through the tents stealing food. Why don't they patch the hole in the fence? He knew exactly where it was so obviously does it often. Going into the reserve is expensive - cost over R200 for 3 adults and 2 kids. We had an amazing experience at Mankwe Dam though, the birds and animals were amazing. A pity the restaurant in the middle of the reserve has closed down so you either need to pack a lunch or make your way back to the campsite.
I used to stay at Manyane often as a child but don't think I will be back to this resort when visiting Pilanesberg again.
- Also Known As:
- Golden Leopard Resort - Manyane Hotel Pilanesberg National Park
- Golden Leopard Resort - Manyane Hotel