Manyane Resort Perfect Gateway for Tourists Visiting Pilanesberg National Park

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Manyane Resort is located close to Johannesburg in Pilanesberg. Tourists visit this resort to look at birds and animals in their natural habitat. You can experience wild life safaris, elephant rides and go trekking or animal tracking. Anyway it is loads of fun.

Paradise for Wildlife Tourists

For those who love that thrill of exciting and natural close-ups with animals in their natural habitat and love roughing in on campsites there is no other place like this. Situated on one edge of Pilanesberg National Park, Manyane Resort delights tourists with natural splendor. As lights go out at night, campfires flare up invoking mystique of wonders of night world. Uniqueness of this game reserve lies in its geographical location, inside chain of alkaline mountain rings. One of only three known alkaline rings in this world, it has provided one-of-kind ecosystem and wildlife habitat.

Approach to Pilanesberg

Fly into Johannesburg, biggest city in Africa and then drive down. Pilanesberg is barely 3 hour distant. Though small compared to Kruger national Park, Pilanesberg National Park affords perfect weekend getaway for tourists looking for all excitement that one can pack into a weekend. Airport is at 3,412 feet elevation. Take N4 West and drive on until you reach R556 North towards Sun City. Then turn on R510, and you reach those western gates of Pilanesberg National Park. Distance from Johannesburg is 170 km and from Pretoria, it is 150 km.

Excitement Provided by Big 5

Tourists eagerly capture these animals on their cameras, but it still takes some doing. Excitement is in the chase, as one will discover.
1) Elephant
2) Lion
3) Buffalo
4) Leopard
5) Rhinoceros
One cannot say whether visitors like rhinoceros more or the Lion. Wildebeests that make crossing are traditional visitors and mesmerize everyone. Of course, only in interiors of jungle does one see leopards and cheetahs. Elephants are always lovable and one can see them walking around everywhere.

And those Birds and Plants

Birds abound this area and one can see as many as 300 species here. While many of them are migratory, while some of them breed locally. Walking Area in eastern section has a trail that helps visitors develop an insight into environment and birds. Plant life includes acacia trees along with herbs and grass. Another specialty of region is English tomato, a horned variety of African cucumber. This fruit goes by name of Kiwano and is very popular.

Things to do at Pilanesberg Park

Intriguing treks through forest paths on the trail of those big cats, while reveling in wonders of geological formations, that color this landscape in unique hues, are all perfect settings for those who dare to take part in pleasure of this unique experience.
a) Wild life Safaris
b) Guided Game Drives
c) Elephant back Safaris
d) Balloon Safaris
e) Trekking and Animal Tracking
Keep in communiqué with natural call of the wild; resort caters to every need with minimum of fuss. There are perfect dwellings made for tourist who lives in extravagance of an embellishment of wild jungle and volcanoes.
One can also hit out in open on their own tours with helpers showing them secrets hidden in this African expanse. However, if one is venturing out into lion country, it is better to take an Elephant tour. This provides a measure of safety.
There is nothing more exciting than soaring across in a balloon. These provide visitors an inhibited view of the landscape. Fly with birds, like the bird, it is worth it.

Choose your Accommodation

Accommodations are styled according to needs and convenience. Popular Studio Room has single beds and air conditioning while chalets have bedroom with double bed and air conditioning. Many prefer experiencing African nights on plain with Safari tent accommodation that has single beds, patio with braai area and tea station.
Manyane Resort 4 Sleeper Chalet
This is top of list in accommodation; it has following facilities and amenities.
· Main Bedroom having double bed
· Loft Room that has 2 single beds
· Lounge and Kitchen
· Private Patio with braai
· Bathroom (separate shower)
· Air conditioning throughout house
Mayane Resort 2-Sleeper Studio Room
This is ideal for single travellers and youth out on their discovery of Africa.
· 2 Single beds
· Braai area
· Tea and coffee serving point
· Bathroom with shower
· Air conditioning
Manyane Resort 2-Sleeper Safari Tent
Lovely cozy African atmosphere, with night breeze playing around, this is for those who like realism and want something more.
· 2 Single Beds
· Coffee and Tea serving spots
· Patio with Braai
· Mini bar and Fridge
*(Communal ablution is just close by)

Features at Manyane Resort

Outstanding features one may expect from this lovely resort include playground for children, mini golf course, restaurant and pools.
· Playground for all Children
· Bar
· Mini Golf Area
· Onsite Superette
· Curio Shop
· Restaurant
· Pools
Leave your children to amuse themselves in playground of the Manyane Resort while you take your refreshments. Restaurants serve food right through the day. One could also try playing a round or two of golf, a most diverting and amusing pastime. If one looks into Curio shop one could pick up trinkets, they can take back home.

Some facts about Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in rocky terrain. This 1200 million year-old crater of volcano has fascination for everyone including locals. Vegetation and animals, birds and soil blend in mesmerizing panorama in three distinct concentric ridges. These rings have evolved over centuries; creating fusion of plants and animal life that is distinct and intriguing.
Whole terrain lies sandwiched between famous Kalahari Desert dry, forbidding, and luscious wet bush-veld region Lowveld, which has profuse vegetation. For this reason this region differs from other parks. Thabayadiotso Mountain is located in center of this region. Rocky outgrowth combine with green valleys and provide visitors unique view of approach for this area that is rich in rare minerals. Overlap of geographically different regions provides two distinct vegetation types.
Conservation corridor adjoins this Pilanesberg Game Reserve and it links Botswana to Limpopo. This eco-project is 20-year plan helps enrich biodiversity of this region. It lies between Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Madikwe Game Reserve. Idea is for developing this region so that it will also provide friendly breeding grounds for the Big-5, animals that roamed these regions in their wild uninhibited state. This is an ideal situation for people who study breeding and eco-development. One can see actual implementation of this massive project currently spread over 20000ha.

Ceaseless Merriment for Adventure Lovers

Of course, excitement of the day might be invigorating albeit a little tiring. Manyane Resort dwellings provide succor that helps refresh you. You begin a new day of adventure and sightseeing with freshness of flowers that adorn these lovely valleys. If one does not find time for everything, one can come back another time. Africa waits and so does its wildlife.

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Bachelor, Christian, 53, settled in Madurai, India, like to watch football and tennis on TV. I also have occasional walks but try to read the Bible daily. For amusement, I read the newspaper.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
24th May 2014 (#)

That looks like my kind of vacation, I would love to go.

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24th May 2014 (#)


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author avatar snerfu
24th May 2014 (#)

Definitely, say hi to the tiger for me. (I did not have pictures at that moment) .

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th May 2014 (#)

how marvellous this is and the pictures are wonderful...thank you...

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author avatar snerfu
24th May 2014 (#)

always nice to see you cnwriter. thanks for stopping by.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
28th May 2014 (#)

Awesome post as well labeled as one of a kind, cheers!

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author avatar snerfu
29th May 2014 (#)

Thanks again Ms Mc Costigan.

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