Pilanesberg Tented Camp

The famous malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park is home to Africa’s Big 5 game animals, and the Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp can be found inside the Manyane Resort in the park. 

The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the most interesting wildlife reserves in Southern Africa, and it is also one of the most accessible. This expansive area, which is free of malaria and is located in an ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, delivers exhilarating big game watching in an interesting environment. There is a large selection of possible lodging options, including Pilanesberg Tented Camp, available to meet your requirements.

This accommodation option offers a real safari experience at a reasonable price and you will be hosted by local safari guides during your stay at this lodge, with regular visits from native impalas, warthogs, and banded mongooses a commonplace. 

A true safari experience can be had here at an inexpensive price while local safari experts share their deep knowledge of the surrounding area during open safari vehicle game drives in the morning and afternoon. 

Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp is a tiny and intimate camp with only five safari tents available. Every safari tent is fully equipped with plush bedding, electricity, camp chairs, carpeted flooring, and wide canvas windows fitted with mosquito netting.

In addition to a dining room and an enticing fire pit, there is a spacious tented lounge area. The safari tents, as well as the common facilities, are cleaned on a regular basis, and each safari tent features a little deck that looks out over the fireplace. The safari tents each have two single beds, a fan to keep you cool during the hot summer months, and electric blankets to keep you warm during the chilly winter nights.


At Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp, accommodation is provided in the form of a small intimate camp with only 5 safari tents to house guests. Each safari tent is equipped with comfortable single beds, luxurious linens, electricity, camp chairs, carpeted flooring and large canvas windows with mosquito nets.

There is a large communal tented lounge as well as a dining area and an inviting fire pit for relaxations in the evenings. 

Each safari tent has a small deck overlooking the campfire. The safari tents have two single beds and a fan to cool you down on hot summer days and electric blankets to keep you warm through the cold winter nights.

Furthermore, both the convenient communal bathroom facilities and safari tents are serviced daily.


Except for the safari tents, the tented lounge and dining area, the firepit is the place where guests enjoy spending their evenings reminiscing about the day’s game sightings or other outings.

Apart from the open safari vehicle game drives (early morning and late afternoon game drives are included in your stay), guests can make use of nearby Manyane’s swimming pool, bar and restaurant, the shop and Manyane resort spa.

There is also a Mini golf course, a walk-in aviary worth a visit, a trampoline, outdoor Chess and a children’s playground.


Although guests visit the area mainly to enjoy game watching, they can spend their leisure time on several other activities in the area.

Safaris over the park in hot air balloons, elephant-back safaris with elephant interaction where kids get the chance to get up close and personal with the elephants, and special safaris tailor-made for photographic, walking, and bird watching are some of the activities that can be enjoyed in the region. 

Guests can also pay a visit to Sun City and take advantage of all of the great amenities that it has to offer during your time there, such as the Valley of Waves, the famed Gary Player Golf Course, and The Lost City Golf Course.

Private walking safaris can also be arranged in the undeveloped regions of Pilanesberg National Park by way of the firm Nare Walking Safaris, which is a private operator located in the Black Rhino Reserve.

These walking safaris can be booked through Pilanesberg Private Lodge. The walks are approximately two and a half hours long and concentrate on the more insignificant features of the flora and animals. During these hikes, visitors will have the opportunity to spot any one of the members of the Big 5 in the environment in which they were born and raised.

 As visitors make their way along the route, they should be on the lookout for a diverse assortment of animals, including animal footprints and other evidence that animals have left behind, a cornucopia of different bird species, and a vast variety of plants and insects. 

The fact that you are able to get up close and personal with all aspects of nature is what gives a walking safari its special appeal. 

Walking safaris are becoming increasingly popular in recent years. Guests have reported spotting elephants, black and white rhinos, lions, and leopards when on safari from the resort in recent months. 

In addition to that, the following kinds of activities offered in the surrounding area are:

An aerial safari in a hot air balloon high above the park’s grounds. You should use the opportunity to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience by making a reservation with the lodge upon arrival.

Elephant Back safaris – during such a safari guests can witness the communications between elephants and especially children will get the unique opportunity to engage in direct and personal interaction with the elephants.

Guests usually want to pay a visit to Sun City to take advantage of all the comforts and amenities that it has to offer, of which the Valley of Waves remains one of the most popular.

The more active visitors can take in some golf at the illustrious “Gary Player” course or alternatively at The Lost City Golf course.

There are endless opportunities to enjoy yourself, either with personalized hiking, birding, and photo safaris, or just lounging around and breathing in the fresh air.


The rates quoted for Pilanesberg Tented Camp include the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Dinner and breakfast
  • Early morning and late afternoon game drive per person per night if such a package is booked
  • Pilanesberg National Park entrance fees (if booking on your package)
  • Teas and coffees
  • Welcome drink to Pilanesberg National Park 

The standard rate excludes

  • Pilanesberg National Park entrance fees for self-drives
  • Additional meals
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Optional activities
  • Transfers
  • Personal and medical insurance

Over weekends a minimum stay of 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) is required to be booked, but during midweek (Sunday to Thursday) guests can book only 1 night for a stay.

Pilanesberg National Park gate permit or entrance fees, which are excluded from quoted rates, can be paid at the Camp.

Additional game drives can be booked per person per drive at the camp.

The Pilanesberg Tented Camp does not allow any children under the age of 6 years and children between 6 and 18 years pay 100% of the per person sharing rate.

You might also like our 2 Day Luxury Tented Pilanesberg Safari or 3 Day Luxury Tented Pilanesberg Safari.


  • Can you self-drive in Pilanesberg National Park?

Yes, if you visit in your own vehicle, you may drive around in your own vehicle in the park. Most sedans are suitable for negotiating most roads in the park.

  • Where is Pilanesberg Tented Camp located?

Pilanesberg Tented Camp is in the Pilanesberg National Park, which is located in the Bojanala Region in the North West Province and about two hours’ drive from Johannesburg.

  • Is Pilanesberg National Park part of SANParks?

No, Pilanesberg game reserve is not one of South Africa’s National Parks and thus not managed by SANParks or national government. This reserve is managed by the North West Parks Board.

  • Is the Game Drives included in the price at Pilanesberg Tented Camp located?

Yes, open safari vehicle game drives (early morning and late afternoon game drives) can be included in the price paid for your stay.

  • Can you see the Big 5 during a visit to Pilanesberg Tented Camp?

Yes, you can see the Big 5 during a visit to the Pilanesberg Tented Camp, since the camp is located within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which is a big game reserve. All of the Big 5 are found here in the Reserve.

  • What is the minimum stay policy at Pilanesberg Tented Camp?

The minimum stay policy requires a two night stay over weekends, but one night may be booked for a midweek stay.

  • Is Pilanesberg Tented Camp child-friendly?

Pilanesberg Tented Camp is not exactly child-friendly, with no children under the age of 6 years allowed at the camp. Children between 6 and 18 years pay the full per person sharing rate.

  • Is there other activities than game drives to keep guests entertained?

Yes, safaris over the park in hot air balloons, elephant-back safaris with elephant interaction where kids get the chance to get up close and personal with the elephants, and special safaris tailor-made for photographic, walking, and bird safaris are some of the activities that can be enjoyed in the region.