Bakgatla Resort

Bakgatla camp welcome sign
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Location

Bakgatla Resort is a large fenced camp which lies at the foot of the Garamoga Hills and is situated to the north east side of the park- bordering the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

It is approximately a two and a half hours drive from Johannesburg and about 40 minutes drive to the Sun City entrance.....

View from hill overlooking Bakgatla campView from hill overlooking Bakgatla camp

About Bakgatla Resort

We have been visiting the resort for many years and it's people like Queenie, the front office supervisor, that makes sure we keep coming back. She is always smiling and most helpful!

Queenie at Bakgatla receptionQueenie at Bakgatla reception

Bakgatla offers a wide range of accommodation to guest who want to explore the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It is part of Golden Leopard Resorts and has some great facilities on offer; there is a restauranta trampoline, outdoor chess and several playground areas for the kids and a small shop....

Bakgatla shopBakgatla shop

Accommodation

HDR of Bakgatla chaletHDR picture of Bakgatla chalet

The 60 colonial-styled air-conditioned, self catering chalets- sleep a max of 6 people. The chalets are cosy and have everything one needs for a away from home experience...... 

Inside Bakgatla chalet with stairs to loftInside Bakgatla chalet with stairs to loft

each chalets has a double bed in main bedroom (only some chalets have en-suite bathrooms) this picture below has on one.......

Bakgatla main bedroomBakgatla main bedroom with en-suite bathroom

and 3 single beds in loft......

Bakgatla chalet loftchalet loft

a sleeper couch, TV and lambs in the lounge.....

Bakgatla chalet loungeBakgatla chalet lounge

and a fully equipped kitchen........

Bakgatla lounge and kitchen taken from the loftBakgatla lounge and kitchen taken from the loft

and a large patio with braai area; we have enjoyed many braais under the stars, while sipping our wine and listening to the night life.....

BBQ at Bakgatlahaving a braai on our patio

Most of the chalets do not have a view, but there are a few chalets which border the park fence and have a view of the mountain.

Bakgatla room with a viewBakgatla chalet with a view

There is a large camping site (with powerpoints) and communal ablution facilities.

They also have 5 Safari tents and a fairly large camping site near the restaurant..... 

HDR image of Bakgatla safari tentHDR image of Bakgatla safari tent

Each safari tent is set on a wooden deck overlooking the bush....

Tent at BakgatlaThe Safari tents in Bakgatla camp

They have electricity2 x 3/4 Beds, a sleeper couch, en suite bathroom, a fridge and tea and coffee station.

They are not Self-Catering tents, but we take our go anywhere braai with us and make a plan or you can eat at the restaurant.

Inside of Bakgatla tentInside the Safari tent

Food and Drink

If you are not in the mood to cook then try the large restaurant, which lies to the south of the swimming pool area near the campsite. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the restaurant.

Bakgatla restaurant

We have eaten there a good many times and have had some good meals, like our Valentines dinner, but other times the meals have been average.

There is a new chef and on our last stay (April 2015) the food was very good. We had chicken livers peri peri for starters.....

chicken livers peri-periperi-peri chicken livers starter

and lamb-shank for main course - large tasty servings!

Lamb shank and veggies

Activities at the Resort

Bakgatla games room and lounge areaThe bar, games room and lounge area

For the outdoor enthusiast, Bakgatla has an Olympic-size swimming pool and playground area, which is well positioned in the centre of the resort.... 

Swimming pool under the starsSwimming pool under the stars

there are self drive safaris or guided game drives into the park through Bakgatla gate.....

Bakgatla entrance gate
Lioness seen on a guided Game driveLioness seen on a guided Game drive

plus exciting excursions like Bush Braais or Bush Breakfasts and Balloon Safaris..... 

Hot air balloon over MankweHot air balloon over Mankwe dam

There have been a lot of good sightings of leopard and wild dogs around camp - the wild dogs often run alongside the camp fence or chase their prey into the fence.

Leopard on the rocks in the PilanesbergLeopard on the rocks in the Pilanesberg
Wild dog in the PilanesbergWild dog eating the remains of its kill

the image below was taken by Edward Peach our co-author to our e-Book "The Photographer's Guide to the Pilanesberg National Park"....

Lioness and cubs near Tau panLioness and cubs near Tau pan

The is a lovely hide just down the road where you can get some good landscape photography with the setting sun....

sunset from Ratlhogo hidesunset from Ratlhogo hide

or do some bird watching and watch game come to drink.....

African white throated robin image taken inside the hideAfrican white throated robin image taken inside the hide
Lilacbreasted rollerLilacbreasted roller
Tsessebe at Ratlhogo hideTsessebe at Ratlhogo hide
Zebras drinking at Ratlhogo hideZebras drinking at Ratlhogo hide

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For more information or to make your reservation please contact Golden Leopard Resorts


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