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Can you believe that we are already this far into 2020? While we have experienced the highs of a new year - and a new decade, we have also endured the lows that are COVID-19. Everyone has been affected, to some degree, and while it might take a while for South Africa to recover, we are happy to have you by our side. As you well know, Manzi Monaté is all about our Shareholders and guests.
Our experienced and dedicated Team have a passion for people - and nothing could be better than seeing our guests smile from ear-to-ear. Our goal is to ensure that you, our valued Shareholders, as well as all of our guests, feel at home at Manzi Monaté. We are so excited to share with you all that we have been up to. So, without further ado, please take a ‘scroll’.
VRS COVID-19 Shareholder Notice

We would like to extend our gratitude to every Shareholder, as well as to South Africa as a nation, for heeding the call of President Cyril Ramaphosa on the eve of the nation address in relation to the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions. We, as the Managing Agent of your preferred holiday destination, would like to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to navigate this pandemic.

A message from Marjorie Forssman, Managing Director of Vacation Recreational Services:

“Our commitment to providing an environment to create everlasting memories for all our Shareholders and guests remains at the forefront of our mission. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, VRS is implementing viable management solutions for your home-away-from-home to ensure the health and safety of you and your families for when you can enjoy your holidays once more. The VRS Team extends their heartfelt empathy for all who have been affected, direct- or indirectly, by this outbreak. Our faith lies firmly that South Africa will emerge from this situation stronger than before and with a heightened appreciation for this beautiful country; let us remain united as a nation.”

Kindly note, in compliance with government regulations and our own policies and procedures that Manzi Monaté will remain closed to the public until it is deemed appropriate, by government, to return to normal operations. That being said, we want you to know that we are missing the sight of all your lovely families arriving in Reception and the happy sounds of your holidays unfolding! We are eagerly awaiting, and we know you are too, the day when we are able to open our gates once more; returning to a time where you may relish every moment at your favourite bush destination in the city - a safe and relaxing environment.

Click here to view relevant COVID-19-related news and information

As our further commitment to you during these trying times as we are sure you are looking forward
to being able to visit your home-away-from-home:

VRS Options


VRS Options has been made available to our Shareholders to deposit the week(s) which have been lost, due to the nationwide lockdown and/or the extended closure of Manzi Monaté in return for tokens to the full value of the respective week.

Please visit VRS Options, bank the stay you can no longer occupy and retrieve your tokens, to be used for a future Resort-stay. A small Exchange Fee is the only payment required to open the possibilities of a multitude of Resorts to you. While we understand this means you might not receive an equivalent stay at Manzi Monaté for a future date, we are sure this gesture, of an alternative holiday for your family, will result in many cherished holiday memories.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with each Shareholder, as you manoeuvre through these trying times. Please do not hesitate to reach out to VRS Property Admin, should you require further information.

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Your bush experience in the city

- A legacy worth taking care of

Pride News

We are well aware of and sensitive to the impact of the current state of national disaster, but in our role as ‘caretaker’ of your Resort, we understand that our monthly obligations – such as municipal charges, rates and taxes, administration, Resort maintenance – remain payable; and are necessary in order for us to ensure that we are able to welcome you back to your beautiful Resort as soon as possible.


We would like to thank all those Shareholders who have continued to pay their levies, especially those who have paid even though they, sadly, lost the use of their week this year, due to the COVID-19 situation. 


This is a Team-Manzi Monaté Resort match
and we need each one of our Shareholders,
at our side, in the line-up.

We thank all Shareholders for your continued support in ensuring the upkeep of the Resort at this time.


Awards and Applause

We would like to share and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Manzi Monaté Team…

Our exceptional receptionist – Dikeledi Mokete – was awarded the title of “Receptionist of the Year 2019” at the annual VRS Awards Ceremony. Dikeledi continuously goes above and beyond the call of duty. She is always ready to brighten your day with her bubbly personality and a welcoming smile. Congratulations Dikeledi!

Here is what our Facebook guests had to say:

"Dikeledi, the receptionist at Manzi Monaté is so kind hearted. She always goes out of her way to ensure that we are comfortable and happy." - Mmabatho Morakane Manyama

"Dikeledi always has a beautiful smile and makes you feel at home." - Lisha Raman

"Dikeledi always makes Manzi Monaté feel like a home-away-from-home." - Annabella Tebogo Msiza

Animal Spotlight

Our fabulous Animal Farm is home to the cutest, most friendly animals. We hope you’ll visit them during your next Manzi Monaté vacation.


The tortoise is a land-dwelling animal which has a hard shell to protect itself from predators and other threats. These herbivores can vary in size from just a few centimetres to about 1.52 meters and are the longest-living land animal in the world. In general, most tortoise species can live anywhere between 80 and 150 years. The oldest tortoise ever recorded was from Tonga and lived to be 189!

Humpback Whales
Many donkeys have an unspeakably hard life. They are very often abused and brutally treated in the course of their lives, and are commonly used as beasts of burden. Here at Manzi Monaté, our beloved donkeys enjoy a peaceful life of love and care. They are wonderfully playful and are especially friendly when there are carrots nearby.
Rabbits and bunnies are small mammals which range in size from dwarf to giant. Their speed and agility are their main defence against predators. Did you know that the average sleep time of a rabbit is approximately 8.4 hours per day and they are actually more active at night?
Ducks are social animals and prefer to gather in groups. These omnivorous creatures can grow to be between 50 and 65cm long, with a wingspan of between 81 to 98cm, and can weigh anywhere between 0.72 and 1.58 kg. Please do not feed bread to ducks because it causes health issues and pollutes the water. You can read up on this topic here.
Some Manzi Monaté News

New Team Members

Johan Mostert – who was previously the Maintenance Manager at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve - transferred to Manzi Monaté on the 15th of October 2019. Johan is a hands-on manager, who has extensive knowledge of all aspects of Resort maintenance. He is skilled in plumbing, steel work, welding, masonry, carpentry and so much more! Johan also does his own administration and budget planning - which is a trait not often found in maintenance managers. We are thankful to have someone as skilled as Johan working at Manzi Monaté and look forward to watching his handiwork come to fruition.
Sonet Mostert also joined us from Mabalingwe Nature Reserve and is the new Manzi Monaté Housekeeping Manager. We believe that Sonet will flourish in her new role and that she will put her keen eye for detail to good use. Sonet is someone that is always ready to go the extra mile and has exceptional planning skills. Add her bubbly personality and excellent people skills into the mix and we have a tremendous asset to the Manzi Monaté Team.
Yolandi Lombard joined the Manzi Monaté Team on the 10th of October 2019 and has taken on her role as our Administrator exceptionally well. Landi, as she is affectionately known, transferred to us from VRS Head Office, where she worked in the Accounting Department. Landi has quickly adapted, and fitting in well with the whole Team and has become a key component to the everyday running of the Resort. Landi also enjoys spending time with our guests and can often be found helping out, in all areas of the Resort, over and above her daily administrative tasks. We can see a bright future for Landi with us!

Building the Skills of our Team


Our workshop has become a hub of activity. Our brilliant Maintenance Team are learning some much-needed skills, such as how to weld and repair on-site equipment. Training takes place immediately as the work comes in. Learning these handy skills will ensure that our Team are skilled in every aspect of their jobs and can take pride in their work.

Manzi Monaté Updates

We want to make your home-away-from-home a little more homely.

Here are a few projects we have tackled during the first half of 2020.
Freshly baked pies added to the menu
New light fittings in the 6 sleeper chalets
New handbags added to the Kiosk
New toys added to the Kiosk
New uniforms for all Staff
Keep the Good Times rolling...

All of us here at Manzi Monaté live for Special Occasions and Fun Days, as they allow us to unleash our creativity and join in on the fun with all of our guests. We love being able to connect with our guests.

December School Holidays


We love creating the perfect environment for everlasting holiday memories! Even though we experienced a high level of rainfall during the December School Holidays, our creative Recreation Team ensured that there were fun activities planned each day. The pool was a popular destination for our guests during the holidays.



What a magical time of year for young and old - Christmas of 2019 was a special occasion for all of us at Manzi Monaté. Parents snuck gifts to our very own “Santa Claus” who handed them out to amazed boys and girls and then we sang carols by candlelight late into the night on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day was just as full of wonder and excitement. Families and friends spent time at the pool enjoying picnics, while our Entertainment Team provided games for all of the children. It was a peaceful and fun-filled family day.

New Year's


There is no better way to usher in the New Year than by enjoying a tasty braai and listening to some upbeat music with friends and family. This is exactly what we choose to do! All of our guests thoroughly enjoyed the New Year’s Eve celebrations. New Year’s Day was once again filled with family and friends relaxing around the pool.

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International Beach Clean-up

Did you know that we support African Blessings?
This Non-Profit and Public Benefit Company cares for its community, children, animals and the environment.

Check out their website for their latest projects and developments.

Click here to visit the African Blessings Website



VRS Options allows you to exchange your fixed holiday for availability at various Resorts, for alternative dates or unit sizes. We’ve secured you a multitude of destinations through some of our partners to give you more holiday options.
(Please note that the exchange fee will increase in 2021)

Click here to visit the VRS website


Take the pressure out of planning the journey to your favourite home-away-from-home: our partners at ACT Travel are here to plan your flights, car hire and so much more to ensure you have the most relaxing vacation.

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In Closing...

Thank you for another six months – even though they have been turbulent, we have been at peace knowing that you are by our side and that all of our hard work has not been for naught. Remember to love hard, laugh a little louder, hug your


family longer and be kind to everyone you meet, because yesterday is gone, today is almost over and tomorrow is not promised. Thank you for choosing Manzi Monaté as your home-away-from-home and for allowing us to become part of your family.

Warm Regards,

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VRS – Managing Director 
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