Philip Saunders Holiday Resort

The Bloemfontein Tourist Centre has informed me that bookings for the resort can be made through the President Hotel on +27 (0)51 430 1111.

The Philip Saunders Holiday Resort is finally open for business, after a drawn-out, multi-million rand upgrade. Work on the facility just outside Bloemfontein was initially meant to be completed in time for the Fifa World Cup in 2010.

However, the project was delayed when several contractors left the building site claiming they had not been paid by the department of economic development, tourism and environmental affairs.

The Special Investigating Unit, in a presentation to the provincial portfolio committee of public accounts, said it was investigating the project over the delays.

The department spent about R125m in upgrading the resort, which boasts a gym, several new chalets and conference facilities.

The provincial portfolio committee on public accounts was expecting a report on the project. Committee chair Neels van Rooyen of the ANC had asked the department to submit a detailed report on the upgrade.

He said the committee wanted to know what action the department would take against officials responsible for “this mess that cost the taxpayers millions”.

Thuso Ramaema, a department head, told the committee in October that some of the new chalets were damaged by rain, which partially explained the delays.

Several websites that list the resort as a tourist destination quote prices for self-catering chalets as ranging from R100 to R299 per unit per night.

Prices are however expected to soar after the upgrade which changed the resort into a luxury centre with top-class accommodation, conference facilities and several outdoor activities, like angling, watersports and tennis.

The resort’s completion also comes ahead of the ANC’s centenary celebrations which are expected to see thousands of people visiting Mangaung, the site of the official commemoration.

Update: 14 November 2011

Many of you have contacted this blog about the Philip Saunders holiday resort. I have contacted the Bloemfontein Tourist Centre in Park Road, Willows and they gave me the following contact details for the resort:

Bookings: Contact the President Hotel on +27 (0)51 430 1111
Tel: +27 (0)51 441 7611
Fax: +27 (0)51 441 7546

13 Responses to Philip Saunders Holiday Resort

  1. vuyelwa 06/11/2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I hear ur open now. What is ur new contact numbers and rates if we want to book a chalet for 4 adults single beds self catering

  2. Gerrie Coertzen 14/11/2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Hi Vuyelwa

    Hope you are well. The Mangaung info ( website is a blog of mine about Bloemfontein and updates from South Africa. The last time I’ve checked, the Philip Saunders resort was still under construction. According to the Bloemfontein Tourist centre, their contact details are:

    Tel: 051-4417611
    Fax: 051-4417546

    Hope this helps.

    Kind regards,

  3. Grietha 16/11/2011 at 7:59 am #

    I’ve tried phoning the Phillip Saunders Resort for details for the opening but can’t get through to them. The 051-441 7611 number just rings and nobody picks up. I phoned Telkom Directory Services and they gave me the number 051-441 7713. Still only rings with no answer. Where can I reach them?

  4. Yvette 05/04/2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Hello can someone please let me know what the rates are and maybe a pricelist. or a email adres where I can mail all the detail to the people doing the quotes. Thank you

  5. Jacob Titus 22/04/2012 at 9:02 am #

    Watter soort akkommodasie bied die oord aan (chalets (hoeveel persone per chalet), selfsorg eenhede, oornag geriewe ens.) en wat is die tarriewe omdat ons toergroep daar wil oornag (een aand) op pad na die Kruger Wildtuin gedurende Junie 2012 (Ongeveer 22-23Junie 2012). Ons groep bestaan uit vier gesinne wat elkeen op sy eie sal wil oornag. Gesin 1 – Man+vrou+twee kinders(leerders), Gesin 2 – Man+vrou, Gesin 3 – Man+vrou, Gesin 4 – Man+vrou+drie kinders(2xstudent, 1xleerder).

  6. Mangaung info admin 22/04/2012 at 10:16 am #

    Hi everyone

    Please contact the resort directly.

    Many of you have contacted about the Philip Saunders holiday resort. However, this is a blog about Bloemfontein and has no association with the resort.

    I have contacted the Bloemfontein Tourist Centre in Park Road, Willows and they said to contact the President Hotel on +27 (0)51 430 1111 for bookings.

    Best wishes,

  7. Elaine 09/05/2012 at 11:08 am #

    Can u please forward your rates. Would like to book for December. Thank you

  8. Bayela B 22/10/2012 at 11:10 am #

    wonderfull place ,friendly staff there.Used the place for my brothers graduation ceremony all weekend.Needs a bit of this and that. add kichen equipment,internal communication,wi fi etc

  9. Shinnars Lim 22/10/2012 at 11:37 am #

    Hi I jus want tb book chalet for 26 people for 10 to 11 december 2012. kindly send me qouatation so that i can make necessary preparations.

  10. Marietjie 06/11/2012 at 8:31 am #

    I need more information on your Camping Site – Availability (Now) and Prices please! 2 / 3 people

  11. Mbuti 19/11/2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Please send me the codes for 2 adults and 3 children for the duration of 21.12/201 to 25/12/2012

  12. sanna 21/11/2013 at 12:46 pm #

    what is the direct telephone number for Philip Saunders Holiday Resort ,i want to do the booking .please!

  13. Madineo 19/02/2014 at 8:44 am #


    I would like you to send me the quote of 20 staff member on the 21st of March 2014. Only for 1 day just to come and chill.

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