- North West
- Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg National Park, North West
The Pilanesberg National Park is the fourth largest in Southern Africa and covers approximately 55 000 hectares. It is easily accessible and a malaria free area and this adds to its popularity with tourists. The park is bursting with wildlife and because it is smaller than other national parks, visitors have a more than good chance of viewing the Big 5 – Lion; Rhino; Elephant; Leopard & Buffalo. Almost all the animal species native to Southern Africa can be found here as well as 360 species of bird.
- Game Drives
- Safari Walks
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Medical Services on call
- Various Safari Package
- All meals, teas & Game drives included in Safari packages
- Photographic Hides
- Pilanesberg Centre – shops, restaurant; viewing area; information centre
Pilanesberg National Park offers accommodation from tented camps to luxury lodges, something for everyone.
Tariffs are charged per person and per vehicle.
Adults - R65
Children - R20
Pensioners - R20
Vehicle - R20
March and April - 06h00 to 18h30
May to August - 06h30 - 18h00
September and October - 06h00 to 18h30
November to February - 05h30 to 19h00
Packages including accommodation can be booked with the Reserve directly. Two, three, four and 5 day tours are offered.
Rainfall occurs in the summer months, but the best time to visit the park is during winter, June to October as animals tend to feed longer and are easier to spot. This is also the mating season.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 20˚C.
There are daily local and international flights into O R Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport. Tour Buses and car rental facilities are available for tourists heading out to the Park.
Please be aware that visits, including accommodation, to the Park must be pre-booked and visitors can contact the Park directly or pre-arrangements can be made with Tour Operators.
No festivals are held in the Park, but the following are held annually at Sun City:
March – Miss South Africa: Annual event where each year the new Miss SA is crowned.
November – Nedbank Golf Challenge: International Golf Competition.
An ancient volcano crater, formed about 1.2 million years ago, is where the Pilanesberg National Park is situated.
Prior to 1979, when the area was proclaimed a National Park, commercial farmers in the area had depleted the area of most indigenous wildlife. It was between 1979 and 1993 that the land was rehabilitated and restocked with wildlife, possibly the largest and most expensive African Game Reserve rehabilitation project ever on the African continent.
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