01:50:21 am (CAT)

This site is SSL Secured!

Pilanesberg National Park Accommodation

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. The creation of the Reserve is considered one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. Thanks to Operation Genesis in 1979, which involved the game-fencing of the reserve and the re-introduction of many long-vanished species, the park now has in excess of 7 000 animals including 24 of the larger species.

An abundance of wild life proliferates in 580 km of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain. The park is home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five". A wide variety of rare and common species exist like the nocturnal brown hyena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.

Visitors are offered many opportunities to experience the wonders of Pilanesberg. There are nearly 200 kilometres of excellent quality roads for either self-drives or guided drives and professional guides operate within the park. Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable the tourist to experience "out-of-car" experiences as well.

Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. Some are migrants, others permanent inhabitants; some eat carrion or live prey, others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms. There is a self-guided trail in the Walking Area at Manyane Complex in the east, which offers environmental education whilst enjoying game viewing and bird watching on foot. Also at Manyane is a walk-in aviary with over 80 species of indigenous birds.

The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills - the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. The structure of the park is termed the "Pilanesberg Game Reserve Alkaline Ring Complex". Ancient, even by geological time scales, this extinct volcano is the most perfect example of an alkaline ring complex. A number of rare (but not necessarily economically important) minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg Game Reserve rates high amongst the world's outstanding geological phenomena.

Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park. The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. Springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found cohabitation with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees.

Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. The colourful hues, varied habitats and panoramas will delight and entertain photographers and visitors.

Pilanesberg National Park
South Africa
25° 13' 42.2112" S
27° 2' 6.7488" E
Google Map: Use mouse pointer to navigate and or scroll button to zoom larger.
Javascript is required to view this map.
Starting from R 2,470.00 p/p sharing | R 3,705.00 single | FI
Black Rhino Game Lodge

Black Rhino Game Lodge is located in the west side of the ‘Malaria Free’ Pilanesberg National Park, and only 33km from Sun City. It is the ideal location for a luxurious...

Starting from R 10,500.00 per unit (sleeps 10) | SC
Buffalo Thorn Lodge

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is part of the Black Rhino Game Reserve; in the Pilanesberg National Park. Only 30 kilometres from Sun City and about 2 hours from Johannesburg, it...

Starting from R 3,280.00 p/p sharing | R 4,915.00 single | FI
Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated in the north eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park, the closest point of entry is through Bakgatla Gate. Nestled in the basin...

Starting from R 1,750.00 p/p sharing | R 2,650.00 single | FI
Mziki Safari Lodge

Mziki Safari Lodge Nestled beneath the shady Karees in the heart of Mziki Private Game Reserve, just two hours’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg...

Starting from R 3,650.00 p/p sharing | R 5,480.00 single | FI
Sheperd's Tree Game Lodge

Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The entire lodge lies in...

Starting from R 3,800.00 p/p sharing | R 4,940.00 single | FB
Tambuti Lodge

Tambuti Lodge offers contemporary elegance combined with the ultimate in safari luxury while offering prime Big 5 game viewing in the Black Rhino and Pilanesberg Game...