Pilanesberg Game Reserve


The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest game parks and one of the most unique. The game reserve is located inside the remains of the crater of an extinct volcano and consists of various rare rock types and geological formations. Pilanesberg Game Reserve was established in 1979 originally as a project referred to as “Operation Genesis”. The park measures 572 sq. kilometers but was expanded upon in 2004.

Varied landscapes and vegetation make up Pilanesberg with rolling hills and beautiful valleys. Both the vegetation and the wildlife that inhabit the park are a combination of those that have adapted to two separate climate types of both wetter and dryer zones, thus the park has an abundance of contrasting features that now coincide. All members of the big 5 can be spotted within the park along with many other large mammals and a large population of over 300 bird species. The park is also an important historical site with many ancient remains and artifacts having been recovered from the site, dating back to the Middle Stone Age. Along with classic game drives through the park, bush walks and bird watching are also popular activities within Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Experience Untamed Wilderness

Guests come to Pilanesberg National Park to enjoy the untamed African landscape. Here the Big 5 roam free. The the mixture of Lowveld and Kalahari vegetation ensure a lush environment for the wildlife to thrive.

The park is also popular because there’s a variety of accommodation options available.

Transition Zone Between The Dryness Of The Kalahari And The Wet Lowveld Vegetation

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Special Things About Pilanesberg Game Reserve

There are too many things to explore in Africa but what are the special things that make Pilanesberg National Park unique? Let’s find out….

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A Variety Of Wildlife

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Great Location

The park is in close proximity to several major cities and airports and the park is close enough for a day visit from Johannesburg. Just 3 hours’ drive and you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and nature!
Next to the park is the Sun City resort and casino. Here kids enjoy the Valley of Waves and Waterworld. Golfers can get their fix at the Gary Player Country Club.

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