Pilanesberg National Park in the North West Province, South Africa is only a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. Being an extinct volcano it offers spectacular landscapes ranging around a central lake. Pilanesberg National Park, adjacent to Sun City, hosts just about every mammal of southern Africa, including the Big Five on 55 000 hectares of pristine unspoiled natural beauty.
It is world famous geologically with a structure formed by volcanic eruptions 1 300 million years ago. Surrounding Mankwe Dam are rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets providing a unique overlap of animal and bird habitats. This only occurs because the park is in a transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as 'Bushveld'.
Thanks to an ambitious game translocation programme called Operation Genesis in 1979, involving reserve game-fencing and the re-introduction of many long-vanished species, Pilanesberg National Park, now has in excess of 7 000 animals including 24 of the larger species including the Big 5 (Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) as well as over 300 bird species.
Standing high above the surrounding bushveld, Pilanesberg National Park unfolds in a series of colourful hues and panoramas which is a delight for photographers and guests. Visitors can explore nearly 200km (124 miles) of excellent quality roads. For 'out-of-car' experiences, there are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.
Safaris are conducted in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a professionally qualified field guide. Game drive tours in an open safari vehicle can be pre-arranged as an optional extra.
Early morning: Pickup from Johannesburg area:
4 am (September - April) and 5 am (May – August)
We travel in a NW direction for approximately 2 Hours, entering the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex at the Bakubung gate, (near the Sun City resort)
Coffee/tea stop on arrival.
Drive through the park and rendezvous with the open safari vehicle game drive (if this has been pre-arranged) at 9.30am
At approximately 12.30pm we stop for a Brunch (Breakfast/lunch) at the Pilanesberg centre. Enjoy the meal at a restaurant overlooking a water hole.
We continue after the brunch to search for animals and make our way slowly out of the park to exit by mid to late afternoon so we can arrive back in Johannesburg before dark.
To be advised on request
Prices include the transfer from a Johannesburg/Pretoria base, park entrance fees, conservation fees, unlimited beverages (both hot and cold) and a brunch around a water hole in the park. Over and above this there are plenty of snacks available e.g., rusks, muffins, biltong, fruit etc.
A 3-hour (from 9.30-12.30) open safari vehicle game drive with a park guide is available on request at an additional charge.
Bookings done through other agents may incur additional agency fees.