The Pilanesberg National Park is amongst South Africa’s most unique national parks. Covering approximately 55 000 hectares, it is the fourth largest in Southern Africa. Perched on the eroded remnants of an alkaline volcanic crater – one of only three such craters in the world with magnificent rugged landscapes and well-watered valleys.
This malaria-free park is renowned for its variety of flora and fauna. The park boasts Africa’s legendary ‘Big 5’- lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo along with a wide range of species such as the brown hyena, the fleet-footed cheetah, sable, giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile to name a few.
The Pilanesberg is located within a unique zone, called the transition zone where the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld overlap, as a result of this it renders to a unique mixture off mammals, birdlife and vegetation.
The accommodation in the Pilanesberg is varied and ranges from exclusive lodges, resorts, safari tents, bush lodges to self-catering chalets. There’s a variety of accommodation options available too that caters to families and budget travellers.
- Pilanesberg Game Reserve close to the internationally acclaimed Sun City, with some lodges located only ten minutes’ drive from the resort.
- Championship and world-renowned golf course
- 188 kilometre of visitor roads have been developed
- More than 6 000 head of game
- 3 hrs drive from Johannesburg
- Malaria Free
- The ‘Big 5’ and over 7000 animal species,
- Estimated 300 bird species
- Mphebatho Cultural Museum
WHEN TO VISIT
The best time to visit is set to range from the middle of July, during the late winter or toward the middle of October, when its spring or early summer.
aha IVORY TREE
aha Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the Park.
aha SHEPHERD’S TREE
aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a magnificent lodge concession awarded by the North West Parks and Tourism Board within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It lies in an exclusive-use zone in the south-western portion of the 57,250ha Big 5 and malaria-free Reserve, offering commanding views of the distant bushveld amphitheatre.