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  • Pilanesberg landscape

    Start your journey through a fascinating natural history area

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  • Ivory Tree Lodge aerial photo

    Choose from 7 top class lodges

    ...for a top experience

  • Lions on a game drive with Morokolo Lodge

    Enjoy a great game drive

    ...by Morokolo Game Lodge - for our guests

  • Elephant in Pilanesberg

    Spot the big one of the Big 5

    ...approach with caution

  • there is more to it ...

    than just the Big 5

  • Birding...

    find it in Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg Game Reserve


pectacular landscape

Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets.

The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Standing above the surrounding bushveld, the park unfolds colourful hues and panoramas - a de ight for photographers and guests.


ildlife diversity

This well-stocked park has a dramatic landscape that supports a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to the Big Five. An abundance of wild life proliferate in some 580km² of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain.

Visitors can explore nearly 200km on self-drives or guided game drives. There are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.


ig Five

See the Big Five just 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria in one of the country's most popular wildlife areas – Pilanesberg National Park.



The Malaria-free Pilanesberg is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City.

Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55,000 hectare.


hat to do

Activities include game drives, either self-driven or guided, game walks and birding. Pilanesberg also operates hot-air balloon safaris over the park.

Elephant back safaris and elephant interaction can be arranged. Special safaris such as tailor made photographic, walking or birding safaris are also possible.

Sun City, with its entertainment centre, golf course, water world and casino, is just next door.


ccommodation bookings

Make a reservation for luxury lodge accommodation in Pilanesberg for holiday or business travel. To find the best you need not look any further.

There are seven luxury lodges to choose from:

When to go

Summers can get hot, but visitors will enjoy Pilanesberg all year round.

How to get here

From Johannesburg/ Pretoria (Gauteng) take the N1 north towards Polokwane.
Take the N4 Rustenburg split.
A signboard shows Pilanesberg to the left on route 91.

Quick Facts

Pilanesberg is named after Chief Pilane who agreed to the inclusion of the mountainous region of his people's property into reserve.

The 'Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex' is the park's primary geological feature

Mankwe Dam, towards the centre of the park, was artificially constructed

Thabayadiotso, just off the centre of the park, means 'the Proud Mountain'

During Operation Genesis, launched in 1991, many long-vanished species were translocated to the area

There is a self-guided trail at the Manyane Complex which offers environmental education whilst on foot.

The walk-in aviary at Manyane is home to over 80 species of indigenous birds.

The 'Heritage Park' project aims to build a corridor between Pilanesberg & Madikwe

Wildlife diversity

Short of time?

For those short business visits to the South Africa's economic hub, Gauteng, Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves offer the ideal opportunity to view the Big 5 when time is lacking to visit game reserves further away.

Luxury Accommodation


ook quality accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve for holiday or business travel with us and find the best.

Most lodges offer specials from time to time. We will ensure that all special rates relevant to your time of stay are passed on to you.

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Accommodation in Pilanesberg is mainly in 4 star and 5 star rated luxury private game lodges, of high standard.

Pilanesberg is a sought-after wildlife destination in a malaria free area, adjacent to Sun City and just 2 hours away from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

2015 Specials

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Two Nights or More Special:
R2850 per single room per night
R3995 per twin room per night
T &Cs apply - read more

Pay for 2 nights, stay for 3.
Valid during:
1 to 31 August 2015
7 to 15 December 2015

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Two Nights or More Special:
R2850 per single room per night
R3995 per twin room per night
T &Cs apply - read more

Pay for 2 nights, stay for 3.
Valid during:
7 to 15 December 2015

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Pay for 2 nights, stay for 3.
Valid during:
1 to 31 August
7 to 15 December

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Luxury accommodation in 76 rooms, with either a patio or balcony offering panoramic views.
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Black Rhino Game Lodge

Luxury accommodation in 18 well-appointed suites. For families or romantic getaways.
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Ivory Tree Lodge

This exclusive five star game lodge offers 59 Standard Suites and 4 Executive Suites.
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Kwa Maritane

Kwa Maritane has 90 luxury rooms. An excellent conference & events venue.
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Shepherds Tree Lodge

Shepherds Tree offers 13 family suites and 4 executive suites and a magnificent main lodge.
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Six exclusive cottages located high on the side of a hilltop, offering sweeping views.
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Morokolo Game Lodge

We offer eight luxury suites. Ideal for an exclusive, romantic getaway.
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