The Festive Season

Space is running out!

BUT: We still have space for the Xmas week-end (for the 3 nights of 24, 25 and 26 December 2015), at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Bakubung Bush Lodge and Ivory Tree Lodge.

Accommodation bookings

Make your bookings for luxury safari lodge accommodation in Pilanesberg - for holiday or business travel - with us. To find the best you need not look any further. There are nine luxury lodges to choose from; five in Pilanesberg and four in Black Rhino Game Reserve:


Black Rhino Game Reserve


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.

Book quality accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. You will find the best with us. Enjoy the African landscape in a sought-after wildlife destination in comfort.

Landscape & wildlife

Big Five Country

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

Wildlife diversity

Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa.

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.

Spectacular 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 delight for photographers and guests.

Quick facts

Short of time?

For those short business visits to South Africa's economic hub, Gauteng, the Pilanesberg & Madikwe Game Reserves offer the ideal opportunity to view the Big 5 when time is lacking to visit game reserves such as the Kruger National Park, which are further away.

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.


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

What to do

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

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

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

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

The Brown Hyaena

Photo of an Brown Hyaena

The Brown Hyaena has a shaggy, long dark coat, distinct cream-colored fur around the neck, pointy ears, short tail and striped legs.

They live in clans composed of extended families of four to six individuals. Unlike spotted hyenas, brown hyaenas are born with their eyes closed, and open them after eight days.

They are solitary scavengers and feed on carrion, wild fruits, insects and eggs. They rarely kill small animals.

These shy, mainly nocturnal animals may be seen in early mornings and late afternoons.

The Aardwolf

Photo of an Aardwolf

The Aardwolf ("earth wolf") resembles a thin striped hyena, but has a more slender muzzle and black vertical stripes on a yellowish fur coat.

It is a small, shy, nocturnal insect-eating mammal.

Unlike many of its carnivore relatives the aardwolf eats mainly termites but also other insects, larvae, and eggs.

Due to their specific food requirements, they are only found in regions where termites, especially harvester termites, occur. These shy, elusive animals may thus be spotted in Pilanesberg.

The Cheetah

Photo of a cheetah and her young

Cheetahs have tan colored coats with black spots, small head and ears and distinctive "tear stripes".

They run as fast as 113 km/h (70mph) and use their tails to help them steer and turn.

Unlike other big cats, cheetahs cannot roar. However, they can purr almost like domestic cats.

They hunt mostly during late morning or early evening. Only half of the chases, which last from 20 - 60 seconds, are successful.

The cheetah is poorly equipped to defend itself against other large predators. Listed as vulnerable.