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.W
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 200 km on self-drives or guided game drives. There are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.B
See the Big Five just 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria in one of the country’s most popular wildlife areas – Pilanesberg National Park.
This well-stocked park has a dramatic landscape that supports a wide variety of plants, animals and birds.M
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.W
hat to do
Activities include game drives, either self-driven or guided, game walks and birding. Pilanesberg also operates hot-air balloon safaris.
Sun City, with its entertainment centre, golf course, water world and casino, is next door.A
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 five luxury lodges to choose from:
Bakubung Bush Lodge, Shepherds Tree Game Lodge, Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Ivory Tree Lodge or Tshukudu Bush Lodge
When to go
Summers can get hot, but visitors will enjoy Pilanesberg all year round.
How to get here
From Johannesburg/ Pretoria take the N1 north towards Polokwane.
Take the N4 Rustenburg split.
A signboard shows Pilanesberg to the left on route 91.
Pilanesberg is named after Pilane, a former Tswana chief
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
The 'Heritage Park' project aims to build a corridor between Pilanesberg & Madikwe