Pilanesberg Game Reserve

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.

Wildlife 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.

Big 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.

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.

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.

Accommodation bookings

Make your bookings for luxury 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.


Bakubung Bush Lodge
Ivory Tree Lodge
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Shepherds Tree Game Lodge
Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Black Rhino Game Reserve

Black Rhino Game Lodge
Buffalo Thorn Lodge
Morokolo Game Lodge
Tambuti Lodge

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.

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

The Brown Hyaena

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The Aardwolf

The aardwolf ("earth wolf") 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.

It resembles a thin striped hyena, but has a more slender muzzle and black vertical stripes on a yellowish fur coat.

Due to their specific food requirements, they are only found in regions where termites, especially harvester termites, occur.

These shy, elusive animals may be spotted in Pilanesberg.

Specie Lists

2015 Festive Special


You and your family are invited to come and enjoy our wonderful December 2015 special in Pilanesberg.

Enjoy three nights at an amazing 4 star bush lodge in the world famous Big Five Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Included are accommodation for 3 nights for you and your family, 2 daily game drives, 3 meals & special rates for the children (all drinks, all levies & conservation fees and all personal items are excluded).



Luxury Accommodation

Book quality accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve for holiday or business travel with us and find the best. Enjoy the African landscape in a sought-after wildlife destination.

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


Two nights or more special:
R2 850,00 single room per night
R3 995,00 twin room per night

7 to 15 DECEMBER 2015
Pay for 2 nights, stay for 3

Ivory Tree

1 OCT to 19 DEC 2015
SA Residents' rates: R2 250,00 per person per night sharing, or:
Min 3 night stay: R 2 190,00 per person per night sharing

4 JAN TO 31 MARCH 2016
SA Resident rates: R2 350,00 per person per night sharing, or:
Min 3 night stay: R2 290,00 per person per night sharing

Kwa Maritane

Two nights or more special:
R2 850,00 single room per night
R3 995,00 twin room per night

7 to 15 DECEMBER 2015
Pay for 2 nights, stay for 3

Shepherd's Tree

1 OCT to 19 DEC 2015
SA Residents' rates: R2 550,00 per person per night sharing, or:
Min 3 night stay: R2 250,00 per person per night sharing

4 JAN to 31 MARCH 2016
SA Residents' rates: R 2 590 per person per night sharing, or:
Min 3 night stay: R 2 390 per person per night sharing


Valid: 1 October 2015 to 30 November 2015.
Requires a minimum 2 night stay. T&Cs apply

Luxury Chalet
Single: R5 200 per room/ night
Double: R7 360 per room/ night

Luxury Suite
Single: R6 250 per room/ night
Double: R8 835 per room/ night

Bakubung Bush Lodge

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

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Luxury accommodation in 18 well-appointed suites. For families or romantic getaways.
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Buffalo Thorn Lodge

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Five luxury en-suite thatched chalets for rent as an exclusive-use, self-catering lodge.
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Ivory Tree Lodge

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

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Kwa Maritane has 90 luxury rooms. An excellent conference & events venue.
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Shepherd's Tree Lodge

Shepherd's Tree

Shepherd's Tree offers 13 family suites and 4 executive suites and a magnificent main lodge.
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Tambuti Lodge

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Tambuti offers 5 luxury suites complemented by excellent service.
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

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

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