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.
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.
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.
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.
PilanesbergBakubung Bush Lodge
Ivory Tree Lodge
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Shepherds Tree Game Lodge
Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Black Rhino Game ReserveBlack Rhino Game Lodge
Buffalo Thorn Lodge
Morokolo Game 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.