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Located in North West Province in South Africa, west of Pretoria, Pilanesberg national park is one of the top tourist attractions in South Africa attracting many tourists from across the globe. Adjacent to Suncity, Pilanesberg national Park is world famous geologically with a structure formed by volcanic eruptions 1300 million years ago. Offering spectacular landscapes ranging around central lake, this national park in South Africa showcases unspoiled natural beauty of the city. Opened in 1979 this 55000 hectare park is one of the largest game resettlement projects in the history of South Africa. Pilanesberg national park is home to the famous Big 5 mammals of Africa and also offers a unique ecosystem with the Kalahari that meets the bushveld. Surrounding Mankwe Dam are rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets providing a unique overlap of animal and bird habitats. The park now has excess of 7000 animals including 24 of the larger species. Apart from the Big 5, the park boasts of other endangered species such as the nocturnal Brown Hyena, the fleet-footed Cheetah, the majestic Sable, Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo and Crocodile and other animals. Standing high above the surrounding bushveld, Pilanesberg National Park unfolds in a series of colourful hues and panoramas which is a delight for photographers and guests. Visitors can explore nearly 200km of excellent quality roads on self-drives or guided game drives. Immerse yourself in one of Pilanesberg‘s unseen photographic hides. Hidden within the park, these well-built hides provide a comfortable place to wait for that perfect shot. A rare opportunity to view the wildlife and birds in their natural habitat is worth experiencing whilst your stay in this national park of South Africa. If you are thinking to spend some time in the wilderness of the park, Pilanesberg has wide range of accomodation option available for the guests that is sure to suit the taste of every visitor.

Best Time To Visit Pilanesberg National Park

The best time to visit Pilanesberg is from the middle of July to the middle of October that is during late winter, spring or early summer. There is less water and less bush around so in general you see animals easier, and also near water holes. Having a warm and steep climate throughout winter season can be an ideal time to visit the reserve as the temperature remains cold and pleasant all throughout the season. 

Things To Do In Pilanesberg National Park

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Game Drives

Pilanesberg national park is well known for its amazing game drive that is held both in the morning and evening. The game drives are conducted by experienced rangers and game trackers who give you an insight about the various flora and fauna of Africa.

Hot air ballooning

Exploring the whole city from an aerial point of view is yet another experience. The hot air balloon safari allows the visitors to view the magnificence of the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex. The ride will also give you a different perspective of the herds of antelope, buffalos and elephant.

Walking Safari Tour

What better way to experience the wild on foot? The walking safari tour in Pilanesberg national park gives an opportunity to the visitors to get up close and personal with the animals. It also provides a great opportunity for photographers to get a different angle in order to capture their perfect wildlife shot.

Hiking in Pilanesberg

Situated between the Kalahari and Lowveld, Pilanesberg national park is famous for its hiking trails among the tourists from all walks of life. Feel the warmth of the African sun shining down on your face, smell the crisp air of the bush, and hear the sounds of the animals and birds as they rest, feed and care for their young in their natural habitat.

Visit to Mphebath Cultural museum

Located north of Bakgatla gate in Pilanesberg national park, Mphebath cultural museum showcases cultural practices and tribal policies from the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela people. The fascinating museum is decorated customary cow dung design which makes it unique and beautiful.

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How to Reach Pilanesberg National Park

Located close to Suncity, Pilanesberg national park is easily accessible via flight as well as road. The nearest airport to Pilanesberg is OR Tambo International Airport which is the largest and the busiest airport in South Africa. There are a number of commercial flights from most major locations around the world that fly to OR Tambo on a daily basis. From the airport you can either hire a cab or take a self drive along the scenic route of South Africa. 

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