The Pilanesberg Game Reserve
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is situated in a crater of a long extinct volcano.
It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, the rare rock types and formations make it a unique geological feature.
Pilanesberg used to be farmland, but in 1979 the “Operation Genesis” started the relocation of about 7000 animals into what is today the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
There are several reasons that made the Park one of the most popular parks in South Africa – no malaria, the Big 5 plus cheetah, leopard, brown hyena and the majestic sable antilope, the park’s natural beauty and the great abundance of animals.
How to get there?
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. The Park offers an affordable Malaria free Big Five Safari - ideal for guests and travellers whose budget might not stretch to the luxury prices of other reserves in Africa. It is only about 200km from Johannesburg (Pretoria is even closer), which allows travellers to do even daytrips to Pilanesberg on their own. Make use of google maps for a detailled and individual route description. Finding the appropriate accommodation in the area is no problem at all. You can find everything from basic B&B to the fancy hotels in Sun City. Only backpackers/hostels cannot be found close to Pilanesberg.
Accommodation in & around Pilanesberg
Pilanesberg and nearby Sun City are defo some of the prime tourist attractions in South Africa's North West Province and neighboring Gauteng. No backpacker hostels in & around the Park, but a good number of lodges, guesthouses and bed & breakfasts can be found, as well as the hotels of the famous Sun City.