Pilanesberg, located in the crater of an extinct volcano, was established as a game reserve in 1979. At that time the region was only a shadow of it's former self, due to extensive farming that had depleted the area of most wildlife. Over the next 15 years a major project, dubbed Operation Genesis, was undertaken to rehabilitate the land and reintroduced over 6,000 head of game.
The region's volcanic origins have resulted in an unusual geological structure, refereed to as the Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex. The varied terrain and mineral composition of this complex has created a rich diversity of habitat. This diversity allows for an incredibly wide variety of plants and animals to flourish here.
Today, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve boasts healthy populations of dozens of large game, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo, which can be viewed from game drives over 200 km of well-maintained roads.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK:
- game drives (both self-drives and guided drives)
- Stone and Iron Age sites
- self-guided trail
- walk-in aviary (Manyane Camp)
SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Carnivores: lion, leopard
Herbivores: black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo, springbok, brown hyena, impala, giraffe, zebra, hippo
Birdlife: 300 species of birds
Vegetation: transitional Kalahari Lowveld, forested ravines, grasslands
DIRECTIONS TO PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK:
- 60 km north of Rustenburg
16.5km West of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Buffalo Thorn Self Catering Lodge is a luxury 10 sleeper private lodge located in the Black Rhino Game Reserve, which is 30 kilometres from Sun City in the heart of the North West Province in South Africa
Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
17.3km West of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Set in the northern western side of the greater Pilanesberg National Park and only 33km from Sun City, this malaria free Big Five private game lodge is surrounded by the trees of an old Tambuti forest within the Black Rhino Game Reserve....
Sleeps: 316 in 16 units/rooms
From R 425,00
Per person, per night sharing.
23.8km South of center of Pilanesberg National Park
The Bulls in the Bush Guest House and Restaurant is situated in the heart of North West Province, South Africa, 20 km from Sun City, and 25 km from Rustenburg, surrounded by Lion Parks, National Game Reserves, Hunting and hiking routes.
Sleeps: 25 in 5 units/rooms
32.8km South of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Kudu's Rus is a South African luxury Game Lodge situated in the North West Province of South Africa, in malaria free area.
35.0km South East of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Beautifully set on the outskirts of the Dithabaneng Section of Phokeng Village in Rustenburg, you will find this stunning 5-star Boutique Bed & Breakfast, offering guests a unique African experience that embraces a village styled setting.
Sleeps: 61 in 25 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per unit, per night.
44.2km South East of center of Pilanesberg National Park
In the shadow of the impressive Magaliesberg Mountain Range lies the beautiful and vibrant city of Rustenburg. GRAND CENTRAL GUESTHOUSE, RUSTENBURG is a new guesthouse with a homely, laid-back atmosphere and offers affordable, yet stylish extra-ordinaire
44.5km North West of center of Pilanesberg National Park
With the majestic backdrop of the Waterberg Mountains lies Dumanzi Lodge, offering wonderful accommodation for both leisure seekers and hunters. We are located in the heart of the Bushveld, making our Lodge an ideal destination for weekend...
44.7km South East of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Safari Lodge Hotel & Convention Centre offers hotel accommodation in Rustenburg. Nestled at the foothills of the Rustenburg Kloof and Magaliesberg Mountains one can find The Safari Lodge Hotel is easily accessible from all the major metropolitan areas of
46.3km South East of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Rustenburg Guest House is in a restful and quiet residential area near the imposing Magallies mountains.
49.7km East of center of Pilanesberg National Park
Bush 'n Buck Private Game Farm is your ultimate break away from the city life. Several species of buck, birdlife, insects & reptiles roaming freely across 120 hectares of malaria-free bushveld. Our facilities are fully equipped to cater for 56 guests
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