Big 5 Encounters in the Pilanesberg National Park
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Interesting Facts
  • Park Area: 550km²
  • Currency: South African Rand
  • Seasons: Dry season in the winter months (April to September), and wet season in the summer months (October to March)
  • Popular attractions: Big 5 Safari, hot air-ballooning, day trips, Lost City at Sun City
  • Nearby airports: O.R. Tambo International (220km) / Pilanesberg International Airport (inside the park)
  • Nearest cities: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Rustenburg

The Pilanesberg National Park covers some 55 000ha and is the fourth largest in southern Africa. The park is located on the eroded vestiges of a volcanic crater one of only three such craters in the world. It is here on the undulating hills and open savannahs; sightings of the 'Big Five', an abundance of wildlife and over 360 bird species can be enjoyed. Close-up and personal encounters can be on bush walks and game drives accompanied by skilled field guides.

The lodges use a tracking system that allows various animals to be monitored. The data logged presents various options for locating the whereabouts of a specific species. All sources of information are used in the tracking of the animals, from ranger sightings and collared animals to park visitors’ sightings, creating an interactive community relationship between rangers and guests. The program further enhances the chances of spotting the game guests want to see, simply by highlighting a species past weeks’ movements and almost pinpointing an area in which to search, removing a rather large area of the 'hit or miss'  phenomenon constantly plaguing tourists.

Aside from game trails around the lodge, each individual luxury suite overlooks the centre of the horseshoe, around which the lodge is designed, a patch of untouched Africa, complete with a waterhole that incidentally, served as home to two hippos. The restaurant terrace also basks in view of the waterhole where visitors have been privileged enough to view the greatest of Africa's ‘Big Five’, the elephant.

March and April: 6h00-18h30
May to August: 6h30-18h00
September and October: 6h00-18h30
November to February: 5h30-19h00
Adults: R80
Adults Foreign Nationals: R110
Children (6-12 yrs): R30
Pensioners (SA only): R40
Vehicles (Sedan/LDV/SUV): R40
Why Book With Us
No Booking Fees
Individual Service
South African based
Most special deals by far
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Excellent standard of Lodges
087 820 0020
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