Geology of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
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  • 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

Geologically, the area is world famous. Its structure, termed the "Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex" was formed by volcanic eruptions some 1 200 million years ago. Ancient, even by geological time scales this extinct volcano is the most perfect example of an alkaline ring complex. There are only two other alkaline volcanoes in the world, in Russia and in Greenland. Neither are as clearly defined as Pilanesberg National Park. A number of rare (but not necessarily economically important) minerals occur in the Park. This National Park clearly rates high amongst the world's outstanding geological phenomena.

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March and April: 6h00-18h30
May to August: 6h30-18h00
September and October: 6h00-18h30
November to February: 5h30-19h00
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Adults: R80
Adults Foreign Nationals: R110
Children (6-12 yrs): R30
Pensioners (SA only): R40
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