Only a couple of hours from Johannesburg and right on the doorstep of the world-famous Sun City resort, the easily accessible Pilanesberg National Park offers its visitors a genuine safari experience with phenomenal big game viewing and a wide choice of safari activities.
Home to Africa’s Big 5, a Pilanesberg safari is often marked by excellent sightings of elephant, lion and rhino as well as cheetah, brown hyena and a colourful collection of birds. Guided morning and afternoon game drives as well as spot-lit night drives deliver close-up big game viewing, but you can also enjoy grandstand game spotting while on an elephant-back safari or take to the sky in a hot air balloon for panoramic views.
And what views Pilanesberg has: set within the slopes of an extinct volcanic crater and centred around a teeming lake, this vast and varied reserve is without doubt one the most beautiful wilderness areas for a South Africa safari. The striking landscapes and abundant wildlife make for fantastic photography, and since the whole region lies outside the malarial belt you don’t have to worry about anti-malarial medication either.
Malaria-free and next door to Sun City? Little wonder a Pilanesberg safari is a top choice with families! There’s a superb selection of family-friendly lodges at Pilanesberg, each offering educational and - most importantly - fun activities that will leave kids feeling like junior rangers. Honeymooners are catered for too and can enjoy romantic extras such as candlelit dining on their private balcony or relaxing treatments at an award-winning spa.
All in all, Pilanesberg is a hassle-free destination ideal for families, first-time safari-goers or anyone short of time but in the mood for a Big 5 safari - just bear in mind that the convenient setting does mean that the 55 000 hectare park can get busy, especially during South African school holidays. Simply contact one of our Africa Safari Experts and they’ll help you plan your Pilanesberg safari, giving expert advice on the best time to travel and which lodges would suit your safari style and budget.
At a Glance
Set right next door to super-resort Sun City, Pilanesberg offers malaria-free Big 5 game viewing in a stunning crater setting - stay in the park or at Sun City.