Covering some 55 000 hectares, and situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, Pilanesberg National Park ranks as one of the larger in South Africa. Visitors can expect a wide variety of game – along with the Big Five are aardvark, brown hyena, cheetah, sable, giraffe, crocodile, and hippo, as well as over 300 species of bird. Stone Age and Iron Age sites are scattered throughout the park too, adding to the uniqueness of the Pilanesberg experience. A malaria-free destination, it’s ideal for travelling with young children (and excellent road quality lends it to an easy self-drive holiday).
Pilanesberg is situated in an area that receives summer rainfall. Regular rains break up the heat during summer – and often come in the form of afternoon storms. Average daytime temperatures are around 29°C, but don’t feel as extreme thanks to low humidity. Winter (May to September) is the dry season and has mild daytime temperatures and cool nights – warm clothing is recommended for evening and early morning game drives.
Within the Pilanesberg National Park are a number of lodging options. These range from chalets and safari tents, to self-catering, bed and breakfast, mid-range and luxury lodges – there’s huge variety to choose from when deciding what suits your group size and budgetary needs. Specials are always running too – for last-minute or early-bird bookings, or stays of a certain length.