The Pilanesberg of South Africa's North West Province nestles in an old volcano and on the southern edge of the crater in the valley lies the great park. This ancient volcano is estimated to have erupted over 1000 million years ago. The Pilanesberg Nature Reserve derives its name from the famous Tswana chief.
This malaria free, 'Big Five" nature reserve is home to many Stone and Iron Age sites making it an important archaeological site covering over 500 square kilometres. In 1981, the world's largest reintroduction of animals, which was dubbed as Operation Genesis, were moved into this region of South Africa.
In our opinion, the Pilanesberg National Park is the most child-friendly "Big Five" safari game reserve in South Africa. If you have a limited amount of time available and you want the chance of seeing the "Big Five" in a natural and spectacular setting, then this national park is a great option. The game viewing in the Pilanesberg is excellent for Elephant, Lion, Rhino and plains game such as Giraffe and zebra.
Entrance tariffs for the Pilanesberg National Park (subject to change):
- Adults: R65,00
- Children: R20,00
- Pensioners: R20.00
- Vehicles: R20.00
- Bus (17-25 seater): R60.00
- Bus (25-50 seater): R80.00
- Bus (50+): R170.00.