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Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa
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Pilanesberg Game Reserve


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Pilanesberg Game Reserve, formerly Pilanesberg National Park, is both easily reached and malaria-free. And while an African safari in Pilanesberg can't compare to a wildlife expedition in Chobe (Botswana), Seregenti (Tanzania) or even Madikwe it is an ideal destination for families. View animals and birds. The African Big Five - lion, elephant, rhinoceros, buffalo, and leopard - are all found here. Take in the breathtaking scenery. Not only does this reserve, 55 000 hectare in size, sit in the crater of a long-extinct alkaline volcano it is fringed by three rings of hills. Don't forget to pack binoculars and camera!
Getting There
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in South Africa's North West province. The reserve is situated just 5 km (9 miles) from Sun City and is a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Both major carriers and low-cost airlines service O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, the nearest full-service airport. Charter companies offer service between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban and Pilanesberg International Airport. Suncity Transfers operates a shuttle service between Johannesburg and Sun City three times daily. Car rentals are available from the airport in Johannesburg as well as other points in the city. To reach Pilanesberg by car from Johannesburg, take the N1, direction Pretoria, to the R511 (Exit 95) and go north. Take the N4, direction Rustenburg, to the R556. From Pretoria, take the N4, direction Rustenburg, to the R556.
Getting Around
Two hundred kilometers of well-groomed roads provide visitors to Pilanesberg with ample room to roam; a plethora of outfitters ensure there is something for everyone. Choose from self-guided and guided games drives as well as balloon safaris, elephant-back safaris and walking safaris.
When to Travel
While the weather in Pilanesberg is pleasant year-round, rain showers are likely from November to February. The average daytime high is 31°C (88°F) September - April and 22°C (72°F) May - August. The early morning and late evening temperatures are significantly lower than the daytime high throughout the year. Plan to dress in layers and bring and hat and gloves for winter game drives.
Health & Safety
Animal hazards and exposure to the sun are the principal health risks at this game park. Listen to your guide. Follow the safety guidelines put together by your safari lodge. Don't taunt or tease animals. Use common sense and closely supervise your kids. Wear a hat and sunglasses. Apply sunscreen. Pilanesberg Game Reserve is malaria-free.
Hours & Seasons
Reserve gates are open daily from 5:30 - 19:00 from November to February, 6:00 - 18:30 in March, April, September, and October, and 6:30 - 18:00 from May to September.
Admission & Fees
The park entrance fee is charged per person and per vehicle. A reduced rate is available for children and seniors. Staying at a safari lodge? The park entrance fee is likely included.
Things to Keep in Mind
Some safari guides, camps and lodges have a minimum age requirement. Inquire before you book. Staying in Sun City? Wildlife safaris as well as transportation can be booked through your hotel.
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