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Pilanesberg National Park reviews

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“If you get a chance to do a hot air ballon trip, it's amazing and well worth it!” - Porcupine

Great for families - a taste of Africa

Views: 452 Visited: May 2012 Reviewed: Sep 23, 2013

The Pilansberg National Park is only 2.5 hours out of Joburg. It's easy to get to, and best of all it's in a malaria free area.

I took my family there last year and we had a great time. It's a great way to introduce children to the bush. We stayed at a nice safari camp in the reserve (Bakubung Bush Lodge). It had a great vibe and was very comfortable. Kids stayed free and paid only 50% for meals.

We took drives during the day in our car, so we could determine how far to go, where to go, and when to start heading back.

We saw a variety of game, although we kept our drives short.

The lodge does offer game drives and guided walks too.

Next door to the park is Sun City resort, which is also a great day trip for kids. They have a 'valley of waves' water park which children love.

If you've come to Africa for a genuine safari experience, I wouldn't recommend this as your best bet, but if you have relatively limited time, or you're traveling with children (especially if you're not keen on putting them on malaria medication) this is a great option!

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