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Pilanesberg National Park

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About Pilanesberg National Park

Country found in: South Africa
Parks total area: 572 km² (220 mi²)
Year established: 1979
Park wildlife: 18 animals listed
Anti-malarial: Not required

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Most-visited months: April, September

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Located in the northern part of South Africa, Pilanesberg is roughly four hours from Botswana's capital, Gaborone. Pilanesberg is also about a three-hour drive from Johannesberg, making it an extremely accessible park to visit. Pilanesberg is the result of a donation of land by local indian tribes, and the name comes from a Tswana chief who went by the name “Pilane.” In what was named 'Operation Gensis', 6000 animals were reintroduced in this area and 110 kilometers (70 miles) of fence were constructed. It is now estimated to house between 7000 to 8000 animals and includes all of the big five. It is apparently one of the only places to see the brown hyena, too. In addition to the traditional game drive safaris, visitors have the option to do self-drive safaris here and can even partake in an elephant-riding safari.

Some of the most stunninng scenery within the entire park can be viewed in the Mankwe Dam region. The dam is the largest body of water in the game reserve and is an excellent spot for viewing wildlife.  For bird lovers, there is a bird hide very close to the water’s edge. Some birds of note are the fish eagles, kingfishers and cormorants circling the dam. All of these places provide many a fantastic opportunity to photograph the plentiful array of fauna and flora.

When is the best time to visit Pilanesberg?

Like most of the parks in Southern Africa, Pilanesberg has two seasons: a wet and a dry season. The dry season occurs during its winter--from April through September. The wet season coincides with South African summer, and runs from October through March.

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Tour by: Ntandokazi Tours

This tour starts and ends in Johannesburg and the transfers to the Pilanesberg National Park situated in the Nor...

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Tour by: Armadillo Overland Safari & Adventure Tours

Looking for the Famous Big 5?...then there is no better place than the Kruger...with 20 000 Sq Km of Park teemin...

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Tour by: Adventure Anywhere

A camping safari and bush walk at Pilanesberg is a simple but highly enjoyable way to experience South Africa. P...

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Tour by: Go SAfari

Our day safari is ideal for travellers with limited time in and around Johannesburg. Pilanesberg National Park i...

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Tour by: Afri-can International

Self-Drive Southern Africa For the more adventurous traveller or for those that don’t want to travel in a group...

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Tour by: Round Afric Travel

This luxury tour allows you to experience some of the best South Africa has to offer! From the ever popular Sand...

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Tour by: Go SAfari

Our 5 hour day safari is ideal for travellers with limited time in and around Johannesburg.

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Tour by: Ntandokazi Tours

This tour starts and ends in Johannesburg and the transfers to the Pilanesberg National Park situated in the Nor...

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Tour by: Ibubesi Tours

If you are short on time or perhaps you would like a quick trip into the Pilanesberg National Park ,Ibubesi Tour...

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