Pilanesberg National Park Travel Guide

Map of Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg National Park, covering some 136,000 acres (550 sqm), is the fourth biggest National Park in southern Africa.


Situated adjacent to the famous entertainment resort of Sun City, this malaria-free game reserve is situated in an extinct chalky volcanic basin. It is one of only three such craters in the world.


Because of its volcanic origins creating its unique, size, shape and rock type the subsequent eroding of this extinct crater has created a wide variety of landscapes providing an extensive range of habitats for the African wildlife that reside here. This unique biosphere allows the park to support a wide range of wildlife including many endangered specifies such as black rhino, roan, sable, tsessebe, foot-and-mouth free buffalo and wild dogs.


Add to this it is a Big Five Game reserve close to Johannesburg, making this game reserve the perfect option for people with limited time in South Africa.


Top things to do in the Pilanesberg National Park:


  • Go on a game drive in an open 4 x 4 safari vehicle
  • Go for a game walk with experienced game rangers
  • Go Rhino Tracking on foot
  • Enjoy a hot air balloon safari over the reserve