About the Pilanesburg Nature Reserve
Pilanesburg National Park situated 180km from Johannesburg ranks among the largest national parks in Southern Africa. The park covers an area of 50 000 hectares or 500
kilometres square. This unique area is encircled by four rings of hills, a geological fascinating alkaline complex (one of the largest of its kind in the world) which was produced by volcanic action some 1 200 million years ago.
Departing at 7:00 am from Johannesburg we head for the rested volcanic wildlife sanctuary, Pilanesburg Nature reserve. On our drive we pass through green mountain passes and river valleys only 30 kilometres North West of Johannesburg. We enter the park at approximately 08:30 and begin our slow drive through the rested volcanic hills in search of wildlife. We stop for lunch at 12:30 in the heart and centre of the reserve enjoying the view over a wildlife watering hole situated across from our lunching area.
After lunch we head for a circular drive northeast of the park in search of more wildlife before we head back to Johannesburg.
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in North West Province in South Africa, west of Pretoria. The park borders with the entertainment complex Sun City. The park was originally owned by three local tribes, and is now administered by the North West Parks and Tourism Board.
The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills, of which the formation rises from the surrounding plains, this is the parks primary geological feature named the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex. This vast circular geological feature is ancient even by geological standards as it is the crater of a long extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, the rare rock types and formations make it a unique geological feature. A number of rare minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg Game Reserve rates high amongst the world's outstanding geological phenomena Scattered throughout the park are various sites that originate from the Iron age and Stone age and show the presence of man from those periods in these areas.
The scenic terrain lies in the transition zone between Kalahari and Lowveld, and both types of vegetation are found here. As a result of the park being on a transition zone there are overlaps in mammals, birds and vegetation. Today, Pilanesberg Game Reserve accommodates almost every mammal of southern Africa.
The park has a rich array of southern African wildlife including the Big Five, the five most dangerous game animals in Africa. In the Pilanesberg Game Reserve today live most of the animal species of southern Africa these include lions, elephants, white and black rhinos, buffaloes, leopards, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. The Painted Hunting Dog, Lycaon pictus had been extirpated from the park, but reintroduction efforts have been carried out recently, with uncertain outcome. Over 360 bird species were counted. The Pilanesberg is not in a location which the Big Five animals would naturally inhabit, however they have been brought into the 550 square kilometres of African bushland.
As of December 2006 the total count of animals was approximately 6,000 including:
|Tour Cost:||R 1250.00 per person sharing|
|Tour Duration:||Full Day|
|Please Note||Single supplementary fee apply
As an option Sun City can be visited at own entrance cost of R120.00 p/p