Pilanesberg Game Reserve

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Pilanesberg – family safari destination

South Africans are blessed with many public holidays and long weekends which are great for little breakaways, making it an ideal time to plan a family trip to the bush.

Pilanesberg National Park is less than three hours away from Johannesburg and the 50 000 ha game sanctuary offers a rich wildlife experience with luxury accommodation that appeals to all ages.

It’s hard to believe that it was a volcano – only one of three alkaline volcanoes in the world – that  erupted twelve-hundred million years ago that gave birth to the Pilanesberg National Park. This cataclysmic event gives the park its unique geology – granite koppies, forested ravines and natural lakes.

It’s located in a transition zone between the dry Kalahari and the wet Lowveld vegetation, and attracts a wealth of game, flora and birds (360 species). And best of all: it’s in malaria-free area. The park was officially opened in 1979 after one of the most ambitious rehabilitation programmes the world had ever seen, incorporating farmlands, clearing alien plant species and reintroducing indigenous animal species. 

There’s plenty of accommodation in the Pilanesberg but popular with South African families is Bakubung, meaning ‘people of the hippo’, and KwaMaritane. Both lodges offer activities like game drives, guided bush walks, swimming, spa and Bakubung even has a children’s playground. They’re close to Sun City which has its own attractions: Maze of the Lost City, hot air-ballooning and Valley of the Waves, to name a few. For budding conservationists, Bakubung and KwaMaritane have developed a Junior Ranger’s programme to educate young ones and foster an appreciation for nature, conservation and natural resources.

But if romance is your aim, then the upmarket Ivory Tree game lodge and Black Rhino safari lodges both offer a more couple-friendly, intimate experience.

For an extraordinary experience, book your stay with Mtbebs.co.za and enjoy the Pilanesberg.

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