Pilanesberg National Park
The Pilanesberg Reserve is a ‘Big Five”, malaria free game reserve situated 50 kilometres north of Rustenburg and only 2 hours drive from Johannesburg in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. Set in the crater of an extinct volcano, the Park covers an area of 55 000 hectares, making it the 4th largest in South Africa.
The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.
An abundance of wild life proliferate in 580 km of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain. This wonderful national park is home to lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five".
A wide variety of species exist such as brown hyaena, cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.
There are nearly 200 kilometres of excellent quality roads for either self-drives or guided drives by professional guides who operate within the park.
Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable tourists to venture from their cars.
Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded.