Tours and Safaris - Pilanesberg Game Reserve, home to the big five
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Experience big 5 country, only 2.5 hours from Johannesburg. Located in the North West province (Bonjanala region) adjacent to Sun City in South Africa. Let us take you on our special Pilanesberg day tour. Pilanesberg National Park is a 55000 hectare game reserve, the fourth largest in South Africa and is situated in a 1200 million year old extinct alkaline volcanic crater. This is one of only 3 such craters in the world. One in Greenland and the other in Russia. Pilanesberg was named after a Bakgatse Chief Pilane. Established in 1979, with a restocking of wild animals called operation Genesis. A 110 kilometre peripheral Big Game fence was erected over extremely rugged terrain. 6000 Animals were introduced. This was one of the most ambitious programs ever to be undertaken in the world. In Pilanesberg there are nearly 200 km of roads to traverse. Numerous hides allow you to get out of your car during the tour. Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park.
The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Our Pilanesberg tour is an ideal destination to visit for the traveller with little time on hands. The area lies in a transition zone between the kalahari sandveld and the lowveld. Due to this transition zone, an overlap of mammals, birds and vegetation occur. For instance the red eyed bulbul and the black eyed bulbul which normally occur in separate areas overlap here. Syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld, rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas can be seen during the tour.
Today, the Game Reserve accommodates almost every mammal of southern Africa, including the big five. So called because they are the 5 most dangerous game animals. The Bird life diversity is excellent, with over 360 species having been recorded. Our tour to Pilanesberg offers some excellent game viewing opportunities. One aspect that makes this area around Pilanesberg unique is due to the fact that Pilanesberg is a malaria free area. Plans are under way to create a heritage park. The Heritage Park will be a major area where Pilanesberg and Madikwe will be joined together by filling up the space between them to form another super-large big five game and nature park comparable to the best in the world!
Pilanesberg Tour/Safari depart at 06:00 from designation of your choice. During the tour you will be travelling in an airconditioned vehicle, with necessary road transport permit. Departure from Pilanesberg back to your destination at 16:00. Vehicle, Transport to game park and back to you destination, refreshments on vehicle, guide and lunch is included in this tour price. Our Pilanesberg safaris are a favorite among clients wanting to see animals as well as great sightseeing opportunities.
PRICE : 1 Person - R2600.00
PRICE : 2-3 People R1450.00 pp ; 4-12 People R1300.00 pp