I had a few days in Jo'burg before my return home and I wanted to see and photograph as many of South Africa's animals as possible, so I decided to do a day trip to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. I was happy I decided to visit this reserve as it afforded me the possibility of seeing a large variety of birds that I did not see in Kruger.
I arranged my visit to Pilanesberg with a tour company (Mo Afrika) which provided a full day at the reserve. The price include hotel pick-up and drop-off drive through the park, and park entrance fee. The length of the tour was 12 hours long from pick up to drop off.
Since there were only three of us on this tour, the company provided a sedan instead of a van/truck. We were picked up at about 6:00 am for a 2 hour drive, right before the park opening.
Pilansberg is a neighbour of Sun City and the Lost City.
A good idea is to live in one, and visit the other. Two vastly different experiences!
The park has over 200km of good dirt roads, so one feels confident as a driver to self-drive. They have guided day and night tours too.
The park is actually in the setting of an extinct volcano... with many rare types of plant life and rocks structures, with some minerals found too, it is studied by scientists and geologists from all over the world.
In the park you will find a number of Iron and Stone Age sites... very exciitng!
The whole park is bordered by 3 ridges/rings of hills. This structure of the park is named the 'Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex'.
Its vegetation is 'bushveld', settled inbetween the dry Kalahari desert and the more lush 'lowveld'.
We took a tour to this park,,it`s a 55.000ha.it took us about 2 hours to get there from Sandton.
We saw :
Ostriches,and one fox!!
We were not lucky enough to see any lions!!!
Here is a picture of the Giraffes,I`m sorry but I had to mark the picture so you can actually see them.
A not to be missed adventure.
The Pilanesberg National Park is one of South Africa's largest National Parks, covering an area of 55 000ha. The Pilanesberg area, is in fact the crater of a long extinct and eroded volcano, thought to have been formed 1 200 million years ago.
Spectacular landscapes are a feature of this area: four rings of hills encircle the reserve and a large central lake is a hotspot for game activity.
With an incredible diversity of game - you're almost certain to spot at least one member of the Big Five during a drive. The park also has 364 species of birdlife.
Accessibility is a keyword at The Pilanesberg National Park. There are nearly 200 km of well-maintained roads for game drives, and professional guides operate within the reserve.
Guests are not restricted to staying in a car, as there are numerous hides and picnic spots - where you are free to stretch your legs.
Dawn and dusk game drives are possible even for day visitors from Johannesburg or Sun City due to the convenient opening hours.
Pilansburg has an excellent and clean camping ground with two swimming pools.
Malaria tablets are of course not neccesary in this park!
Go on a Safari at Pilanesburg Game Reserve, Sun City...
Here's the Giraff and Zebra - one of the tamest animals here at the game reserve..... Sadly, the ONLY Big 5 that we didn't manage to spot and was so elusive were the lions. And when I saw the zebras happily grazing on the plains, I knew the lions were no where near to be found! Sigh.... Yeah, yeah, I was definitely disappointed.
Go on a Safari at the Pilanesburg Game Reserve, Sun City...
For those who are wondering what this animal is - well, this is a Rhinocerous... and I don't think it looks very happy to see us/ me popping our heads out of the jeep to take NUMEROUS pictures .......!! For all we know, the Rhino probably thought we were some mad human beings!! Oh and incidentally, I think we got our safari guide, Alfred very, very worried too... Sorry, Alfred! ;-)
Go on a Safari.
The one we went to was the Pilanesburg Game Reserve, just a few minutes away from our hotel at SUN CITY.... It isn't as big as Kruger National Park; nevertheless, it is still exciting and you can catch a glimpse of the Big 5 at this park. I'm sure it's gonna be exciting.
Here's the first of the Big 5 - the African Elephant.