Pilanesberg Travel Guide

  • One of the many rhinos we saw :)
    One of the many rhinos we saw :)
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  • Stenbok licking the road
    Stenbok licking the road
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Pilanesberg Things to Do


    Inside of Sun City is a fabled Hall of Treasures. Inside is untold wealth and an endless supply of money. Unfortunately it is the Casino that gets all this money. Statistically you will lose every game on offer. The main Gambling Hall is full of slot machines, video poker and other games designed to make the Casino richer. Las Vegas it’s not....

  • Elephant- Back Safari

    Take an extradionary journey on the back of an elephant through the many trails of the National Park. Tours are operated from the Welcome Centre at Sun City, guests are picked-up and taken to the Elephant Wallow where you will be introduced to the elephants before the safari.Duration : 2-3 hoursCosts: Approx 990R pp (2006)."Natures greatest...

  • Pilanesberg Safari

    This national park is a convenient 2 hour drive away from Johannesburg. Of course, Pilanesberg is not as famous as its big counterpart at Krüger, but it is still large and chance to see wild animals without having to go too far away from Johannesburg. The park was inaugurated in 1979 and is home to over 100 species of mammals, including the “Big...

  • lost city at sun city

    Visit the lost city at sun city, there are plenty of boards on the main road to direct you to sun city, its very close to the game reserve, you can leave the game reserve by the kwa maritane gate, they can even tell you at the gate more specific the direction to sun city.

  • My daughter's photo's

    Pilanesberg Park was our 2nd stop over on our" Around the World Trip". I would like to share a few of my daughter's photo's on Pilanesberg National Park...

  • Self-drive safari

    Self-driving through the Park is to me the "only way" to go.....it's an experience which you will treasure forever.(my Zebra crossing)All cars can be hired at O. R. Tambo International Airport (formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport. Avis being the biggest rental company.The journey to Sun city takes approx 2hours and is very easy and...

  • Hippo watching

    The best place to spot the Hippo is at the waterholes scattered throughout Pilanesberg National Park. We were lucky to enjoy a wonderful show of water activity by a group of Hippo's at the edge of the first waterhole in the park.Make sure you have a peep at my photo's to see how incredible the Hippo's are !

  • Visit Sun City

    To see the Palace of the Lost City and Sun City Resort is truly wonderful, I was so impressed with the size , beauty, and workmanship of the building. It is a magnificent building built around the Pilanesberg National Park and attractive gardens. There are many tributes and statues which decorate the interior of the buildings, which symbolize the...

  • Sunset and Sunrise Safari's

    Sunset and Sunrise safaris are operated through the Welcome Centre in Sun City. Most animals are easily spotted at these times within the park especially near the waterholes. Its an awesome experience !Go to the Welcome Centre in Sun City for more information and also to book your safari.


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Pilanesberg Restaurants

  • Lunch with the Lions

    This is by far the nicest, most convenient stop for a bite to eat whilst on a game drive in the Pilanesberg National Park.The restaurant is located in an historic "safari" building in the middle of the Park. They have a very complete menu with most of the favourites, including a few traditional African dishes. The prices are also very...

  • Take-aways

    Take-away foodThe place to get any take-away food is from the Entertainment Centre. There are heaps of different selections for light meals and snacks.Here is a list or a few which are all located within the Entertainment Centre.Whimpy'sJuicy LucyLondon Pie CompanyNando'smilky LaneSomething FishyOther cafes are also available if you just want to...

  • A delightful restaurant

    : Peninsula Restaurant.This fine dining restaurant is located in the Cascades Hotel and offers elegant and luxurious setting overlooking the cascades and lake. The restaurant also has live music and an intimate atmosphere. Bookings are advisable.Smart casual dress.

  • Juicy steaks!

    Squires offers an excellent menu and is fabulous if you are feeling like a big juicy steak. They also offer seafood. The restaurant has a lovely casual feel and is fabulous restaurant for families. The restaurant can be located within the Entertainment Centre.

  • High Tea

    Crystal CourtTo experience a little luxury one should stop at the Crystal Court Restaurant located in the Palace Hotel. They serve a wicked high tea in a comfortable and luxurious surroundings.Its opened for high- tea between the hours of Monday - Sunday 3pm- 5.30pm. Entertainment is also available by a local Pianist. Dress smart casual.

  • Fine Dining

    Villa Del PalazzoThis restaurant is perfect for a special occasion, its set in a lovely atmosphere with fine dining at its best. The menu is great offering Northern Italian cuisine. This is Sun City's best restaurant so smart formal clothes are required. The restaurant is situated in the Palace Hotel.Favorite Dish: Anything on the menu.....its all...


Pilanesberg Nightlife

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    The Casino Bar: Nighttime Serenades

    by Openseas Updated Dec 31, 2007

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    For a fabulous night out after visiting Pilanesberg National Park, one needs to have a stiff champs and a dance with the amazing locals.

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Pilanesberg Transportation

  • Tour to Pilansberg

    I had a few days in Jo'burg before my return home and since I wanted to see and photograph as many of South Africa's animals as possible, 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...

  • Car-Parking

    Car parking can be difficult in Sun City, there are three major car parks.1. Sky-train station has a large car park located behind the Cabanas Hotel.2. Two car-parks are located outside the Sun City Hotel.3. The Lost City Golf Course has a car park, located next door to the Vacation Club.4. The Vacation Club has a small outdoor car-park

  • Gettin around Sun City - shuttle bus.

    You do not need a car once you have arrived at Sun City. There is a small shuttle bus which operates around the whole resort and stops at each hotel along its circular route. Buses leave daily and regularly from the Welcome Centre. The route also includes the Vacation Club.


Pilanesberg Local Customs

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    Tips are appreciated !

    by Openseas Updated Dec 30, 2007

    Tips are greatly appreciated especially where staff are concerned, most work for limited wages.

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    • Eco-Tourism
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Pilanesberg Warnings and Dangers

  • Car Jacking in the Pilanesberg!!!

    Careful guys!!! The R565 is a terrible road to travel at wee hours of the morning, late afternoons and at night.The R565 is the main road linking the major freeways from Johannesburg and Pretoria with the Pilanesberg and Sun City. The entrance to both these destinations are on this road.* Make sure your doors are locked at all times* Hide all...

  • Do not feed animals...

    These monkeys are soooo adorable but if people feed them they jump on cars and can be dangerous to children...they also get lazy to find food.


    please take heed of the signs within the National Park, do not get out off your car as there are dangerous animals....


Pilanesberg What to Pack

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    Packing for the Pilanesberg

    by roland33 Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Leave those Louis Vuittons at home (Unless you're residing in a Sun City hotel). One's bags tend to get dirty and dusty in the bush, even if you're staying at one of the upmarket hotels in the Park, such as Kwa Maritane and Bakubung.

    Rather bring your less-expensive luggage (preferably not black).

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It tends to get extremely hot during both the summer and winter months in the Pilanesberg. I suggest you bring the following clothing:

    Long sleeved shirt
    Short sleeved shirt or T-shirt
    Jersey or jacket
    Hat or a cap
    Long sleeve pajamas, slppers and bathrobe
    You can leave the scarves, beanies, balaclavas and gloves at home. It rarely gets that cold.

    Short pants
    T-shirts/ short sleeved shirts
    Jeans and a thin jersey/jacket for it may get chilly at night or early mornings
    Short sleeve pajamas, slippers and bathrobe

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothbrush
    Shampoo & Conditioner (The ones that the hotels supply are not of good quality)
    Facial wash, toner, moisturiser, etc. (incl. cotton wool to apply, as these aren't provided)
    Deodorant (it can get hot, and thus you may perspire excessivly)
    Shaver and cream/foam
    Extra pair of contact lenses (Without them you won't be able to spot that leopard!)
    Lense lubricant
    Sunblock (Preferably SPF40 or higher)
    Mosquito repellent
    Anthistamine pills (Abundance of spiders and other nasty insects in the bush)
    Gel, moose, was, hairspray, etc
    The rest are pretty much provided by the hotels and resorts, eg. facecloths, towels, body cream, hand cream, etc.

    Photo Equipment: Camera is very important! Duh!
    Camcorder (If you have one, this is an incredible method to capture your safari memories)
    Camcorder's charger
    3 pairs of extra batteries
    A pouch to keep your recording equipment in, as these may pick up dust during your trip
    Extra memory stick/film

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you plan on taking a hike or walk, remember to pack in some comfortable walking boots and socks. (Give the Jimmy Choo's a rest) ;-)
    A water bottle may come in handy (especially when hiking)
    To be quite honest, I don't know much about camping gear, so thus I can't advise you on these.
    I'm guessing if you're going camping in the Pilanesberg, take a tent, sleeping bag, torch, mosquito net, stretcher, camping chairs and a shotgun for when a lion wants to accompany you in your tent... (kidding) :-P

    Miscellaneous: YOU CANNOT FORGET YOUR BINOCULARS!!! These must be ontop of your list and packed in first! If you have a few, take them all, then everyone in the car can see the pride of lions a mile away from your location.

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Pilanesberg Off The Beaten Path

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    Hidden Ramp in the Pilanesberg Park

    by roland33 Written Apr 28, 2008

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    While we were galavanting around the park, we came across an old bridge-like ramp, which leads to the highest point in the park.

    Although we were driving in a Mercedes (low body), we managed to climb the old ramp with ease, and were rewarded with magnificent views of the entire Pilanesberg once we reached the top.

    The ramp was paved with bricks to allow for an easy drive upward even if you're not in a 4x4.
    So don't worry about damaging your car.

    To discover this "hidden track," follow the TLOU road on your map, off the KGABO paved road. Continue until you come to the SEFARA road. Travel along this path (between low-lying grassland while trying to spot lion), and then turn onto the LENONG VIEW road. This will lead you up the mountain. There is a viewpoint and toilets once you've reached the top.

    Going up The view just got better & better Vwala...here you can see the entire Pilanesberg
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Pilanesberg General

  • More than just the "Big 5"

    Unfortunately, too many people are only interested in seeing the "Big 5" that they miss the opportunity to see some of the other great animals that call Africa home. Spotting giraffes, zebras, warthogs, a variety of antelope as well as water birds and birds of prey is quite exciting....these animals are just as interesting and unique in their own...

  • Mo Afrika Tours

    I choose Mo Afrika mainly for the convenience. I had already arranged a personal tour of Soweto and Sterkfontein Caves and I wanted to see more of the animals so I asked the driver bringing me back to Johannesburg if he had any recommendations. Turns out that Mo Afrika Tours is owned by the son of Viva Safaris the tour company I used in Kruger. The...

  • Keep your eyes wide open!!

    I can't state this strongly enough!!! If you want to see as many of the animals as possible you have to have your eyes wide open. During my visit to Pilanesberg the other party was relying on the driver to spot the animals and unfortunately the driver only has two eyes and could only spot the animals along the driver side.I had my eyes open and...


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