North West Region
See the Big Five just 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria in one of the country’s most popular wildlife areas – Pilanesberg National Park. This well-stocked park has a dramatic landscape that supports a wide variety of plants, animals and birds.
The Malaria-free Pilanesberg is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55,000 hectare.
Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Standing high above the surrounding bushveld, the park unfolds in a series of colourful hues and panoramas - a delight for photographers and guests.
Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to the Big Five. Visitors can explore nearly 200km on self-drives or guided game drives. There are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.