About Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, covers some 55 000 hectares. This malaria-free park is perched on the eroded remains of an alkaline volcanic crater – one of only three such craters in the world.
Pilanesberg is located in the Bojanala Region, within the North West Province of South Africa and within a 3 hour drive from Johannesburg. The volcano crater in which the park is situated formed some 1200 million years ago. Apart from its unique size, shape and rock types, the volcanic origin and resultant weathering of the extinct crater has resulted in a wide variety of landscapes. This provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Southern Africa. It also provides a wide range of habitats for game animals.
Because of this, Pilanesberg has the potential to carry a wider variety of game species than any other similar sized game reserve in Southern Africa. Its potential for supporting rare and endangered species such as black rhino, tsessebe, foot-and-mouth free buffalo and wild dogs is particularly high. As well as the ‘Big Five’ you will find the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, hippo and even crocodile in the Pilanesberg National Park.