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Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City

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Venture on a safari ride to Pilanesberg National Park, a large game reserve that is home to the "Big Five" of South Africa's large mammals--the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. Opt for either a self-driving or a guided tour of the park, which sits in the crater of an ancient extinct volcano and hosts hundreds of animal and plant species. You can explore trails on foot, visit a bird park, or have a picnic. Facilities in the park include private lodges and campsites. The park houses most of the mammals indigenous to the country, so watch for black and white rhinos, leopards, lions, hippos, antelope, and numerous other animals. Arrange your visit to Pilanesberg National Park and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sun City using our Sun City travel app.
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  • We had a beautiful day in The pilanus park. The nature is so beautiful, full of flowers and we saw in just three ours elephants, rhinos, lion, baboons, giraffes, wildebeest, impala’s, zebras, hippos.....  more
    We had a beautiful day in The pilanus park. The nature is so beautiful, full of flowers and we saw in just three ours elephants, rhinos, lion, baboons, giraffes, wildebeest, impala’s, zebras, hippos.....  more »
  • Roads MUCH improved !! The dirt roads in the Pilanesberg National Park have just been graded so hopefully the negative comments will now turn to positive ones. We had a wonderful week in the Park... 
    Roads MUCH improved !! The dirt roads in the Pilanesberg National Park have just been graded so hopefully the negative comments will now turn to positive ones. We had a wonderful week in the Park...  more »
  • Yes the roads are lousy, but it gets tiresome to read everyone harping on it endlessly in every review. We did a self-drive tour in a 4X4 and had no problems. Maybe don't go in your low clearance... 
    Yes the roads are lousy, but it gets tiresome to read everyone harping on it endlessly in every review. We did a self-drive tour in a 4X4 and had no problems. Maybe don't go in your low clearance...  more »
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  • My partner and I had such a good time (self-drive) at the park although it took us hours to see anything but at the end patience worked in our favour. I am definitely going back for a game drive. I just wish some of the roads can be fixed and the toilets inside the park be cleaned regularly.
  • The scenery is breathtaking and patience rewards the game viewer. There is however an air of neglect regarding maintenance and standards at the facilities. How different the reserve would be if some thought was applied to making the experience more tourist friendly. More effective management would make the place more desirable and more people would visit and more money would be spent.
  • Beautiful park with endless animal sightings. Had a very close encounter with elephants which was amazing! It's rich in bird life and we were lucky enough to spot so many animals only the leopard remained elusive. Lunch was nice, had a tasty ostrich burger while still enjoying wildlife from the resturant! This park is definitely worth visiting its truly a gem
  • My first, but definitely not my last, safari experience. Our guided tour in the park was simply flawless. We saw all sorts of animals; rhinos, giraffes, impala, wildebeest, elephants, hippos and many many more. The facilities at the park, while not many, were sufficient and well-maintained. Highly recommended for those looking for a day trip out of Johannesburg!
  • Pilanesberg is, as always, a lovely outing, but be warned some of the dirt roads are not ideal for low sitting vehicles. We were in a Ford Raptor so we didn't struggle but other family members were in smaller cars so it was tough going off the main roads. Awesome day out!

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