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Pilanesberg

South Africa North West Private Game Reserve Big Five-Reservat

About Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg is a Private Game Reserve in South Africa in the provinces of North West. The park was established on 01.12.1979 and covers an area of 0.572 km². The Pilanesberg is a Big Five reserve and offers the possibility of self-drive safaris.

The park is located about 150 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, close to the extinct volcano Pilanesberg and in the immediate vicinity of the Sun City entertainment complex. Pilanesberg has beautiful surroundings and a large amount of wildlife. It is a very picturesque destination for the Big Five. The fully fenced park is a very attractive weekend option.

General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Okay
  • 103Mammals
  • 300Bird species
  • 65Reptile
  • 0Fish specie
  • 18Amphibians
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Official Name

Pilanesberg

Provinces

North West

Area

0.572 km2

Foundation

1979-12-01

Vegetation

No information

Habitats

Lowveld,Savannah

Big Five-reserves

Yes

Self-drive-reserve

Yes

Entrance gates

4

Highlights

The park is located about 150 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, close to the extinct volcano Pilanesberg and in the immediate vicinity of the Sun City entertainment complex. Pilanesberg has beautiful surroundings and a large amount of wildlife. It is a very picturesque destination for the Big Five. The fully fenced park is a very attractive weekend option.

Landscape

The main habitat of the Pilanesberg is the Lowveld.

The hills of the Pilanesberg with grassy valleys give it a picturesque beauty. Mankwe Dam is a great place to watch animals come to drink at sunset.

Entrance gate
Name Location
Bakgatla North
Manyane East
Bakubung South
Kwa Maritane South
General information
Biodiversity Sighting conditions
Very high Okay
  • 103Mammals
  • 300Bird species
  • 65Reptile
  • 18Amphibians
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The best travel time for Pilanesberg
The best travel time

Overview
Weather and climate

Excellent Good Okay Poor
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Best tavel time

May (Beginning) - September (End)


Dry time

May (Beginning) - September (End)

Climate

chilly-warm, dry


Tavel time

October (Beginning) - April (End)

Climate

mild-hot


High season

October (Beginning) - April (End)


Low season

October (Beginning) - April (End)


No information

The climate in Pilanesberg is warm. The rainy season takes place from Beginning October to End April The dry season first extended over the months from Beginning May to End September inclusive. The best time to tour is Beginning May End September.

The park has a typically hot summer, but as this is also the rainy season, the heat is tempered by rainfall. In the dry season or winter (everything reverses when the rain disappears along with the heat. In fact, it can get quite cold when the sun disappears from the sky. Humidity remains low all year round.

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Overview
Top animal species

The Pilanesberg is home to 103 mammals such as Big Five, Lion, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Leopard as well as 300 bird species, 65 reptile species, 0 fish species and 18 amphibian species. The Pilanesberg provides Very high conditions for wildlife viewing. The Private Game Reserve offers a wide variety of species, including the "Big Five".

Big Five

Big Five

Big Five

Lion

Big Five

Elephant

Big Five

Rhinoceros

Big Five

Leopard

Cheetah

Giraffe

Zebra

Spotted hyena

Wildebeest

Hippopotamus

African Wild Dog

Serval

Ostrich

Black rhinocerus

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