Pilanesberg National Park
Self-Drive Game Viewing or Private Lodge Safari Experience
Surrounding Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park, an attractive 50,000 hectare malaria-free Park which is centred around an extinct volcano crater.
A number of farms were merged to create the Park in the early 1970s, and a huge programme was launched to reintroduce wildlife back into the area.
Today, the Park is home to over 7,000 animals including the Big 5 ( lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and buffalo ), giraffe, hippo, zebra, jackal, hyena and many antelope, and there are also over 350 bird species.
The Park has over 200 km of roads for self-drive game viewing, made up of a combination of good gravel roads and a few tarred roads. The speed limit throughout the park is 40 km/h. You must stay on the road at all times. Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable visitors to experience 'out-of-car' experiences as well.
A unique and alternative way of viewing the Park and its wildlife is by a sunrise hot-air balloon - an experience that should not be missed.
Visitors to the Park tend to either drive up from Johannesburg for the day (about a 2 hour drive), or they drive in from Sun City for a day safari. However, there is a variety of family-friendly accommodation in the Park itself too, which you can use to base yourself in if you want to visit the Park for longer than just one day.
Bakubung Bush Lodge and Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge are large hotel-style resorts. Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a 5* lodge in the north-eastern region of the Park, and Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge, also 5*, is in the south-western area. Tshukudu is situated in its own private concession within the Park, and overlooks a waterhole and the savannah plains.
Guest Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 based on 2 ratings
Each of the lodge's rooms have been decorated to reflect the mood and ambience of the bush and have the necessary amenities to ensure supreme comfort. All rooms have satellite TV and direct dialling phones, air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, electric shaving plugs, tea/coffee making machines and a hair dryer.
Guest Rating: 4.0 / 5.0 based on 1 ratings
All the necessary comforts have been taken into consideration when furnishing the 90 en-suite rooms.All rooms have air-conditioning, satellite TV, direct dialling phone, tea/coffee making machines and a hair dryer.
Guest Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
The lodge offers 57 spacious standard suites and 3 executive suites. Each features a private veranda, a sitting area, en-suite bathroom with outside shower, mini bar fridge, air-conditioning, and tea/coffee making facilities.
Guest Rating: 5.0 / 5.0 based on 3 ratings
Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge offers 26 standard rooms and 4 executive suites. The suites all open up to beckoning views of the distant bushveld valley.
Offering only 6 luxury cottages, attention to detail and personal service is guaranteed. Each cottage is unique in design, and has its own private balcony offering potential sightings of wildlife as they come to the waterhole to drink.
AT A GLANCE
- 50,000 Hectares
- Big 5 Self-Drive National Park
- 2 Hour Drive from Johannesburg
- Malaria Free
- Hot Air Balloon Safaris