Best time to visit Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National park is situated in the heart of the North West Province, just three hours from Johannesburg, offering 57000 hectares of African wilderness for an extraordinary safari experience. Pilanesberg lies within a transition zone between dry Kalahari and lowveld vegetation set within the crater of an ancient volcano which was formed about 1.2 million years ago by magma. The beautiful plains of Pilanesberg promise a scenic and lifetime African safari experience. Visit African Safari Home for more information including package options and lodge reviews.


Fauna and Flora of Pilanesberg:

The 57000 hectares of Pilanesberg’s exquisite plains of dry Kalahari and lowveld vegetation is home to Africa’s beauteous fauna and flora. Pilanesberg is home to 700 animal species and boasts Africa’s Big Five which include the lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo as well as the black rhino and white rhino. Many other mammals such as the nocturnal brown hyena, zebra and giraffe can also be encountered at this national park. The diversity and abundant game viewing at Pilanesberg is truly an exciting experience on African soil. Pilanesberg has a further 66 reptile species which include crocodiles, snakes, lizards and many more amongst the vast plains of Pilanesberg. The 347 bird species recorded gives visitors the opportunity to sight some of the most beautiful birds, raptors and vultures at the park. Pilanesberg is home to a large range of biological diversity of flora. Flora encountered at Pilanesberg include the Wild Seringa, Mountain Aloe, Red Ivory, Cape Chestnut and many grasses as well. Pilanesberg truly defines the beauty of nature in what it has to offer.


Pilanesberg National Park offers an exciting range of activities to give visitors an incredible safari experience. Exclusive safari activities include game viewing by game drives and safari walks guided by experienced game rangers who share their vast knowledge of fauna and flora encountered at the park. Pilanesberg also offers a fantastic air balloon rides that giving visitors a larger perspective of Mother Nature at this park. Visitors also have the opportunity to go on private game drives as a group or individual as private vehicles can be requested.

The best safari day at Pilanesberg:

During the summer months from October through to march, Pilanesberg encounters average temperatures ranging between 26 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius with the summer rainfall that do occur on the odds day. Winter on the other hand brings about cooler temperatures that range between 18 degrees Celsius and 25 degrees Celsius on average which is pleasant for game viewing. Taking into count of regular seasons and weather patterns experienced at Pilanesberg, it is favourable for visitors to visit during the months of July and October as foliage is low during this period of time due to the end of the dry season, therefore game viewing is easier. There are many advantages throughout the year as the park promises stimulating and exciting safari experiences.



Pilanesberg offers exquisite accommodation for a wonderful, relaxing and pleasant safari experience whether it is a romantic holiday or family getaway. A variety of accommodation facilities such as the many chalets, luxury lodges, bed and breakfasts, hotels, safari tents and self catering accommodation are optional. Luxury Lodges include Tshukudu Bush Lodge, Black Rhino Game Lodge, Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge, Pilanesberg Private Game Lodge and more. Self catering accommodation includes the favourable Buffalo Thorne Lodge and Manyane Resort. Chalets on offer include Bhagatla Resort and safari tents include Manyane Resort that has safari tents as well. Hotels available near Pilanesberg are The Palace of The Lost City, The Cascades Hotel as well as Sun City Cabanas. Pilanesberg gives visitors unforgettable experiences with 3 to 5 star accommodation to suit your African safari.

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