Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Time needed: 5 Hour(s) to 5 Day(s)

Set in the crater of an extinct volcano in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the fourth largest park in South Africa and stretches over 55 000 hectares. The Pilanesberg is truly beautiful, with a large lake in its centre, and open grasslands and oddly shaped rocky outcrops creating a unique and ever changing landscape. The park lies on an area of land that was once the crater of a long extinct volcano and has three rings of hills surrounding it. The crater is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, and many rare minerals can be found in the park.

Due to the diversity of the landscape, from the Lowveld to the Kalahari, the park is home to a unique mix of wildlife. Springbok and brown hyena, that are usually found in the arid areas, live alongside impala and other game usually suited to wetter conditions. These combinations, along with the 'Big Five', makes for very interesting game spotting.