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Pilanesberg National Park is home to brown hyena, cheetah, sable antelope, springbok, caracal, giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile. It also has healthy populations of black rhino, white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard.

The unusual volcanic structure of the park is known as the ‘Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex’ and its position between the dry Kalahari and wetter ‘lowvelt’ vegetation generates a mixed environment to host a very diverse range of wildlife in a really spectacular setting.

It is a ‘family’ must see, being malaria-free, but also provodes a great educational content on the geological side, with great infrastructure and outstanding wildlife experiences. The best wildlife viewing time in Pilanesberg is in the winter drier season from May to September.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown hyena, cheetah, black rhino, lion, meerkat
  • Where: North West Province, South Africa

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Treasures of Limpopo

Limpopo is one of South Africa’s less travelled destinations, and offers an incredible diversity of wildlife opportunities and cultural experiences, especially for families. This trip is perfect for a first time safari, staying in comfortable family friendly lodges located in malaria-free wildlife reserves.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,895 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation is shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Tucked inside Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung offers a true wilderness bush experience for adults and children alike. Accommodation is designed in true African style, with panoramic views of the park and hippo pool, and has all the facilities and comfort one would expect.