Pilanesberg & Surrounds
Pilanesberg was voted the most popular game reserve in the country, by the South African Tourism Board. It is one of the undisputed top spots for wildlife spotters, where the Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos – are joined by hundreds of other African species. Situated in an unusual ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld, this vast area dramatically increases your chance of encountering the Big 5 in their natural environment. This well-stocked park has a dramatic landscape that supports a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every kind of mammal of Southern Africa. An abundance of wild life proliferates in some 580km² of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain.
Pilanesberg National Park is in a malaria-free zone and set within the eroded vestiges of an alkaline volcanic crater, formed 1.2 billion years ago – one of only 3 in the world. Apart from its unique size, shape and rock types, the volcanic origin and resultant weathering of the extinct crater has resulted in a wide variety of landscapes. This provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Southern Africa. It also provides a wide range of habitats for game animals. A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.
Stretching along the border of the Pilanesberg National Park you’ll find the world-renowned Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City. There is a real emphasis on adventure, yet a sense of relaxation with tranquil gardens laced with trickling streams. A list of activities: The Valley of Waves, Africa’s greatest water park, visit the Casino, go on a Segway safari or visit the tropical gardens at the Cascades and experience one of the world’s fastest and longest zip-lines (2km long). Rising like a mirage from the green landscape, grand, elegant and palatial, The Palace of The Lost City has been inspired by the myth of a lost African kingdom, that was lost to the jungle surrounding it. The Lost City surrounds the Palace, a world of jungles, streams and waterfalls.