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  • Pilanesberg landscape

    Start your journey through a fascinating natural history area

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  • Ivory Tree Lodge aerial photo

    Choose from 6 top class lodges

    ...for a top experience

  • Lions on a game drive with Morokolo Lodge

    Enjoy a great game drive

    ...by Morokolo Game Lodge - for our guests

  • Elephant in Pilanesberg

    Spot the big one of the Big 5

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  • there is more to it ...

    than just the Big 5

  • Birding...

    find it in Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg Game Reserve


pectacular landscape

Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets.

The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Standing above the surrounding bushveld, the park unfolds colourful hues and panoramas - a de ight for photographers and guests.


ildlife diversity

This well-stocked park has a dramatic landscape that supports a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to the Big Five. An abundance of wild life proliferate in some 580km² of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain.

Visitors can explore nearly 200km on self-drives or guided game drives. There are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.


ig Five

See the Big Five just 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria in one of the country's most popular wildlife areas – Pilanesberg National Park.



The Malaria-free Pilanesberg is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City.

Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55,000 hectare.


hat to do

Activities include game drives, either self-driven or guided, game walks and birding. Pilanesberg also operates hot-air balloon safaris over the park.

Elephant back safaris and elephant interaction can be arranged. Special safaris such as tailor made photographic, walking or birding safaris are also possible.

Sun City, with its entertainment centre, golf course, water world and casino, is just next door.


ccommodation bookings

Make a reservation for luxury lodge accommodation in Pilanesberg for holiday or business travel. To find the best you need not look any further.

There are six luxury lodges to choose from:
Bakubung Bush Lodge, Ivory Tree Lodge, Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, Morokolo Game Lodge (in the adjacent Black Rhino Game Reserve), Shepherds Tree Game Lodge and Tshukudu Bush Lodge.

When to go

Summers can get hot, but visitors will enjoy Pilanesberg all year round.

How to get here

From Johannesburg/ Pretoria take the N1 north towards Polokwane.
Take the N4 Rustenburg split.
A signboard shows Pilanesberg to the left on route 91.

Quick Facts

Pilanesberg is named after Chief Pilane who agreed to the inclusion of the mountainous region of his people's property into reserve.

The 'Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex' is the park's primary geological feature

Mankwe Dam, towards the centre of the park, was artificially constructed

Thabayadiotso, just off the centre of the park, means 'the Proud Mountain'

During Operation Genesis, launched in 1991, many long-vanished species were translocated to the area

There is a self-guided trail at the Manyane Complex which offers environmental education whilst on foot.

The walk-in aviary at Manyane is home to over 80 species of indigenous birds.

The 'Heritage Park' project aims to build a corridor between Pilanesberg & Madikwe

Luxury Accommodation


ook quality accommodation in Pilanesberg Game Reserve for holiday or business travel with us. Specials available.

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Accommodation in Pilanesberg is mainly in 4 star and 5 star rated luxury private game lodges, of high standard.

Pilanesberg is a sought-after wildlife destination in a malaria free area, adjacent to Sun City and just 2 hours away from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

2015 Specials

Bakubung Bush Lodge

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Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

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Bakubung Bush Lodge

Luxury accommodation in 76 rooms, with either a patio or balcony offering panoramic views.
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Ivory Tree Lodge

This exclusive five star game lodge offers 59 Standard Suites and 4 Executive Suites.
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Kwa Maritane

Kwa Maritane has 90 luxury rooms. An excellent conference & events venue.
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Shepherds Tree Lodge

Shepherds Tree offers 13 family suites and 4 executive suites and a magnificent main lodge.
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Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Tshukudu is closed for renovations from 1st May 2015 to 31st July 2015.

Six exclusive cottages located high on the side of a hilltop, offering sweeping views.
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Morokolo Game Lodge

Situated in the Black Rhino Game Reserve, bodering Pilanesberg. We have eight luxury suites. Ideal for an exclusive, romantic getaway.

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