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Pilanesberg Luxury Accommodation

Make your bookings for luxury safari lodge accommodation in Pilanesberg - for holiday or business travel - with us. To find the best you need not look any further. There are 10 luxury lodges to choose from; 5 in Pilanesberg and 5 in Black Rhino Game Reserve.

Wildlife diversity

Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa.

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.

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Big Five Country

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

Quick Questions

Short of time?
For those short business visits to South Africa's economic hub, Gauteng, the Pilanesberg & Madikwe Game Reserves offer the ideal opportunity to view the Big 5 when time is lacking to visit game reserves such as the Kruger National Park, which are further away.
When to go?
Summers can get hot, but visitors will enjoy Pilanesberg all year round.
How to get here?
From Johannesburg/ Pretoria (Gauteng) take the N1 north towards Polokwane.
Take the N4 Rustenburg split.
A signboard shows Pilanesberg to the left on route 91.
Malaria-free?
The Malaria-free Pilanesberg is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City.
What to do?
Activities include game drives or wildlife safaris, either self-driven or guided, game walks and birding. Pilanesberg also operates hot-air balloon safaris over the park.
Visitors can explore nearly 200km on self-drives or guided game drives. There are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.
Elephant back safaris and elephant interaction can be arranged. Special safaris such as tailor made photographic or birding safaris are also possible.
Sun City, with its entertainment centre, golf course, water world and casino, is just next door.

Special Sightings

  • The Cheetah
    Cheetahs have tan colored coats with black spots, small head and ears and distinctive “tear stripes”. They run as fast as 113 km/h (70mph) and use […]
  • The Aardwolf
    The Aardwolf (“earth wolf”) resembles a thin striped hyena, but has a more slender muzzle and black vertical stripes on a yellowish fur coat. It is […]
  • The Brown Hyaena
    The Brown Hyaena has a shaggy, long dark coat, distinct cream-colored fur around the neck, pointy ears, short tail and striped legs. They live in clans […]
January 28, 2019

The Cheetah

Cheetahs have tan colored coats with black spots, small head and ears and distinctive “tear stripes”. They run as fast as 113 km/h (70mph) and use […]
January 28, 2019

The Aardwolf

The Aardwolf (“earth wolf”) resembles a thin striped hyena, but has a more slender muzzle and black vertical stripes on a yellowish fur coat. It is […]
January 28, 2019

The Brown Hyaena

The Brown Hyaena has a shaggy, long dark coat, distinct cream-colored fur around the neck, pointy ears, short tail and striped legs. They live in clans […]

Best locations for budget safaris

Pilanesberg National Park is one of the best locations for budget safaris in the North West within South Africa. Sporting the Big 5, the park is home to amazing lodges for overnight stays. Accommodation in the Pilanesberg National Park is considered some of the best places for guests who want an exclusive yet affordable stay in 2019. The park is also Malaria free and for this reason alone many guests find the park the best option for their safari. With all these amazing features, it is no wonder that the park has such a high rating on Tripadvisor. Rates are generally charged per person per night stayed. Single surplus may be charged for single travellers.

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Packages for the most part include your safaris and meals. Prices range from ZAR 2600 per person per night to over R9000 per person per night, depending on the private lodge and the season and if any specials are applicable.
Prices at Pilanesberg National Park range from the budget friendly to the super luxury categories with specials available depending on the lodge and season. With a wide range of accommodation, from chalets to luxury suites and hotels, anyone can be accommodated within Pilanesberg National Park.
Pilanesberg lodges provide varied accommodation within the 3 star, 4 star and 5 star range. The family friendly Bakubung Bush Lodge and Kwa Maritane lodges offer a stunning hotel in the bush accommodation. Bed and breakfast packages are also available upon request at these two lodges.
If you want a romantic getaway, lodges such as Ivory Tree, Morokolo, Tambuti and Shepherd’s Tree private lodges are always a good choice.
For a self-catering experience, Buffalo Thorn offers a beautiful 5 star lodge that includes game drives.
Safaris happen twice daily within the Pilanesberg National Park. Early morning, as the sun is rising you will set out on your morning safari, with the best chance of seeing some of the more nocturnal animals within the park. Your afternoon game drives are when the day is winding down and the animals become more active after the heat of the day is passing. Halfway through each safari, you will stop at a lovely spot either for morning coffee or afternoon drinks.  After each safari, you return to your accommodation inside Pilanesberg.
To be pampered in the bush is also one of those amazing experiences in life. Most of the lodges are the proud homes to many an award winning spa to really help you experience the full relaxing nature of the African bush.
Each of the lodges in Pilanesberg National Park serve some of the most varied meals to be found. Every meal is lovingly prepared by some of the best chefs in the bush catering industry and will delight and surprize many guests.
Honeymoons within the park are highly rated as most accommodation inside Pilanesberg offer amazing honeymoon specials. Most of the private game lodges can also accommodate small to medium sized weddings.
Reviews and ratings for each of the accommodation options within Pilanesberg is available on the lodges’ individual pages. From these pages you can see what each of the lodges’ packages include and what the best deals are for you.
With the relatively low cost of safaris in the park, the park is also Malaria free and this makes for an amazing holiday as there are no risks to contract the virus within the park.
Game lodges have become world renowned for being one of the most unique experience destinations in the world. With safaris considered a dream vacation for many people, you can expect to find many excuses to return.
With Sun City near Pilanesberg, there are many family friendly activities such as the Valley of the Waves nearby, if one wants some variety from the wildlife on display within the park. Adult entertainment, such as gambling, is also available at Sun City.
Game drives within the park can be quite exciting with a large variety of animals on display. From lions lazing in the shade to massive giraffe browsing on trees and everything in between, the African bush will enchant you.
Availability within the park is usually good year round. You can query availability and costs through this website, or ask in the live chat service when operators are available.
Activities within the park are all based on the surrounding wildlife. There are daily safaris, bush walks, hot air balloon rides and for those who are looking for something different, bush weddings.
The Pilanesberg National Park, situated on an extinct volcano, is one of the most beautiful natural habitats within Africa. With a large variety of biomes, various game make this area their home. The rich soil and availability of water also ensures that the area is alive with birds. This heaven for birders sports more than 500 different species of bird with migratory species coming to visit as well.
All group bookings (6 or more adults) are viable for special discounts. Corporate bookings can also be accommodated at special rates. Event coordination is also an available service.
The climate is quite humid during summer, with high temperatures during the peak time of day. Comfortable clothes are recommended with at least one piece of warm wear for days that it rains. Sunscreen is essential.
During winter morning and evening temperatures can drop to close to freezing, while in the afternoon it can be quite pleasant.
November and December are the main calving months for animals and are usually hallmarked with a lot of baby animals running through the park. Be sure to book early for December as space fills up quickly.