Pilanesberg view from Sheperds Tree Lodge

Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers a variety of accommodation options and is a sanctuary for a variety of Wildlife including the Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo. Situated inside the eroded crater of an extinct volcano in the North West province (adjacent to Sun City,) it has a history that covers many centuries.

Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic and Alkaline Ring Complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.

The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park.

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.

The colorful hues, varied habitats and panoramas will delight and entertain photographers and visitors. Off the centre of the park is Thabayadiotso, "the Proud Mountain" and the beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.

Accommodation on offer Pilanesberg Game Reserve
The game reserve is served by luxury lodges and 2 resorts:

Manyane Resort - nestles at the Gateway to the Pilanesberg. Set in unspoilt natural surroundings are thatched African-style chalets studded in a tapestry of indigenous flora.

Bakgatla Resort - offers colonial styled chalets, executive safari tents, rolling lawns & conference facilities for up to 250 delegates.

Tshukudu Bush Lodge - offers unsurpassed accommodation in the heart of the African bush and has earned a reputation as being one of the most luxurious in Africa.

Bakubung Bush Lodge - surrounds a hippo pool and offers you comfort and tranquility only minutes away from Sun City.

Kwa Maritane Lodge - the luxurious Kwa Maritane Lodge offers you views over the infinite plains of the Pilanesberg National Park

Ivory Tree Game Lodge - provides 5-star luxury close to the Bakgatla Gate.

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge - features 13 double and 4 executive suites along an elevated contour line providing panoramic vistas of the reserve.

Pilanesberg Private Lodge - situated in the Black Rhino Reserve with 5 sleeping units that is connected via paved pathways and bridges to the communal area.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge - located in the Black Rhino Game Reserve offers a luxury self catering lodge sleeping 10 people.

An abundance of wild life proliferate in 580 km of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's "Big Five".

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.

Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. Some are migrants, others permanent inhabitants; some eat carrion or live prey, others eat seeds, fruit or tiny water organisms.

There is a self-guided trail in the Walking Area at Manyane Complex in the east, which offers environmental education whilst enjoying game viewing and bird watching on foot. Also at Manyane is a walk-in aviary with over 80 species of indigenous birds.

Entrance Fees
Adults: R45.00 per person
Pensioners: R20.00 per person
Children: R20.00 per person
Vehicles: R15.00 per vehicle

Subject to change without prior notice.

Additional info for visitors
* All Pilanesberg Accommodation
* Pilanesberg Map


Visitors are offered many opportunities to experience the wonders of Pilanesberg Game Reserve. There are nearly 200 kilometres of excellent quality roads for either self-drives or guided drives, and professional guides operate within the park.

Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable the tourist to experience "out-of-car" experiences as well.

Guests staying in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve or Day-Visitors are invited to join any of these unique and extraordinary Balloon Safaris & other adventures or Pilanesberg Safaris.

In the middle of the game reserve is the Pilanesberg Centre, a lovely old building that once served as the local magistrate's court.


By road the Pilanesberg is situated 60 kms from Rustenburg on the Thabazimbi road R510.

Directions from Johannesburg (Sandton) via Lanseria Airport
- From Sandton travel north along William Nicol Drive to the four-way intersection with Witkoppen Road
- Turn left into Witkoppen Road towards Lanseria/Roodepoort.
- Turn right at the intersection with Hans Strijdom Extension on the road towards Broederstroom and Lanseria R512
- Cross the bridge over the R28 Krugersdorp/Pretoria highway, pass the Lanseria turnoff and continue straight.
- At the T-junction take the turn left on the R512 to Magaliesberg/Brits
- Continue on this road until you see the Sun City sign board on your left.
- Turn right onto the R512 to Brits and cross the bridge over Hartebeespoort Dam.
- At the next T-junction turn right on the R512 to Brits. Follow the directional signs.
- At the 4-way stop turn left to Rustenburg/Sun City.
- At the signpost R27 Rustenburg/Brits turn right.
- On the bridge turn left towards Rustenburg.
- Continue to the slipway on the left, take slipway and continue on the N4 highway.
- Now look out for the next turnoff to Sun City, Bapong and Majakaneng R556. TAKE THIS TURN DO NOT PROCEED TO RUSTENBURG.
- At the top of the off ramp turn right to Sun City/Bapong.
- At the fourth 4-way stop turn right on the R510 (25km) to Mogwase.
- Turn left at the sign posted Pilanesberg National Park.
- At the second 4-way stop turn right to the Manyane Gate.

Health and Climate

Pilanesberg National Park is situated in a in the malaria-free area.

Sheperds Tree Game Lodge Lions close to Ivory Tree Game Lodge View from Tshukudu Pilanesberg Game Reserve Bakubung Lodge Bakubung Lodge Game Drive Mankwe Dam Kwa Maritane Lodge Lion near Pilanesberg Private Lodge Black Rhino Game Lodge


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