The Pilanesberg is known as an area in the North West Province of South Africa, made popular thanks to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the Sun City Resort entertainment complex.
The original name refers to a mountain, an ancient volcanic structure circular in shape, that was named after the Tswana chief Pilane ("berg" is Afrikaans for mountain). The mountain or Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex is a vast circular crater of a very ancient extinct volcano that last erupted some 1,200 million years ago.
The Pilanesberg is located 120 km to the north west of Pretoria and about 170km from Johannesburg.
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Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Situated inside the eroded crater of an extinct volcano in the North West province (adjacent to Sun City). Pilanesberg National Park is a sanctuary for various game including the Big Five - rhino, lion, elephant, leopard and buffalo.
As the Map of Pilanesberg indicate, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located within the North West Province of South Africa and borders with the entertainment complex of Sun City.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is an ideal safari destination as it is so close (only 2.5 to 3 hours) from Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is the game park closest to Johannesburg for viewing the Big Five.
African adventures! Elephant Back Safaris, game drives, quad biking and Balloon Safaris within the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
As a result of the Pilanesberg being on a transition zone there are overlaps in wildlife (mammals & birds) and vegetation and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve accommodates almost every large mammal of southern Africa.
Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex
The Pilanesberg National Park Alkaline Ring Complex is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world and the rare rock types and formations make it a fairly unique geological feature.
Pilanesberg, located in North West Province in South Africa west of Pretoria, is named after a Tswana chief, Pilane. The park borders with the entertainment complex Sun City.
Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust
North West Tourism