Book your accommodation and Safari here for a Malaria Free Big Five Safari in the Pilanesberg Game Park. Budget accommodation where you are able to drive yourselves or at numerous private, fully hosted and catered for, luxury venues where comfortable accommodation, wonderful meals and guided game drives in open Safari vehicles make the most of the wildlife experience.
The Pilanesberg National Park is situated in the caldera of a long extinct volcano produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park.
Pilanesberg exists in the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, the "Bushveld". Unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur here in this transition zone. Springbok, hartebeest, brown hyena, red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found in cohabitation with moist-area-limited impala, black-eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees giving a wide diversity of species. The topography makes the area a feast for the eye with koppies, forested ravines, bushveld and rolling grasslands with lightly wooded areas.
The Park ranks among the largest of the South African National Parks ranking fourth and covers an area of 55 000 hectares. Pilanesberg has a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. The creation of the Pilanesberg National Park as a wildlife haven is considered one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to have been undertaken anywhere in the world. The Operation Genesis, which involved the game fencing of the reserve and the reintroduction of long-vanished species, began during the late 70's. Today, Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal occurring in southern Africa. Certainly worth a visit.!