"Pilansberg Game Reserve" Mpumalanga Off The Beaten Path Tip by Jenniflower

Mpumalanga Off The Beaten Path: 4 reviews and 9 photos


The Pilansberg Nature and Game Reserve is not a National Park, although many think it is. It is a popular game park for various reasons in my view:

- It?s really close to one of the tourist hot spots in Africa (next door in fact!) ? Sun City and the Lost City are flocked with visitors from abroad and locals all year round.

- It is not expensive to visit, unlike many of the private game parks in the country. It is excellent value for money.

- The park is not too big, but is large enough, so that you are ensured of seeing a decent amount of animals. Even though the Kruger National Park is my favourite Game Park of all, it is really large, and you may see everything you want to in a visit, or you may see nothing much.

- As with the majority of game parks in South Africa, it is very well maintained and a pleasure to visit. Roads are good too, which makes a huge difference to your enjoyment, never mind how good your suspension is!

The best place to view animals is at watering holes.

Elephants and other animals congregate here in large groups, anything from 12 to 40 at a time, so it?s a great place to view them interacting with one another.

This communal effort is also very good as a defence against possible attack, as the hunters lie in wait at the waterholes, knowing that animals will come to it every couple of hours.

Best time to view them drinking is early morning and then dusk. In the searing heat of the day they tend to stay in shady areas.

Phone: + 27 (0)14 555 5354-7
Website: http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/pilanesberg/

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  • Written Mar 24, 2009
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