When you are travelling to South Africa, a Cape Town tour is an absolute must. The Mother City is renowned for being one of the most picturesque in the world. Once you have experienced Cape Town, it is recommended that you witness the esteemed fauna that this country treasures.
The Pilansberg National Park is located in the Bojanala region of the North West Province. In 1979, through an intensive project entitled, “Operation Genesis” that entailed an entire re-fencing of the park, allowed for many species of animal to call this nature sanctuary, home. As of today, there are approximately 7000 animals residing in the 580km2 park.
Unlike any other nature reserve in the country, Pilansberg is situated in the crater of an ancient volcano. According to the park’s official website,
“The park 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. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape.”
It is a highly sought after tourist destination, owing to it affording visitors the opportunity to witness our treasured Big Five in all their glory. If that wasn’t enough, Operation Genesis, has allowed rare species such as the nocturnal Brown Hyena, which is graded as being endangered. It is also a haven for the avid ornithologist – there are over 300 species of bird.
Owing to its popularity, the game reserve offers accommodation for its guests. Through the park’s immense size, Pilansberg Game Reserve is able to offer four different lodges from which you may choose to suit your budget.
The Bakubang Bush Lodge has 76 luxurious rooms and you are entitled to a game drive every day. The Ivory Tree Lodge is located in the north eastern region of the park. It boasts 60 standard suites and four executive suites. The Kwa Maritane lodge has 90 luxury rooms. In the south western portion of the reserve, you will find the Shepard’s Tree Game Lodge, which offers a diverse selection of rooms – 26 standard rooms, 13 family suites and four executive suites for the discerning traveller.
The Pilansberg National Park is truly a destination that exudes the “spirit of Africa” and which no trip is complete without.