Pilanesberg National Park is a beautiful national park only a few hours drive north of Pretoria in South Africa. A group of ancient volcanic “ripples” in the earth form four concentric circles of hills and a beautiful landscape that offers a fantastic South Africa safari experience.
In Pilanesberg I was lucky enough to see three of the “big 5”, lion, white rhino (including mother with baby), and elephant. Plus tons of zebra, blue wildebeest, kudu, waterbuck, impala, and more warthogs.
It is possible to go on guided drives and also to drive through the Pilanesberg park in your own car. The guided drives are good but it is also nice to go at your own pace, enjoying the scenery and observing the animals, so I recommend a combination of both.
The comfortable campsite is also full of wildlife – troops of baboons mount scavenging raids on the rubbish bins and hornbills check their appearance in car wing mirrors.
Pilanesberg is a particularly good place to see white rhino, as well as the ‘big five’. Huge solitary bull elephants stride across the landscape, many of them resettled here from Kruger.
For an affordable family safari holiday in South Africa that is malaria free and within a few hours drive of Johannesburg, Pilanesberg is difficult to beat.
Nearby Sun City with its water parks is another opportunity to keep the kids amused on your family safari holiday.
Natasha von Geldern