Pilanesberg Game Reserve


Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, is located in the Bojanala Region, within the North West Province and relatively near Johannesburg. With an area of 550km², it is the fourth largest park in South Africa.


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  • Location

    The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located north of Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa.

  • Best time to visit

    The best time to visit the Pilanesberg is from the middle of July to the middle of October (during late winter, spring or early summer).

  • Animals

    Most of the large animal species of southern Africa live in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve today, includes lions, elephants, black rhinos, white rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles.

  • Birding

    Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a birders paradise with over 300 species being recorded. The best time for bird viewing is the summer months where one can one record over 80 species in a single day.

    Below is a list of the birds that have been recorded in Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

    Abdims Stork, Forktailed Drongo, Pied Kingfisher, African Spoonbill, Grass Owl, Quail Finch, Alpine Swift Great Crested Grebe, Rameron Pigeon, Anteating chat, Great Reed Warbler, Rattling CisticolaArrowmarked Babbler, Great Sparrow and Red Bishop

  • Weather

    Temperatures range from a typical 15°C/59°F in the morning to 29°C/84°F in the afternoon. December, January & February – December and January are the wettest months, characterized by torrential downpours in the afternoon

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