Pilanesberg National Park is a South African icon. Named after a legendary Tswana chief called Pilane, the region is not only a premier safari destination but is also one of the world’s outstanding geological sites owing to its large natural feature known as the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex – the crater of an ancient volcano that has created an immaculate landscape for wildlife to roam freely.

Historically the region is of significance too – humans have inhabited these parts since the Stone Age; remains and artefacts have been recovered on numerous occasions. When visiting the park be sure to immerse yourself in history by visiting the ancient ruin site that highlights early human occupation.

Nowadays the Pilanesberg National Park, which lies a scenic 2 – 3 hour drive away from the bustling metropolis of Johannesburg, welcomes thousands of visitors through its gates each year.

This protected area is a safari hotspot and provides travellers the option to embark on a self-drive excursion through the park, a great option for day-trippers. Within the park boundary the Big 5 can be spotted, along with an impressive number of other mammal species and over 300 bird species.

Choose your own adventure. Accommodation-wise there are many options within the park to suit travellers with varying budgets. From tented camps to self-catering lodges, ultra-luxury and exclusive retreats, a wide range of accommodation choices can be found here.

For a more intimate Pilanesberg experience, try the Black Rhino Game Reserve – a fenced ‘park within a park’ that offers luxurious safari packages and exclusive game drive access to a thriving corner of the greater national park.