Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City

For a malaria-free safari destination just three hours’ drive northwest of Johannesburg, look no further than Pilanesberg National Park.

Quite possibly South Africa’s most accessible game reserve, Pilanesberg is home to a number of premium safari lodges.  All of the legendary ‘Big 5’: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo plus over 360 bird species can be observed on game drives in this 141,000 acre park, whose terrain encompasses fascinating rock formations, being part of a long-extinct volcano.

The expansive Sun City complex borders this park, providing upscale resort-style accommodation perfect for visitors seeking rest and relaxation towards the end of a safari holiday. On the premises you’ll find a wide range of recreational facilities from two exceptional Gary Player-designed golf courses, an enormous water park, casinos, kids’ activities, shopping and plenty of family-friendly entertainment options.

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Pilanesberg & Sun City Highlights

  • Pilanesberg National Park – the most accessible game reserve in South Africa
  • Home to all of the ‘Big 5’ and over 360 bird species
  • Malaria-free, with a great family-friendly safari lodges
  • Sun City, South Africa’s premier entertainment resort
  • Golf, the Valley of the Waves, gaming and shopping all in one place

When To Go

Winter through to early summer (Jul-Oct) offer the clearest skies. Scarcity of water and vegetation in these months also mean wildlife tend to gather in areas where food and water remains. From late October to March, temperatures are nice and warm, with landscapes at their greenest and birdlife at its most prolific.

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Pilanesberg and Sun City Accommodation

For a destination that has entertainment and recreation for all ages plus the option of great gameviewing, look no further than Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City, which sit side-by-side just north of Johannesburg. The area is also conveniently malaria-free.

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Bakubung Bush Lodge offers luxury and serenity amid rolling hills within Pilanesberg National Park, a malaria-free wildlife reserve just a couple of hours north of Johannesburg.

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Nestled in ancient forest within Pilanesberg National Park, family-friendly Black Rhino Game Lodge offers exciting safari experiences in a malaria-free natural environment.

Sun City

Sun City is a sprawling resort complex with two golf courses, entertainment, a huge water park and casinos - an ideal place for the whole family to relax at the end of a safari holiday.

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South Africa Overview

Why travel to South Africa: Described as “a world in one country” South Africa is more than just a safari destination. The wildlife of Kruger and the many private reserves throughout the country are complemented by South Africa’s fascinating history and diverse cultures, the beautiful coastline and majestic landscapes of the Cape.

When is the best time to view animals in South Africa? Gameviewing is best during the dry season (May-Oct); however the summer months are good for general touring and sightseeing.

What is the culture of South Africa? Many different cultures including Zulu, Swazi, Xhosa, Indian, Cape Malay and European. A unique cuisine, as well as distinct music and dance. Elegant Cape Dutch architecture.

What is the climate in South Africa? The inland plateau has a temperate climate (17°-30°C), whilst the coast is subtropical and more humid (22°-30°C). The seasons are the same as Australia, however most of the rain falls in summer. Winters are dry and sunny, but nights can be very cold. The Western Cape is the exception, with a “Mediterranean” climate – cool, wet winters and warm dry summers (17°-24°C).

What can I combine South Africa with?South Africa is easily combined with neighbouring Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia or the nearby tropical island of Mauritius. Johannesburg is a very popular gateway to most of southern and eastern Africa.

How to get to South Africa?Many major airlines including South African Airways, Qantas, Etihad, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Qatar, Singapore Airways and British Airways fly into Johannesburg. There are also many regional airlines such as Air Botswana, and domestic carriers that service local cities such as Cape Town and the Kruger National Park area.

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