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For the more adventurous there are also quad biking trails, archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, sporting activities and the likes. With over more than 300 different bird species, be sure to take your binoculars and camera to capture and experience a bird watchers delight.
With Sun City being just around the corner (and if you have not opted to already secure your accommodation there), you will be assured that “The Fun never Sets in the Lost City” as they most definitely present entertainment to everyone. From catching a surf in the Valley of the Waves, marveling at the unique architecture, Catching a floor show or enjoying yourself at the casino and gaming tables. Golfing enthusiasts be sure to grab a round on one of the two championship golf courses – But please be aware of the 13th hole – resident home to a family of crocodiles.
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With so much to do, see, feel and experience – Pilanesberg should be on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Big Five Game viewing in a temperate MALARIA FREE area, it is the ideal destination for family or small groups, Honeymooners, or just for a getaway to discover why Africa is so special. Pilanesberg boasts a large Elephant population and a hugely rich biodiversity of game. Moreover it is easily accessible via road or air. The Pilanesberg National Park has, as can be seen on the adjacent map, a circular shape, as it is located in a former volcanic crater.
Until the mid-70s, agriculture was still practised in today’s park. When the government of Bophuthatswana decided to create a national park to protect the animals, create jobs and, of course, a tourist attraction, the Pilanesberg area was quickly reached as the volcanic crater forms a natural border with the densely populated area. The government bought up the land, repatriated the farmers and built a game-guard fence.
With a social project for the locals, who at that time only in mining, on the farms or in neighbouring South Africa found a job, the traces of civilisation were gradually eliminated and there was again a natural South African mountain and bus landscape , Today, it is hard to imagine that this area was once intensively farmed land. The convincing work of the administration towards the population was difficult in the beginning, but the work was worthwhile and one of the most beautiful national parks (the third largest in South Africa) was created.
There were no more wildlife here, and more than 6,000 wild animals that are typical of the area have been resettled from other national parks in Operation Genesis. Meanwhile, you can watch over 8,500 large animals, such as elephants, hippos, giraffes, rhinos, 19 different antelope species, cheetahs, lions, leopards and much more.
Today, most visitors come from Sun City, which lies directly on the edge of the park. From there, several hours of organized safaris are offered by the Bush, but you can also quickly reach the park via Bakubung Gate.
Balloon rides are an interesting change. A special attraction is a hot air balloon ride over the Pilanesberg and Sun City, which are offered at Manyane’s main camp.
The very topography makes the area a feast for the eye. Here are syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld and also rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas.
Off the centre of the park is Thabayadiotso, “the Proud Mountain”. The Park ranks among the largest of the national parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.