Pilanesberg tours offer a family-friendly concentration of must-see wildlife
There is something about a Pilanesberg National Park tour that is reminiscent of a journey to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Lost World’. Set within the crater of an ancient volcano that was formed 1.2 billion years ago, you can find fauna and birdlife that might otherwise be struggling for survival.
And this family-friendly concentration of must-see wildlife is easy to reach from Johannesburg. Nearby Sun City offers a perfect complementary array of fun, games and sporting activities.
Pilanesberg is situated in an ecologically rich zone, between the Kalahari desert and the Lowveld. It is home to Africa’s Big Five game animals as well as wild dog, sable antelope and over 300 bird species. There’s a lifetime’s worth of rare and exotic creatures to be spotted on every Pilanesberg National Park tour. Incredibly, much of the wildlife was artificially introduced here in the 1980s as part of the rehabilitation initiative known as Operation Genesis.
Sun City is renowned worldwide as South Africa’s answer to Las Vegas, liberally stirred with a dash of Disneyland. Like the national park next door, it is a hugely popular family attraction, boasting two 18-hole golf courses, casinos and the sensational Valley of the Waves waterpark.
Rather incongruously the Cultural Village at Sun City explores the history of the local Bakgatla tribes whose ancestors originally inhabited the Pilanesberg crater in the Stone Age.
You’ll encounter a wealth of different experiences on your bespoke tour around Pilanesberg.