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Pilanesberg National Park
Seen on a day tour to Pilanesberg National Park
This was on a not so recent trip - 19 Sept 2007. It is and was
a typical day, in the sense that I saw things I've never seen before
in 265 days in the Park. We did see extremely rare sightings, sightings that guides will give their left arms for. But they don't
just happen; you have to look for it! I lifted only 15 pics out of 300 taken, but will put a gallery up with most of them later.

2 Male lions, one posing below just before they headed for the bush. It is getting hotter, so sightings will be less.

The elusive black rhino watering the Park; another 1st for black, seen white doing it. A brilliant sighting.

Kudu female right next to us, about 2 m. You can only get that close if you approach right.

White rhino & calf. They are all over the Park, and if you don't see them you must be blind.

Giraffe foreplay, a 1st for me in 265 full days. I have seen them trying to mate once before, but unsuccessfully.
I have also seen males fight several times before, but this was incredibly special.....

So we finally moved to find the elephants I saw from 500 m away, but found the sable instead.
A rare sighting, and I was actually actively looking for them and buffalo (no luck there!)
Did find the elephants, but about 100m away 1 km further, having a drink and then a dustbath.


Then, another 1st for me, and about 20 m away. I must add that we waited about 40 minutes for this;
and that a few cars passed without having a clue what was happening. Unfortunately 5 min after this they
moved onto the road and some stupid woman pushed them right off & they started feeding. I'd like to add
that this was a middle of the day sighting. Do not for one second think it is not worth being out there!

So after lunch. We spend about half an hour just watching this male. I just love the pic below!
This is the 1st time since winter that the water is warm enough to swim, wasn't last week.
It also means the hippos and crocodiles won't be easy to see till autumn again.




Giant Eagle Owl, extremely rare to see in the day and blended in extremely well.
Wasn't my spot but someone in front of me, was probably someone ahead of them.
And then even rarer, an unconcerned serval on the road for about 15 seconds, another 1st!
Unfortunately all 7 of my pics was a bit blurry.....this happens when I get extremely excited.

Then we headed out, but with bad light. So I have real bad pics of 2 male ostriches next to us.
Incredibly we saw brown hyena 3 times on the way out, and I have an even worse pic of 1....

It's like this. You never know what you are going to see. This was another great day for me. I actually packed my lens but forgot my camera; realising that on the way to pick up the client the night before. So I turned around, was15 min late, but man, am I glad! I get these National Geographic moments on a pretty regular basis, but this is something no one can ever guarrantee. On a 1 day I will try show you as much as I can, but it is normally too short. Half a day is really far too short. I normally do not have time to sit and wait, but I do! 80% of the time it doesn't pay off, but boy, the 20% is worth the wait! When you go with me and it is there, I will normally find it. Realise that sometimes it just isn't! But I will make the most of it!


Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Working with new pics are just too time consuming, so I only do it when I have free time! March 2018
Picture Gallery up to 2018
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004


It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg

Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R4 750pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting.  It's not a Zoo!

History of Pilanesberg National Park

Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged.  Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc


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- Updated March 2018
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