Pilanesberg National Park
Millions of years ago volcanic action created the unique and beautiful setting for today's Pilanesberg National Park. Located in the transition zone between the Kalahari Desert and the wetter bushveld terrain, this almost perfect circular area is one of southern Africa's premier tourist attractions. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape in and around these present day mountains that rise out of the surrounding flat plains. With it's unique combination of rolling grasslands, dense bush, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys and a large centrally located lake, Pilanesberg is the ideal habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Comprising an area of approximately 135,000 acres makes Pilanesberg the fourth largest national park in South Africa.
As a result of "Operation Genesis" (the largest game trans-location ever undertaken in the world) in 1979, Pilanesberg National Park is currently the home to 10,000 animals, which include virtually all the animal species of southern Africa. These diverse animal species range from A - Z, Aardvark to Zebra. A wide variety of rare and common species exist with endemic species like the Brown Hyena, Cheetah, Sable, Giraffe, Hippo and Crocodile. Naturally the highlight is Africa's "Big 5", the Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Elephant and both the White and the extremely rare Black Rhino.
Visitors to Pilanesberg are afforded a wide range of opportunities to experience this unforgettable natural complex. There are over 125 miles of excellent roads for either self-drives or guided tours. There are also numerous "Hides" and scenic picnic sites where you can leave your vehicle for a more natural encounter with the wildlife.
Concessions that operate in the park offer game drives, night drives, Hot Air Balloon flights along with restaurants and accommodations. Also available is an internationally renowned self-driven Geology Trail, guided walking trails and for the more adventurous at heart, wilderness trails. For those who wish to walk in complete safety, the Extensive Education Zone (which is essentially a park within a park) allows walks of anything from 100 yards to over 6 miles on marked and unmarked trails making it possible to travel at one's own pace and level of interest. In addition, the presence of man's past can also be seen in numerous Stone and Iron Age sites scattered throughout the park.
The cost for this day trip is $50.00 pp plus admission.
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