Pilanesberg National Park & Sun City

For a destination that has great gameviewing, is conveniently malaria-free, and provides entertainment for all ages, look no further than 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.


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.


Accommodation in the Pilanesberg National Park

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.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

This comfortable, contemporary safari lodge offers a wide range of activities for all ages in the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

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.


South Africa Itineraries

The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin customising your personalised South Africa experience.

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