Self-driving through the Park is to me the "only way" to go.....it's an experience which you will treasure forever. All cars can be hired at O. R. Tambo International Airport (formerly known as Johannesburg International Airport. Avis being the biggest rental company. The journey to Sun city takes approx 2hours and is very easy and well sign posted. We had no problems along the way.
The drive to the national park is very easy and takes approx 5 minutes from the Welcome Centre at Sun City. Pick-up a map of the park from the Welcome Centre before departing for your safari. There is an entrance fee at the gates into the park. Please take note of the closing time of the Park before starting your journey.
All tours to the Pilanesberg National Park can be organized through any of the hotels in Sun City or at the information center (welcome center) which is located just near the entertainment centre.
For self driving you can pick-up a map from the welcome centre
Is self- drive allowed in Pilanesberg National Park?
Yes, you may drive your own vehicle around the park. Most 2wd sedans are suitable for exploring most of the park.
Do you a need a 4x4 vehicle to self- drive in Pilanesberg?
Many of the roads inside the park can be accessed in a 2WD vehicle, however some gravel roads are in a poor condition and a vehicle with high- clearance is recommended.
Can I enter the park on a motor bike?
The camping sites of Manyane and Bakgatla are accessible by motor bike but the park cannot be accessed by motor bike.
Can we visit Pilanesberg National Park on public holidays?
Yes, Pilanesberg National Park is open 365 days of the year.
Where can you have lunch?
You are welcome to have lunch at the Restaurant at either Manyane or Bakgatla Resort or at the Pilanesberg Center
Pilanesberg National has five public gates with an additional gate for the private Black Rhino Reserve.
Pilanesberg tariffs are per person and per vehicle.
- Adults: R 65
- Children: R 20
- Pensioners: R 20
- Vehicles: R 20
- March and April: 6h00-18h30
- May to September: 6h30-18h00
- September and October: 6h00-18h30
- November to February: 5h30-19h00
Pilanesberg is a malaria-free park that is open year round.