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Pilanesberg National Park

The Pilanesberg National Park is located in North West Province in South Africa, west of Pretoria. The park borders with the entertainment complex Sun City. Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to the Big 5 and offers a variety of affordable accommodation, from self-catering to luxury 5 Star Lodges.

Self Drive Safaris | Pilanesberg Game Reserve

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

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Pilanesberg National has five public gates with an additional gate for the private Black Rhino Reserve.

Entrance Rates

Pilanesberg tariffs are per person and per vehicle.

  • Adults: R 80
  • Adult  Foregn Nationals:  R110
  • Children (6-12 yrs): R 30
  • Pensioners (SA only): R 40
  • Vehicles:(Sedan/LDV/SUV) R 40

SA Citizens should produce identity document to substatiate citizenship

Gate Times

  • 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.

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Mon - Fri (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat (09:00 - 13:00)
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Top 10 Things To Do


Here are our top-ten things to do when visiting the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The big-five African Guided Safari is the most popular.

Adventure Tours


Our Activities and Adventure Tours are Departing from the Sun City Complex and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Information About Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Getting There

Getting There

From Johannesburg take the N1 towards Polokwane. Take the N4 Rustenburg split. Signage indicating Pilanesberg left. Read More
Where to Stay

Where to Stay

Pilanesberg offers a variety of affordable accommodation. Tshukudu and Bakubung lodges are situated in the reserve. Read More


Activities include game drives, either self-driven or guided and walks. Pilanesberg also operates balloon safari's. Read More
Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Dry Winter season in Pilanesberg is May to September, the rainy season is October to April which is Summer. Read More
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