Hippo Yawn 7 960px WM
Hippo Yawn
Pied Kinfisher with Dinner 11 960px WM
Pied Kingfisher with Dinner
African Black Crake 1 960px WM
African Black Crake
Small Raptor 13 960px WM
Melanistic Gabar Goshawk


The Pilanesberg National Park is 550 square kms in size making it the 4th largest park in South Africa. Established in 1979 through Operation Genesis, where at that time over 6000 animals were relocated to Pilanesberg to bolster the existing wild life populations, this game reserve is centered around a volcano crater that erupted 1300 million years ago. The crater centre now contains Mankwe Dam, a great place for wild life to congregate. The dam also has a large and easily accesable animal and bird hide which is a great place to watch and photograph cormorant, darters, waterbuck, crocodiles, hippos, fish eagle, kingfishers and many other species.

Pilanesberg is situated in the transition zone between the semi-arid Kalahari Desert and the Lowveld which leads to good species counts and an array of plant life.


YouTube Giraffe Bulls Fighting Image

Click on the image to view these two Giraffe Bulls Fighting on YouTube



Wild Life in Pilanesberg

Over 7000 mammals including the Big 5
300 Bird Species