Crater Choices – Pilanesberg Getaway

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A lovely 2-3-hour road journey from Johannesburg and you’ve arrived at the formidable Pilanesberg, a volcanic crater with a unique habitual adaptation perfect for the wild creatures enjoying the African Bush here. The creation of the Pilanesberg National Park is considered one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world.

Thanks to Operation Genesis in 1979, which involved the game-fencing of the park and the re-introduction of many long-vanished species, Pilanesberg now has in excess of 7,000 animals including 24 of the larger species. Situated in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City – just 2 hours away from Johannesburg or Pretoria. An abundance of wild life proliferate in some 580km² of diverse and interesting bushveld terrain.

The Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo – Africa’s Big Five. A wide variety of rare and common species exist here, like the nocturnal brown hyaena, the fleet-footed cheetah, the majestic sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, springbok, brown hyena, the red eyed bulbul, and camel thorn trees usually found in arid areas are found in co-habitation with moist-area-limited impala, black eyed bulbul and Cape chestnut trees.

Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites enable the tourist to experience “out-of-car” experiences as well. A self-guided trail in the walking area at the Manyane Complex offers environmental education whilst enjoying game viewing and bird watching on foot. Also at Manyane is a walk-in aviary with over 80 species of indigenous birds.

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg – a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world.

Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills – the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. The structure of the park is termed the “Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex”.

Ancient, even by geological time scales, this extinct volcano is the most perfect example of an alkaline ring complex. A number of rare (but not necessarily economically important) minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg rates high amongst the world’s outstanding geological phenomena.

There is a varying and fascinating combination of geology, landscape and rainfall which give rise to different patterns of vegetation – wide open grasslands, steep hill slopes, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys, thickets and thickly wooded gorges. There are over 132 species of trees and at least 68 species of grasses. The colourful hues, varied habitats and panoramas will delight photographers and visitors. The very topography makes the area a feast for the eye – the syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld, rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas.

 

 

Off the centre of the park is Thabayadiotso, “the Proud Mountain”. The Park covers an area of 55,000 hectare and ranks among the larger of the parks in South Africa. The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. Beyond Pilanesberg, heading north, is a pristine conservation area – Madikwe Game Reserve which offers a full safari experience in one of the more remote wilderness areas of South Africa.

As the Pilanesberg is in close proximity to Gauteng we find these two reserve a popular favourite amongst our residents and travellers. Since we understand no two people are the same we offer you some flexibility – one price two locations to choose from;

After the easy check-in at the lodge where your luggage is delivered to your en-suite accommodation for some time at leisure before we set off for the afternoon game drive Returning to the lodge followed by dinner and overnight.

African Chapter offer you an incredible 3-night stay in en-suite accommodation within the incredible North West Provinces’ Pilanesberg Game Reserve. For a remarkable price starting from R7407 per person or upgrade from R8063 per person sharing.

 Discuss your specifics with an African Chapter consultant to write your next chapter differently, we look forward to adding it to the next chapter in your book of life.

 

Valid from June – September 2017

Total for Tour
ZAR 16,125.00


Pilanesberg Game Lodge Overnight Package Includes:

  • 3-night accommodation in a Double Room sharing.
  • Dinner, Lunch, bed and breakfast.
  • 2 Game drive daily

Pilanesberg Game Lodge Overnight Package Excludes:

  • Beverages throughout your stay to be settled on check out please
  • Additional meals not specified above.
  • Conservation levy of R200 per stay

 

 

Terms & Conditions

  • All rates are subject to final availability at the time of booking and any further rate adjustments due to exchange rate fluctuations, annual increases and other uncontrollable circumstances.
  • African Chapter Tours are insured for public and passenger liabilities in incidences where this might be applicable.
  • African Chapter Tours abide to an environmentally conscious programme for the development of conservation in all aspects of tourism which this package includes.
  • Errors and omissions excluded
  • Cancellation policies apply once written confirmation of acceptance is received.
  • Any no shows will be charged for in full

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