A visit to Pilansberg National Park with MoAfrika Tours
(3 minute read with Video)
We are super excited for the release of the anticipated movie the Lion King while it premieres today and being a true 90’s kid I cannot wait to see my favourite childhood movie come to life.
Speaking of lions Meletso had the opportunity to visit Pilanesberg National Park in the North West with MoAfrika Tours and witness the real “Circle of Life” right here in South Africa. I think we forget how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country and we are able to see nature up close with a full Safari Day.
FAST FACT: Pilanesberg National Park is South Africa’s fourth largest game park, it is situated in a crater in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province.
This crater is the product of a volcano that erupted many millions of years ago, this extinct volcano has evolved to become one of the most fascinating landscapes to visit. The park covers an area of 55 000 hectares with more than 7000 animals living there in a free and unhindered environment.
Pilanesberg is home to all of the BIG 5 and it offers over 200 km of roads for guided or self-drive game viewing.
Our day started early when we were picked up at a hotel in Pretoria around 7AM and transported to the reserve by our driver, Sugar. On arrival your guide will take you on an exciting, open 4x4 safari vehicle safari drive in search of the animals that inhabit the National Park. Our guide, Anton was extremely knowledgeable and gave us in-depth information with hilarious commentary about the animals we saw.
Unfortunately, we did not get to see any lions but we did get to witness, not one, not two but THREE leopard’s in the park within the 1st hour of our safari which we were told is very rare. It was definitely our lucky day, in addition we were fortunate to spot rhinos, elephants, wildebeests, giraffes, zebras, hippos and various antelope.
We also witnessed a teen elephant charge our 4X4 vehicle but Anton quickly resolved the situation by speaking Afrikaans to the elephant.
See the full day’s video below:
What you can expect from this tour:
Collection and drop off from any address in Johannesburg/ Pretoria in an air-conditioned vehicle
Pickup in Johannesburg/ Pretoria
Entrance into the Pilanesberg National Park
1 x 2 ½ to 3 Hours Guided Open 4×4 morning safari drive
1 x 2 to 2 ½ Hours Guided Open 4×4 afternoon safari drive
Light lunch in the reserve pit stop restaurant
Please remember to take refreshments with as you will only have time to stop for a bathroom break before you get to the reserve and at lunch time, in addition, we would advise you that because there is one shop within the reserve, the prices are driven up by the substantial demand for refreshments.
Pack a hat and sunblock should you be visiting during the hotter months, a warm jacket is recommended during winter like we have. Once again, luckily for us, our safari expert Anton had blankets in the vehicle that really helped with the icy wind.
MoAfrika Tours combines more than 15 years of experience in South African tourism.
The tour costs R2295 per person for the Full Day Tour with a duration of 9 hours - for more information and booking details visit the Mo Afrika Tours website.