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Pilanesberg National Park

Before # 1, I just want to state that though I know I 'm good, I also know that I sometimes miss sightings. I also know that I don't know everything. However, I spot ver very well & knows more than most. BUT; I have been matched on the 20 Jan 05 trip by both Dan and Liesbeth, a Swedish couple as well as by a real honey nicknamed hawk-eye by her mates during the Easter 2004 trip! About 1% of my clients are naturals, a rare talent! And then April 2007 by a 13yo girl, Rebecca, who totally outspotted me. So I offered her a job.....! And then in Jan 09 by Xavier - and not since then (now March 2018), though I've has some very good & natural spotters along.

1. Any vehicle doing Pilanesberg tends to pick up a squeak or 2 - so have we. So in transit there can be an irritating noise. We do our best to always fix this, silicone spray etc, but the squeaks keep coming!
2. We don't wash and polish our Kombi before a trip, just a wash. A rhino charged his reflection so we got smart. We wash the windows inside and out and the insides are clean.
3. The aircon has been disconnected - if running I tend to get a throat infection.
4. The heating now works again but we don't use it. Heating makes the driver drowsy at 4 am so we stick with blankets.We didn't take blankets and pillows right away in Winter 2003 but we keep learning....
5. I 'm not a cowboy and won't drive or act recklessly but unfortunately I cannot take responsibility for idiots in the Park. So when I approach elephant right and then get 5 metres from them as they approach me, I will of course be lax to move when some a$%hole comes up behind me and leaves his diesel engine running. I was there first and the fact that Mr idiot aggrevates the elephants could make them come right for me, like they did once.....
6. Note that the normal wear and tear rates doesn't apply to Pilanesberg. I replaced 7 tyres in 1 year. The alignment on the front goes for a ball within the 1st trip after it's done. So this is a cost you carry!!
7. You can be sure my vehicle is in a great mechanical shape. I really do not want to get stuck, even though I have a back up 4km outside Manyane gate where I've been based the last 8 years. I have been able to do about 10 vehicle swops since then with no breakdowns, but I have had flats with clients 3 times in the same 8y.
8. We have passenger liability of R20 Mil not R5 Mil as by law.
But I did sideswipe the balloon trailer that was parked in the middle of the road in April 2007 .....
9. I have an extra window in my Kombi; it is not standard!
10. 2nd Lastly , DUST. We drive with open windows and when some roads have just been scraped, there is a bit of dust. Live with it!
11. I 'm not a registered Theta guide but but have done both my FGASA (Field Guide) 1 & 2. I have offloaded a registered guide I 've taken with at the gate due to his lack of knowledge, attitude and people skills. It is extremely embarrassing when you are paying a "professional" Theta guide and he is beyond useless..... I've done around 12 000 hours at Pilanesberg over the last 15 years, and about 600 in Kruger - I only go once/year :)

sleep when you can - pic taken just after arrival at Pilanesberg. I provide nice soft duck down pillows
Sleeping in transit!

Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Working with new pics are just too time consuming, so I only do it when I have free time! May 2019 Picture Gallery up to 2019
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004

It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg

Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R5 000pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting.  It's not a Zoo!

History of Pilanesberg National Park

Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged.  Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc

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- Updated March 2018
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