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Pilanesberg National Park
Yearly Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park
November, December, January, February
March, April, September, October
May, June, July, August
Parks officials will lock the gate at closing time exactly so make sure you are out! If stuck for some reason hope a nightdrive is taking place. I met a guy last year that got locked in with his mom @ 6pm @ Manyane as he was 2 minutes late. Luckily there was a vehicle that was doing a night drive that came back at 8.45pm that let them through.

I can applaud the North West Parks Board for not jumping on the tourism wagon. Entrance is only R20/car and R65pp; far too cheap. If staying in the 'park' camps and lodges you once pay once and entrances are valid the whole week. If staying outside you have to pay every day.  Day visitors are welcome but please make sure you read the back of your receipt.

1. Arrival at the gate: 1st car has the right to buy their permit 1st; that is just good manners & common sense. So if someone has arrived before you and before the gate opens and are having coffee, have the decency to let them buy theirs first. And hope that I 'm not there to see you try jump the queue - I will tell you off; a great way to start both our days.

2. Blocking the gate: If you have arrived the day before and have a permit, you can drive straight in; that means going in before any day visitors. So day visitors please park in the parking bays till you get your permit. If you drive past and block the gate for someone else, me or someone else won't hesitate to tell you to move. Don't make the poor reception lady's day starting off hard by being an ass.

And more......please read Game etiquette  It is absolutely shocking how little South Africans know about game viewing and what stupidity they display. On 20 May 2006 we saw 2 people out their car taking pictures 5m from Mavuso; him being in full musth. I don't think they know how lucky they are to still be alive.

Make sure you get to the gate in time.

Entrance Rates from 1 December 2017
Pilanesberg tariffs are per person and per vehicle.
• Adults: R80
• All Children(6-12 years): R30 = 5yo and under free
• Pensioners(only SA Citizens) only: R40
• Foreign Nationals levy(per adult): R30
• School Groups(per child):R20
• Car(Sedan/LDV/SUV): R40
• Combi(10-16 seats):R60
• Mini Bus(17-25 seats):R100
• Bus(28-50 seats)R140
• Bus(50 plus seats):R190
SA citizens should be able to produce identity document to substantiate citizenship

Maps are now R100

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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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
- Updated March 2018
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