Kids on Safari to Pilanesberg National Park
Pretoria 3h15 am - 3 December 2003: Alan 10, Jade 6 and Millie 4 can't wait to get to the park!
19 June 2014: Probably about 7% of my roughly 1000 trips/10 000 hours over the last 13 years at Pilanesberg have been with kids. Pilanesberg is far more kid friendly than Madikwe, and also malaria free. The main advantage is that you are totally flexible, and absolute winner when the kids get tired and difficult. The furthest part of the Park is maximum an hour away from any gate, so you can get out and move around freely as opposed to being stuck inside the Park. You can also drive around yourself as well as take drives. It is also more affordable, and more activities are on offer. There is the Predator Park just outside Pilanesberg, then Sun City, the pools at the Lodges and Resorts for summer, self guided walks in the 400ha Educational Area at Manyane where you can get close to impala, springbok, zebra, waterbuck, kudu, warthog and giraffe.
With the above trip we did a 3 day.
Day 1 we spend mostly game viewing as planned.
Day 2 we took a break after breakfast at 10 am for 2 hours. 1 of us then stayed with 2 kids at the pool till 5pm while the other took the grown ups on a drive.
Day 3 we did a morning drive, checked out from Bakgatla and had breakfast at 10am, drove though the park to Sun City to arrive at 11h45. Went to the Valley of Waves where the kids had a ball till 4 pm, then back to game viewing till 7pm, arriving back in Pretoria at 9pm.
In the industry very few operators cater for safaris for children. We recommend 2 days minimum but will of course go for 1 day. Their attention span depends on their age so there will normally be 2 of us in case you need a break. They love the camps, swimming pools and of course Sun City. The no malaria factor is a great advantage as well is the short distance to Pretoria and Johannesburg. I would also recommend a visit to the cheetah research centre at De Wildt if over 6yo, Ukutula Lion Park or Lesedi Cultural Village - this can fill another day.
Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City
Picture Gallery 2011 & after
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004
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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
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park - R4 250pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!
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
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
806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated June 2014
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