Best Safaris To The Pilanesberg National Park
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About The Pilanesberg National Park
The park has an area of 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi). One can travel through in a standard road vehicle as although most of the 188 kilometres of track are not surfaced, they are well maintained. The three main tarred roads are named Kgabo, Kubu and Tswene. There are several camps serving the park from the outside, such as Bagatla and Manyane. Several lodges are situated within the park itself. For the day visitors there are several stops on the inside where there are bars and gift shops. Towards the centre of the park there is an artificially constructed lake, the Mankwe Dam, and Thabayadiotso, which means “the Proud Mountain”.
The park has a rich array of southern African wildlife including the Big Five, the five most dangerous game animals in Africa. Most of the animal species of southern Africa live in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve today, including Transvaal lions, African bush elephants, South-western black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, African buffaloes, African leopards, South African cheetahs, Hartmann’s mountain zebras, South African giraffes, hipposs and crocodiles. The Cape wild dog (Lycaon pictus pictus) had been extirpated from the park, but reintroduction efforts have been carried out recently, with uncertain outcome. Over 360 bird species were counted. The Pilanesberg is not in a location which the Big Five animals would naturally inhabit, however they have been brought into the 550 square kilometres of African bushland.
As of December 2010 the total count of large mammals was approximately 10,000, including:
- 50 lions
- 30 leopards
- 12 cheetahs
- 220 elephants
- Black rhinoceros
- White rhinoceros
- 5 sable antelopes
- 220 African buffaloes
- 600 kudus
- 1700 zebras
- 3000 impalas
Other cats can be found, such as caracals.
The only indigenous southern African mammals that are not there are bontebok, blesbuck, spotted hyena, nyala and roan antelope.