South Africa is home to the Big 5 (elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion). One of my ultimate favourite places to go see such wild animals has to be Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. On this particular day in April 2017, I used the Bakubung Gate. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Gauteng, but can take slightly longer if you stop to eat something along the way. 

There are really nice arts-and-craft stalls near the gate. During my recent visit, there was a placard that read "50% off" at one of the stalls. One can buy African inspired wooden artefacts, aprons (available from Amazon), colourful materials, African branded garments, African wooden crosses jewellery (available from Amazon) and so much more. 

My favourite part when visiting Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve has to be the game drives. I have been on both the game drives offered at the park as well as the self [game] drive where I used my vehicle. Both are special in their own ways.

What I really like with the one where a game ranger facilitates it, is that you get to hear a lot of information about the vegetation, history and animals. When using a private car, I love that you can pick your own route, drive for as long as you want and there is a lot more privacy.

For help in times of need, having a first-aid medical kit (available from Amazon), a fully charged power bank, also known as a portable battery charger (available from Amazon), and a portable panic button with alarm (available from Amazon), can make such a big difference. 

Remember to bring along sunscreen (available from Amazon)insect repellant (available from Amazon), a digital camera (available from Amazon), lots of waterhiking shoes (available from Amazon), and a hat. 

On this particular visit, we used an SUV and managed to spot the buffalo, rhino and elephant within about an hour. My inclination is toward the self-drive option. The park views are matchless to none. The sky is so much clearer. I love it. I have spent nights at various camps available on the premises and just love it. Whether you are coming as a day visitor to spend the night, this place is so special. I really love it here. 

I would like to hear all about your visit to Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. If you have been here and/or to a similar place, be sure to leave a comment below. 

Phindiwe Nkosi at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve, Bakubung Gate. Photo by GCPhindiwe Nkosi at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve, Bakubung Gate. Photo by GC

Arts and craft for sale at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve, Bakubung Gate. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiArts and craft for sale at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve, Bakubung Gate. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Sharing the road with zebras at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiSharing the road with zebras at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Warthogs at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiWarthogs at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

Unmatched views at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Photo by Phindiwe NkosiUnmatched views at Pilanesberg National Park & Game Reserve. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi

 

 

 

 

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