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Wildlife Sanctuary of South Africa- Pilanesburg & Kruger National Park

By Riddhi Shah on Feb 16, 2017
Themes:  Nature & Wildlife  Wine and Dine  | Category: Family Vacation | Country:  South Africa

Africa- the word itself gives us visuals of beautiful jungles, raw wildlife and scenic beauty. This place is just perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. There are many National Park as well as the Game Reserves in South Africa.

Here are two of the main national parks that will just add up to the thrill of your South Africa Tour packages. No other place can be better than Pilanesburg National Park and Kruger National Park which offer you the best wildlife adventure of your life. To know every detail about these national parks keep on reading.

Pilanesburg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park is set within the crater of an ancient volcano formed by overflowing magma before 1.2 billion years.The total area of this National Park is around 572 Square Kilometers. The formation of rocks and the landscape at this place are a definite reminder of its volcanic past.This relatively small sized park, and its uncommon ecological richness, dramatically increases your chance of encountering the Big 5 (lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, leopard, rhinoceros) in their natural environment. You will enjoy a leisurely Safari experience which will leave you stunned. Your South Africa tour package will be incomplete without visiting this place.

How to Reach Pilanesburg National Park?

Pilanesburg National Park is nearer to one of South Africa’s main city i.e. Johannesburg. It takes around 03 Hours to reach here. Pilanesburg National Park can be visited all over the year. Sun City is around 10 Minutes from Pilanesburg National Park.

Why to visit this National Park?



The main reason to include this place in your South Africa tour package is the uniqueness of its location. Pilanesberg National Park is situated in a transition zone- between the dry & wet forest vegetation. This place is home to various flora and fauna. Various famous species of wildlife can be spotted here which includes the Big 5, Sable antelope, Roan, wild dog Tsessebe and more than 350 species of birds.

Where to Stay at the Pillanesberg National Park?

The Pilannesburg National Park offers some unique accommodation options which suits tastes of everybody. Here you can enjoy the Safari Tents tucked in bushes to the luxury lodges you can find it all. Some of the Accommodations are:-

Bakubung Bush Lodge


The Bakubung Bush Lodge is a fusion of African Wildlife experience with the Modern Day Luxuries. The Bakubung Bush Lodge is situated inside the Pilannesburg National Park.

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge


The KwaMaritane Bush Lodge is situated on the slopes of volcano in the heart of Pilannesburg National Park. This place is very unique where you can rejuvenate your mind and body in the amazing wilderness of Africa.

Ivory Tree Game Lodge


The Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated on the Pilannesburg National Park’s North Eastern Region. The Closest gate for this lodge is Bakgatla Gate. The Ivory Tree Game Resort is an oasis of luxury which provides various relaxing activities like Swimming Pool, Spa, Outdoor Dining. Here one can enjoy the traditional Zulu Dance, African Band, percussion show and many more.

Game Drive at Pilanesburg National Park


Imagine being just few feet away from the giant African Lion? Experience this as you take the game drive at Pilanesberg during your South Africa tour.


Wander around in an open safari vehicle which allows you the closest encounters with the wild creatures. You will come across abundance of rare species like cheetah and wild dogs and not forgetting the birds from varied species. The game drives are generally conducted during the cooler hours of the day to see the activity of the wildlife. The game trackers will share all type of knowledge regarding the wildlife throughout your drive. You will find amazing wildlife photography opportunities as well.

Kruger National Park

Explore the vast landscapes and the spectacular African wildlife at South Africa’s most exciting safari destination- The Kruger national park. The Kruger National Park is spread over the area of 19, 485 Square Kilometers, which makes it one of world’s largest national park. The diversity and density of the animals living here is unparalleled and every Africa’s iconic species- lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe and zebra-live their dramatic days out here.

How to Reach Kruger National Park?

The Kruger national Park is well connected with the both Roads and airport. You can reach Kruger National Park from Johannesburg that is approximately 7 hours by road.  Also you can reach Kruger by flight, there are 03 airports to reach Kruger National Park
1. Phalaborwa:- situated at Northern Section
2. Hoedspruit:- Situated at Central Section
3. Kruger Mpumalanga:- Situated at Southern Section
4. Skukuza Airport:- Situated at South Western Section

Why visit this National Park?

Guided wildlife activities are abundant and accommodation is both plentiful and great value. The most unique activity of the park is the sunset game drive which begins with marvelous views of the sun going down the forest landscape & ends with a night time drive in the forest.

Where to stay at the Kruger National Park?

The Kruger National Park being one of the largest National Park offers a wide variety of accommodation to visitors. The accommodations range from safari camps to exclusive
game lodges.

Protea Hotel Kruger Gate


This hotel is located near the Paul Kruger Gate. The hotel is around 07 Hours drive from Johannesburg, 85 Km from Mpulmanga International airport. The hotel is a prefect combination of modern day luxury tucked in the middle of wilderness. Here you can enjoy the relaxing Spa as well as mouth watering delicious cuisine.

SabiSabiLittle Bush Lodge


The hotel is located in the Sabi Sand Private game reserve, which borders the Kruger National Park. This resort offers luxury with privacy as it offers the accommodation is 6 free standing private thatched huts which provide exclusive privacy to the guests. It is perfect gateway for the family as well as for the couple to enjoy their time in wilderness combined with modern day luxury.

HoyoHoyo Tsonga Safari Lodge


The lodge is typical because the rooms are small round cottages made up of thatched roof
and color scheme of earth colour. The lodge reflects the Tsonga Culture and hospitality. The lodge is a perfect combination of ethnicity and luxury. The private huts provides exclusivity and privacy to the guests.


Game Drive at Kruger National Park.

The best time to experience the safari in the early morning or in the afternoon. You will depart from Hazyview (or from your accommodation in the surrounding area is) in an open safari vehicle and you will be taken on a thrilling experience of a guided tour of the Kruger National Park.

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