- The Volcano that gave birth to a Game Reserve
- The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1.3 billion years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.
- The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.
- The creation of the Pilanesberg National Park is considered one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. The Operation Genesis, which involved the game-fencing of the reserve and the reintroduction of long-vanished species, began during the late 70's. 6000 animals were resettled into the park over the course of the early 1980s. Operation Genesis is still the largest game translocation undertaken in the world, and as a result the park now has in excess of 10,000 animals.
- One main attraction of the Pilanesberg is that it is malaria free and so no precautionary prophylactics are necessary. However during the rainy season there are plenty of mosquitoes and ticks in the grass so insect repellent is advisable.
- In May 2004, as part of a workable 10 year plan to establish a corridor between Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserve, the private concession called Black Rhino Game Reserve was incorporated into the park on the north-western side. Access to this concession is only available to guests who stay overnight in the concession. The reserve is characterized by a huge number of Tambuti Trees and these trees play host to an incredibly wide variety of bird species thus also making the area a birding paradise.
For more information:
- History of the Pilanesberg National Park - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilanesberg_Game_Reserve
- Support the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust - http://www.pilanesbergwildlifetrust.co.za
- Tourism in the North West Province - http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/index.html
- Join the "Friends of the Pilanesberg" - http://www.fops.org.za
- Support saving the rhinos - http://www.stoprhinopoaching.com