Pilansberg Nature Reserve
Geologically, the Pilanesberg is unique in that it is one of three such features that exist in the world. It is a circular range of hills that is the eroded remnant of a once mighty volcano. Within its radiating valleys and hills, a Park was created in 1979, covering over fifty thousand hectares.
The park is home to a huge variety of wildlife species, from the well known "big five", to other animals such as the cheetah, brown hyena, wild dog, giraffe, zebra and hippo. You can be guaranteed good sightings of white rhino and elephant, sometimes lions, and if one is very lucky, the elusive leopard.
This is the nearest Park to the Gauteng cities with large and viable populations of wild animals. For the visitor, it is malaria-free and the predominant activities are guided game drives. This is the best wildlife-viewing and wildlife photography destination within easy reach of Johannesburg. Photographically it provides scope for beautiful landscape scenes of the ancient volcano; good opportunities for large game photography, as well as the colourful bushveld birds that frequent the area.