Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Surrounds in South Africa

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Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Surrounds

Pilanesberg Game Reserve is found in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. It is set in the crater of a long extinct volcano. 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. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. This beauty is highlighted in the Mankwe Dam, a large central lake.

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve ranks among the larger parks of South Africa and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. It exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as "Bushveld". This unique vegetation caused by the transition zone creates many habitats for the mammals and birds. Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal found in southern Africa, it is also home to the Big Five.

The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park.