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Pilanesberg National Park
Weather and climate in Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg has a different rainfall pattern to Gauteng. I lost a client that cancelled the night before as it was pouring in Johannesburg where she was staying at a hotel. She insisted it will rain in Pilanesberg, and she couldn't understand that it is planets apart. My assurances that it didn't rain in PB that day didn't pacify her, neither did the weather forecast that there was only a 5% chance of 1mm in PB for the next day...and as it turned out there was no rain at PB, but it was still raining in Jo'burg. Even if it did rain in PB, that is no reason not to go viewing. Cats i.e. don't like getting wet, so they can sit up or you might find them taking a stroll.
PB has a much drier climate, it can rain in patches in the Park, with other areas bone dry. It normally rains 10 - 15 minutes hard, and then it is over. The exception is from about mid Dec - Mid Feb, with the heaviest rain normally in the last week in January. That is also the week the Kruger normally gets soaked with floods in Mozambique resulting. Then beginning May we normally get a bit of mist hanging over the Park, but it does lift eventually.
2 Day weather forecast
Info below courtesy of
SA Weather Service
Pic above was taken 22 Jan 04. After a serious drought Pilanesberg recorded 94 mm in 24 hours. We only saw about 10 other cars the whole day. Though visibility was about 10 m at times we had absolutely awesome sightings.
Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City
It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!
Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.
Airport at Pilanesberg
Animal studies in Pilanesberg
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park - R4 250pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!
Black Rhino Game Lodge
Buffalo in the Park
Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.
Condition of the Veld
Dangers in Pilanesberg
Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other
Directions - see map
Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.
Entrance fee - see gate times
Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives
Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.
Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park
Geology of Pilanesberg National Park
Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting. It's not a Zoo!
History of Pilanesberg National Park
Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged. Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!
Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge
Map and directions to Pilanesberg
Other Parks near Pilanesberg
Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg
Packages to Lodges
Picture Gallery - taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.
Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.
Reading - other re Pilanesberg.
Safety in Pilanesberg
Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge
Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg
Things to do in and around Pilanesberg
Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:
Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Veld Condition in the Park
Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area
What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?
When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc
806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated March 2016
All Pilanesberg queries - firstname.lastname@example.org