Malaria free Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City ranks as one of the largest parks in South Africa and is located in a rare volcanic complex.
Home to Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard as well as Cheetah, Brown Hyena and majestic Sable antelope, Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City is a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg in the North West Province, South Africa.
Bakgatla Resort is well placed within the boundaries of Pilanesberg National Park near Sun City, which is just a 20 minute drive away. Guests can enjoy an exciting Big Five safari near Sun City and learn about other wonderful wildlife as well as explore all the facilities available at popular Sun City.
Pilanesberg National Park has Mankwe Dam at its centre and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. With the passage of time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with open grasslands, rocky outcrops, wooded valleys and thickets. Numerous Stone and Iron Age sites are scattered throughout the park.
The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as bushveld. Unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.
Directions from OR Tambo Airport
As you leave the airport take the road to Pretoria - R21. As you near Pretoria take the N1 North to Polokwane. Now look out for and take the N4 West to Rustenburg. On this section of the road you will pass two toll gates. Pass the turnoffs to Hartebeespoort, Brits and Randburg. Now look out for the next turnoff to Sun City, Bapong, Majakaneng - R556. TAKE THIS TURN – DO NOT PROCEED TO RUSTENBURG.
From Sandton travel north along William Nicol Drive to the four-way intersection with Witkoppen Road. Turn left into Witkoppen Road towards Lanseria / Roodepoort. Turn right at the intersection with Hans Strijdom Extension on the road towards Broederstroom and Lanseria – R512. Cross the bridge over the R28 Krugersdorp / Pretoria highway, pass the Lanseria turnoff and continue straight. At the T-junction take the turn left on the R512 to Magaliesberg / Brits Continue on this road until you see the Sun City sign board on your left. Turn right onto the R512 to Brits and cross the bridge over Hartebeespoort Dam.
At the next T-junction turn right on the R512 to Brits. Follow the directional signs. At the 4-way stop turn left to Rustenburg / Sun City. At the signpost R27 Rustenburg / Brits turn right. On the bridge turn left towards Rustenburg. Continue to the slipway on the left, take slipway and continue on the N4 highway. Now look out for the next turnoff to Sun City, Bapong, Majakaneng – R556. TAKE THIS TURN – DO NOT PROCEED TO RUSTENBURG.Driving from the R556 to Bakgatla Resort
At the top of the off ramp turn right to Sun City / Bapong. At the fourth 4-way stop turn right on the R510 (25km / 16 miles) to Mogwase. Turn left at the sign posted Pilanesberg National Park. At the second 4-way stop turn right. Pass the Manyane Gate and go straight through till you reach the T-junction. Turn left and follow the road until you reach the Bakgatla gate.