Private Big 5
Two and a half
Thaba Lodge is situated in the Black Rhino Reserve, which is a private concession, incorporated into the Pilanesberg National Park on the North Western side. There are no fences between the main park and this concession and animals roam freely between the 2 areas. This lower lying area of the reserve has sweet veld vegetation which complements the Pilanesberg’s predominantly mixed sour veld. This type of habitat carries a wide variety of game species. Sightings of elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, blackbacked jackal, serval, genet, caracal and African wild dogs are highlights, while many antelope species, giraffe, zebra and primates such as baboons and vervet monkeys are often seen. This area also lends itself to excellent birding, especially in the summer months, because the reserve is situated in a transitional area between the Kalahari and the lowveld.
The Pilanesberg National Park comprises 55 000 Hectares and borders the Sun City entertainment complex. The most remarkable feature of this destination is the 1200 million-year old volcano crater with Mankwe Dam in the centre. The reserve is one of the most beautiful parks in South Africa because of the many mountains that provide scenic backdrops to the savannah.
The Park offers a number of wonderful picnic spots and numerous hides for game and bird watching. In addition to the complimentary professionally guided game drives in an open safari vehicle provided by Thaba Lodge, hot air balloon safaris and interpretive bush walks can also be arranged.