Top things to do in Pilanesberg National Park

Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Batlhako Dam Hide

Batlhako Dam Hide, in the park's west, gets very few visitors and is excellent for birds; keep an eye out also for rhinos nearby and take the detour to the lonely plaque marking the spot of an abandoned Dutch Reform…
Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Makorwane Hide

A good option for birdlife, Makorwane Hide tends to get a few visitors, given its proximity to the main roads. Hippos, elephants and even the occasional predator are always possible sightings and the scenery of roll…
Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Ruighoek Hide

You never quite know what you'll get at this hide, although you'll probably have it to yourself as not many people make it out here. Hippos, lions, waterbirds and even rhino or brown hyena are all a chance.
Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Malatse Dam Hide

Quiet Malatse Dam Hide is excellent for birds, although when water levels are low it's a little far from the water. Watch for African fish eagles perched on the picturesque dead trees in the shallows.
Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Lenong Lookout

Offering the most extensive views over the park's heartland, Lenong, close to the geographical centre of the park, is well worth the climb. On a clear day, you can see most of the park.
Cafe in Pilanesberg National Park

Zebra Crossing

A cafe with a large terrace that provides good views of a waterhole popular with wildebeest and giraffes. It serves pizza, burgers, wraps and salads, plus some kids’ meals.
Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Mankwe Hide

The Mankwe Hide can be good for birdlife, but gets overrun by vehicles close to sunset – it's the most accessible of the hides and it's where most organised game drives stop for their sundowners.
Picnic Area in Pilanesberg National Park

Fish Eagle Picnic Site

This elevated and fenced picnic sight overlooks the Mankwe Dam from on high, but most vantage points are closed off by dense and rather scruffy foliage. It can get busy at lunchtime.
Viewpoint in Pilanesberg National Park

Ratlhogo Waterhole Hide

Busier than most hides as it's just off the main drag, Ratlhogo still has fine views of the rolling bushveld, hills, wading birds and even the odd predator.
Supermarket in Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg Centre

In the centre of the park, this place has a gift shop and a store with a reasonable range of basic supplies.