Wildlife & Animals – Pilanesberg GR
Pilanesberg has healthy populations of all of the Big Five animals. Elephant and white rhino are particularly common. Black rhino also occurs, but is rarely seen. As with any reserve that doesn't allow off-road driving and has thick vegetation, cat sightings are hit-and-miss. There is plenty of general plains wildlife around to keep game drives interesting.
Pilanesberg is a good place to see the rare nocturnal brown hyena. Night drives will give you the best chance to encounter these shy but inquisitive creatures. There is a pack of wild dogs as well, but they are rarely spotted.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry season (June to September) is best for wildlife viewing in Pilanesberg. The drought thins the foliage, creating a better view, and animals congregate around, and drink at, permanent water sources.