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Oct 22, 2010 - Game Drives at Pilanesberg National Park

We arose early and boarded our open vehicle for a game drive in the park. Our group split up into two vehicles. Our driver was Peter. Shortly after entering the park, we sited some hippos resting in a "dam". Dam is the word they use for a lake. As we drove on we saw many different species of wildlife. Here is a tally: 32 Elephant- Did you know they flap their ears to cool their blood 3-7 deg C? 15 Blue Wildebeest 23 Helmeted Guineafowl 2 Hippos 1 Grey Heron 17 Burchell's Zebra 1 African Darter 5 White Rhino- their heads are pointed...

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Oct 21, 2010 - Stellenbosch to Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park

Today we travel back to Johannesburg then on to Pilanesberg National Park for the game drives. We were up at 4:30 am with breakfast at 5:30 and departure on our bus at 6:00. We arrived at the airport at 6:30 and checked in at South African Airways for our 8:00 am flight. We parted company with Val Thomson our guide. She was a wonderful guide for our Cape Town area visit. She shared so much of her country with us that it has been difficult to capture all the highlights as well as some of the details. She has enabled us to have many great...

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Mar 30, 2010 - Pilanesberg Lions

We left Sandton City this morning after breakfast and a quick photo op at Nelson Mandela Square, with its giant sculpture of the famous South African leader. The drive to Sun City was quite nice----we saw some of the nicer neighborhoods of Johannesburg and beautiful countryside once we were out of the city. I am still somewhat disoriented by the security surrounding the homes---all well protected behind gates and barbed wire and electric fences. You find yourself hoping that one day this will change for this (so far) beautiful...

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Aug 2, 2005 - Day 79-80 Pilanesburg

A good park to take the kids to lots of interactive activities and many places to get out of the car and stop in hides. very much different than kruger and much fewer numbers of large animals, and many parts with no animals at all due to a burn they just had on the side of the park where private vehicles can roam. Of course it was lush probably teaming with animals on the other side where the paid overland trucks journey through, but in reality we were fine with the animals we had seen that day just tired of driving and looking for them I...

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Feb 4, 2004 - Pilanesberg National Park - Manyane Camp

For three Canadian boys, the prospect of seeing real live wild African animals was a surreal thought that would not sink in until our first encounter with such a beast. As we drove to Pilanesberg (about two hours northwest of Pretoria), we grappled with such thoughts until we got there. Once we had set up camp, we hopped in the car for an afternoon drive. The park would not disappoint: it's relatively small size and large animal population ensured ample viewing opportunities. Within minutes we passed a bunch of zebra. As we approached a...

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