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Just one and a half hours away from central Johannesburg and past the expansive waters of the Hartebeestpoort Dam lies the wild and rolling hills and valleys of the Pilansberg Game Reserve.

This reserve teams with wildlife and birdlife reminiscent of times long passed when the entire landscape was in complete harmony. Located in the transition zone between the western arid Kalahari and the wetter eastern Lowveld, there is a huge variety of geology, landscape, rainfall and vegetation and this gives rise to a diversity of animals and birds not encountered elsewhere in the country.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings and evenings are best for driving around to search for photographic subjects, but it is worth spending the whole day at the hides.
Photographic Tips
Winter months provide the best times for photography as the veld is dry and open. This also means that birds and animals concentrate around the numerous waterholes with accompanying hides.
Recommended Gear
A solid beanbag is a must for photographing at the hides. Telephoto lenses are a priority for bird and animal photography.


Site Highlights
Malatse Hide,Mankwe Lake View,Ruighoek & Makorwane Dams,Lenong View Point.


Season and Weather
Summer months are hot and humid and with afternoon thundershowers expected. Winter weather is very pleasant with cooler temperatures and more stable weather patterns.


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Getting There
Pilansberg is situated 50kms north of Rustenburg and is only 1, 5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Follow the N4 past Hartebeestpoort Dam to Rustenburg. Follow the R565 and signs to Sun City from where the reserve is well sign posted.
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Peter Chadwick
Author: Peter ChadwickWebsite: http://www.peterchadwick.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.