Game Viewing Tips
Here are some tips to make your trip to Pilanesberg National Park more enjoyable.
- Stick to the speed limit. Apart from breaking the rules of the park, animals have evolved to allow them to blend in with thier surroundings. The faster you drive the greater the chance that you will miss a lot of viewing opportunities. I like to travel at around 20km/h. This also anables me to put the car in second and just let it 'idle' along.
- Look at everthing. There is a lot more to see in Pilanesberg National Park than just big game. Keep an eye open for other animals in the park such as birds, butterflies, reptiles and even dung beetles.
- Use Binoculars. A good pair of binoculars will do wonders to bring animals closer. It also enables you to take notice of some of the smaller creatures in Pilanesberg National Park.
- Books. At the very least you should have with you a book about game. I have a whole library of books when we go game viewing. They consist of 2 birding books, a book about mammals, a general wildlife book and a book on butterflies. Reading about animal behavior makes game viewing a lot more enjoyable.
- Switch off the radio. Listen to the wonderfull sounds of nature in Pilanesberg National Park. You will also be surprised at the number of animals you hear before you see as they move through the bush.
- Get in Early.I have found the best time to view game in Pilanesberg National Park is in the early morning.
- Don't hoot or whistle. Apart from annoying other visitors to Pilanesberg National Park, hooting at animals or whistling to get thier attention is counter productive. The animal is more likely to run away than look up and smile at the camera.
- Don't get out the car. Firstly, wild animals are not domesticated. They can be dangerous. Secondly, the animals are use to cars. As soon as you get out of the car you pose a new threat and they will most likely run away.
- Keep your distance. Keep a safe distance from the amimals in Pilanesberg National Park. Specially elephants and Rhinos. If you get too close they might attack and your little 4x4 is no match.
- Keep to the roads. There is a reason why some roads have no entry signs. They are service roads to allow Pilanesberg National Park staff to do thier duties. Also, if you don't drive a 4x4 stay off the 4x4 route.
- Animals have the right of way. You are a visitor to the animals kingdom. Respect thier territory.