The Pilanesberg Game Reserve
is located in North West Province
in South Africa
, west of Pretoria
.The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills, of which the formation rises from the surrounding plains. Pilanesberg
is named after a Tswana
the 'Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex' is the park's primary geological feature. This vast circular geological feature is ancient even by geological
standards as it is the crater of a long extinct volcano
and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, the rare rock types and formations make it a unique geological feature. A number of rare minerals occur in the park. Pilanesberg Game Reserve rates high amongst the world's outstanding geological phenomena.
The scenic terrain lies in the transition zone between Kalahari
, and both types of vegetation are found here. As a result of the park being on a transition zone there are overlaps in mammals, birds and vegetation. Today, Pilanesberg Game Reserve accommodates almost every large mammal of southern Africa.
© Leif A H Johansson Photography