Black Rhino reserve
This new reserve forms part of the greater Pilanesberg National Park, which is an area of about 57 000 hectares. Black Rhino Game Reserve is situated on the North-Western boundary of the Pilanesberg National Park (PNP). It is just less than 2000 hectares and is the first extension that was incorporated into the PNP.
The final goal is to incorporate farms between PNP and Madikwe Game Reserve in order to form a “Heritage Park” that will include about 300 000 hectares.
From Buffalo Thorn Lodge, we can traverse the entire park of 57 000 hectares in open game-drive vehicles, for close-up viewing of the big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) as well as numerous endangered species such as Cheetah, African Wild Dog, Sable and Tsessebe Antelope.
The Black Rhino Game Reserve’s vegetation is predominantly sweetveld and it complements the sour and mixed veld of the PNP. The reserve is characterised by large numbers of Tamboti trees and therefore regular sightings of the bad-tempered Black Rhino are quite probable.
Black Rhino Game Reserve is a natural ecosystem that has developed over thousands of years. In this unique reserve, the different vegetation exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld commonly known as bushveld.
As a result of the range of habitats and vegetation found in the Black Rhino Game Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park, there is a wide diversity of animal species, from the “Big five” to 50 other mammal species, 354 bird species, 65 reptile species, 18 amphibian species and thousands of other interesting smaller species!
It rains during the summer months between November and March, with thunder and lightning showers predominant in February and March. Temperatures hover around 79-86°F (26-30°C).
April to September is the cool dry winter season with bright clear warm days and cold nights, particularly in the mid-winter months of June to August. Game viewing/safaris are best in winter as the foliage has died back and animals frequent around waterholes.