"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

Posted on May 21, 2016 by Sioux under General
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A few days in the bush was a definite must for me, and as the Pilansberg is only a 2,5 hour drive away and is home to the Big 5, it was the obvious choice for a short stay.

 

Pilansberg National Park has a long history, being formed some 2 million years ago, by volcanic eruptions. At its peak the volcano was a massive 7km’s in height……higher than Mount Kilimanjaro! Over time and with further eruptions creating more peaks, while craters collapsed, a concentric onion ring like circle of mountains was formed, containing 15 different types of soil and rock. Due to years of erosion, the highest peak, Matlhorwe is now a mere 700m high.

There are 15 historical sites within the reserve,

demarcated by information plaques. The reserve also has 6 types of vegetation and 20 different tree species.

 

Stone Age and Iron Age remnants have been found in the park, as well as evidence of European Missionaries and Boer Settlers.

The Pilansberg Game Reserve is now a protected conservation

area, with future plans of creating a much larger reserve,

stretching between Limpopo and the Northwest Province, incorporating Madikwe Nature Reserve, which borders Botswana; the total panned area will increase the current approximate 50,000ha to more than 250,000ha!

There are currently 28 large mammal species within the

reserve, and apparently 5 or so cheetah have made the

park their home, although no one seems to know how

they got there. 80 species of bird are also resident within

the area. We have yet to see cheetah while in the

Pilansberg but on a previous occasion were lucky enough to briefly spot a

fleeing leopard.

 

On this trip, another brief glimpse of a lion and his mate lying in the grass and that’s it as far as cat sightings go. Elephant however we have seen, and on this trip were treated with the sight of about 26 of the giant beasts having a bath in one of the dams. Impala sightings are numerous, and along with that, came the usual array of giraffe, zebra, buck and birds.

 

Paul even spotted a leopard tortoise making its

way as fast as possible over the hot tar before

any cars came along!  

As we were staying at a B&B outside of the park gates, we had to be out before 6.30pm each night, so we saw no sunsets in the reserve, but we made sure we were in early enough for sunrise.

 

With that we got to see the hot air balloons lifting off, and experience the bush awakening.

A wonderful time away, in my favorite of all venues……the wild bush. I do miss that!

 

3 responses to “I just cant get enough…….”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Wow what beautiful pics. Your energy amazes me Sioux!

  2. Pauline Smith says:

    Beautiful photos, Sue. Keep clicking, I’m so envious of you on your travels. Bet Bear has to put his feet up every now and then.

  3. Yvonne Louw says:

    Mmmmm……hippo, zebras….birds….more and more. I love the reflections they are super and of course the sunsets are wonderful

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