Looking for game on a guided bush walk. Photo courtesy of Christopher Clark
We’d come to Pilanesberg to make some promotional films about the park and the activities on offer, and we were advised by Gavin that we should try everything on offer. We happily agreed to this plan.
That afternoon we set off on our first proper game drive through the park with Gametrackers. By Pilanesberg’s standard, it was a relatively quiet afternoon in terms of wildlife sightings, but we still saw rhinos, more elephants, plenty of plains game and a brown hyena just as we were leaving the park a little after dark. And in terms of human traffic, we saw just a small handful of cars all afternoon.
Next on the activities list was a guided bush walk. We met our guide, Greg, before sunrise the following morning and headed through the park to one of the walking concessions. En route, we stopped close to Mankwe Dam to observe a pride of lions with young cubs perched on a hill just beside us, scanning their surrounds.
A guided bush walk is always a particularly exhilarating and intimate way to experience any park and this was my first time taking part in this activity in Pilanesberg. Over the course of our few hours of gentle walking, we encountered many giraffe, zebra and hartebeest, and got to within about 10 to 15 metres of a large herd of elephants. We also came across plenty of leopard spoor, but no sign of the elusive cat that made the tracks.