he Pilanesberg Centre is located at the heart of Pilanesberg National Park close to Mankwe Dam, one of the parks best viewing areas and is well worth a quick pit stop during a long game drive.
Before the park was opened in 1981 the historic building was used as a magistrate’s court and a home affairs office for local residents that had previously lived within the current park boundaries.
Today, the centre offers a range of facilities including well-maintained toilets, a gift shop where cold drinks, snacks and basic safari supplies are also available and a restaurant area serving an array of hot and cold food, tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages, all at reasonable prices.
There is also an interactive computer screen where visitors can check park maps and see where the latest sightings for any particular animal have occured.
The large, open deck area at the front of the centre boasts panaramic views across the plains and rolling hills of the park and wildlife such as wildebeest, zebra graze peacefully just a few metres away.