Adjacent to Sun City is the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park – one of the largest in South Africa and also a malaria free zone. The park covers an area of 55 000-hectares and its plains are rich and fertile as they were once part of a now extinct volcanic crater. Majestic hills encircle the park and a large central watering hole is ideal for game viewing. Pilanesberg National Park is home to all of the Big Five and other large game including giraffe, hippo, zebra and crocodile- as well as an extreme diversity of birdlife – over 300 species have been recorded. A visit to the park is always rewarding – guided excursions from Sun City can be taken, and due to the parks’ extended gate hours – both dusk and dawn game drives can be enjoyed.