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Pilanesberg National Park February 2016

Springbok grazing

My family and I have been going to Pilanesberg Game Reserve annually for over 25 years and every year we have amazing new experiences. In the 1980s Operation Genesis introduced nearly 6 000 animals of 19 different species into the reserve which is situated in the ecologically rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld. At the time it was the largest game translocation in the world, and today Pilanesberg is teeming with game and birds.
And although the drought has hit it hard this year, it’s still a spectacular destination.

Eleven wild dogs on the road just after the gate opened at 5.30am. Photo courtesy Coral Reynolds

Thirsty white rhinos

Dawn in the park

Dung beetle rolling his ball of dung plus wife

Old bull elephant enjoying a snack

Crested barbet

Red-billed oxpecker. Photo courtesy Coral Reynolds

A troop of very well behaved baboons came and had sundowners with us!

Wildebeest at Pilanesberg Centre

A flap-necked chameleon out for a stroll. Photo courtesy Coral Reynolds

And another glorious African sunset (although this one was in Kruger!)


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Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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