1,300 million years ago a massive volcano erupted in what is now South Africa. Unable to contain the boiling earth beneath it, the brittle, stretched crust of the earth cracked and collapsed into the magma chamber below. The magma was displaced and forced up. It poured out of the cracks in the crust, flooding the landscape as lava.
Over a period of a million years, the process repeated itself until the volcano, exhausted by its own ferocity, settled down and died while the tectonic plates beneath the earth’s surface settled.
After this gigantic turbulence was over, what is left for us to marvel at is a rare circular complex, the world’s largest and best-preserved alkaline ring dike complex. At the center of this geological masterpiece lies the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.