I will be in Pretoria for 3 weeks to conduct archival research for my PhD dissertation. I plan to be working for much of my time, but would also like to get out to see some wildlife. My dilemma is whether I should take a few days off and spend three to four days travelling to Kruger Park, or just go to Pillanesberg for the weekend and not miss any time that could be spent in the archives on what already will be a short and busy trip. Normally I certainly wouldn't mind taking time off from my studies, but the archive is the reason I am in South Africa so I want to make the best use of my time possible. So my question is: how much better is Kruger Park than Pillanesberg. Will someone who has never been on safari before be satisfied with a day or two at Pillanesburg? Would I be a fool not to visit Kruger Park on what might be my only trip to South Africa? How do the two parks compare in terms of scenery, likelihood of seeing large mammals, and overall experience?