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Hartbeespoort: Daily Boat Cruises

1. Hartbeespoort: Daily Boat Cruises

Enjoy a luxurious, 2-hour boat cruise on the placid waters of the Hartbeepoort Dam. With 3 tours departing daily, at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM, pick the time that fits your schedule and hit the water. Located within the Kommando Nek Nature Preserve, gaze at the protected nature that surrounds you, showcasing the abundance of South Africa’s flora and fauna. Upon boarding the boat, you’ll be treated to a welcome drink as you depart to survey the stunning dam’s waters. With all daily cruises, enjoy a luxurious spread of traditional South African hot and cold finger foods. After your cruise is over and you return to the dock, your entrance pass to the nature preserve will still be valid, so get out there and explore the beauty of the South African countryside.

Hartbeespoort: 1-Hour Predator Tour

2. Hartbeespoort: 1-Hour Predator Tour

Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of South Africa's most famous predators up close. Watch lions, wild dogs, and cheetahs roam around within this amazing park. Look carefully and you might glimpse other wondrous wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, springboks, and impalas. Learn about these incredible animals from a qualified guide during an unforgettable 1-hour tour. Experience the sight of lion-feeding by visiting the park at weekends or public holidays, and come away with memories to treasure.

From Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

3. From Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

Discover the exquisite Pilanesberg National Park, located in an extinct volcanic crater. Departing from Sun City, enjoy a 3-hour game drive to experience the pristine flora and wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in South Africa.   Come face to face with the unspoilt beauty of the bush. From a 25-seater open vehicle you could encounter Africa’s big five animals and many other natural inhabitants at close range. Bring your binoculars and a camera, to capture the incredible sightings.

Sun City: Quad Biking Nature Trail

4. Sun City: Quad Biking Nature Trail

Ride a quad bike through the African bush and encounter fun natural obstacles on an off-road tour from Sun City. This tour gives travelers access to the private Letsatsing Game Park with supervision from attentive guides. Meet your guides at the Sun City Welcome Centre and take a short 10-minute ride to the Letsatsing Game Reserve. On arrival, you will be given guided through safety procedures and instructions on how to ride the quad bikes. Afterward, go on the practice course for approximately 5 minutes so that you can get comfortable with your quad bike. Next, head out into the bush in search of wildlife. Encounter exciting obstacles such as sand mounds, hills, and water puddles. As you ride encounter possible sightings of zebras, giraffes, or warthogs.

Hartbeespoort: Lion and Safari Park Tour

5. Hartbeespoort: Lion and Safari Park Tour

Be introduced to some of South Africa’s most famous predators during this memorable safari park drive. Climb into a modern safari truck and set off to discover the lion, wild dog, and cheetah enclosures. Encounter many of Africa's most iconic predators and wildlife including hyenas, leopards, and free-roaming antelopes. Learn more about these incredible animals during a scenic guided drive through a 600-hectare area.  This tour will provide you with the perfect opportunity to take stunning photographs of animals and the surrounding landscape. Finally, relax at a private beach setting on the Crocodile River.

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

6. Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a full-day safari from Johannesburg. More than 7000 animals roam freely through Pilanesberg, and the park is home to all of the big five game animals (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos and lions). You may encounter zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, wild cats, various antelopes, as well as over 300 species of bird. On your tour you will enjoy 2 extensive game drives, conducted by an experienced tour guide. After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg between 6:00 AM and 6:30 AM, you will travel to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an exciting 2.5-hour morning safari in search of animals that inhabit the park.  During the heat of the day, you will enjoy lunch at one of the many rest camps in the Game Reserve. After lunch, you will depart on another 2.5-hour afternoon safari drive in an open vehicle. Ask your knowledgeable guide any questions you might have about the animals and the natural environment. You will leave Pilanesberg between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM in order to arrive back in Johannesburg before sunset, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg National Park Safari

7. From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg National Park Safari

Enjoy a convenient pickup from your Johannesburg accommodation or directly from O.R. Tambo International Airport and make your way to the North West Province. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle and learn interesting facts from your knowledgeable guide on your drive.  Once you arrive at the Pilanesberg National Park, keep a lookout for Africa's Big Five along with the abundance of wildlife that calls this park home. Spot giraffes, wildebeest, elephants, impala, and many other animals. Learn about the fauna and flora from your guide and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the African bush.  Your wildlife safari concludes after around four or five hours in the park, after which you'll travel back to Johannesburg and end your day back at your accommodation or O.R. Tambo International Airport. 

Hartbeespoort: Self-Drive Lion and Safari Park Tour

8. Hartbeespoort: Self-Drive Lion and Safari Park Tour

Make a trip to the must-see tourist destination, Lion & Safari Park, situated only 13km from Lanseria Airport and only 40min from Johannesburg. Enjoy amazing views as it is nestled in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range and also within the Cradle of Humankind, a world UNESCO heritage site. This self-drive option allows you you get up close to the predators and other wildlife. No guide is provided so you can drive with your family and friends in your own time through the lion, wild dog, and cheetah enclosures as well as an extended game drive to view antelope and other species. You can watch the lion feeding at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM on weekends and public holidays.

Pilanesberg National Park/Sun City Hot Air Balloon Safari

9. Pilanesberg National Park/Sun City Hot Air Balloon Safari

After being collected in the early morning by a registered field guide, travel in an open safari vehicle from your respective hotels at Sun City Resort or lodges in Pilanesberg area to the Pilanesberg National Park. Day visitors can be collected from Bakubung Gate. The transfer through the park takes approximately 1 hour as the balloon launch site is situated in the center. At the launch site, be met by the pilot and crew who will proceed to give a briefing. Climb into a 1.2m high basket and commence your unforgettable journey that lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Experience the finest way of viewing the wildlife of the Pilanesberg National Park including 'the big 5':  lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephants. On landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and orange juice to celebrate the flight. The field guide will then transport you back through the Pilanesberg National Park to a private lodge, where a full English breakfast will be served. Each guest will receive a first flight certificate signed by the Pilot. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your hotel or lodge. The total duration of this activity is approximately 5 hours.

Pilanesberg, Sun City and Valley of the Waves Waterpark

10. Pilanesberg, Sun City and Valley of the Waves Waterpark

Sit back and enjoy the two hour journey to Pilanesberg, passing by the scenic Magaliesberg Mountains and the picturesque Hartbeespoort Dam. The Pilanesberg National Park lies in a caldera of an extinct, ancient volcano and is dramatically beautiful with mountains, plains, wooded valleys and dams. Look for over 7000 animals that roam freely across the spectacular volcanic landscape. Try and spot the Big Five and a large variety of antelope.  Journey to Mankwe Dam, at the centre of the reserve, a large watering hole that draws animals and birds to it on a daily basis. After a three hour morning game drive in a closed minibus at Pilanesberg, you will be transferred to Sun City, an oasis of leisure, flamboyance and relaxation that shimmers in the heat of the African sun. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the Valley of Waves, a fun family destination where you can swim, enjoy water rides and sunbathe. The 70 meter slide and two body slides are sure to be a hit with the whole family. Stroll through the tropical forest surrounding the Valley of Waves and discover rare plant varieties. 

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,344 reviews

I enjoyed the activity more especially in the comfort of my own car. Got to feed giraffes and really like driving all the way to see hyenas.

We had so much fun, the guide was amazing and very knowledgeable and the animals was stunning!

Very good!!!! Private tour with Dusty (our 35 unniversary)what a lovely guide!!!!

It was a fun full day of Pretoria+Nature experience. Thabang is a friendly guide!

What a perfect experience. Princess made the tour fun and she was very patient