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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

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From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

1. From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a full-day safari from Johannesburg, where over 7000 animals roam freely. Have the chance to see big 5 game animals (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, and lions). Enjoy 2 extensive game drives in a jeep with a guide and a delicious lunch. Be picked up from your hotel in Johannesburg in the early morning and relax on the drive to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Follow your guide on a drive to encounter animals like zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, antelopes, and over 300 species of bird. During the heat of the day, sit down to a delectable lunch at one of the many rest camps in the Game Reserve. After lunch, depart on an afternoon safari drive in an open vehicle. Ask your guide any questions you might have about the animals and the natural environment. Leave Pilanesberg in the late afternoon to get back to at your hotel in Johannesburg before sunset.

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

2. 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.

Pilanesberg National Park/Sun City Hot Air Balloon Safari

3. 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.

From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg National Park Safari

4. 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. 

Pilanesberg Wildlife Safari from Johannesburg

5. Pilanesberg Wildlife Safari from Johannesburg

Discover the “Big Five” of South Africa on a full-day safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park. Embark on an open jeep vehicle safari and see the beauty of Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. Your ranger will show you what Pilanesberg has to offer. From Elephants walking in the road past your vehicle, to various antelopes and not to mention the Magnificent king of the beasts, the Lion. You can also choose an option to view the reserve and animals in a closed minibus vehicle. You will be picked up from your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria and transported safely to Pilanesberg. Drive past the scenic Hartebeestpoortdam and the Magaliesberg Mountains. Upon arrival at Pilanesberg you will switch vehicles to an open safari vehicle. Your guide of the open vehicle will drive you through the Nature Reserve and guide you on the animals that crosses your path. You will have lunch and then continue with your open safari adventure. Enjoy excellent game viewing opportunities in a malaria-free climate. When your safari is finished you will switch back to your closed vehicle and you will be transported back to your hotel safely.

Pilanesberg Full-Day Shared Safari with Sun City Visit

6. Pilanesberg Full-Day Shared Safari with Sun City Visit

Depart at 6:00 AM from Johannesburg for a full-day excursion to explore Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City Resort. 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 1200 million-year-old volcano and is dramatically beautiful with mountains, plains, wooded valleys, and dams. Over 7,000 animals roam freely across the spectacular volcanic landscape, including the Big Five, predators, and a large variety of antelope. Mankwe Dam, at the center of the reserve, is a large watering hole that draws animals and birds to it on a daily basis. See all this beauty and more on a 3-hour 4x4 morning game drive through the Park. Feel the wind in your hair and the thrill of getting closer to nature in an open-air safari vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled for stealthy predators such as wild dogs, Cape foxes, and spotted hyenas. Then, you will be transferred to Sun City Resort, an oasis of leisure and relaxation that shimmers in the sun, only 1 km away from the National Park. The world’s most unique resort is internationally renowned for its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities, and star-studded spectaculars. After an orientation tour, enjoy some free time to have lunch or stroll through the beautiful gardens. As the sun starts to set you will embark on an afternoon game drive in your own vehicle through the park. After your game drive concludes, depart for your return trip to Johannesburg, where you will arrive at your hotel between 8:00 and 9:00 PM depending on the time you left the Park. 

Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Tour

7. Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Tour

Go in search of the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) and other animal species on a guided closed vehicle game drive in the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve. This will be followed by a guided orientation tour of the famous Sun City complex, nestled deep in the rugged Bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano. The Sun City resort complex captivates visitors with its combination of golf, game and gambling. Enjoy this glamorous oasis with its world-class bars and restaurants and have time to explore and enjoy the many attractions this resort has to offer. Bordering this entertainment complex in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, you will find one of the world’s outstanding geological phenomena, a crater of a long extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago. 

Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park Bush Walk

8. Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park Bush Walk

Learn more about Pilanesberg National Park and the wildlife that lives there with an early morning walk in the bush. Follow your professional field guide on this walking safari and see the park from a different perspective. Explore both the flora and fauna of the park along various hiking trails. This bushwalk experience focuses on locating and observing the wildlife of the park on foot. Listen to the first-hand knowledge and experience of your field guide.

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What people are saying about Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 569 reviews

Safari fantastico. Non siamo riusciti a vedere tutti i big five, ma l'esperienza è stata comunque bella. La nostra guida è stata molto esaustiva nelle spiegazioni delle caratteristiche dei vari animali che abbiamo avvistato nel tour

Good driver/ guide. Enough time. Offered refreshments. Was fun. Saw Giraffe, Rhino, Lion, zebra, lots of deer and their variety.

Nicki was the best guide! Only one complaint: she failed to keep the rain from drenching us. Haha! We would come again for sure!

Fantastic experience, great value for money, enjoyable, and great tour guides to show you around whom are very knowledgeable.

Wonderful experience, our game driver was knowledgeable, funny and friendly. I would do it again.