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Morning Safari - Pilanesberg - Day Safari near Johannesburg

Pilanesberg National Park -  Safaris near Johannesburg

You can do a 1 day safari near Johannesburg to Pilanesberg game reserve

Pilanesberg Game reserve is A mere 2½ - 3 hours drive from Johannesburg. Home of the Big5 animals

Pilanesberg Game reserve was established in 1979 and was declared a national park in 1984. It is widely accepted that it was the first protected area in Africa to be developed not only for conservation purposes, but also with the specific intent of generating socio-economic benefits

The total area of Pilanesberg National Park  is approximately 59,000 hectares and the home of  Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and  antelopes

The 1 Day Morning Safari Tour leaves on a daily basis from Johannesburg and Pretoria

Johannesburg - Pilanesberg National Park - Johannesburg

Pilanesberg Day Safaris


Your driver/guide will collect you at 06h00 from your hotel in Johannesburg/Sandton/Pretoria.

Duration of drive is approximately two and a half hours from Johannesburg. We stop halfway for a restroom and coffee.

Then departs to Pilanesberg Game Reserve" for the open vehicle safari. Upon arrival at the bush lodge, you will  board the open vehicle.

Duration of the safari is three hours and after the safari, you can have lunch at one of the lodges or we can depart for Sun City for lunch and to explore Sun City

We depart from Sun City to Johannesburg at 16h00 and arrive in Johannesburg at 18h30

COST PER PERSON R2800 . Min  2 people.

Includes:Door to Door pickup from your hotel / guesthouse and drop off at your hotel, Open top vehicle safari, Entrance ticket to Pilanesberg,  Entrance ticket  to Sun City

Excludes:  Lunch


Situated in the Bush veld of South Africa's North West Province and surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Pilanesberg - draws thousands of visitors each year to its four top-quality hotels, magnificent sporting and recreational facilities including 2 world class golf courses, and the magical Lost City water-park, The Valley of Waves. Sun City has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars


In a single decade , the Pilanesberg emerged as a leading wildlife destination. Pilanesberg National Park remains the largest and most accessible reserve within a two-hour drive from Johannesburg , the economic hub of South Africa. Construction of the perimeter game fence began in 1979. Dams, gravel roads and game viewing hides were constructed . The police station and staff houses were removed at the Pilanesberg magistrates quarters . Construction of the Manyane complex , which is one of the best planned and most popular rest camps in South Africa, commends in 1985. The rough topography required ingenious construction skills to contain dangerous animals . The old courthouse , built in 1936, was converted into the ever-popular day visitor restaurant , curio shop and game-viewing deck that is known as the Pilanesberg Centre today . As the tourism numbers grew, private concessionaires were contracted to develop game lodges . Tourism development sites were identified along the periphery of the reserve's biodiversity and aesthetic value . The Pilanesberg was thus transformed in a single decade from being a scenic crater inhabited by cattle and the odd baboon troop , to one of the leading wildlife destinations in South Africa.


Pilanesberg History started as early as 1969 and the potential of a conservation project was identified . in 1973 further recommendations were made to the Bakgatla leadership and the Bophuthatswana government in 1977. The white farmers of Pilanesberg were expropriated by the nationalist government during the early 1960' as part of a plan to make more land available for settlement of Batswana people . However , not all farms were occupied by white farmers and certain properties within the boundaries of what is today called Pilanesberg were still owned and occupied by the Bakgatla people . it was agreed that the areas occupied by the Bakgatla were to be vacated so that most of the crater complex could be included in the park .

Pilanesberg National Park early inhabitants . During the latter iron age period , the ancestors of the Batswana and Basotho people occupied the area . They were cattle farmers and pastoralists who also worked copper and iron .

The Marothodi archaeological site, 10 kilometre to the west of Pilanesberg , is a remnant from this area . Marothodi ( meaning raindrops) was the capital of a Batlokwa chiefdom . it is believed that the occupants of Marothodi had Nguni origins but that they became Tswana -ised as the style and structure of their own town was typical of Basotho -Batswana settlements of the time within the region .


The Voortrekkers during the 1840' continued to settle the land with many of the former Batswana inhabitants returning to the land . Those who remained worked on the Boer farms as labourers. Many of the Tswana were disgruntled with the Boers occupying their ancestral lands and opted to move elsewhere . Despite this , they fought alongside the Boers to fend off attempts by Mzilikazi to return to this land .

By 1849 all the land had been allocated , and Batswana groups wanting to return could only resettle if they were prepared to buy back their ancestral land from the Boers . By the 1850's the Magaliesberg to the south was well establish as a farming area . Although Pilanesberg was initially mainly farmed with cattle , many of the fertile valleys were planted with citrus trees and annual crops . As farmers in the Cape Colony became disgruntled with British rule , Voortrekkers began trekking away from the colony as far as the Magaliesburg, where they were effectively held at bay by Mzilikazi , who did not hesitate to attack anyone crossing the Vaalriver . After the successful voortrekker battle against a large Ndebele army at Mosega in 1836, the Zulu in 1837 courageously fought a major battle against the Ndebele directly west of Pilanesberg , where the Ndebele yoke was substantially broken . These 2 defeats encourage further attacks on the Ndebele by the Griqua, the Voortrekkers and the Tswana, eventually driving the Ndebele across the Limpopo river to the north , where they founded the settlement of Bulawayo in present day Zimbabwe.

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