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Pilanesberg Safaris

                                 Day Safaris near Johannesburg

Pilanesberg National Park Safaris near Johannesburg

                                Pilanesberg Day Safaris

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

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

Pilanesberg 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

Pilanesberg National Park is a natural ecosystem that has developed over hundreds of thousands of years. The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Low veld vegetation commonly referred to as the Bushveld.

Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone. Brown Hyena, Springbok, Red-Eyed Bulbul and Camel- Thorn Acacia trees, usually found in moist , eastern areas .

There is a varying and fascinating combination of geology, landscape and rainfall which gives rise to different patterns of vegetation - wide open grasslands, steep hill slopes, rocky outcrops and thickly wooded gorges. There are over 132 species of trees and at least 6 species of grasses

Pilanesberg Safaris  leaves on a daily basis from Johannesburg and Pretoria


           Johannesburg - Pilanesberg National Park 

Pilanesberg Day Safaris

Departs Daily

Early Departure.

Time given upon Reservation.

Pick up Point

Your Hotel/Home in Johannesburg/Pretoria  O.R Tambo Airport

Drop Off Point

Your Hotel/Home/Pretoria/Johannesburg or O.R Tambo Airport

Note that we also pickup people from Pretoria.

We offer affordable 1 Day Safari Trips to Pilanesberg Game reserve and our prices are very competitive. You can choose from our various options. Close vehicle or open vehicle safaris




The Pilanesberg Safari is a early departure from your address. 07h00. You will be picked up by your driver guide in a min bus and transferred to Pilanesberg where you will enter the park.

On-route, you will drive via a scenic route to  Hartebeespoort dam and enjoy the beautiful country side and mountains, and if time permitted, stop at the Dam Wall, where you can take photos of the beautiful scenery.

Continue with our journey and stop for a break at a local filling station. Here you can buy soft drinks and refreshments

We continue our journey to Pilanesberg and duration is one hour.

As we arrive at the park, we start our safari with our own vehicle to spot the Big Five animals

lunch time, we will stop at the Pilanesberg center for a light lunch.

Some times you are lucky and can then spot animals drinking water from the nearby water hole while you are enjoying your lunch

After lunch we will continue to spot the Big five

We will leave the park at 16h00 and expect to be in Johannesburg at about 18h30

 R1900.00 per person based on 2 - 3 /Persons. 

R1700.00 per person based on 4-7 people.

Single Person R3500.00.

Entrance fees to the park included.

Lunch for own account.

Safari is with our closed vehicle

Optional - Pilanesberg Safari in the morning and after lunch depart to Sun City

The cost for the Pilanesberg Safari and Sun City R2,100.00 per person based on 2 - 3 persons.

Per person R1950.00 based 4-7 people .    

Single person R4,000.00

Lunch for own account


                                       Pilanesberg closed vehicle Day Safaris  



Departs at 10h30 from Johannesburg/Sandton/Pretoria/O.R Tambo Airport,(your guesthouse/hotel )

You will be picked up by your driver/guide in a mini bus and transferred to a bush lodge where you will have lunch and at 16h30 you  join the open top vehicle safari .

Duration of the safari trip to Pilanesberg is 2½-3 hours drive, including our stop at the flea market.


We drive through a scenic route and stop halfway for refreshments as well as a flea market where you can buy traditional African souvenirs. Time spend here is approximately 30 minutes.

Then we continue our one hour trip to Pilanesberg Game Reserve, We arrive for a buffet lunch at the luxury Kwa Maritane Bush lodge  or Bakubung Bush Lodge. The restaurant overlook a waterhole where you can spot some animals,  drinking water.

The Sunset safari starts at 16h00 from the reception at Manyane bush lodge, Kwa Maritane Bush lodge or Bakubung Bush lodge with an  open top safari vehicle for your sunset safari  in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The safari is conducted with an armed ranger. The lions/leopards/cheetahs starting to move around at sunset and there is a good chance to spot them.

  • Duration of the safari is 3 hours. Take a warm jacket with as well as your camera.
  • Depart after the safari (20h00) to Johannesburg
  • Arrive at Johannesburg/Sandton/O.R Tambo airport at 22h00.
  • Price: R2,900.00 Min 2 persons: 
  •  Included in the cost is an open top vehicle safari .
  •  Pickup and drop of at your hotel/guesthouse/O.R Tambo Airport.
  • Lunch for own account.
  • We take cash/credit card (visa or master)

Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in this package or if you would like us to tailor make a package for you.

                                   Pilanesberg Sunset Safari open vehicle  



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.

Arrive in time at 10h00 to board the open vehicle.

The Open top vehicle Safari starts from a bush  lodge in Pilanesberg game reserve.

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 R2,900 . Min  2 people. 


Door to Door pickup from your hotel .guesthouse and drop off at your hotel,

Open top vehicle safari.

 Entrance fee to Pilanesberg.

  Entrance fees to Sun City.   


Lunch/ Drinks




Early departure from your hotel/guesthouse in Johannesburg/Pretoria.(06h00).

Then we stop half way for a coffee or bathroom at a filling station.

Then we depart to Pilanesberg Game reserve and enter Pilanesberg and Join the open top vehicle safari

We will do the safari in the game reserve till lunch time where we will go to a restaurant at one of the bush lodges inside the park.

After lunch we depart again for our safari in the park with our close mini van.

We will depart from Pilanesberg at 16h00 to Johannesburg and arrive at your  hotel in Johannesburg by 18h30.

COST PER PERSON: R2900. Min 2 people.


Conservation fees.

Entrance fee to the game reserve.

1 open top and 1 close vehicle safaris.

 Door to Door pickup and drop off.

Light lunch.    





The morning safari and sunset safari in Pilanesberg starts early in the morning 06h30 and leave  from Johannesburg. You will be collected with a mini van and  drive to a bush lodge in Pilanesberg game reserve and join the open top vehicle  safari .

Morning Safari is 3 hours. After the safari you will go for lunch at one of the bush lodges and relax at the swimming pool till 17h00 when you join the sunset safari (3 hours ) and after the safari, we return to Johannesburg

COST PER PERSON: R3200: Min 2 people.


 Door to Door pickup and drop off at your hotel/guesthouse.

  Ticket for Morning + Sunset Safari.

Conservation fees.   


Lunch Drinks




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


Ensure that your stay at the reserve is both enjoyable and safe by adhering to the following simple rules , as you are sharing the reserve with other visitors and many exciting and unusual creatures that inhabitant the reserve . Shouting, hooting, revving the car engine and similar raucous behavior is not acceptable driving in the park. Treat our wildlife with caution and respect . The animals in the park are wild so treat them as such . Keep your distance from potentially dangerous animals , such as elephant and rhino .


The game introduction programme was an outstanding success when in total 6,000 animals representing 22 species were released into the Park and today the Pilanesberg contains the abundance of game that was recorded in 1836 by the famous explorer- hunter , William Cornwallis-Harris. Predators such as Cheetah Wild dog and Lions were later released to restore ecological processes, while leopard , Black-headed Jackal, Brown Hyena and Caracal occurred naturally .

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