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Pretoria - Johannesburg - Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg Safari with open safari vehicle

Daily on request
Pick-up Location:
Any location in Pretoria or Johannesburg
Pick-up Time:
Between 10h00 and 10h30, depending on location
Drop off location:
Any location in Pretoria or Johannesburg
Drop off Time:
Approximate 22h00
Minimum 2 - Maximum 7
Safari Price:
R1900.00 per person. For Private Safari, cost on request

Per Person Sharing: the amount payable per adult sharing a twin/double room
Per Person Single: the amount payable per adult in a single room
Per Child: the amount payable per child under 12 sharing a room with parents
ZAR: South African Rand


Including in the price

  • Pickup and drop off at your address
  • Transfer to Pilanesberg National Park
  • Air-conditioned transport from and to Pilanesberg National Park
  • Conservation Fees at Pilanesberg
  • Tcket for open safari vehicle (3 hours)
  • Qualified and registered tour guide/driver/ranger

Excluding in the price

  • Meals not specified
  • Gratuities, drinks, telephone calls & other items of personal nature
  • Lunch at a  bush lodge in Pilanesberg National Park


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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.

                 Pilanesberg Sunset open vehicle safari     

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.


                                     SUN CITY

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.

                              Sunset Safari Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park Open vehicle safari johannesburg