From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Activity provider: MoAfrika Tours

From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Activity provider: MoAfrika Tours

From US$ 138.14 per person

Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve from Johannesburg for a full-day safari. Join a ranger in an open vehicle and see lions, giraffes, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, and more with insightful commentary.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Be picked up from your hotel in Johannesburg.
Wheelchair accessible


8 hours
  • Johannesburg

  • Pretoria

  • 2 hours
  • Pilanesberg Nature Reserve (game drive)

  • Pilanesberg Nature Reserve (lunch)

  • Pilanesberg Nature Reserve (game drive)

  • 2 hours
  • Pretoria

  • Johannesburg

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Feel the dryness of the Kalahari and the wet Lowveld vegetation in an open Jeep
  • Encounter the Big 5 in their unusual, ecologically rich, and natural environment
  • Spot birds like fish eagles, kingfishers and cormorants circling the dam
  • Have a delicious lunch at a rest stop overlooking a water hole
  • Leave the city lights of Johannesburg behind and discover another world
Full description

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 2.5-hour 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 birds. A total of 4.5 to 5 hours are spent on Game Drives. During the heat of the day, sit down for an hour-long 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 your hotel in Johannesburg before sunset.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Two open safari drives (4,5 to 5 hours in total)
  • National park entrance fee
  • Lunch (1 hour)
  • Additional food and drinks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Pack a jumper for the open drive as it can be chilly
  • Dress light as it is hot during the day
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 307 reviews

Review summary

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There was a bit of a false start when the website mentioned a pickup at 06:00, the e-mail "between 06:15 and 06:30" and the final pickup was only at 07:15. That also resulted in the tour in the park being a little bit shortened. But apart from that, the experience was unforgettable. The different guides in the 550km^2 park remained in radio contact, which allowed us to know which animals could be spotted where. So even if the period was not ideal (end February = very hot and high grass), we managed to see 4 of the big 5 (we missed the Buffalo) but we also had clear views on "3 cats" (Lion, Leopard and Cheetah). And all this in the wild. And even without seeing animals, the nature in the park is already of an exceptional beauty. I would not have minded staying the extra hours.

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March 18, 2023

Well organized and 2 hours from Joburg is the pilanesberg park. Ideal for business travelers to get a little taste of Wild Life and safari. The park is limited in the range of animals and therefore you do not see all the animals you would like to see from the Big Five. Nevertheless, it was a very successful day.

February 27, 2023

The safari itself was amazing. Tumi (our guide) was incredibly knowledgeable (having worked in nature conservation for some years before becoming a safari guide) and worked hard to tell us as much as possible. He also did it with good humour and friendliness. No question was too silly. Lunch was also very enjoyable. The transport at either end could have done with a little more organisation, especially the drop-off. We were picked up from the hotel as advertised at 06:00, but we then transferred to another coach, having done some more pickups in the area. When we returned, we were split between two taxis (minibuses) and it was a bit chaotic trying to get everyone to the right place. Advice to anyone booking: take plenty of bottles of water with you. It gets seriously hot out there and you need to keep hydrated. For budding photographers: make sure you take a long lens. Not every animal will be right up close (but those that do are incredible).

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February 27, 2023

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