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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 Johannesburg: Kruger National Park 3-Day Safari

2. From Johannesburg: Kruger National Park 3-Day Safari

Get back to nature in Kruger National Park and look for wild animals by open safari vehicle by day and at night. Day 1: Depart Johannesburg and drive by air-conditioned microbus through the Elands Valley to Nelspruit. Marvel at the citrus farms along the way. Then, enter Kruger National Park in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on a game drive looking for elephants, giraffes, and antelopes in their natural environment. Rest at camp and relax in your en-suite chalet. Enjoy drinks before dinner in the private restaurant. Day 2: Wake at dawn to listen to the birds before going in search of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo). Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then continue to a waterhole to see hippos, crocodiles, and birds before returning to your camp for a nap or afternoon swim. Later, leave the lodge to look for wildlife until late in the afternoon. Stop at one of the restaurants inside the park to have some lunch, then continue tracking wildlife. In the evening, head back to the lodge to relax and start looking at the photos you've taken so far on the trip. Day 3: Depart on an early morning game drive looking for elusive species lurking in the bush. Get some time to shop before your homeward journey. Enjoy amazing views of the farmlands of Schoemans Kloof and stop for lunch in Highveld. Arrive back at the airport for your onward flight or continue to your hotel.

Pilanesberg Full-Day Shared Safari with Sun City Visit

3. 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. 

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. 

From Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

5. From Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

On this half-day tour, your tour guide will collect you from your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria and take the Lion Park, a natural habitat located not far outside of Johannesburg.  Upon arrival at the Lion Park, you will enjoy 1-hour open vehicle safari drive where you will have the opportunity to view these wonderful animals up close and personal. You will then be driven back to your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria. 

Pilanesberg Wildlife Safari from Johannesburg

6. 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.

From Johannesburg: Rhino & Lion Safari and Wonder Cave Tour

7. From Johannesburg: Rhino & Lion Safari and Wonder Cave Tour

Get a taste of the African bush just a short drive from Johannesburg. Enjoy the convenience of a hotel pickup and head to the heart of the Cradle of Humankind where the Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is located. Your first stop on arrival in the park is the Wonder Cave. This natural limestone cave is estimated to be around 2.2 billion years old and is the third-largest cave chamber in the country. Climb down 87 stairs to access the cave before taking an elevator another 18 meters below the ground. Spend some time exploring this fascinating natural site and learn about the stalactite and stalagmite formations, some of which are up to 15 meters high. Emerge from your caving experience and head to the reserve's Wildlife Center to begin your safari. Learn about the amazing conversation work that this park is doing. Meet the animals serving as ambassadors for their species, many of which were rescued and hand-reared and some of which are being rehabilitated. See four of Africa's Big Five as well as African wild dogs, cheetah, tigers, zebras, roan antelope, sable antelope, and more. Following your safari experience, choose one of the three restaurants located in the reserve for lunch. Dine at the Thatch Café for a family-friendly experience or enjoy your lunch on the deck of the Boma Restaurant to admire fantastic views of the park while you eat. For foodies, the Neck and Deck Restaurant offers a fantastic selection of Afro-Fusion dishes. After a laid-back lunch, make your way back to your tour bus and end your day with a return transfer to your hotel.

From Johannesburg: 2-Day Safari into Kruger National Park

8. From Johannesburg: 2-Day Safari into Kruger National Park

Look for the legendary wildlife of South Africa on a thrilling 2-day safari in Kruger National Park. Day 1: Benefit from pickup at O. R. Tambo International Airport or your hotel in Johannesburg, and then travel via a panoramic route to Kruger National Park. Head to your accommodation which is based in Hazyview outside the Kruger National Park to freshen up before your 2 hour evening game drive. Look for majestic lions, leopards, and other big cats out for the hunt. Return to camp to enjoy dinner around the camp fire. Day 2: Wake early for a morning game drive when the animals are at their most active. Search for big cats heading home from their nighttime hunts, and hyenas scavenging for remains. Return to camp for breakfast and a last chance to encounter animals in the wild before the drive back to Johannesburg.

Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

9. Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria, you’ll head out to the Lion Park. Your registered tour guide will take you on a tour through the Lion Park, a natural habitat only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, among other carnivores like the cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. Afterwards, you’ll head in to Pretoria for a city tour. The capital of South Africa, Pretoria is home to a bevy of historic sites. Visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African government, and wander through the beautifully terraced gardens. Then it’s off to the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next on the itinerary is the Paul Kruger House Museum, which showcases artifacts related to Paul Kruger, the 3rd president of South Africa from 1883-1900. Before the tour ends, you’ll view some of the architectural standouts of the city, like the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice, and Capital Theater. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having seen the urban and rural highlights of a vibrant capital city.

From Johannesburg: Horse-Riding Safari and Cable Car Tour

10. From Johannesburg: Horse-Riding Safari and Cable Car Tour

Instead of viewing animals from the back of an open vehicle, why not experience a safari on the back of a horse. On this unforgettable experience you will do a 2 hour horse safari which will give you the opportunity to get up close to various antelope and experience nature as close as you can get. After the horse safari take a cable car ride to the top of the magaliesberg mountains and take in the breathtaking view these mountains have to offer. You will be picked up from your hotel in Johannesburg and transported safely to the reserve where you will depart on a 2 hour horse riding safari. Next stop will be a visit to the cable way where you will take a cable car ride up the mountain. Here you will be given some time to enjoy lunch. After you return down the mountain you will be transported safely back to your hotel and dropped off.

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4.8 / 5

based on 171 reviews

Collection takes place on the 1st day between 7-7.30 am. Then you drive about 5 hours until you arrive at the respective hotel and check in. Gilbert was a very good driver. Then it goes on the 1st afternoon safari. We had Given as our guide, he was awesome. Lots of knowledge. On the 2nd and 3rd day we start at 5.30 am. Enjoy no hearty breakfast, breakfast box! Furnished very differently depending on the hotel. For me: sandwich with grated cheese, muesli bar, muesli with yoghurt, apple, juice that's it. The others also had egg, banana, croissants, roasted nuts. On the 3rd day the safari ends at 12 noon. The driver is already waiting, in my case Ben. Very good driver. Meals, apart from breakfast, are not included in the price. Revise the itinerary! If the company says you'll be at the airport by 4 p.m., the driver can only do it if you're alone in the car and he can speed. 5h + are realistic. Great trip, possibly chaotically organized for Europeans. Lodge: Umbhaba Hazyview

An absolute must if you have a day. getting up early is worth it! The ranger at the park was extremely professional and fun! You felt safe with him. The open and slightly elevated vehicles in the park are great. You have a very good view of the landscape and animals. In winter, however, a hood and warm clothing are recommended. We could see a lot of animals: lions, guepard with babies, elephants, zebras, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and gazelles. A really great experience!

Saw a lot of animals, fantastic guide who could tell you everything about the park and its inhabitants.

Very good tour, perfectly organized, picked up at the hotel on time, gladly again.

Arthur was our guide and he was absolutely amazing!