Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • From Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

    1. From Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

    Discover the exquisite Pilanesberg National Park, located in an extinct volcanic crater. Departing from Sun City, enjoy a 3-hour game drive to experience the pristine flora and wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in South Africa.   Come face to face with the unspoilt beauty of the bush. From a 25-seater open vehicle you could encounter Africa’s big five animals and many other natural inhabitants at close range. Bring your binoculars and a camera, to capture the incredible sightings.

    It was great,easy to book.Continous communication prior to the event.Good guides even though we did not see the Big five...we would do it again.

  • Pilanesberg National Park/Sun City Hot Air Balloon Safari

    2. Pilanesberg National Park/Sun City Hot Air Balloon Safari

    After being collected in the early morning by a registered field guide, travel in an open safari vehicle from your respective hotels at Sun City Resort or lodges in Pilanesberg area to the Pilanesberg National Park. Day visitors can be collected from Bakubung Gate. The transfer through the park takes approximately 1 hour as the balloon launch site is situated in the center. At the launch site, be met by the pilot and crew who will proceed to give a briefing. Climb into a 1.2m high basket and commence your unforgettable journey that lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Experience the finest way of viewing the wildlife of the Pilanesberg National Park including 'the big 5':  lion, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros, and elephants. On landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and orange juice to celebrate the flight. The field guide will then transport you back through the Pilanesberg Natio...

    Balloon flight: A must do activity. Excellent pilot and a tremendous experience. Night drive/safari: Got to see 10 lions on a kill. Very god guide and driver. Came very close to a lot of animals.

  • Pilanesberg, Sun City and Valley of the Waves Waterpark

    3. Pilanesberg, Sun City and Valley of the Waves Waterpark

    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, ancient volcano and is dramatically beautiful with mountains, plains, wooded valleys and dams. Look for over 7000 animals that roam freely across the spectacular volcanic landscape. Try and spot the Big Five and a large variety of antelope.  Journey to Mankwe Dam, at the centre of the reserve, a large watering hole that draws animals and birds to it on a daily basis. After a three hour morning game drive in a closed minibus at Pilanesberg, you will be transferred to Sun City, an oasis of leisure, flamboyance and relaxation that shimmers in the heat of the African sun. Spend the afternoon at leisure at the Valley of Waves, a fun family destination where you can swim, enjoy water rides and...

  • Pilanesberg: Open-Vehicle Safari

    4. Pilanesberg: Open-Vehicle Safari

    Set off on a full-day safari in Pilanesberg National Park. This one-day safari in an open-top jeep will give you the opportunity to not only see, but also to snap close-up shots of some of the most famous inhabitants of the African savanna. The park covers an area of 55,000 hectares. More than 7,000 animals live in the park in a free and unobstructed environment. Pilanesberg is also home to all Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, and lion). Other animals you can find are zebra, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, hippopotamus, crocodile, jackal, wild cat, several antelopes, in addition to more than 300 species of birds; the list is endless. Pilanesberg offers more than 200 kilometers of safari roads and the excursions are guided by experienced guides who are always at your disposal, not only to answer your questions, but more importantly to ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

    From booking to getting dropped off at the end of the day the guide, Alex, was personable, friendly and incredibly knowledgable. I really don’t know what else could’ve been done to improve the experience. He switches languages with ease making sure everyone in the multinational group was kept informed. Thanks again Alex

  • Johannesburg: Private Pilanesberg National Park Safari

    5. Johannesburg: Private Pilanesberg National Park Safari

    Discover the “Big Five” of South Africa on a full-day safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park, just 2 hours from Johannesburg. Located in the Bonjanala region, adjacent to Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park is a 55,000-hectare game reserve, making it the 4th largest in South Africa. Depart from Johannesburg (or Pretoria) at 06:00 for the journey to the northwest province. Upon arrival at the 1,200-million-year old extinct alkaline volcanic crater (one of only 3 in the world) discover the beauty of Pilanesberg reflected in the Mankwe Dam. The area lies in a transition zone between the Kalahari Sandveld and the Lowveld. Due to this transition zone, an overlap of mammals, birds, and vegetation occurs. For instance, the red-eyed bulbul and black-eyed bulbul, which normally occur in separate areas, overlap. Marvel at the syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld, rolling...

    Jason from Deeprift was our tour guide for the Johannesburg City Tour and the Pilanesberg National Park Full Day Safari. He was punctual, had refreshments readily available, the vehicle was both clean, spacious and his knowledge of the City was exceptional. On both occasions, he was well presented and ensured my colleagues and I was safe and out of harm’s way. The journey to Pilanesberg was the highlight of our trip; which was made that much entertaining by the flexibility of Jason and allowing us the opportunity to navigate and direct where we wanted to go and see - and as such I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Deeprift for your choice of tour guide.

  • Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

    6. Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

    Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a full-day safari from Johannesburg. More than 7000 animals roam freely through Pilanesberg, and the park is home to all of the big five game animals (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos and lions). You may encounter zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, wild cats, various antelopes, as well as over 300 species of bird. On your tour you will enjoy 2 extensive game drives, conducted by an experienced tour guide. After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg between 6:00 AM and 6:30 AM, you will travel to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an exciting 2.5-hour morning safari in search of animals that inhabit the park.  During the heat of the day, you will enjoy lunch at one of the many rest camps in the Game Reserve. After lunch, you will depart on another 2.5-hour afte...

    Safari experience is one of the most moments I’ve enjoyed in life. Amazing, incredible to have wild life in front of us. Lifetime to remember for ever.

  • Pilanesberg Full-Day Shared Safari with Sun City Visit

    7. 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 7000 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 morning game drive through the Park in a minibus. Then, you will be transferred to Sun City Resort, an oasis of leisure, flamboyance and relaxation that shimmers in the...

    superbe journée avec Pascal (guide français/anglais), apprentissage de l'apartheid, et discussion varié avec ce guide en or, les heures de route sont vraiment passées vite. Vu éléphant, rhinocéros, girafe, zèbre, etc...

  • Johanessburg: 3-Day Pilanesberg Camping Adventure

    8. Johanessburg: 3-Day Pilanesberg Camping Adventure

    Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa’s fourth largest game park, is situated in a crater in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province. This crater is the product of a volcano that erupted many millions of years ago, and has evolved to become one of the most fascinating landscapes for you to visit. Pilanesberg offers over 200 kilometers of roads for guided or self-drive game viewing. Throughout your tour you will enjoy an extensive game drive, conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide who will answer all your questions about the fascinating wildlife and environment. Day 1: After being picked up in Johannesburg, you will depart for Pilanesberg. You will enter the park for a morning game drive in a closed, air-conditioned vehicle. At around midday you will be provided with some free time for lunch, followed by check-in at your camp. In the afterno...

  • Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Tour

    9. Sun City & Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Tour

    Go in search of the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros) and other animal species on a guided closed vehicle game drive in the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve. This will be followed by a guided orientation tour of the famous Sun City complex, nestled deep in the rugged Bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano. The Sun City resort complex captivates visitors with its combination of golf, game and gambling. Enjoy this glamorous oasis with its world-class bars and restaurants and have time to explore and enjoy the many attractions this resort has to offer. Bordering this entertainment complex in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, you will find one of the world’s outstanding geological phenomena, a crater of a long extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1,200 million years ago. 

  • Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park Bush Walk

    10. Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park Bush Walk

    Learn more about Pilanesberg National Park and the wildlife that lives there with an early morning walk in the bush. Follow your professional field guide on this walking safari and see the park from a different perspective. Explore both the flora and fauna of the park along various hiking trails. This bushwalk experience focuses on locating and observing the wildlife of the park on foot. Listen to the first-hand knowledge and experience of your field guide.

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What people are saying about Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 494 reviews

I had some doubts before the tour, but as soon as I got into the open 4x4, it turned out to be amazing. I saw over 15 animals I think. The ones I remember are rhino, baboon, giraffe, tortoise, elephant, red hartebeest, steenbock, impala, black wildebeest, kudu and zebra. It wasn't just about seeing them but listening to the stories about these wild life. Everything was well-organised and I enjoyed a lot. Thanks.

We had with Alex a brilliant guide. Booked a portuguese tour by accident, however Alex speaks German fluently too. He as a guide made the drive to Pilanesberg to an adventure already. The game drive itself was amazing. Thanks Alex!

Safari experience is one of the most moments I’ve enjoyed in life. Amazing, incredible to have wild life in front of us. Lifetime to remember for ever.

It was great,easy to book.Continous communication prior to the event.Good guides even though we did not see the Big five...we would do it again.

I throughly enjoyed my first game drive. Our guide is clued up about the animals and she was patient too.