Johannesburg
Desert Safaris

Enter your dates to find available activities

Our most recommended Johannesburg Desert Safaris

Pilanesberg: Open-Vehicle Safari

1. 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 Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

2. 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 visit Cub World where you can observe adorable baby lions. There will be a professional photographer who will capture the moments and you have the opportunity to purchase. You will then be driven back to your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria. 

...
Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

3. 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 afternoon safari drive in an open vehicle. Ask your knowledgeable guide any questions you might have about the animals and the natural environment. You will leave Pilanesberg between 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM in order to arrive back in Johannesburg before sunset, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

...
Johannesburg: Private Pilanesberg National Park Safari

4. 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 grasslands, and lightly wooded areas. Today, the Game Reserve accommodates almost every mammal of southern Africa, including the “Big Five,” so called because they are the 5 most dangerous game animals in Africa. Home to over 360 species of bird, Pilanesberg is also an ornithologist’s delight. Enjoy excellent game viewing opportunities in a malaria free climate. Plans are under way to create a heritage park that will link Pilanesberg and Madikwe to form another super-large “Big Five” game and nature park.  Lunch will be enjoyed at the famous Bakubung Lodge. Depart Pilanesberg at approximately 16:00 for the return transfer to your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

...
Lion and Safari Park & Cradle of Humankind Full-Day Tour

5. Lion and Safari Park & Cradle of Humankind Full-Day Tour

Discover the Lion and Safari Park, an established tourist destination. The park offers a wealth of exciting activities including a 4x4 game drive for 1.5 hours. You have the opportunity to see a selection of animals including giraffe, ostriches and various other antelope species that roam freely in the park. The Lion and Safari Park is home to a vast selection of indigenous species. The park has a kids play area and food facilities. Amazing photo opportunities await around every corner in the park. Share your memories with friends and family. After visiting the Lion and Safari Park, continue to the Cradle of Humankind Sterkfontein Caves, here you can see the oldest hominid fossils from the cradle which are more than 3 million years old. Visit the exhibition centre, which showcases geological concepts such as cave formations and fossils of early life form. It is highly interactive and enjoyable, and will engage visitors off all ages.

...
Pilanesberg Full-Day Shared Safari with Sun City Visit

6. 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 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. In the afternoon, return to Pilanesberg for another exciting 3-hour 4x4 game drive. Feel the wind in your hair and the thrill of getting closer to nature in an open-air safari vehicle. As the sun starts to set, keep your eyes peeled for stealthy predators such as wild dog, Cape fox and spotted hyena. After your game drive concludes at 6:00 PM, depart for your return trip to Johannesburg, where you will arrive between 8:00 and 9:00 PM.     

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

7. 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.

...
Johannesburg: Full Day Open Safari in Kruger National Park

8. Johannesburg: Full Day Open Safari in Kruger National Park

Rise before dawn to witness the beautiful sunrise under dazzling African skies. After your pickup, enjoy breakfast in the Middelburg area. On the journey to the park, see the amazing panoramic view of the Mpumalanga Province in Nelspruit. From there, head straight ahead to the majestic Kruger National National Park to discover the Big 5 and other South African species. Drive through the park in an open vehicle and half way through the safari stop for a lunch break at Skukuza. During the afternoon game drive see different species of fauna and flora and all your favorite animals.

...
From Johannesburg: Full-Day Kruger National Park Safari

9. From Johannesburg: Full-Day Kruger National Park Safari

Following pick-up from your Johannesburg hotel, stop for breakfast in Middleburg before driving another 2 hours for a coffee stop in Nelspruit. From there, head straight to Kruger National Park to discover the Big 5 and other animal species. Depending on what time you arrive and weather conditions, either eat lunch before the afternoon game drive or take your lunch after. Begin your 3-hour drive around the park as you keep an eye out for the famous Big 5 among other unique animals. Following the safari, begin the drive back to Johannesburg.

...
From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

10. From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

Day 1: JohannesburgYour South African sightseeing tour begins in Johannesburg at the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel. From here, travel to Pretoria to visit the Voortrekker Monument where you'll learn about the history of the Afrikaners and the Great Trek. Drive through the beautiful city of Pretoria and pass by Church Square before heading to the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African Government, for a photoshoot. See the iconic Nelson Mandela statue while here. Next stop, Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela House before wrapping up your first day with a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Day 2: JohannesburgDepart from the Radisson Blu Hotel and head to the Cradle of Humankind. Located about 50 kilometers from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is one of eight places in South Africa listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Sterkfontein Caves where the 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus was unearthed in 1947, and see the Maropeng Visitor Center, a world-class exhibition that was opened in 2005 and focuses on the development of hominins. Day 3: Cape TownGet picked up from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Johannesburg in the morning and travel to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, embark on a full-day tour that takes you around the entire Cape Peninsula. Discover the wonders of Cape Town, from the pristine beaches to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Your day also includes a visit to the sensational Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Day 4: Cape TownStart your day with another convenient pickup from the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel in Cape Town and set out on a full-day wine tour. Start in Stellenbosch and make your way through the best Winelands in the Cape. Take part in an optional wine tasting. Day 5: Cape TownSpend the final day of your tour on a full-day safari in a beautiful private game reserve. See South African wildlife in its natural habitat. The reserve is home to over 1,200 species including lions, cheetahs, black rhino, eland, leopards, the Cape clawless otter, and many more. Enjoy the prolific birdlife in the park, which includes the African fish eagle, black-breasted snake eagle, giant kingfisher, Cape vulture, Cape eagle owl, flamingo, ostrich, secretary bird, sacred ibis, spotted eagle owl, black stork, barn owl, and jackal buzzard to name just a few. Your tour concludes with a return flight to OR Tambo International Airport. 

...

Other Sightseeing Options in Johannesburg

Want to discover all there is to do in Johannesburg? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Johannesburg

Great day. The day before, contact from driver Jason to finalize the pick-up time. Pick up then 100% on time, a lot about the country and things on the way from Johannesbur to Pilanesberg. On the safari then a lot of animals z. T. seen very close. 100% recommend.

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!

Great experience overall....most of all it was safe....vehicle clean and comfortable....excellent driver and tour guide....pick up on time....we really enjoyed the lions and going to cradle of mankind.

Alex was an incredible tour guide, very knowledgeable and excellent vibe. The tour was amaizing we could never guess we could see so many animals. We were happily surprised.

Great driver. Very friendly. Park was wonderful. Get up close to the big cats. Must do activity if in Johannesburg