From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Activity provider:MoAfrika Tours

From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Activity provider:MoAfrika Tours

From US$ 144.11 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


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    2 pickup location options:

    Johannesburg, Pretoria

  • Bus / coach

    (2 hours)

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    Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

    Game drive (2.5 hours)

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    Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

    Lunch (50 minutes)

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    Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

    Game drive (2 hours)

  • Bus / coach

    (2 hours)

  • 2 drop-off locations:

    Pretoria, Johannesburg

Main stop

For reference only. Itineraries are subject to change.

  • 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 348 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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Thank you to Mike for organising my pick up, to Thabang for taking care of us on the drive from JHB to Pilansberg and to Benny who was our game driver. Despite a patchy start due to the hotel changing their name (neither mine or MoAfrika Tours’ fault), was a very efficient, educational, fun and humbling day I will never forget. Great communication from the moment of booking to the end of the day!

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April 16, 2023

Well organized. As described two rides, one in the morning and one is after lunch. The ranger is very patient and proactive looking for animals. We managed to see 3 of them, which is probably what most of the tours see. We were lucky seeing cheetah just hunted a antelope and were cheeping for their parents. The lunch is good, you get to choose from different type of sandwiches or burgers. This is also vegetarian options. Overall, it is a good experience. My daughter really enjoys it.

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April 3, 2023

The whole trip was amazing from start to finish! Sunny our driver to the reserve was so happy, friendly and told us lots of interesting stuff along the way. Toomy our guide on the safari was also very friendly and so knowledgeable! Make sure you get a good nights sleep before hand, it is a very long and tiring day but soooo glad I did it!

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April 3, 2023

Product ID: 181982