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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

2. 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.

Pilanesberg National Park/Sun City Hot Air Balloon Safari

3. 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 National Park to a private lodge, where a full English breakfast will be served. Each guest will receive a first flight certificate signed by the Pilot. After breakfast, you will be transferred back to your hotel or lodge. The total duration of this activity is approximately 5 hours.

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. 

Pilanesberg Full-Day Shared Safari with Sun City Visit

5. 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. 

Johanessburg: 3-Day Pilanesberg Camping Adventure

6. 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 afternoon you will continue to explore in an open 4x4 vehicle safari drive. You will later have dinner, which will be prepared by your guide at Bakgatla or Manyane Camp. Day 2: You will start your day with an early morning game drive in an open-roof vehicle. You will then return to the lodge for breakfast. At midday you will have some time for relaxation and lunch, before enjoying another afternoon open-roof vehicle drive. You will later have dinner, which will be prepared by your guide at Bakgatla or Manyane Camp. Day 3: Begin your day with an early morning game drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle. You will then depart to Johannesburg where you will later be dropped off at a location of your choosing.

Johannesburg: 2-Day 4-Star Pilanesberg Safari

7. Johannesburg: 2-Day 4-Star Pilanesberg Safari

This national park covers an area of 55,000 hectares. More than 7,000 animals live here in a free and unhindered environment, and Pilanesberg is home to all of the "Big 5" (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo, and lions). Other animals that you may encounter are zebra, giraffe, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, wild cats, various antelope, and over 300 bird species. Pilanesberg offers over 200 kilometers of roads for guided or self-drive game viewing. Day 1: After being picked up in Johannesburg, you will depart to Pilanesberg. You will enter the park for a morning game drive in a closed, air-conditioned vehicle, before arriving to the lodge at around midday. You will then eat lunch, before enjoying an open 4x4 vehicle safari drive in the afternoon. You will then return for dinner, which will be prepared by the chef at Pilanesberg Private Lodge or Black Rhino Lodge (depending on availability when booking the tour). Day 2: You will enjoy an early-morning game drive in an open vehicle, before returning to the lodge for a nutritious breakfast. You will later depart to the Sun City Resort for some leisure time and Lunch. In the late afternoon, you will depart for Johannesburg, where you will be dropped off at a location of your choosing.

Pilanesberg: 2 Day 3-Star Pilanesberg Safari

8. Pilanesberg: 2 Day 3-Star Pilanesberg Safari

Visit the Pilanesberg National Park. South Africa’s fourth largest game park, which is situated in a crater in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province. This extinct volcano has evolved to become one of the most fascinating landscapes to visit. Currently the majority of South Africa’s wildlife is found in the Pilanesberg game reserve.  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. Bring your camera to have a permanent record of all the wild animals and the spectacular landscape this National Park has to offer.  Stay in either the Manyane Resort which is nestled at the gateway to the Pilanesberg National Park, in natural surroundings. With thatched African styled chalets are 3 star standard, with one or two bedrooms including a lounge, and in certain Chalets an upstairs loft bedroom. The chalets as well as the campsite and caravan park are ideal for groups of travelers or families. Those looking for a bit more privacy will enjoy the studio rooms or the safari tents. The chalets are grouped around a pool, playground and offer a private patio and braai area to relax. Day 1: Departure to Pilanesberg, pickup in Johannesburg. Enter the park for morning game drive in closed, air-conditioned vehicle. Midday- Lunch (own account) followed by check in at Camp. Afternoon open 4x4 vehicle safari drive. Dinner, prepared by your guide at Bakgatla or Manyane Camp. Day 2: Early morning game drive in an 4x4 open safari vehicle. Return to camp for nutritious breakfast. Depart to the Sun City resort for time at Leisure and Lunch on own account. Departure to Johannesburg. Drop off.

Pilanesberg: Two-Day Camping Adventure from Johannesburg

9. Pilanesberg: Two-Day Camping Adventure from Johannesburg

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 is today one of the most fascinating landscapes in the area. Thanks to the Genesis project, the majority of South Africa's wildlife is now found in the Pilanesberg game reserve.  The park covers an area of 55,000 hectares and is home to more than 7,000 animals, who roam freely in an unhindered environment. Pilanesberg hosts all of the Big 5, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalo, and lions, and it is guaranteed that you'll be able to tick off at least most from this list on your game drives. Other animals you may encounter include zebras, giraffes, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, wild cats, various antelope, as well as over 300 bird species. Pilanesberg offers over 124 miles of roads for guided or self-drive game viewing. On this two-day tour, 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. Bring your camera to create a permanent record of all the wild animals and spectacular landscapes this national park has to offer. • Day one: Head to Pilanesberg after hotel pickup in Johannesburg. Enter the park for a morning drive in a closed, air-conditioned vehicle. Have lunch at your own expense midday and then check in to the camp, which has electricity, allowing you to charge your phone/camera. In the afternoon, embark on a safari drive in a 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy dinner, prepared by your guide at Bakgatla or Manyane Camp, and an overnight.  • Day two: Set off for an early-morning game drive in an open vehicle. Return to the lodge for a nutritious breakfast. Head to Sun City resort for some leisure time and lunch at your own expense. Depart for Johannesburg for hotel drop-off.

Pilanesberg to O.R. Tambo International Airport Transfer

10. Pilanesberg to O.R. Tambo International Airport Transfer

Travel from Pilanesberg to O.R. Tambo International Airport with this comfortable and reliable airport transfer. Enjoy a private transfer service from your chosen location in Pilanesberg to the airport in Johannesburg. Choose this transfer for groups of up to 17 people. The driver will collect you from your pickup location in a branded vehicle and drive you to the airport. Take the stress out of your journey and travel in air-conditioned comfort. Provide your flight details when booking, and you’ll be dropped off at the departures hall in good time for your flight.

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What people are saying about Pilanesberg Nature Reserve

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 552 reviews

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!

Fantastically beautiful and Nico is a great guide, you learn a lot about the animals! Recommended from AZ!

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.

It was wonderful. I saw all the big five and then some!