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Pilanesberg National Park
A Day safari from Johannesburg

Pilanesberg National Park view

Pilanesberg Day Tour

Pilanesberg National Park is the 4th largest game reserve in South Africa
and home to the Big Five

The best big 5 day safari from johannesburg

The 55 000 hectares (132 000 acres) of Pilanesberg National Park are home to some 10 000 animals and the park is now one of the privileged reserves hosting the Big Five and 364 species of bird.

Only a 2 hour scenic drive northwest of Johannesburg and Pretoria, a Pilanesberg Day Safari is ideal to explore the big five African bush on a limited time schedule.

The Pilanesberg National Park, is characterized by impressive volcanic mountain forms and rolling savannah grasslands 1300 million years old. These impressive features have created one of the most topographically diverse Reserves to be found in South Africa. The 55 000 hectares (132 000 acres) of Pilanesberg National Park are home to some 10 000 animals and the park is now one of the privileged reserves hosting the Big Five and 364 species of bird. A major reason for Pilanesberg's diversity of animals is that it lies in the transition zone between the arid Kalahari in the west and the humid Lowveld of the Northwest Province. The seven different habitats at the Pilanesberg attract and cultivate prolific birdlife.

This is a Malaria free area.

Do you have more time - read about our Pilanesberg Overnight Safaris.

Rhino at Pilanesberg
Pilanesberg Bakubung Lodge

Pilanesberg One Day Safari from Johannesburg

The ideal full day tour from Johannesburg.

Option 1 - Open vehicle Safari

Approximately 11 hours

Departing Johannesburg 09h30 and Returning 21h00 (Winter - May to August) and
10h30 returning at 22h00 (Summer - September to April) 

Pilanesberg Day Tour Cost
Per person with two or more guets, fully inclusive ZAR 1 950.00
A private tour for one guest only, fully inclusive ZAR 2 950.00

Prices valid to 31st December 2014
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The day safari experience is structured to avoid the midday heat when wildlife activity and sightings are limited. It gives our clients the best opportunity to take advantage of the prime viewing hours of the late afternoon, sunset and early evening. It is at this time that the African Bush comes to life, when the nocturnal wildlife species such as lion, leopard and hyena become active.

Our three hour late afternoon and sunset open safari game drive is hosted by a qualified, National Parks Board field guide. Tthe vehicles are in radio contact with each other so you have a better chance of finding the animals. Included in this tour is approximately half an hour of night game spotting with spotlights.

The vehicles/trucks can accommodate 20 passengers comfortably, because this is a public park, no off-road driving is allowed.

Includes
  • Collect/drop-off service and return transfers in a luxury air-conditioned seven-seater
    microbus or sedan from the central, northern and western areas of Johannesburg

  • Stop at a traditional road side African Curio market

  • Registered tour guide / field guide

  • Three course luncheon

  • 3 hour game drive in an open safari vehicle with a park field ranger

  • VAT & Tourism Levy

Excludes
  • All drinks

  • Entrance fee of R60.00 if time allows and you want to got to Sun City

  • Curio purchases and items of a personal nature

  • Surcharges for Collect/drop-off service outside in the greater Johannesburg area - Johannesburg Airport, eastern suburbs and Pretoria

Pilanesberg open safari vehicle
Lunch at Bakubung

Itinerary

Day Tour to Pilanesberg

10h30

Meet & greet guest/s at your hotel or guest house. Depart Johannesburg for a scenic two hour drive to the Pilanesberg National Park

11h30

Halfway restroom / refreshment stop at a traditional African roadside curio & craft market, Guests enjoy approximately an hour of free time to browse around all the traditional crafts and curios on offer. PS! - Remember that all those prices are negotiable.

13h30

We arrive at the luxury Bakubung Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park, in time for a delicious luncheon on the terrace, overlooking the a water hole.After lunch there is time to laze around the pool (so bring your swimming gear) or go for a walk around the lodge.

16h30

Depart from Bakubung Bush Lodge on the Afternoon/Sunset/Evening open-top safari game drive, hosted by a Parks Board registered field guide/ranger. The three hour safari game drive heads out into Big Five territory in search of Africa's famous wildlife heritage. The ranger will identify and give you information on the animals seen and being late afternoon you may just be lucky enough to spot the elusive cats.

Guests are reminded to take along cameras, extra batteries, binoculars if possible. A light jacket is also adviseable.

19h30

Our safari game drive returns to the lodge. After a short restroom break we depart the Pilanesberg National Park for Johannesburg.

21h30

Arrival at guest’s hotel or guest house. Guest farewell

Pilanesberg Lion
GO SAfari - Zebra with baby


Option 2- Normal vehicle Safari

 Approximately 11 hours

Departing Johannesburg 06h00 and Returning 18h00

Pilanesberg Day Tour Cost
Per person with two or more guets ZAR 1 690.00
A private tour for one guest only ZAR 3 220.00

Prices valid to 31st December 2014

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The day safari experience is structured to allow you more time exploring the park looking for animals, at least 4 hours. The drive is conducted in the same air-conditioned vehicle use to transfer you from Johannesburg so it is a lot more comfortable than the open truck.

Because this is a public park no off road driving is allowed.

Time does allow an optional visit to Sun City if guest wish to see “Africa’s Kingdom of Pleasure” .
You will also be back in Johannesburg early which is ideal if you have an evening flight or dinner arrangements.

Includes
  • Collect/drop-off service and return transfers in a luxury air-conditioned
    seven-seater microbus or sedan

  • Registered tour guide / field guide

  • Park entrance fee

  • At least a 4 hour game drive in a closed vehicle the same vehicle that you will travel to and from Pilanesberg in

  • VAT & Tourism Levy

Excludes
  • Lunch

  • All drinks

  • Sun City entrance fee

  • Curio purchases and items of a personal nature

Itinerary

06h00

Meet & greet guest/s at your hotel or guest house. Depart Johannesburg for a scenic two hour drive to the Pilanesberg National Park.

08h00

Arrive at Pilanesberg, after completing the entry procedures enter the park and your safari begins, looking out for the "big five" and the many other wild animals that make the park home. Visit various predator hides, water holes and look outs. We will stop for a light lunchat the Pilanesberg Centre (own account) and then continue our game drive. Depending on the guests, a stop at Bakubung Bush Lodge for a more substantial lunch can be enjoyed.

15H00

Leave the Pilanesberg National Park.

18h00

Arrival at guest’s hotel or guest house. Guest farewell.

Guest Advisory

Guests are advised to bring along:

  • Cameras and extra batteries

  • Binoculars

  • Winter months (May to end August): Sunglasses, jeans and warm clothing

  • Summer months (September to April): Sunglasses, and light clothing

  • Sun screen

Did You Know?
Read these interesting facts about South Africa:

The Pilanesberg is situated in a transition zone between the dry Kalahari Thornveld and Lowveld bush, animals, birds and vegetation are diverse with uncharacteristic overlapping of species from both zones. it is the only park in South Africa with both Impala and Springbok at home.

The creation of Pilanesberg is considered as one of the most ambitious programmes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. Thanks to Operation Genesis in 1979 to re-introduce long-vanished species to the park involved the game-fencing of the reserve and was the largest relocation of wild animals at the time.

Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Only one of three alkaline ring volcano's in the world and ancient, even by geological time scales, this extinct volcano is the most perfect example of an alkaline ring complex. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.

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