Johannesburg: Pilanesberg National Park Safari with Lunch

4.8 / 5

20 reviews

Johannesburg: Pilanesberg National Park Safari with Lunch

Activity provider: Deeprift Ventours

From US$ 189.31 per person

View wildlife in their natural environment on a safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg. Choose between open and closed vehicle options and enjoy an included lunch.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans
Pickup optional
Pick-up from your hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria
Private or small groups available


  • See wild animals from the back of an open safari vehicle
  • Look for the "Big Five" of Africa in the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve
  • Drive around in an extinct volcano
  • Get up-close views of the syenite koppies and typical bushveld
  • Travel from Johannesburg in air-conditioned comfort
Full description

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) 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. Later, depart Pilanesberg for the return transfer to your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria.

  • Transportation
  • Open or closed vehicle (depending on option selected)
  • Driver/guide
  • Entry fees
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments on board the vehicle
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 6 years
    • Pregnant women
    • People with back problems
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Camera

    Know before you go

    • All open vehicle safari options will be shared with other guests
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 20 reviews

    Review summary

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    We had a fun and unique experience!

    Our personal driver, Jason, picked us up at the hotel right on time. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, and a good driver. When we arrived at Pilanesberg, we had a great lunch with an amazing view. The 10:00 AM pick-up was nice because we did not feel too tired. The reason why I did not give this a full 5 stars is because we felt like our tour guide could have done a better job. At first, he stopped when we came upon the animals and would give a brief background. He stopped doing that after the second animal we saw. We were able to see a group of rhinos and a baby rhino but our driver barely allowed us to spend any time taking pictures. He was very adamant about seeing the lions. Overall, we did see lions, a leopard, rhinos, zebras, antelope, a kudu, and buffalo. I was hoping to see giraffes, monkeys, cheetahs, etc. but we spent a lot of time looking at the lions and searching for a leopard. We did come upon an elephant but only because we drove right past it as we were leaving.

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    January 6, 2017

    Overall, I would recommend this tour.

    I expected a smaller vehicle. The vehicles are large: 20 people. Make sure you board early otherwise you might not get a seat you want. One game drive is probably too little. It is better to start early and have two game drives: morning and afternoon. Leaving Joburg at 10:00 is too late for a morning game drive. The lunch buffet is superb. Overall, this was a good experience.

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    November 21, 2016

    Fantastic Adventure

    Jason was wonderful, and escorted me on an exciting excursion, picking me up at my hotel, traveling safely to and from Pilanesberg, explaining all sorts of interesting points along the way and taking me out to lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking a pond, that actually had a Hippo in it. Jason spotted it, as we walked around, making my hopes of getting some good photos a pleasant reality. The Safari was great too. I was able to get many photographs of elephants, giraffes, rhinos, hippos, cheetah, zebra, wildebeest, and many more. It was good to be able to make use of a weekend in Johannesburg, in such a wonderful way. Thank you Jason!

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    April 11, 2016

    Product ID: 36184