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Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: South Africa, Gauteng, Johannesburg
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Spend a full day game viewing in Pilanesberg National Park. You have the option of choosing between an Open Game Viewing vehicle and a closed vehicle. Enjoy lunch at a watering hole in Pilanesberg and witness wildlife such as elephants, giraffes, kudus, warthog, zebra and many other species. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who knows the park and the best spots to possibly find the different animals.

Choose from a private or group tour (see pricing options for details)

What You Can Expect

Start your day at about 6am when a qualified safari guide will pick you up. As this is a private safari, your group will be picked up and immediately head to Pilanesberg.

It is about a 2.5 hours' drive to Pilanesberg but your guide will make a coffee / breakfast stop half way, in the Hartbeespoort area.

Arrive at Pilanesberg National Park at about 9am and the morning game drive will start as soon as all guests had a toilet break and your group's guide finish his / her safety briefing on the open or closed vehicle - depending on which option you chose. You will have the unique opportunity to see the entire Big 5 on this game drive before lunch.

At about 12:00 p.m., you will enjoy a lunch at a restaurant next to a watering hole in Pilanesberg. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, warthog, blue wildebeest and many other species are often seen in this location and you might even see them while having your lunch.

After lunch, your guide will take you on another game drive before heading back.

Depart from Pilanesberg at about 3pm and arrive back in Johannesburg at about 6pm.

Choose from a private or group tour (see pricing options for details)

Cancellation Policy

Package is not cancellable.


  • Full time FGASA & DEAT registered guide
  • Full day game drives in Pilanesberg National Park
  • 1 Bottle water per guest
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)


  • Pilanesberg National Park entrance and conservation fees
  • Lunch 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Extra drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: pickup reconfirmation is required upon booking, please refer to voucher for further details
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Dress according to the weather of the day
  • Bring a warm jacket
  • Wear a hat
  • Cameras recommended
  • Not recommended for pregnant women

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Departure Point

OR Tambo International Airport or your centrally located hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria

Departure Time

6:00 a.m.


12 hours

Return Details

OR Tambo International Airport or your centrally located hotel in Johannesburg or Pretoria

Tour Options

Private Open Vehicle

Code: TG1

Exclusive Game drives in an open game viewing vehicle for 1 guest. 6:00 AM
Private Closed vehicle

Code: TG5

Exclusive Game Drives in a Closed Vehicle for 1 guest. 6:00 AM
Join a Group Open Vehicle

Code: TG8

Join a Group for Game Drives on an Open Game Viewing Vehicle. 6:00 AM
Join a Group Closed Vehicle

Code: TG9

Join a Group for Game Drives in a Closed Vehicle. 6:00 AM

User's Reviews

Image - 16 Oct 2017 -

Brian S

Fantastic trip and our guide. was excellent. Knowledgeable and friendly. Saw 4 of the big five plus warthog, zebra, giraffe, leopard and more. Missed out on the Lion. Thoroughly recommend.

Image - 23 Jun 2017 -

James F G

This tour was amazing. It was just me and the guide. He took the time to go thorugh some of the more remote parts of the park. I saw a herd of elephants who came up next to the truck and crossed in front of us as well as many other animals. The guide also was able to predict which way a white rhinoceros would go and got our truck into his path. He came right up to the truck and passed in front of us. It was amazing. I also saw wildebeests, baboons, impalas, giraffes, antelope, and many other animals up close. I highly recommend this tour.

Image - 15 Jun 2017 -

Jan S

The safari was amazing. We had a very close encounter with an elephant and her two small ones.

Image - 08 Oct 2016 -

chacheng x

Great intimate experience, dedicated tour guide took care of everything

Image - 02 Oct 2016 -

Terry W

This tour was outstanding from beginning to end! My guide, Paddy, knew the park inside out, and even knew many of the animal's names. A great tour! And even greater guide! Worth every penny. And will come back again to see more of this park. I hope Paddy is available!

User's Picture Gallery


Lunch Time Visitors


Friends at Watering Hole



crossing the road



Mother and child



staring back


Mommy and baby rhino

We saw one of those 1 ft lenses aimed in a direction and knew something was there. My small pocket zoom caught this amazing experience about 1-2 miles away 1.6-3.2 kilometers


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