3-Day Pilanesberg Budget Safari

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  • 5x Game Drives (Optional additional games, at own cost)
  • A choice between 3 different accommodation types for this tour: a dome tent (bedding provided) or safari tent which provides an elegant way to camp in combination with modern comforts or choose to stay in an air-conditioned chalet with a grass thatched roof.
  • All game drives conducted by experienced, qualified guides.
  • Visit to the world-famous Sun City resort. (Optional)

Best "Big 5" Safari near Johannesburg and Pretoria

Come with us on this tour to the Pilanesberg National Park with over 180km of roads to explore in more than 55 000 hectares of wild African bushveld, where you have a good chance of seeing the famous "Big 5" of Africa. The African elephant, white and black rhino also known as the square-lipped and hooked-lipped rhino, lion, leopard and the buffalo, known as the ghosts of Pilanesberg for their rare sightings.  You will also have the opportunity to enjoy sightings of the many more well-known African mammals and bird species, including giraffes, zebras, hippos and even the Nile crocodile to name a few.

Choosing to spend 3 days in the park will give you ample time to experience the African bushveld. Having extra game drives in the park, will also give you more of an opportunity to see the predators more active in the cooler parts of the day, and if you’re lucky you could possibly witness a hunt. You will get to visit some of the lookout points with magnificent views of the area and visit the many hides overlooking the dams for the perfect photo opportunity.

If the heat is getting too much in the afternoons, when the animals are less active, you can have the chance to visit the Sun City resort for the afternoon.

Day 1: Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Johannesburg Central between 8 AM and 9 AM, leaving for the tranquillity of Pilanesberg National Park. Your transport will be an air-conditioned minibus, and the drive to Pilanesberg will be about 2.5 hours.

As we arrive at the park, we start with our first game drive right away in the minibus, which will be for about 3 hours. We will stop for a lunch break at one of the rest camp in the Pilanesberg National Park – this will be for your own account.

After lunch, we will continue with a shorter game drive towards your accommodation, which allows for about 2 hours of additional game viewing.

Once we arrive at the camp for check-in, you will be shown your tent/chalet and afterwards have some leisure time to settle in and explore the facilities at camp itself.

We depart in the late afternoon for our sunset safari game drive, which will be done in an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle. This game drive will be for about 3 hours in total.

After returning from the sunset game drive, you will be in time for dinner, which will be a traditional South African braai (barbeque)

You can spend some time after dinner talking to the other guests next to the fire, or retire to your room/tent to rest for the exciting day tomorrow.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Full Day in Pilanesberg

Today, we will wake up early for some tea, coffee and rusks before we depart in a closed vehicle for an early morning game drive (about 3 hours). There is an optional upgrade, at additional cost, to have this game drive on an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle – please speak to your guide to arrange.

After the early morning game drive, we return to camp for a much-needed breakfast.

Once breakfast is completed, you have the choice of two options for the day:

  • Another game drive (about 5 hours) in the Pilanesberg National Park, conducted in a closed vehicle, to see more animals and spot the Big 5. Lunch will be enjoyed in the park, at own cost.
  • Spend the morning and afternoon at the world-famous Sun City resort and have lunch there (own account). Please let your guide know during breakfast if you would like this option.

You will return to camp for a short break before departing on a late afternoon & evening early game drive which will last about 3 hours in total.

Afterward, you will get back to camp for a delicious dinner. You can then retire to your accommodation to rest or spend some time chatting to other guests about the exciting day, sharing stories about animals sightings or your travels in South Africa.

(Meals included: Breakfast and dinner)

Day 3: Pilanesberg to Pretoria / Johannesburg

Today, we will wake up early for some tea, coffee and rusks before we depart in a closed vehicle for an early morning game drive (about 3 hours). There is an optional upgrade, at additional cost, to have this game drive on an open-sided 4x4 safari vehicle – please speak to your guide to arrange.

After the early morning game drive, we return to camp for a much-needed breakfast.

Once breakfast is completed, you have the choice of two options for the day:

  • Another game drive (about 5 hours) in the Pilanesberg National Park, conducted in a closed vehicle, to see more animals and spot the Big 5. Lunch will be enjoyed in the park, at own cost.
  • Spend the morning and afternoon at the world-famous Sun City resort and have lunch there (own account). Please let your guide know during breakfast if you would like this option.

We will leave the Pilanesberg National Park area later in the afternoon returning towards Johannesburg, arriving back in the early evening at your accommodation in the city for drop-off. This will be the end of the tour.

(Meals included: Breakfast)

Your pickup will be at your accommodation in the central Johannesburg area. Please confirm your pickup point upon booking.

Your drop off will be at your accommodation in the central Johannesburg area. Please confirm your drop off point upon booking.

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Mosquito / Bug repellant
  • Warm jacket for early morning game drives
  • A good camera, there will be excellent photo opportunities!
  • Cash for guides and driver tipping (optional, and to own discretion)
  • Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg / Pretoria in air-conditioned Vehicle
  • Guided game drives in a closed vehicle
  • Game drives in an open safari vehicle
  • Daily conservation fee  
  • Meals as specified per itinerary
  • All beverages and snacks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Entrance into Sun City (optional)
  • Tipping/gratuity for drivers, guides and waiters
  1. Cancellation charges less than 14 Days in advance: No refund
  2. Cancellation charges between 15-30 days in advance: 75% of full value plus R100 admin fee
  3. Cancellation charges between 31 - 60 days in advance: 50% of full value plus R100 admin fee
  4. Cancellation charges between 31 - 60 days in advance: Full refund minus 5% admin fee
  5. Changes in full of ownership to be handled on a case to case basis.