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Safaris from Johannesburg

By Viator, September 2015

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The South African city of Johannesburg is main international gateway to the country, but visitors tend to get on another flight fairly quickly and head for cities like Cape Town or Durban. There's enough to see and do in Johannesburg to keep you entertained for several days, however, and if you’ve got a South African safari on your to-do list then Johannesburg is a great jumping-off point for a safari trip.

You can choose to do a quick day trip safari, from Johannesburg and back again in one day, before you go on to whatever your next South African destination is. The Pilanesberg Nature Reserve is within an easy drive from Johannesburg, and the reserve is home to all of Africa’s so-called “Big Five.” With a day trip to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve from Johannesburg, you’ll get a morning game drive in (which means it’s a very early departure from Jo’burg) before heading to the nearby Sun City resort for a little R&R before going back to your hotel.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that you’ll see all the animals you want to see - especially with only one game drive - so it’s always best to spend a few days on safari if you can. There are 3-5 day safari trips you can take from Johannesburg.

With a 4-day safari from Johannesburg, you can go to the world famous Kruger National Park. You’ll get several game drives and game walks in, affording you lots of opportunities to see the “Big Five” - along with all the other spectacular wildlife - and a chance to relax in the gorgeous South African wilderness in between drives. You can also include a side trip to nearby Victoria Falls with a multi-day safari, too, either flying in and out in a relatively short 3-day trip, or making it a 5-day trip that includes a visit to Botswana’s Chobe National Park.

Whatever safari option you choose from a base in Johannesburg, don’t miss out on spending a day or two exploring the city itself before you move on. From the infamous township of Soweto to the Apartheid Museum to the city’s newfound status on the architectural scene to bungee jumping between two cooling towers - there are plenty of reasons to go on safari right in Jo’burg, too.

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4-Day Kruger National Park Safari Tour from Johannesburg: Game Drives and Wilderness Walks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore magnificent Kruger National Park on a 4-day safari tour from Johannesburg! Evoking the excitement of early safari days when explorers would head out on ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $819.60

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

Spot the "Big Five" at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve then relax at the unique Sun City resort on a packed day trip from Johannesburg. Combining two very ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $150.43

Kruger National Park Morning Game Drive

Spend a morning exploring Kruger National Park on a 6-hour game drive, led by a local ranger-guide! As the sun rises over Kruger’s wildlife-rich bush plains, ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $78.79

3-Day Kruger National Park Luxury Safari from Johannesburg

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy two nights of African-chic luxury in the heart of Kruger National Park on a 3-day safari tour from Johannesburg. The trip includes sumptuous ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $778.83

4-Day Kruger National Park Safari Tour from Johannesburg: Panoramic Route and Game Reserves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the spectacular Mpumalanga region of South Africa on this 4-day guided tour, including Kruger National Park. Enjoy a scenic drive by air-conditioned ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $999.96

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