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Wildlife Parks from Johannesburg

By Viator, May 2016

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If you're visiting South Africa, you almost have to see some wild animals. Catching a glimpse of lions, leopards, water buffalo and rhinos at the zoo is one thing, but catching a glimpse of them because they're a stone’s throw away from your car is another thing entirely. From Johannesburg, there are two main opportunities to go on a safari: Kruger National Park and the Pilanesberg Nature Preserve. Both are rewarding and fascinating excursions into the African bush, guaranteed to give you an unforgettable experience.

A safari in the Kruger National Park is a three-day, two-night trip to cruise the park in an open vehicle, staying in a traditional African “boma” under a night sky unspoiled by city lights. Leaving Jo’burg, you’ll travel across the Highveld plateau and the town of Machadorp to the world-famous park, passing the Komati Gorge and its legendary healing spring. Stopping at the border of the park, you’ll disembark and then board an open-air vehicle for an afternoon game drive. Later, you’ll dine and sleep in a traditional African “boma,” under a night sky unspoiled by city lights.

The next day includes breakfast and then a scenic drive down the Panorama Route, a trail that takes you past the lush, tropical landscape of the Blyde River Canyon, the Lisbon waterfall and the famous Bourke's Luck potholes, peculiar geologic formations drilled into the canyon floor by the river. The drive finishes at the park lodge, where you can take advantage of the lodge’s pool and facilities. You’ll spend the night at the lodge and head out for one more game drive in the morning before returning to Johannesburg.

The other option is the Pilanesberg Nature Preserve. Closer to Jo’burg than the Kruger National Park, Pilanesberg is a good option for travelers who want to see wild animals without spending their entire trip on a safari. With over 7,000 animals, visitors are bound to see something exciting, and spotting the “big five” occurs fairly regularly. As it is a 12-hour trip, you’ll be able to spend a day in the bush and return to your Johannesberg hotel in time to enjoy the city’s nightlife, unless of course you elect to stay at the Sun City resort, a fantastic luxury casino resort near the nature preserve. Viator offers a package that includes a trip to both Pilanesberg Nature Reserve and Sun City.

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Full-Day Big Five Game Drive in Kruger National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

Maximize your chances of seeing some of Africa’s famous Big Five animals, and enjoy a full day of game drives around the incredible Kruger National Park. With ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.03

Kruger National Park Morning Game Drive

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Reviews

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 $71.50

Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center Tour

This African wildlife experience from Mpumalanga takes you on a guided tour of the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a leader in the conservation of ...  Read more

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

From USD $94.42

Mpumalanga Nature Tour Along Blyde River Canyon

This panoramic tour of Mpumalanga brings you up-close-and-personal to South Africa’s stunning natural beauty. With your expert guide, travel along the ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.14

Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

Enjoy this 5-hour tour of the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre. View cheetahs and other wildlife up-close and personal as your knowledgeable guide tells you all ...  Read more

Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.96

Private Tour: 2-Day Tented Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg

Experience everything the Kruger National Park has to offer in just one night. This 2 day tented Kruger Park safari departs from OR Tambo International Airport ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $276.32

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