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Pilanesberg National Park
Set on the bed of an ancient volcano, Pilanesberg National Park is prized not only for its geological and archeological value but also for its diverse abundance of big game. Tour the park on safari to photograph wildlife and learn about the park’s unique geological formation and evidence of human existence dating back to the Stone Age.

The Basics
Set on the biodiverse transition zone between the Kalahari Desert and the wetter Lowveld, Pilanesberg National Park is a convenient and rewarding day trip from Johannesburg. Join a guided tour to the best wildlife viewing areas in the park where you can photograph big game from an open safari vehicle, including the so-called “Big Five”: lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and Cape buffaloes.

To see wildlife at its most active and increase your chances of spotting nocturnal cats, stay for a two-day overnight safari. Many guided tours include pickup and drop-off in Johannesburg.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pilanesberg National Park attracts geology and archeology enthusiasts alongside safari-goers.
  • The park is malaria-free and located close to the international airport.
  • The park maintains more than 116 miles (186 kilometers) of unpaved road for guided tours and self-driving safaris.
  • The park’s “hides” create secure spots to get out of your vehicle and photograph wildlife.

How to Get There
Pilanesberg National Park is a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg and the O.R. Tambo International Airport. You also can fly to the Pilanesberg airport (just outside the gates in Sun City) from Johannesburg or Cape Town. 

When to Get There
The park is open year-round, and the gates are generally open from sunrise to sunset. Check for specific hours before you go; hours vary based on the season. The diversity of park wildlife means that you’ll be likely to spot animals any time you visit, but expect increased wildlife activity on evening and morning game drives.

Staying in Pilanesberg National Park 
Spending the night in Pilanesberg National Park opens up a range of wildlife viewing opportunities that are only available to those who stay in the park after the gates close. Spot nocturnal wildlife that begin to come out on sunset game drives. Watch the sunrise over the park’s unique geological formations. And, in between, catch some rest in a canvas tent, bed and breakfast, or luxury lodge.
Address: Johannesburg, South Africa
Admission: Varies
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Full Day Ultimate Pilanesberg National Park SafariSafaris

Full Day Ultimate Pilanesberg National Park Safari

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The Pilanesberg National Park is home to Africa’s Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. On this full-day tour, increase your chance of wildlife sightings with two guided game drives in an open safari vehicle, tuck into a delicious lunch looking out over a popular waterhole, and perhaps spot giraffe, hippos, zebras, and antelope in their natural environment.
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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve TourSafaris

Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

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See the majesty of South African wildlife with a full-day tour of the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve from Johannesburg. Travel through the reserve in an open-top 4x4 safari vehicle. Keep an eye out for the famous 'Big Five'—elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and water buffaloes—as well as many other species. Eat lunch (included) and then choose to either do another safari drive or visit the nearby resort at Sun City.
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2 Day 4 Star Pilanesberg SafariMulti-day Tours

2 Day 4 Star Pilanesberg Safari

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The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the best places in South Africa to spot the Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo—and an overnight safari will maximize your chances of checking off all five. On this tour, experience Pilanesberg at sunrise and sunset, explore the reserve on three thrilling game drives, spend a night in a luxury safari lodge, and enjoy free time to shop at the Sun City resort.
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Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day TripDay Trips

Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

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Go on a game drive at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve to look for Africa’s ‘Big Five,’ then head for the famous Sun City resort to relax and enjoy the pools, casinos, and cultural village. This combination covers the best of two different tourist attractions in one day trip from Johannesburg.
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3 Day 4 Star Pilanesberg SafariMulti-day Tours

3 Day 4 Star Pilanesberg Safari

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Maximize your chances of spotting Africa’s Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo—on an action-packed 3-day safari in the Pillanesburg National Park. Enjoy incredible views and wildlife sightings with five guided game drives by both minivan and open-air 4WD vehicle, plus delicious meals and luxury accommodation at a 4-star safari lodge.
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Pilanesberg National Park Safari with Overnight Camping or Tented AccommodationMulti-day Tours

Pilanesberg National Park Safari with Overnight Camping or Tented Accommodation

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Condense the highlights of a visit to Pilanesberg National Park into a private overnight trip. Dinner around a campfire and an overnight in the park, combined with game drives, make this tour from Johannesberg perfect for those without a lot of time to spend. Round-trip transport, overnight in a tent, and meals per itinerary included.
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2 Day Pilanesberg Camping Safari

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Spend two days exploring Pilanesberg National Park via safari and overnight camping. This park is the closest one to Johannesberg, which makes a great option for those short on time. Game drives in the park include one by closed minivan and two by open 4x4 safari vehicles for a variety of experience. Relax in the camp by night with your guide, learning about the local flora and faun and sleeping out under the stars.
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Pilanesberg National Park Safari with Overnight Chalet AccommodationMulti-day Tours

Pilanesberg National Park Safari with Overnight Chalet Accommodation

If you’re a nature lover, no visit to Johannesburg is complete without exploring Pilanesberg National Park, home to all of the Big Five. Enhance your experience of the game reserve on a private 2-day safari tour with chalet accommodation, ideal for first-time visitors. Enjoy two half-day game drives, select meals, and pickup from your Johannesburg hotel or Tambo International Airport.  Book a private or group option (see pricing for details)
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