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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

Johannesburg, South Africa
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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • Full-day tour of Pilanesberg Nature Reserve from Johannesburg
  • Go on a morning safari drive in an open 4x4 safari vehicle with a professional guide
  • Watch for a wide variety of wildlife, including Africa's famous 'Big Five' animals
  • Choose to do an afternoon safari drive to look for more wildlife or to head for the Sun City Resort and Casino to relax
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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Poor response time
, Feb 2020
We had booked for a one day safari tour with this tour operator through Viator. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to go for the tour. We wrote in and called the tour operator to inform them on the above and we understand verbally that we will be able to utilized the paid fee for the safari tour on another date. Thereafter we wrote in twice to follow up on the status of the open ticket for the paid amount but till-to-date, after 4 days, we have yet to hear from the tour operator. It is quite a let down given that we had duly informed them about the tour cancellation prior to the tour date. Hope the tour operator would get back to us in no time.
Too long for too little
, Feb 2020
The guide was nice, the pick up/drop off times was within their window. I personally can’t blame the tour company for the lack of wildlife. There’s a full disclaimer that you may not see all of the Big 5. It was briefed to us upon arrival that the lions don’t come out in the heat and only show up early morning and/or late evening. Keep in mind the tour is from 0900-1500. Driving around for 6 hours becomes boring after awhile and seeing the SAME animals. This tour should really end at noon directly after lunch. All the animals we seen from 9-12 we seen from 1-3 as well. This tour isn’t a must see in my honest opinion. Aware each experience is different and this was mine.
Actually the content was different
, Jan 2020
In the morning the vehicle safari drive was good. In the afternoon it was not a vehicle safari drive. I was wondering why the morning guide would be over and a different guide, but no one was there. We were guided by a pick-up car from the hotel and its driver. I was expecting a vehicle safari drive. Another group on the same day was a vehicle safari drive with the same guide in the morning and afternoon. Why is this difference? I don't understand. I want half my money back if possible. When you apply for this tour, make sure you have a one-day vehicle safari drive.
11-18-19 Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour
, Dec 2019
A wonderful time was had by my wife and I during the safari. It was worth the time and money. We saw 4 of 5 of the Big Five, including a leopard. The highlight of the tour was our vehicle being chased by an elephant. Yes it really did happen!!!!
, Oct 2019
It was most amazing tour we have ever done. Seen animals in their own habitat rather than zoo. Our toue guides were very knowledgeable. We learn a lot about different types of animals. Highly recommended.
A fantastic day with only one downside
Rohit J
, Oct 2019
This day was truly spectacular from start to finish. We were spoilt with animal sightings which were breathtaking and were led by a knowledgeable tour guide; however, in the afternoon we broke down with a tyre puncture in the middle of the bush. Unfortunately and inexplicably, the driver did not have a radio/intercom system in the vehicle and was unable to change the vehicle tyre. The driver had to temporarily abandon us in the bush to seek help. Thankfully he returned with another vehicle and was able to get us safely back to base. However, we did have sympathy for him. The vehicle provided was unfit for purpose and this issue needs to be addressed. I understand that companies have a profit to make but this should not come at the expense of the safety of tourists. This incident aside, the day was incredible with the added experience of being stranded in the bush temporarily...more than we bargained for!
Great idea for a day trip!
, Oct 2019
Highly recommend this day trip. The park guides were lovely and funny! Pick up was a bit late but overall things ran on time. Note this has the CLOSED (minibus) option in the afternoon. To receive the OPEN (game viewer) option in the evening, you will need to pay 300 rand which is fine but kinda strange the way the driver calls you out in the middle of the group. This could have been handled more professionally.
Good time
, Sep 2019
Very knowledgeable guide... got to see hippo (some distance), lion and rhinos hiding in the shade, elephants, antelope, zebra, giraffe, and impalas (up close). prob best you will do with coming in the late AM. Great jeeps... good food... good time.
Fun time!
, Jun 2019
Loved this safari! The tour company was on time and very professional. The reserve is about 2 hours away from Joburg. Once we got there we got into the open air cars with rangers. The rangers were very knowledgable and tried to track the animals so we saw them. We ended up on a longer driver because our ranger wanted to track down the Lions. However the lions were sleeping. We saw giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras, and other animals. The lunch by the watering hole was nice. The animals came up close to the patio. The food was alright but you’re there for the animals. The second drive in the afternoon was in a closed vehicle. Would def visit again.
Well worth it!!
Joseph O
, May 2019
Brilliant experience with a guide who knew exactly what to look for. We have brilliant pictures from our trip. What we say is a Zebra crossing in Europe, experienced on our day trip when we had to wait until the Zebra's crossed the road.

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