Pilanesberg Park Safari
Pilanesberg National Park safari is 3-day African wildlife safari in South Africa. This tour will give you a vast overview of what Pilanesberg National Park has to offer. On the Pilanesberg National Park safari you will have an opportunity to explore the park. Here you will have several open- vehicle game drives.
Your 3-day Pilanesberg National Park safari will include a series of game drives. You will enjoy relaxation at the lodge, sumptuous dinners and a chance at coming across the famous Big 5. The 3 days on Pilanesberg National Park safari promises to be an adventure- packed. You will also experience Pilanesberg’s best features and will leave you wanting more.
About Pilanesberg National Park Safari
The Pilanesberg National Park safari is a great wildlife getaway. It can be an add-on trip from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg National Park, and back.
This South African safari lets you encounter a profusion of wild African animals. They include healthy populations of the Big Five, and a remarkable diversity of birds. Explore the scenic Pilanesberg Park on game drives. This is by expert local guides using open-sided safari vehicles.
On the Pilanesberg National Park safari, you'll stay at an affordable tented safari camp. This iswithin the Manyane Resort Camping Grounds in Pilanesberg. Here you will be enjoying a simple back-to-nature experience. It comes with a touch of extra comfort. Enjoy an authentic, malaria-free bush adventure. It is just under three hours from the largest city in South Africa.
Pilanesberg National Park Safari Highlights
Pilanesberg National Park Safari is your best alternative to Kruger National Park safari. This is the 4th largest national park in South Africa. it is only about two hours from Pretoria / Johannesburg.
The park is malaria-free 58 000-hectare park. It is on the eroded remains of a 1,2 billion-year-old extinct volcanic crater. It is home to the Big Five. they include lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant and more than 365 bird species. Highlights on the 3-day Pilanesberg National Park Safari include:
- Unique Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex
- Big 5 Game Drive
Detailed Pilanesberg National Park Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Gauteng – Pilanesberg National Park
The 3-day Pilanesberg National Park Safari departs Johannesburg or Pretoria early in the morning. Pick up from most hotels between 6am and 7am. Enjoy a 2-hour drive that takes you North West towards Pilanesberg 5 National Park.
This unique National Park is encircled by 4 rings of hills. Enjoy fascinating alkaline complex here. This is the largest in the world and the habitat of Africa’s most famous wildlife.
Begin enjoying the game drive the moment we enter the park. The first drive through the park includes an introduction to Pilanesberg National Park. This, your guide will do as including a talk about the greater ecosystem. Have your cameras ready as who know what sightings await us. This park has great sightings of Lions, Elephants and giraffes. There are also Buffaloes, Rhino and many other species of wildlife.
The 3-day Pilanesberg National Park Safari will drive to your lodge in time for a hearty lunch. After lunch guests are invited to relax around the pool. You can also sit on the view deck which provides panoramic views of the landscape around. Your rooms will be ready between 2-3 pm for check in.
In the late afternoon your first exciting open vehicle game drive will begin. Depending on the season and light conditions this will start between 3.30am and 4.30pm. A thrilling game drive with an open elevated view. You should look forward to seeing much of the wildlife that moves around this time when it is cooler. As the sun goes down your guide will bring out spot lights to look for nocturnal animals. You might be lucky to see lions on the hunt.
After our afternoon/sunset drive you will return to the lodge. Be in time for a well-deserved dinner with tales to tell of the days’ sightings
After our drive, we will return to the lodge to serve dinner.
About Pilanesberg National Park
Among Southern Africa’s fascinating game reserves, Pilanesberg National Park is the most accessible. It is in the rich transition zone between the Kalahari and the Lowveld. This vast area promises thrilling big game viewing in a malaria free environment. A wide variety of accommodation is available to suit your needs.
Some of the most beautiful scenery within the entire park can be viewed in the Mankwe Dam region. The dam is the largest body of water in the game reserve. This makes it the perfect place to spot a wide variety of animals. water-buck, wildebeest, zebra and impala are among the animals to seen at the dam.
For bird lovers, there is a bird hide close to the water’s edge. Make sure you take note of the fish eagles, kingfishers and cormorants circling the dam. These places provide many a fantastic opportunity to photograph the plentiful array of wildlife.
Pilanesberg National Park is in the Bojanala Region. this is within the North West Province and near Johannesburg. With an area of 550km², it is the fourth largest park in South Africa. The volcano crater in which the park is erupted 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg was owned by 3 of the local tribes. Many of the Stone Age and Iron Age sites around the reserve show proof of the presence of man.
Day 2: Full day in Pilanesberg National Park
It’s an early start today on your 3-day Pilanesberg National Park Safari. You will begin the day with a quick snack and set off before the sun rises its head. This is a great time for game viewing. We may have the opportunity to see some of the nocturnal creatures before they hide away. Pilanesberg National Park is home to a wide variety of animals including the Big 5.
After your wild start to the day, return to the lodge for a delicious breakfast. Later enjoy time at leisure to relax at the lodge and enjoy the facilities on offer. Lunch will be served around 2 pm.
After lunch we will go on our afternoon game drive which may continue into the early hours of the evening. On our return to the lodge we will have dinner. You will end the day on 3-day Pilanesberg National Park Safari around a warm camp fire. This is reminiscing about the day’s events.
Day 3: Pilanesberg National Park – Johannesburg
Another early start on 3-day Pilanesberg National Park Safari day. In the African bush the morning start is always worthwhile. Before the sun gets up, we head out into the park for the last time. This is to find some of the park’s nocturnal creatures. The wealth of flora and fauna in the park make it a unique destination that needs to be explored first- hand. After our game drive we return to the lodge for breakfast.
Check out of your lodge as your guide will be waiting to pick you up. Depending on season -game drive and breakfast may be swopped around depending light conditions. You have the choice of joining your guide for lunch. You may still go on another game drive through Pilanesberg in a closed Vehicle.
You have the option of spending the remaining of the day with a visit to Suncity. In this case your entrance to Sun city will be covered but you would need to budget for your own lunch.
We leave Suncity/ Pilanesberg around 4pm to 5pm. Expect to be back on Johannesburg +- 7pm depending on your hotel’s location.
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3 Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari Costs:
What is included in the 3 Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari Cost?
- Transfer in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
- Guided open 4×4 vehicle game drives in the Pilanesburg Nature reserve
- Comfortable tented accommodation
- Meals on full board basis
- Entrance fees
- Entrance fees into Sun City
- Good Chance to Spot the Big 5
- Leisure Time in Sun City
3 Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari Price excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
What to Carry on the 3 Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes