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A Day at Pilanesburg Game Reserve – from Johannesburg

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Key Highlights
  • Pilanesberg is one of the largest game reserves in South Africa
  • It lies in the crater of a 1200 million year old extinct volcano
  • A very good chance of spotting lion, leopard, hippo, rhino and buffalo (the Big Five)
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    7 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Johannesburg.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Johannesburg

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Pilanesberg Game Reserve is South Africa’s fourth largest game reserve, and is two hours from Johannesburg. This 500 square kilometres national park lies in the crater of a 1200 million year old extinct volcano.

    In this transitional zone between the Kalahari Desert and Lowveld (a tropical savanna), you’ll see a variety of vegetation as you explore the surrounding mountains and the savanna of the park. The area around Mankwe Lake is particularly stunning with its towering rocky outcrops.

    The Reserve is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, hippo, rhino and buffalo), as well as the white rhinos, giraffes, a variety of antelopes, zebras, hyenas and African wild dogs. Keep your binoculars handy and spot many of the region’s birds.

    With an impressive variety of wildlife, birds and diverse vegetation, Pilanesberg Game Reserve is the ideal place to appreciate South Africa’s game and vegetation diversity.


    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, about 2 hours from Johannesburg.

    Visit the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa, spanning over 50’000 hectares on mixed terrain ranging from low lying to savannah to the mountains of the Pilanesberg, hence the name. An exciting variety of animals are available for viewing pleasure. The park is malaria free and lies right within the same extinct volcanic crater as Sun City.

    Keep your binoculars handy as you are likely to spot the Big Five (lion, leopard, hippo, rhino and buffalo) along the way. The Park is also home to a variety of birds and diverse vegetation.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicle
    • Guided game drives
    • Entrance fees to all areas as stipulated in the program
    • Meals
    • Entrance fees to areas not included in the tour program
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details between office hours 08:00am - 5:00pm. If you cannot do that and are in flight you can confirm via email a few days before the time.

    The vehicle used for tour is not an open vehicle.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Public liability and passenger liability - R 50 Million is included in the tour cost

  • reviews
    • Better than I expected

      Booked up no problem through the website, and rang to confirm two days before. The Isango website had the regional number, but I was helpfully given the number for the local rep....

      N G HARRIS, United Kingdom, 01/Aug/2012

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