About Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg National Park in the North West Province, South Africa is only a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. Being an extinct volcano it offers spectacular landscapes ranging around a central lake. Pilanesberg National Park, adjacent to Sun City, hosts just about every mammal of southern Africa, including the Big Five on 55 000 hectares of pristine unspoiled natural beauty.
It is world famous geologically with a structure formed by volcanic eruptions 1 300 million years ago. Surrounding Mankwe Dam are rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets providing a unique overlap of animal and bird habitats. This only occurs because the park is in a transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as 'Bushveld'.

Thanks to an ambitious game translocation programme called Operation Genesis in 1979, involving reserve game-fencing and the re-introduction of many long-vanished species, Pilanesberg National Park, now has in excess of 7 000 animals including 24 of the larger species including the Big 5 (Rhino, Elephant, Buffalo, Lion and Leopard) as well as over 300 bird species.
Standing high above the surrounding bushveld, Pilanesberg National Park unfolds in a series of colourful hues and panoramas which is a delight for photographers and guests. Visitors can explore nearly 200km (124 miles) of excellent quality roads. For 'out-of-car' experiences, there are a number of hides and scenic picnic sites available.

Pilanesberg Safari

Safaris are conducted in an air-conditioned VW 4 motion Kombi with Mike being your personal professional guide.

1 Day

04h00-05h00: Pickup from Johannesburg area: summer months – earlier, winter months later

Enter the Park approximately 2 hours after pickup to commence game drive through extinct volcano

Coffee/tea stop at a hide

Brunch (Breakfast/lunch) at the Pilanesberg centre – a restaurant overlooking a water hole

Leisure game drive after lunch to exit the park any time requested or closing gate time – summer 06h30, winter 05h30

2 Day

04h00-05h00: Pickup from Johannesburg area: summer months – earlier, winter months later

Game drive through park

Lunch or picnic in the park, after which we travel to the designated resort. Leisure time prior to late afternoon/night drive on an open game drive vehicle with the Parks Ranger. Dinner or traditional South African braai under the stars (weather permitting) on return

Early start to new day to try and spot one of the Big Cat predators. Return for breakfast at the resort at aprox 09h30. Vacate your room by 10h30. Continue for a leisurely game drive to exit the park at about 14h00 to arrive back in Johannesburg before the afternoon rush hour at approximately 16h00


R3500 per person (1 day) & R7000 per person sharing for overnight (2 days). NB Weekend bookings are subject to a 2-night stay - Friday, Saturday

This includes entrance fees, a full day guiding, snacks, cool drinks, teas and coffees and a brunch

It does not include items of a personal nature or alcohol

Binoculars and filtered water are provided