Pilanesberg, South Africa
Destination
1 Day
Duration
1/10
Physicality
8-65
Age recommendations

Experience the Pilanesberg National Park with this Pilanesberg Day Tour !

This Pilanesberg day tour takes you to the Pilanesberg National Park is a cradle of life. Nestled in an extinct volcano crater covering nearly 500 square kilometers of rolling African savannah and bush that is home to an astounding number of wildlife from antelope, zebra and giraffe to lions to the noble African elephant.

Enjoy this abundance of animals from an open game vehicle or one of the many secluded hides. If you are looking at experiencing some of the best game viewing in South Africa but have limited time, then the Pilanesberg day tour will be a trip to remember!!

 Our Pilanesberg Day Tour – About the Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg is situated about 2 hours from Johannesburg and is home to over 10,000 mammal species and an array of plant species. As with most reserves within Africa due to the expansion of urban humans, the entire 500 square km park is fenced to keep the animals in. An unfortunate scenario that was bound to happen given the massive population growth of humans.

Estimated animal population in the Pilanesberg:

Lion: 60

Leopard: 30

Elephant: 220

Rhino: Classified due to the ongoing poaching problem

African Buffalo: 200

Zebra: 1700

Impala: 3000

Giraffe: 180

What makes our Pilanesberg day tours different?

We get it!! It’s not very day you get to have an elephant stroll within 10m of your car. But for us it has been our passion and job for over 10 years. We have learnt through our experiences from travelers what they REALLY want on a day tour.

A balance of free time to just take in the freedom of the African bush, a mix of classic highlights and local secrets that only your guide will be able to tell you. And most of all, the obvious …. A mind blowing experience!!!

Our tour guides are born and bred in South Africa and have spent most of their lives around the Pilanesberg and they know their animals and where to find them more than anyone else. On your day trip you will not only see the Pilanesberg, you will live it.

The motto for our day tours to the Pilanesberg? Small intimate groups, responsible travel and fun. An incredible way to not only to forge new friendships and see wildlife, it’s about finding new perspectives. It’s the stories you share and experiences that stick around long after the smell of elephant dung leaves your shoes.

Take a look at some of our awesome footage from our Pilanesberg day tour !

Pilanesberg FAQs

Additional information

Number of Tickets1 ticket @ R2690, 2 tickets @ R2300 pp, 3 tickets @ R2200 pp, 4 tickets @ R2100 pp, 5 tickets @ R1900 pp

Our tours begin and end in Johannesburg or Pretoria

Pick up time is 06H00 from your hotel. You will be met by your guide who will be with you for the duration of your day tour to the Pilanesberg.

The drive through to the park takes about 2 hours and sees us heading towards the North Western Province.

Once we get there, we have light refreshment before we pile into the  game vehicle. We will drive through the Pilanesberg for about 3 hours enjoying the abundance of wildlife and fresh African air.

At about 13H30 we will have lunch which is situated next to a water hole frequented by many of the animals. We say ‘about’ 12H30 as we never know what will happen on the day tour. If elephants decide to stand in the road we have no option but to sit and wait. Our game vehicle is no match for a 6 tonne African elephant. And it is quite a difficult thing to explain to insurance that an elephant squashed our car.

After lunch, we will pile you back into the game vehicle for another shorter  game drive. Hopefully tyou will get to see some of the animals you missed in the morning.

The game drive finishes at about 15H30. Remember what we said? About 15H30. It’s then a beer or two as we watch the sun set over the rolling savannah of the Pilanesberg before we take the 2 hour drive back to Johannesburg.  We should be back by 19H30.

Explore the Pilanesberg in a day with 2 epic game drives through this spectacular wildlife arena

Homemade local cuisine served in a secluded hide situated next to a watering hole favoured by elephants, zebra and hippo.

You will be accompanied on your Pilanesberg day tour with one of our enthusiastic adventure guides who has intimate knowledge of the park and animals as well as the local culture.

Enjoy the thrill of a true African safari with this Pilanesberg day tour.

Pick up from any place within Johannesburg at no extra cost

INCLUDED

Return transfers Johannesburg to the Pilanesberg return
All Pilanesberg National Park gate fees
Basic first aid kit
Qualified travel guide
Lunch , as well as unlimited water and hot beverages
2 x 3 hour game drives in an open air game vehicle through the Pilanesberg
Dedicated Day tour Trip Planner
Local Taxes

NOT INCLUDED

Flights and airport taxes
Items of a personal nature
Tips for guides
Visas for South Africa
Health requirements (if any)
Optional but highly recommended travel and medical insurance.
Meals & drinks not specified

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 16 reviews
October 18, 2016

The Pilanesberg is a wildlife haven. So glad we decided to take the tour. Plenty of elephant and other animals like zebra and giraffe. South Africa Adventures were incredible. I highly recommend them

October 19, 2016

Hey Man!! Thanks for the awesome trip it was an incredible experience. I still can’t believe how damn close we got to the animals! You are the best! I will definitely be recommending it to everyone.
Dave

October 19, 2016

So pleased we decided to do this trip, what an amazing experience! The kids got so excited seeing so many animals close up. Darren was professional,organized and loads of fun too!!

October 19, 2016

An absolutely amazing tour. I had a day to spare in Johannesburg on route to London. I got hold Of South Africa Adventures and they provided a really incredible experience. We were lucky enough to see lions and rhinos within a few metres of each other. The Pilanesberg is a hidden gem that you need to go see

October 22, 2016

This is a day we will never forget. An amazing experience to see the beautiful animals in their environment. Breathtaking in every sense. The eye candy was overwhelming. Highly recommend –especially if you have limited time. TIA.

October 31, 2016

Thankyou Darren from South Africa adventures for making our Pilanesberg day tour an truly incredible experience!!! You definitely knew your animals and made the trip really special. Definitely coming back

November 1, 2016

Thank you só much for this lovely day Darren! You are EXCELLENT! We enjoyed it all the way! We are happy customers and will definitely see you soon for another adventure! Five star ***** rating for you! ???

November 1, 2016

Thank you very much for an awesome experience and taking the effort to show us the elephants close up and really went out your way to show us all there is to see. We learned alot about nature and I highly recommend South Africa Adventures to anyone. Annette.

March 14, 2017

Outstanding trip!! Well organized. We had a day spare in transit and decided that the Pilanesberg day tour looked appealing. The guide was incredible. His knowledge of the animals and their various behavior traits was out of this world. He went out of his way to make sure we saw most of the animals from elephants to zebra and giraffe. I highly recommend south Africa adventures for any tour!!

March 26, 2017

One of the best day tours from Johannesburg. I love every minute of it!!! The Pilanbesberg is a wildlife haven packed with an abundance of animals as well as an incredible african bush experience. Highly recommended. South Africa Adventures made an exceptional day tour for me

March 26, 2017

I really loved this day tour. The Pilanesberg is a truly beautiful place. We were lucky enough to see a lion walking in the road. As for the service. Outstanding. If you are looking for a fantastic tour operator who have a passion for what they do you have to try south Africa adventures

April 3, 2017

I really appreciated the incredible service i got on this day tour to the pilanesberg. Speedy response time. I could pay on the day. And lots of animals seen with a super guide

April 11, 2017

Best safari experience ever!!! So many animals!!! Our guide went out of his way to ensure we got to see as many of the wildlife as possible. And what a friendly and informative guy. The guide really made a difference to the atmosphere of the tour. And we went in an open air game drive with just myself and my husband. So we had exclusive treatment.

May 4, 2017

Best day tour in SA!!!! The guide was incredible!! He showed us some amazing and different things. For example he was telling us about the hornbill that seals his mate in a nest and feeds her through the hole to protect the eggs from predators. And showed us the African weeping wattle that cries. From the bugs that secrete a foam. And we also got to see a funeral procession of elephants from a bull elpehant that had been killed in a fight

November 28, 2017

Are you looking for a day tour from Johannesburg? I highly suggest a safari tour of the pilanesberg national park. I booked with south Africa adventures. They were outstanding. Online bookings and instant confirmation. And their knowledge of the animals was immense. We saw loads of wild animals from lion, elephant and giraffe

July 8, 2018

Hello. I took this tour today with Shade, who was a terrific host (bad jokes aside!) I had a great day. Weather was not the best, but it didn’t stop us in any way. Saw a lot of animals and some superb scenery. I would thoroughly recommend this company. Thanks Darren for the online assistance and to Shade for making it a great experience. (I will send you a new joke book!) David Maun

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