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Johannesburg safari half day tour 

Join us on the the closest BIG 5 half day Johannesburg safari!

Join us on this incredible half day Johannesburg safari tour to the Plumari Private Reserve, the closest you will get to the Big 5 in their natural environment from Johannesburg. This tour is the perfect getaway option for travellers with a yearning for a unique and interactive safari experience while avoiding the crowds.

The safari is situated just over an hour’s drive from centrally located hotels in the Johannesburg area. The drive takes us in a North Westerly direction through the scenic Magaliesberg Mountains towards the Plumari Private Reserve. This half-day safari tour offers guests a memorable Big 5 safari experience with a difference.  The game drives are conducted on open air vehicles with a qualified game ranger who has intimate knowledge of the area and animals within the area.

The tour is concluded with a historical and cultural encore…African Style!! The day visitor’s center is a combination of earthly colours and unique tribal décor mixed with the traditional Boer farmhouse style of living. This kind of architecture pays homage to the history and culture of both cultures and the roles they have played in the creation of the South Africa of today.

About the Plumari Private Reserve

This incredible biosphere of natural awesomeness covers an area of 500 hectares and is home to an abundance of wildlife, birds and plant species unique to the African Bushveld.

The flagship animal species of the reserve are:

  • Leopard
  • White Rhino
  • African Buffalo
  • Hippo
  • Giraffe
  • Wildebeest
  • Warthog
  • Impala
  • Jackel
  • Monkies

What to expect on this half-day Johannesburg safari tour

The first part of the half day tour involves an incredible 2.5 hour safari on our open air game vehicles. The reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as a host of other animals. So under the capable captainship of your ranger we embark on a journey into the African Bush in search of the wildlife that include elephant, zebra, lions, rhino, impala, buffalo, leopard and many other indigenous animals. Unlike the more commercialized safaris, we like to maximize your experience by keeping group’s small and creating a more interactive and informative environment.

When do the half-day Johannesburg safari tours operate?

We have 2 tours scheduled every day of the week.

  • The 1st tour pick up time is 7am
  • The 2nd tour pick up time is 2pm

Historical and Cultural Bonus!!!!

This half-day Johannesburg safari is more than just the game drive and scrumptious lunch….it also includes a big whack of cultural and historical background. We take a fascinating tour of the museum at Askari where you can find the largest collection of ox wagons from what was known as the ‘Great Trek’.

Your guide will take you back in time with a mind blowing story of the incredible tenacity and courage of the Afrikaans people as they made their way up from Cape Town on a 2000km journey towards the Magaliesberg. Also Included in the museum are many artifacts from the Boer War and Battle of Nooitgedacht which was fought in the area between the Boers and the British back in the early part of the century.  And who won the battle you may be wondering?…..Well you will have to join our tour to find out first hand

Why Choose South Africa Adventures for your half day Johannesburg safari tour?

  • We pride ourselves on giving a more unique and interactive wildlife experience
  • Our team have an absolute passion for what they do
  • Smaller group sizes
  • Enjoy a scrumptious lunch at Askari Lodge
  • Visit to the local museum to learn of the rich cultural heritage of the area

Additional information

Number of Tickets1 ticket @ R2500, 2 tickets @ R1700 pp, 3 tickets @ R1500 pp, 4 tickets @ R1350 pp, 5 tickets @ R1250 pp

Our guide will pick you up from any centrally located hotels within the Johannesburg area. Pick up time is 07:30am.

We then take the 75 minute drive through the Plumari Private Reserve situated in the Magaliesberg.

Upon arrival, we will enjoy a light refreshment of tea, coffee or cold drinks will have the opportunity to meet the local game ranger.

At 09:30am ( 09:00am in Winter) we will embark on a 2.5 hour safari through the reserve in an open air game vehicle.

The game drive should conclude by 12:30pm after which we get to indulge in a scrumptious lunch at Askari Lodge

At 1:30pm we will spend 45 minutes exploring the many Anglo Boer artefacts at the museum before heading back to your hotel

We should have you back at your hotel by 3:15pm

Fully inclusive tour including pick up and transportation to the reserve

Home of the Big 5 as well as an abundance of other wildlife species

5 star hosting facilities

Authentic safari experience

Visit to the onsite cultural museum

2.5 hour Open air game vehicle safari

Value for Money

Return transfers from Johannesburg to the Private Reserve
2.5 hour open air game drive with a qualified ranger
All entrance fees
Lunch at the exclusive Askari Lodge
Bottled water
Guide and driver
45 minute tour of the cultural Museum
Basic first aid kit
Dedicated Trip Planner
Local Taxes

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

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
November 30, 2017

I loved this tour. I only had limited time and l wanted to see wildlife in a proper safari. This half day tour was just perfect for me. The service was outstanding. Lots of animals were seen

November 6, 2019

Lovely experience with an outstanding team from South Africa Adventures. The booking process and commnication was fast, friendly and efficient. The safari was just what we were looking for. We got see all the wild animals we have always wanted to see. The elephants were our favourite. The tour was perfect for us as we only had half a day to spare. The drive from Johannesburg only took 75 minutes which was also a winner. Thanks team. See you soon

November 6, 2019

Hello Nadia. Thankyou for the positive feedback. We are super glad you had a great day

July 17, 2020

best way to spend half a day in Johannesburg. And a lot better when it is spent with wild animals on a safari. Great day!! Great service!! Highly recommend.

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