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Pilanesberg Safaris

Pilanesberg National Park

About Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, covers some 55 000 hectares. Pilanesberg has become a sought-after wildlife destination not only for us locals but on the international market as well. Being in a malaria-free area and perched on the eroded remains of an alkaline volcanic crater.

– one of only three such craters in the world. 

The volcano crater in which the National Park is situated formed some 1200 million years ago. Apart from its unique size, shape and rock types, the volcanic origin and resultant weathering of the extinct crater has resulted in a wide variety of landscapes. This provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Southern Africa.

Being a fairly new park if compared to the Kruger National Park and other parks around South Africa. Opened in 1979 after one of the largest game trans-locations at that time to reintroduce the long vanished wildlife species back into the area. Pilanesberg was named after former chief of the area Chief Pilane.

Where is Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg is located adjacent to Sun City, in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province of South Africa within a 3 hour drive from Johannesburg.

Situated in a transition zone between the drier Kalahari and the wetter Lowveld making this area ecologically rich in Fauna and Flora from both areas thus providing a wide range of habitats for Big game animals in a malaria free area. 

What You Can Expect to See

Because of this, Pilanesberg has the potential to carry a wider variety of game species than any other similar sized game reserve in Southern Africa. Including the BIG 5: Elephant, White and Black Rhino, Buffalo, Lion and the Leopard.

Pilanesbergs potential for supporting rare and endangered species such as Black Rhino, Tsessebe, foot-and-mouth free Buffalo and Wild Dogs are particularly high. As well as all the general plains game, you will find the Brown Hyena, Cheetah, Hippo and the Crocodile in the Pilanesberg National Park.

What We Offer

We offer a variety of trips to Pilanesberg National Park ranging from Day Safaris Trips, 2 Day Safaris Tours, 3 Day Safaris Tours with various accommodation options on offer.  

At Footprints in Africa we also operate Tours to South Africa’s most well known park the Kruger National Park, combine this with one of our Overland Tours to see Swaziland, St Lucia and the Drakensberg Mountains, “the Alps of Southern Africa”.  

Pilanesberg Day Tours

We depart from your Hotel in Pretoria or Johannesburg. Returning back to your Hotel after the tour. Alternatively arrange to be dropped off at the airport at no additional charge.

Pilanesberg National Park has become on of the most popular parks for a Day Safari from the city of Johannesburg. Being home to the Big 5 and a large variety of Bird species. 

You are sure to leave Pilanesberg with many amazing memories, plenty of magnificent photos of animals and the spectacular scenery Pilanesberg has to offer.

2 Day Pilanesberg Safari

We depart from your Hotel in Pretoria or Johannesburg. Returning back to your Hotel after the tour. Alternatively arrange to be dropped off at the airport at no additional charge.

Join us in Pilanesberg National Park to find the famous Big 5, many common plains game and a large variety of Birds.

Spend a night under the stars while your dinner is prepared for you around the camp fire. Hear stories about the African bush and enjoy several Closed Vehicle Drives and a Open Vehicle Sunset Safari.

Option to visit the Sun City Complex after breakfast on day 2 until we depart back to Johannesburg. With Valley of the Waves, Casinos, Golf Course, and a large variety of entertainment on offer. 

You are sure to leave Pilanesberg with many amazing memories, plenty of magnificent photos of animals and the spectacular scenery Pilanesberg has to offer.

  • Pilanesberg Camping

    From ZAR 3 450.00 pp

    Included

    • Daily departures
    • 1 x  Open game drive (upgrades available)
    • 3 to 5 Closed game drives
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Accommodation in Dome Tent
    • Return transport from Hotel
    • Small groups
  • From ZAR 3 950.00 pp

    Included

    • Daily departures
    • 1 x  Open game drive
    • 3 to 5 Closed game drives per day
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Accommodation in Safari Tent
    • Return transport from Hotel
    • Small groups
  • Pilanesberg Chalets

    From ZAR 5 550.00 pp

    Included

    • Daily departures
    • 1 x  Open game drive
    • 3 to 5 Closed game drives per day
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Accommodation in a Chalet
    • Return transport from Hotel
    • Small groups

3 Day Pilanesberg Safari

We depart from your Hotel in Pretoria or Johannesburg. Returning back to your Hotel after the tour. Alternatively arrange to be dropped off at the airport at no additional charge.

Join us in Pilanesberg National Park for 3 days with plenty of time to find the famous Big 5, many common plains game and a large variety of Birds.

Spend 2 nights under the stars while your dinner is prepared for you around the camp fire. Hear stories about the African bush and enjoy many Closed Vehicle Drives and a Open Vehicle Sunset Safari.

You will also have the option to visit the Sun City Complex. With Valley of the Waves, Casinos, Golf Course, and a large variety of entertainment on offer. 

You are sure to leave Pilanesberg with many amazing memories, plenty of magnificent photos of animals and the spectacular scenery Pilanesberg has to offer.

  • Pilanesberg Camping

    From ZAR 4 400.00 pp

    Included

    • Daily departures
    • 1 x Open game drive
    • 3 to 5 Closed game drives a day
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Accommodation in Dome Tent
    • Return transport from Hotel
    • Small groups
  • camping glamping

    From ZAR 5 995.00 pp

    Included

    • Daily departures
    • 1 x  Open game drive
    • 3 to 5 Closed game drives per day
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Accommodation in Safari Tent
    • Return transport from Hotel
    • Small groups
  • Pilanesberg Chalets

    From ZAR 6 875.00 pp

    Included

    • Daily departures
    • 1 x  Open game drive
    • 3 to 5 Closed game drives per day
    • Dinner and Breakfast
    • Accommodation in Chalet
    • Return transport from Hotel
    • Small groups

Pilanesberg Luxury Lodge Options

We depart from your Hotel in Pretoria or Johannesburg. Returning back to your Hotel after the tour. Alternatively arrange to be dropped off at the airport at no additional charge.

Join us in Pilanesberg National Park and experience a Sunset and Morning Safari in a Open Jeep.

Before heading back to the Johannesburg have the option to visit the Sun City Complex. With Valley of the Waves, Casinos, Golf Course, and a large variety of entertainment on offer. 

You are sure to leave Pilanesberg with many amazing memories, plenty of magnificent photos of animals and the spectacular scenery Pilanesberg has to offer.

Bakubung Bush Lodge lies within the world-famous game-rich Pilanesberg National Park. This beautiful luxury Lodge takes its name from the local word “Bakubung” which means “People of the Hippo.”

Bakubung offers you the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding pristine bush whether you’re relaxing besides the pool during the heat of the day, on your balcony looking over the Park as you watch the wildlife stroll to and from the nearby watering hole or out on a game drive with the Lodge’s expert guides. 

Unwind in the peaceful Bakubung Spa or challenge fellow visitors to a game of volleyball. Come evening the starlit boma is the perfect spot to socialise fireside and relive your Big 5 sightings. Its sheer comfort, Afro-chic décor, and exceptional service are bound to make Bakubung Bush Lodge a favorite Pilanesberg getaway for the entire family.

  • Pilanesberg Luxury Lodge

    From ZAR 7 900.00 pp

    Included

    • Return transfers to and from Pilanesberg
    • 2 x Game drive in an open safari vehicle
    • Conservation fees
    • Accommodation at Luxury Lodge
    • Meals as specified per itinerary
  • Pilanesberg Luxury Lodge

    From ZAR 12 350.00 pp

    Included

    • Return transfers to and from Pilanesberg
    • 4 x Game drive in an open safari vehicle
    • Conservation fees
    • Accommodation at Luxury Lodge
    • Meals as specified per itinerary