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3 Day Pilanesberg Budget Safari

Duration: 3 Days
Style of Tour :
ZAR 9810.00AUD 769.41CAD 695.74EURO 474.14GBP 446.52USD 520.42

Pilanesberg National Park boasts abundant wildlife and bird species and is only a couple of hours drive from Johannesburg. Search for the Big 5 in open vehicle game drives in the South African bushveld. It's a malaria free area and is a great option if you're on a budget, or short on time. We overnight at a comfortable lodge bordering Pilanesberg. Rising bright and early for thrilling game drives in the park, when the animals are at their most active. Stopping over at waterholes, we might see elephants going for a drink or one of the big cats on the prowl!

Countries visitingSouth Africa
This tour is:Family Friendly
Accommodation on tour:Guest house/Hotel/Lodge
Malaria free:Yes


  • Multiple game drives in Pilanesberg National Park in closed vehicle
  • Sunset/evening game drive in open vehicle
  • Early morning walking safari with armed ranger (Optional)
  • Excellent game viewing opportunities
  • Sun City (Optional)

 Below is the basic day to day brief,

The full downloadable Itinerary is at the bottom of this window,

Please download the dossier should you want more detailed information on the route and tour.

Day 1: Johannesburg/Pretoria to Pilanesberg

  • Pick up from accommodation in Johannesburg / Pretoria between 06:00 and 07:00 am. Exact times are confirmed on booking.
  • After arriving at Pilanesberg around 09:00 am you will go on a closed vehicle game drive till 12:30 pm.
  • Lunch in game reserve (own account).
  • Leisure time.
  • Sunset game drive in open vehicles from 16:00 pm.
  • Dinner at lodge.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: En-suite room at lodge

 Day 2: Pilanesberg

  • After waking up bright and early we embark on an early morning game drive in a closed vehicle till 09:00 am. This can be upgraded to an open vehicle game drive at an additional cost and subject to availability. 
  • Breakfast is served back at the lodge upon return from your morning safari.
  • Next is a closed-vehicle game drive until midday.
  • Lunch inside game reserve (own account).
  • After having a bit of time to relax after lunch we go on another sunset game drive in closed vehicles from 16:00 pm.
  • Dinner at lodge.

Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: En-suite room at lodge
Optional Activity:  Evening (Sunset) Open Vehicle Game Drive Or Visit Sun City (Own Entrance)  

 Day 3: Pilanesberg   

  • Another early start today gets us on the road for a morning game drive in closed vehicle till 09:00 am. Again, this can be upgraded should you wish. 
  • We enjoy a delicious breakfast at the lodge.
  • Enjoy another closed-vehicle game drive until 12:30 pm.
  • After the morning drive you will have lunch in the game reserve (own account).
  • There is an option to go to Sun City (entrance fee excluded) instead of the closed vehicle drive.
  • At approx. 15:30 pm to 16:00 pm we depart back to arrive in Johannesburg / Pretoria around 18:00 pm. 

Meals: Breakfast
Optional Activity: Early Morning Game Drive in Open Vehicle

Upgrade to Open vehicle drive costs R 780 per person per drive - subject to availability and price is subject to change.
Comfortable ensuite rooms at 3 star lodges bordering Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

We pick up from most accommodation establishments in the Johannesburg / Pretoria area and O.R Tambo Airport, please check the relevant times with your reservations agent. The journey to and from the park is in the comfort of an air-conditioned microbus.

You can be dropped off at your accommodation in Johannesburg / Pretoria or O R Tambo Airport by appointment, if you are flying out from Johannesburg on the last day please check with your consultant if the timing works.

Traffic and road conditions can be unpredictable, Johannesburg does suffer from traffic congestion - we do ask clients to remain flexible with exact timings.      

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Note: Itineraries do change, please speak to your consultant for the latest up to date itinerary for your travel period.          

Approx. tour cost in
ZAR 9810.00AUD 769.41CAD 695.74EURO 474.14GBP 446.52USD 520.42

2024 Tour Price

ZAR 9,810 per person sharing

ZAR 13,790 per person single

Child rate - 50% Discount (under 12) if child travelling with 2 adults   

Looking for more comfort? - Pilanesberg Luxury Lodge

  • Daily departures from Johannesburg / Pretoria
  • Transfers to and from Pilanesberg in luxury air-conditioned vehicles
  • Open 4x4 vehicle game drives
  • Amazing photographic opportunities
  • Experienced registered guides
  • 2 nights lodge accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Visas & travel insurance
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Beverages & snacks
  • Souvenirs & tips
  • Optional upgrade activities

This tour has daily departures

This tour has a duration of: 3 Days

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