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Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park

Johannesburg

The Basics

Set on the biodiverse transition zone between the Kalahari Desert and the wetter Lowveld, Pilanesberg National Park is a convenient and rewarding day trip from Johannesburg. Join a guided tour to the best wildlife viewing areas in the park where you can photograph big game from an open safari vehicle, including the so-called “Big Five”: lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and Cape buffaloes.

To see wildlife at its most active and increase your chances of spotting nocturnal cats, stay for a two-day overnight safari. Many guided tours include pickup and drop-off in Johannesburg.

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Full Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari
Full Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari
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$171.86 per adult
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Excellent experience
We were treated to excellent guides for whom it was no trouble trying to take time to see the wildlife you wanted. The open top safari was a great thrill. Saw wide range, lions, hyena, rhino, warthogs as well as numerous elephants, zebra, buffalo, giraffes and antelopes.
Peter S, Aug 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Pilanesberg National Park attracts geology and archeology enthusiasts alongside safari-goers.

  • The park is malaria-free and located close to the international airport.

  • The park maintains more than 116 miles (186 kilometers) of unpaved road for guided tours and self-driving safaris.

  • The park’s “hides” create secure spots to get out of your vehicle and photograph wildlife.

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How to Get There

Pilanesberg National Park is a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg and the O.R. Tambo International Airport. You also can fly to the Pilanesberg airport (just outside the gates in Sun City) from Johannesburg or Cape Town.

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When to Get There

The park is open year-round, and the gates are generally open from sunrise to sunset. Check for specific hours before you go; hours vary based on the season. The diversity of park wildlife means that you’ll be likely to spot animals any time you visit, but expect increased wildlife activity on evening and morning game drives.

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Staying in Pilanesberg National Park

Spending the night in Pilanesberg National Park opens up a range of wildlife viewing opportunities that are only available to those who stay in the park after the gates close. Spot nocturnal wildlife that begin to come out on sunset game drives. Watch the sunrise over the park’s unique geological formations. And, in between, catch some rest in a canvas tent, bed and breakfast, or luxury lodge.

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