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Wildlife Safari Tours from Johannesburg

Wildlife Safari Tours from Johannesburg

Exploring South Africa's national parks and taking a wildlife safari are both easily accessible activities from Johannesburg. Whichever adventure you choose, be on the lookout for all of the Big Five animals (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo). Here are your options for wildlife tours from Johannesburg. 

Pilanesberg National Park

Enjoy a thrilling African safari experience on a Pilanesberg Nature Reserve tour and get the chance to spot Africa's Big Five from an open-top safari vehicle. As well as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and water buffaloes, the game reserve is home to giraffes, zebras, warthog, and blue wildebeest, so make sure you have your camera ready. Most Pilanesberg safaris also include a visit to the nearby Sun City Resort and Casino.

Kruger National Park

It’s possible to experience South Africa’s oldest national park on a morning game drive or a full-day safari, but to really explore the vast Kruger National Park, you’ll need a multi-day tour. Wildlife hot spots include Blyde River Canyon and the Panorama Route, where possible sightings include roan antelope, zebra, hippopotamus, impala, and of course, the Big Five. 

Elephant Sanctuary

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort Dam, home to a herd of domesticated African elephants. Visitors can participate in interactive workshops, help bathe the elephants, or take an elephant walk through the jungle, all under close supervision from experienced handlers. Book a tour for round-trip transportation.

Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre

You’re guaranteed a big cat sighting at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre in Hartbeespoort Dam. The conservation and breeding program is home to cheetahs and African wild dogs. See Africa's fastest mammal in action during a guided tour of the reserve or join one of the daily feeding round tours. 

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Located in nearby Gauteng province, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve makes a popular choice for a day trip. You’ll spot white lions, spotted hyena, and white rhino on an open vehicle safari, and pay a visit to the animal crèche, hippo pools, and vulture hide.

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Visitors who have more time can cross the border and spend a night at a safari lodge in Botswana's Chobe National Park, home to large numbers of Cape buffalo, elephants, and lions, as well as an incredible variety of birds. Alternatively, opt for an action-packed, 5-day tour from Johannesburg and combine it with a visit to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

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See the majesty of South African wildlife with a full-day tour of the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve from Johannesburg. Travel through the reserve in an open-top 4x4 safari vehicle. Keep an eye out for the famous 'Big Five'—elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and water buffaloes—as well as many other species. Eat lunch (included) and then choose to either do another safari drive or visit the nearby resort at Sun City.
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  • 9 hours
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$171.50
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Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg

Early Morning Balloon Safari with Breakfast from Magaliesburg

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Take in aerial views of the Magaliesbergs and the Cradle of Humankind on this hot air balloon safari. Get the best possible perspective on this striking landscape without paying for the high price of an airplane or helicopter tour. Spend the hour-long flight sipping champagne and enjoying the high altitude breeze, snapping photos and listening to commentary from your guide before landing for an included breakfast.
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  • 4 hours
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$211.31
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Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

Elephant Sanctuary Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

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This tour to the Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam gives you access to these mammals, accompanied by in-depth commentary on their biology, behavior, and conservation status. Additionally, the round-trip transportation from Johannesburg or Pretoria means there's no need to rent a car or fuss with directions and navigation. You'll travel with a small group of just eight people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide and plenty of time to ask questions.
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  • 6 hours
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$200.26
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Rhino and Lion Safaris

Rhino and Lion Safaris

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The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is a private game reserve located less than an hour from Johannesburg and known for its breeding programs. On this tour, enjoy a guided safari drive around the park; spot animals including lion, white rhino, cheetah, Siberian tigers, and hippopotamus; and look out for lion cubs and white rhino calves.
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  • 4 hours
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$142.55
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Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

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Get an up close look at one of Africa's most illusive cats on this tour of the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Follow your knowledgable guide through the incredible center, learn about conservation efforts and gain a deeper understanding of the beautiful creatures. Round-trip transport from Johannesburg or Pretoria is a part of this tour.
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  • 5 hours
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$168.45
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