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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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National Park fees
Lunch
Driver/guide
Morning open vehicle safari drive (+- 3 Hours Long)
Afternoon closed vehicle safari drive (+- 2 Hours Long)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Onboard Uncapped WIFI
Drinks
Gratuities

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7:00 AM
5:30am – 5:45am – Tambo Airport and Hotels in the area 6am – 6:15am – Hotels in the greater Sandton area 6:15am – 6:30am – Hotels in the greater Fourways area
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY MoAfrika Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour.

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Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
89 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Day trip safari , yes!
dvdrod
, Apr 2022
Excellent, we saw plenty of wildlife , Desmond was very knowledgeable, friendly and funny ! Love love love
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there. Thank you for Love, Love Loving our Pilanesberg safari, it is amazing to see animals in thier natural habitat, something we do not take for granted in South Africa. Desmond is an Awesome safari guide and we are lucky to have him part of our team.
star-5
Great time in Pilanesberg
Chika_A
, Mar 2022
Amazing time! Our tour guide and driver were very accommodating and knowledgeable about the park, its history and the nature of the animals. We learned a lot and got to see many of the animals on our wish list.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi there, Thank you for the 5 star review on our Pilanesberg safari, we are glad that you had an amazing time with our knowledgable guide and hope to have you back on safari with us soon. Regards The MoAfrika tours team
star-5
A nice alternative if you don't have time to visit Kruger National Park
Valria_S
, Jan 2022
We didn't have time to visit Kruger National Park and Pilansburg was a nice alternative. Obviously much smaller but it is closer to Johannesburg and malaria-free while it is a real nature reserve, not just a private game reserve (which sometimes can be a bit disappointing and more similar to a zoo than to a real safari). Unfortunately, you have better chances to see lions early mornings or in the night but you'll probably see elephants, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, zebras during the day as well. Both our driver, Dennis and our ranger, Buffalo Soldier were friendly and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi there, Thank you for reviewing our Pilanesberg safari, it was a pleasure having you on tour with us. We are looking at getting our guests to the national park earlier in the mornings to increase the sightings, but with the traveling time to the national park, we need to make sure that all guests are safe and comfortable with the collection times in Johannesburg. Dennis and our guides in the national park go out of their way to make sure all guests have a great time on safari with us. See you soon on safari with us. maybe next time we can treat you with a safari to the Kruger National park?
star-4
Do it
Steve_J
, Oct 2021
I see 4 of the big 5. Was enjoyable the guide Joseph was excellent he’s knowledgeable and patient. He’s got that eagle eye he knows where to go and how to spot the animals.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi there Steve, Thank you for the awesome review and we are glad that you enjoyed your safari with us to the Piulanebserg. We are looking forward to having you back on safari with us in the near future.
star-5
If you only have a day or limited time in Joburg, do this tour!
Melanie_W
, Sep 2021
The most memorable part of the tour was the herd of elephants walking pass. It was AMAZING being in such close proximity, but out of their way. I would definitely do this tour again, for a one day safari experience. Our guides Joe and Alex were great! They were knowledgeable and very pleasant. Joe was very funny on the tour. They definitely made it a very fun experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi there Melanie, Thank you for the amazing review, glad that you enjoyed the safari with Joe and Alex. We do pride ourselves in being the best safari and day tour operator in Johannesburg. So when are you booking the next safari?
star-5
Awesome
Jacob_Z
, Jan 2021
Amazing, the park was beautiful. Keep in mind that you are not guaranteed to see all of the animals you want to, this is not a zoo. Driving around in the open vehicle with the nice breeze itself was great. The tour guides, Alex and Buffalo Soldier, were very knowledgeable and knew where to go in the park at what times to maximize the chances of seeing the most amount of animals.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Good Day Jacob, Thank you for your amazing review, it is greatly appreciated. We are glad that you enjoyed your safari with us and that our guides lived up to your expectations. The reserve is certainly not a zoo and is exhilarating when you find the animals. Looking forward to hearing from you in the future. Travel safe and keep safe.
star-2
Poor response time
miclcp
, Feb 2020
We had booked for a one day safari tour with this tour operator through Viator. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to go for the tour. We wrote in and called the tour operator to inform them on the above and we understand verbally that we will be able to utilized the paid fee for the safari tour on another date. Thereafter we wrote in twice to follow up on the status of the open ticket for the paid amount but till-to-date, after 4 days, we have yet to hear from the tour operator. It is quite a let down given that we had duly informed them about the tour cancellation prior to the tour date. Hope the tour operator would get back to us in no time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Too long for too little
Glennthompsonjr21
, Feb 2020
The guide was nice, the pick up/drop off times was within their window. I personally can’t blame the tour company for the lack of wildlife. There’s a full disclaimer that you may not see all of the Big 5. It was briefed to us upon arrival that the lions don’t come out in the heat and only show up early morning and/or late evening. Keep in mind the tour is from 0900-1500. Driving around for 6 hours becomes boring after awhile and seeing the SAME animals. This tour should really end at noon directly after lunch. All the animals we seen from 9-12 we seen from 1-3 as well. This tour isn’t a must see in my honest opinion. Aware each experience is different and this was mine.
star-2
Actually the content was different
Shinichi_Y
, Jan 2020
In the morning the vehicle safari drive was good. In the afternoon it was not a vehicle safari drive. I was wondering why the morning guide would be over and a different guide, but no one was there. We were guided by a pick-up car from the hotel and its driver. I was expecting a vehicle safari drive. Another group on the same day was a vehicle safari drive with the same guide in the morning and afternoon. Why is this difference? I don't understand. I want half my money back if possible. When you apply for this tour, make sure you have a one-day vehicle safari drive.
star-5
11-18-19 Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour
dabrowns2019
, Dec 2019
A wonderful time was had by my wife and I during the safari. It was worth the time and money. We saw 4 of 5 of the Big Five, including a leopard. The highlight of the tour was our vehicle being chased by an elephant. Yes it really did happen!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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