More Relaxation More Wildlife Variety
Any two days are never the same in Pilanesberg National Park only 2-3 hours’ drive from the Johannesburg-Pretoria area. Wake up every morning of your three-day safari, in Big 5 game country, to the unique bushveld dawn with exciting new promise of wildlife sightings. This pristine safari location is so close to Johannesburg that it is possible to combine business with a safari.
Otherwise, if a leisure visitor to South Africa pace yourself as you unwind in the stunning locations for this safari, Bakubung or Kwa Maritane lodges, amidst the rolling hills of Pilanesberg’s ancient volcanic caldera. Their dining areas and sun terraces overlook watering holes, so you may not even have to stir yourself much to take in the sights and sounds of the wild, its all immediate and around you!
Extended deeper drives in to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Your game drives (safaris) are of two types private and shared. On your private 5-hour drive part of the package our seasoned guides venture a little further into the game reserve, and stop at more of the protected viewing spots, than the lodge’s shared vehicle drives, using our own 4x4 that is perfectly suited for the terrain. So, you get to connect more deeply with the game reserve and its sounds, sights and smells, an incalculably valuable experience you will long remember! On your 3-hour open safari vehicle game drives part of the package you will get to share the experience with other guests both South African and from all around the world. This, along with the lodge’s well-appointed 4-star accommodation, delicious cuisine to suit all dietary requirements and our award winning services make for an unparalleled safari experience.
Both lodges also offer a unique walking safari experience with armed game ranger, tracking rhinos or other large creatures and but also seeing the smaller creatures and plants. This gives a quite different set of perspectives to being in a vehicle and we can book this for you, at a small extra charge. It takes place early in the morning when it is cool for walking.
Safaris in Pilanesberg are the best option for a safari from Cape Town!
Cape Town and the surrounding areas do not support sufficient wildlife for safaris although there are some that do offer an attempt at the experience. Flights to Lanseria Airport are more frequent and cheaply available than flights to Kruger. Lanseria is closer to Pilanesberg than Johannesburg too. We can meet and greet you there and drop you back if returning to Cape Town.
The Route there and back.
The route to Pilanesberg, is studded with landscapes and locations of historic and scenic interest you will find this most informative and enjoyable with our elite tour guides who will inform and regale you with their own stories Stops can be made at some of the many attractions such as the Cable car to the top of the Magaliesberg mountains, for wondrous views of our region and nature walk on top, the Cheetah Centre that plays an invaluable role in preserving the threatened Cheetah and Wild Dog populations, the Elephant Sanctuary get up close and personal these big creatures, and the latest sensation Ukutula Walk With Lions . Sun City our own mini Las Vegas is right next to the Pilanesberg (entrance fees and an extra time charge may apply) Then it is also free of charge to visit the Chameleon Village African Market on the way. This is reputedly Africa’s biggest craft market where you can purchase carvings, ceramics, beadwork, animal skins and other souvenirs. Entrance is free. There is also a craft brewery and several other restaurants, a reptile park and small lion park at this venue popular with the locals too.
Visit Sun City
Bakubung and Kwa Maritane are also close to Sun City so there is somewhere to go for some nightlife or day time fun for the kids! There’s a shuttle every hour on the hour at a minimal charge, this includes entrance to Sun City.
Family Friendly Lodges
Kids Stay Free, Junior Ranger club activities for children. Kiddies programs. Garden games and swimming pool. Underground tunnel into reserve (at Kwa Maritane). Bush barbeque (Braai) with ethnic African entertainment on selected nights.
Itinerary for This Tour
Pick up from your hotel (or airport if arriving from Cape Town or elsewhere). Journey through the interesting landscapes between Johannesburg/Pretoria and the Pilanesberg, via the scenic Hartbeespoort dam, through the awe-inspiring three-billion-year-old Magaliesberg Mountains, the second oldest mountains in the world, and the world’s richest Platinum mines.
Enjoy lunch on arrival at Bakubung Bush Lodge on their dining terrace with stunning views of the reserve followed by check in to your room at the lodge and assist with scheduling your game drives. We can then take you for the Mmilo Tours extended game drive as described above this afternoon or you can opt to have this on Day 3. Otherwise, relax or swim and then go for evening game drive with lodge guests, followed by dinner on the Bakubung Terrace. (On Wednesdays and Saturday evenings there is a "Bush Braai " option instead of Dinner) a "Bush Braai" is a South African barbeque held at a location deep in the bush of the reserve. This is reached on a short night drive with a game ranger there and back.
Accommodation at Lodge inside the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Lunch, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (Bakubung Bush Lodge or Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge)
Game drive (if scheduled for this morning) starts at 5-6.00am in summer, spring, autumn followed by breakfast and at 8.00am in our winter months of June, July, August preceded by breakfast. Times may vary so please enquire exact time at reception and be there at least 15 minutes beforehand to have coffee and beskuit (beskuit is a type of sweet rusk enjoyed by South Africans with coffee, tea or juice)
Our guide will discuss scheduling of your game drives private and from the lodge (morning or evening) with you on the first day as they do need to be booked in advance. You can book extra game drives too if you wish at a small extra fee. Activities such as the safari bush walk mentioned above must also be arranged in advance and so let us know preferably before arrival and we will book them. Other optional activities include, hot air balloon rides, quad biking, archery and transfers to Sun City. Choose between a morning or evening game drive. Extra games drives can also be booked at the lodge.
Accommodation at Lodge inside the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast - (Bakubung Bush Lodge or Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge)
After breakfast our guide will meet with you at reception to check out. If you did not elect for the extended game drive on Day 1 this is when our guide will take you on the extended Mmilo tours game drive. After the game drive/breakfast return to hotel/airport in Johannesburg/Pretoria (or Lanseria Airport if returning to Cape Town) perhaps taking a different route and stopping at one of the attractions mentioned above (If time allows this and entrance fees and extra time charge may apply)
End of Tour
Included in the price:
Not Included in the price:
Return flight to Lanseria. If coming for a safari from Cape Town, we can arrange and add this to package for you. Price varies between ZAR1500.00 and ZAR4000.00 depending on class, airline and flight.
Other Mmilo Tours trips:
Stops can be made at some of the many attractions such as the Cable car to the top of the Magaliesberg mountains, the Cheetah Centre, the Elephant Sanctuary, (Hartbeespoort), and the latest sensation Ukutula Walk with Lions (entrance fees and an extra time charge may apply). Stopovers at extra attractions mentioned can be made if time allows.
Children: Bakubung or Kwa Maritane excellent lodges for Children. As children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated free of charge on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis if sharing with one or two adults