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, it’s all immediate and around you!
Extended deeper drives into 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 4×4 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/or 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 an 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. 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. The 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 the reserve (at Kwa Maritane). Bush barbeque (Braai) with ethnic African entertainment on selected nights.
Low Season: 1 May – 31 August
2023: ZAR13 665.00 per person sharing, ZAR24 340.00 for a solo traveler
High Season: 1 January – 30 April, & 1 September – 31 December.
2023: ZAR14 835.00 per person sharing, ZAR26 670.00 for a solo traveler
Children aged 12 years and younger (maximum two children per room) will be accommodated if sharing a room with one or two adults – ZAR600.00 for 2022, and ZAR680.00 for 2023
Children aged 13-17 years will be accommodated if sharing with a room with one or two adults – ZAR3 085.00 for 2022, and ZAR3,625.00 for 2023.
If a child occupies their own room the child will be charged at the additional adult rate.