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3 Days Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari in South Africa

Captivating Classic Safari South Africa

Join this 3-day safari holiday at the beautiful Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa. You will see the Big Five just 2 hours from Johannesburg in one of the country’s most popular wildlife areas. You will get a chance to watch the dramatic landscape and wildlife in this well-stocked park that supports a wide variety of plants, animals, and birds as you go on game drives with your professional safari guide.


  • 3 game drives
  • Big Five watching experiences
  • Transfers to and from Johannesburg
  • Accommodation at a 4-star lodge
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 2 nights' accommodation


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In this safari holiday, you will be accommodated at a 4-star bush lodge within Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

African Blue Tours South African Safari Itinerary

Day 1 (Johannesburg - Pilanesberg Game Reserve)

On the first day, you will leave Johannesburg in the late morning and take the 2,5-hour drive west towards the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve within the Bojanala Region of the North West Province. Afterward, you will check in at the lodge, freshen up, and prepare for your afternoon game drive starting around 15:30 (winter) or 16:30 (summer).

Using all their senses and experience, your ranger will seek out the animals and stop for anything of interest, possibly the spoor of hunting lions or a herd of dazzling zebras. Upon returning to the Lodge, a yummy dinner awaits, along with your first-night stay in the wild African bushveld.

Day 2 (Pilanesberg Game Reserve)

On the next day, you will enjoy a full day relaxing in the African bush and choose from either a morning or evening game drive, with the rest of the day relaxing around the pool at the lodge.

All game drives are undertaken in open safari vehicles and are fitted with 2-way radios enabling communication of the best game viewing sights. Open safari vehicles allow for superb photographic opportunities. In the evening, you will have dinner and overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3 (Pilanesberg Game Reserve - Johannesburg)

On the last day, your ranger will awake you with coffee, tea, and rusks before heading out into the sunrise to see what has been happening in the dead of night and follow spoor of animals on the move. You will also be lead on foot to discover sights which you would miss from a vehicle.

Vervet monkeys and birds in song truly are a beautiful way to bring on a new day in South Africa. After your game activity, you will return to the lodge to enjoy a delicious, hearty breakfast and some leisure time. Afterward, you will leave the park, travel back to Johannesburg, and arrive in the late afternoon.


Duncan Petrie
Originally from Johannesburg, Duncan decided to take a change of pace and was fortunate enough to start his career in the South African tourism industry by working in a private game lodge within the greater Kruger Park area. Working his way up to a safari guide, he quickly discovered the joy and pride of being able to present this amazing country with all its natural beauty, intricate history and culturally rich people to visitors from all over the world.
Matthew Bloomberg
Matthew grew up in Camps Bay, from there he started exploring both the west and east coast of South Africa with family and friends. After completing his studies, Matthew took to guiding naturally and is always enthusiastic to show people this wonderful country which he has explored from a very early age.


Your safari holiday will take place at Pilanesberg Game Reserve, North West Province, South Africa. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa and covers an area of some 55,000 hectares. It is home to the Big Five as well as most species of mammals, reptiles, and birds.


You will be served daily breakfast and dinner. As an additional information, South African is one of only 12 countries in the world with drinkable tap water. The tap water quality is the third-best overall in the world. It is advisable, though, to take bottled water with you when traveling to remote rural areas and the bush.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On the second day of your safari holiday, you can catch the Sun City Shuttle to explore the Valley of the Waves and other interesting attractions.

What's included

  • 2 nights' accommodation at a 4-star lodge
  • 3 game drives in an open safari vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Return Johannesburg road transfers

What's not included

  • Bar bill
  • Beauty treatments
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunch
  • Sun City Shuttle and entrance fees

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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