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Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa

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Johannesburg, South Africa

From $183.86

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Experience the splendor of Pilanesberg National Park on a day trip from either Pretoria or Johannesburg. Set out on a safari through this popular game reserve, keeping an eye out for the park's 'Big Five' as well as impalas, cheetahs, hippos and crocodiles. The park is also known for its diverse bird life, which includes over 360 recorded species. Savor a delicious lunch at one of the onsite lodgings before returning mid-afternoon to your hotel.
  • Day trip game drive of Pilanesberg National Park from either Johannesburg or Pretoria
  • Search out Africa's 'Big Five' on an easy day-trip from the city
  • Experience area wildlife such as impala and cheetah in its natural habitat
  • Especially intriguing for bird-lovers, with more than 360 recorded species
  • Great for families
  • Includes a delicious lunch and all entry fees
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Bottled water
Lunch at Bakubung Lodge
Driver/guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Closed game drive
Open vehicle safari (With open vehicle safari option)
Gratuities
Alcoholic drinks and drinks during lunch (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All hotels and accommodation. We pick up anywhere from your hotel or guest house in Sandton, Rosebank, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please specify your pickup location. We also pick up from and air b&b as well as private locations.

Departure Time

6:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Deeprift Ventours

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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 Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa?
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 Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa?
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 Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa?
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 Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Safari to Pilanesberg the Gem of Africa.

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Great experience
Vishwas_G
, Dec 2020
Despite making the booking at 11:30pm, Jason was there at 6am next morning to pick us up at the hotel. Spotted a lot of animals including lion, leopard, elephant, hippo, zebra, giraffes, wildebeest, antelopes and rhinos. Jason was very friendly and was a great guide throughout the day.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Dear Vishwas, thank you very much for your kind review. I am pleased that you enjoyed the Pilanesberg safari and also grateful that you got to see so many beautiful animals. Always a pleasure to be able to help even when it is a short notice booking. Take care and all the best. Kind Regards Jason
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Great tour guides and wonderful experience
Rodney_B
, Mar 2020
We had a great experience in the open air safari. The guides were amazing and very knowledgeable. They provided for a great day on safari. The lunch was also excellent. I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review. We aim to provide the best level of service with the best guides out there and I am glad your expectations were met. Thank you also for recommending this tour. Kind Regards Jason Pollard
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Great trip to Pilanesberg
Rebecca_C
, Feb 2020
Wonderful day trip from Johannesburg! Jason was a wonderful guide to/from the park, and probably the safest driver I've ever been in the car with. Learned a lot about the area going to/from Joburg and the park, and appreciated the pit stop on the way into Pilanesberg that gave us an opportunity to grab breakfast, given the early start. The game drivers were also fantastic. We had had an opportunity to do game drives in Etosha National Park in Namibia a few days earlier, and those guides paled in comparison. We lucked out with great sightings, tons of good information from the guides, and excellent knowledge of the park and how to get better views of the animals we sighted. Not to mention the driver's excellent sighting of a rhino that resulted in one of the closest encounters I've had with a rhino to date--walked right in front of our truck! We had a delightful lunch with Jason at the lodge to round out the day. Highly recommend this day trip!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Rebecca, thank you very much for your excellent review. So glad that you had a fantastic day! That is what its all about. Kind Regards Jason
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Fantastic day with Jason
Ashley F
, Dec 2019
Jason is a wonderful guide. He picked me up from my hotel in Pretoria before getting the other passengers in Johannesburg (there were three of us total on the tour). He made occasional comments as we drove towards Pilanesberg then when we got to the park, we transferred to an open top vehicle with a ranger. With her, we spent three amazing hours spotting animals inside the park. We saw so many animals! I didn’t have high hopes because it had just rained and it’s the middle of the summer but we saw three of the big five, and much more. Jason picked us up for lunch which was at a beautiful, high-end bush resort. Incredible food. He then took us on another two hour safari through the park in his van, before we journeyed home. We saw so many fantastic things – I had the best day. What a great time!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Ashley, thank you very much for your kind review. It makes me happy to hear that you had the best day and excellent time on Safari with me. It means a lot and your satisfaction is what counts! Kind Regards Jason
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star-5
Best Tour Ever.
OnAir91482
, Sep 2018
The booking was fairly simple and efficient.Our driver Jason was perfect. His cultural, environmental and wildlife knowledge was amazing; it made the trip. Very personable and easy to talk with. 11 years experience in escorting tours and it shows. His vehicle was new, clean and a perfect ride for the day. He has a microphone system so we could hear his descriptions clearly. He spotted animals and birds easily.When we come back to Africa we will book more tours with Vuatour and Jason.
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Not what I expected. After booking...
Daniel S
, Jun 2017
Not what I expected. After booking I asked Jason if we could do an open vehicle instead of the closed vehicle - which I had seen as an option at one point in time. I did not realize that switching to the open vehicle - which we paid more for - meant this would no longer be a private tour, but rather a group tour. The biggest issue with this was it meant once we arrived at Pilanesberg we waited an hour for the group tour to start. It also made Jason essentially a cab driver from Johannesburg to the Safari and then back. After the 4 hour game drive Jason took us to lunch, which was great, but by the time that was over it was time to drive back to Johannesburg. I was under the impression there would be a second opportunity to go into the park and see wildlife, but that was not the case.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Daniel, I try to provide the best possible experience for my clients. Deciding on doing the open safari while on route to the reserve throws out a lot of planned logistics and as you chose a closed safari and suddenly changing to an open safari had us out on times and therefore you had to wait for the open safari operator to start. I am also not a cab driver as you mentioned, I guided you all the way from Johannesburg explaining various interesting facts along the way which a cab driver would not have known or pointed out. Kind Regards Jason
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star-5
An amazing tour as we had the...
JEREMY D
, May 2017
An amazing tour as we had the minibus to ourselves. We saw most of the big 5 - Elephant, hippo, rhino, giraffe, zebra, willdebeast, warthog, buffalo, assorted antelope and birds. Due to recent rains the grass was too long to see any of the big cats.
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jason was awesome. allowed us...
Nicole L
, Jun 2016
jason was awesome. allowed us plenty of time for wildlife viewing and was extremely knowledgeable and was just as excited as we were to be on the tour! we saw wild elephants, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeests, hippos, crocs, and so much more!! i would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a private tour of the Pilanesberg National Park
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Our tour guide Jason gave us an...
David W
, May 2016
Our tour guide Jason gave us an awesome tour, we traveled in comfort and had a great lunch. We got to many animals, a lot more that I was expecting to see. The pick up and drop off at our hotel made things easy. Highly recommend this tour.
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It was excellent, the guide was...
Kenneth D
, Nov 2015
It was excellent, the guide was friendly curious and very knowledgeable about every animal, We can't wait to come back again, Thank you for a experience of a life time.
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