This 4-day safari explores one of South Africa’s most accessible big five game reserves - located only a mere two and a half hours from Johannesburg. Pilanesberg National Park is located in the crater of an extinct volcano, offering a very unique ecosystem for travelers to explore.
Venturing out on morning and afternoon open-vehicle game drives, there is an incredible wealth of flora, birds, and animals to be seen in the park, including the big five and more than 50 species of large mammals. Bird watching is also a delight, with more than 300 species recorded in the park.
On the final day of the tour, travelers are treated to a lunch experience at Hartebeespoort Dam. A popular attraction among local South Africans, Hartebeesport Dam boasts a number of activities, including hot air ballooning, river rafting, abseiling, walking with elephants, visits to a monkey sanctuary, boat cruises, and strawberry picking.
This tour makes use of different luxury lodges within the Pilanesberg National Park, depending on availability at the time of booking.
Accommodation: Ivory Tree Game Lodge
Today you depart Johannesburg and travel by road to Pilanesberg where you arrive at the lodge around mid-day, just in time for lunch. After lunch, you can settle in and relax before enjoying afternoon tea and then joining the afternoon game drive. This drive is conducted in the Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park in an open game drive vehicle, allowing you the best possible views and an up-close experience with nature. Located in the crater of an extinct volcano, Pilanesberg has a unique ecosystem. The complex’s rare rock types were created by ancient volcanic eruptions that eroded to create varied soil types, which in turn leads to the uniquely varied vegetation. After returning from your afternoon game drive, you will sit down for dinner which is a scrumptious affair served under the stars (weather permitting).
Accommodation: Ivory Lodge
The mornings begin early with a coffee and a snack before setting off on a game drive. Early mornings are great for game viewing as you may be able to see some nocturnal animals before they call it a night, and also to see lots of diurnal animals starting to get ready for the day. Pilanesberg is home to a huge variety of animals and some of these include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, rhino, buffalo, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, springbok and so much more! You return to the lodge for a scrumptious breakfast and then have time to relax at the lodge’s pool, go for optional spa treatments or read a book before lunch is served. The afternoon drive often extends into the early hours of the evening, allowing you the opportunity to spot some of the more nocturnal animals. Dinner is served under the stars (weather permitting) and discussions around the day's events are had beside a roaring campfire.
Rising early this morning, you are treated to a quick cup of coffee and a snack before departing on your final morning game drive. With the sun slowly climbing higher above the savannah, you are sure to experience all that the park has to offer. After our morning drive, we return to the lodge for breakfast. Departing the lodge around 11:00 am, you head back to Johannesburg with a stop for lunch in Hartbeespoort Dam. Hartbeespoort Dam is a quaint resort town with various curio & craft markets. This is the ideal place to do some shopping. The drive back to Johannesburg takes approximately 3 hours and you should arrive mid-afternoon.
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