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Pilanesberg National Park Full-Day Tour from Johannesburg

Pilanesberg National Park Full-Day Tour from Johannesburg

By Ulysses Tours and Transfers
R 2 195,00
per adult
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 9 per group
Duration: 12h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Light lunch
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Pilanesberg National Park
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up from all hotels in Gauteng Province (Pretoria & Johannesburg)
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20111P11

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
        • Comfortable clothing recommended
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 20111P11

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        Stockholm County, Sweden27 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        On a business trip, I only had one day off. This is what I spent it on, and I couldn’t have been happier. My guide and safe driver Lucky was knowledgeable about everything from animals to history, and we had interesting conversation during the 2-hour drives to the park and back (and there as well!). It was too hot a day for the lions or leopards to be visible, but we saw pretty much everything else. A great day!
        Written 5 March 2019
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        Ben Amara Slim
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        Exceptional experience! I highly recommend. We were really able to see all the animals (apart from the phelines)
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