Sandton Tours
Pilanesberg camping Safari from Johannesburg
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Pilanesberg camping Safari from Johannesburg

By South Africa Adventures
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 8-65, max of 8 per group
Duration: 2 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Overnight accommodation in a safari tent ( showers and toilets are communal and separate from the tents)
  • All return transfers from you hotel
  • 2x3 hour open vehicle game drives
  • 10 hours closed vehicle game drive
  • Entry/Admission - Pilanesberg National Park
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up guests from any location within Johannesburg area including airports, Airbnb’s And guest houses
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • O.R. Tambo International Airport, 1 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, 1632, South Africa
      • Lanseria Airport, Lanseria South Africa
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infants must sit on laps
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 68301P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Please bring a headlight for the evenings
        • Warm jackets are required for the night drives
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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: 68301P2

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        Itinerary
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        2 stops
        Day 1
        Pilanesberg’s transfer and safari
        Day 2
        Safari And transfer back to...
        About the operator
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        • Ben_Larouche
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Everything I paid for and more
          Ben was my driver and arrived on time and was pleasant to talk to on the way to the Horseback Safari. The property is beautiful and rustic and James and Bianca were fantastic guides.
          Written 16 June 2024
        • zchkai
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Safe, educational and value-added experience of my trip
          As a solo female traveler, I appreciated clear communications via email for the registration, payment and confirmation. Once in the city, the office communicated via WhatsApp (once I figured out to look there) to ensure I connected with the correct guide, time and place. Ismael was a safe driver, friendly and professional, with great knowledge and historical info. We covered a lot of ground during the tour: Mandela's home, Soweto, Vilakazi Street, a shack village, Hector Peterson memorial; the Apartheid Museum is a must-see to expand your cultural awareness; great info and displays - could easily take 1-2 hours.
          Written 4 March 2024
        • M8369YIrodneyd
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A beautiful experience; top notch team
          Wow what an experience! Everything was well curated and planned. Ben, my driver and guide had everything under control. He was extremely knowledgeable and got me to the game. Stefan our game guide was knowlegeable and passionate. The day was so smooth and so zen
          Written 17 January 2024
        • demia765
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Walk with lions & Elephants
          Ben was a great guide. He was patient, understanding & very informative. His recommendations were great & was knowledgeable of the area. He’s well liked & received by the conservation reserves
          Written 17 January 2024
        • 50dougr
          0 contributions
          2.0 of 5 bubbles
          It wasn't bad, but not great
          Caves were closed due to flooding, which is the whole reason we booked it, museum was interesting but not totally worth it
          Written 2 December 2023
        • sennaitg2022
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          My first Safari at sunset
          I travel for work and had a free day so I thought I would see some animals while in South Africa, in Johannesburg . The tour was amazing with Erin, from Mongena game lodge. I saw so many animals up close and got to see twice zebras giraffes! Erin was a helpful and insightful tour guide. We had the sunset safari and the view was spectacular! I included some photos to share the amazing scenario that I saw. The reservation includes pick up from your hotel and Ben was an amazing driver. I would recommend this trip to anyone!
          Written 23 October 2023
        • brentrC3651QE
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Cultural Experience (Caterpillars optional!)
          Our first trip and first stop in Africa. We made a last minute reservation for the following day and they were able to accommodate us. We had Ben for our guide and he was prompt, courteous and answered all our questions. The staff at the village were top notch and all seemed to really enjoy being there. From the food to the dancing we enjoyed every moment… Even the optional dried caterpillar. We would highly recommend this tour and Ben in particular.
          Written 14 September 2023
        • 10val_ried
          0 contributions
          1.0 of 5 bubbles
          Terrible experience - Drakensberg
          Really disappointed in the quality of the tour we did with this company: ‘3 day Drakensberg slackpacking and hiking’. Drakensberg is an amazing beautiful landscape, but our guide and the service was a nightmare. First of all, the front tire of the car was already leaking before the start of our trip. We did only 1 of the 3 hikes that were mentioned on the programme. The guide disappeared in the middle of the night without saying anything to drink and party. The last day, we had to give him a call at 7:30 am as he was not yet back. We contacted the company afterwards. They refuse to give a reimbursement because they are a small company. But we paid also a lot of money for this…
          Written 4 September 2023
        • 151erickas
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Our first safari was amazing
          We absolutely loved everything about the Safari tour guide Ben was amazing. He was patient and worked with us. I will recommend this to everyone. We were able to see the big 5 and more we loved the snacks and drinks he provided and his strong passion for the animals.
          Written 28 August 2023
        • Rodge_Podge
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent safari close to the city
          Since our trip was quite short, the half-day safari was perfect for getting a small taste of nature near Johannesburg. The team at South Africa Adventures was quick to respond to any questions and booking was easy and straightforward. Tebogo, our driver to and from Dinokeng Reserve, was a really friendly guy who was very punctual and was considerate when planning logistics to make sure that we got to the tour on time, and also very informative when it came to my various questions about South Africa. Our safari guide, Jacques, was great - he was always encouraging questions from all the visitors and his passion for his work and care for the environment were very clear.
          Written 14 August 2023
        • dogdre2003
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome Mini Safari
          This was a great safari. It was my first time, and the whole process was smooth and safe. I was picked up promptly at the appointed time and arrived at the gaming lodge early. The driver, Bongi, was extremely pleasant and informative. I had planned to sleep on the way there, but we spoke the entire one-hour drive. At the reserve, I checked in and wandered the property until we departed. Our guide was informative and attentive to the interests of the guests. The whole experience lasted two and a half hours, with a break built in, where we were provided snacks and drinks. Managed to see lots of things: birds, Mikey’s, impalas, zebras, wildebeest, elephants, etc. No lion made himself visible at this hour in the morning. Overall, a great experience, and I highly recommend it!
          Written 6 August 2023
        • Vacationer817773
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wonderful Safari so close to Johannesburg
          Wonderful experience, safe pick up and drop off at my Hotel. In the Dinekong Game Reservewe saw a lot of different animals, Amazing!
          Written 29 July 2023
        • 023Peternepal
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best Company in South Africa
          We did Pilansberg safari with this amazing company .Darren and his team are excellent . We had a lifetime safari experience at Pilansberg. Campfire were amazing. Our driver Harry was well experienced and friendly. We highly recommend South Africa Adventures Company for all tours and hiking in SA. We will back to SA again for our Drakensberg hike .😍 Suu you soon all. "Bahula" 🤗
          Written 6 July 2023
        • Companion15338946683
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great safari experience on short notice
          The company we booked with previously cancelled on us last minute and luckily we found South Africa Adventures who were very accommodating especially considering the 1 hour notice. My boyfriend and I had a great safari with them and everything ran smoothly! Our guide Musa was incredible and shared his knowledge of the animals and Johannesburg with us. Would highly recommend
          Written 14 June 2023
        • 479adamed
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Elephants Walk
          Amazing and Fantastic Expérience with Elephants. A must to do in Johannesburg !! Our Guide Ben was super and very Friendly 😉
          Written 7 June 2023
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        liztran0422
        Margate, FL11 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jul 2020
        It was absolutely amazing. We got to have a private tour the first day. Our guides were amazing. We went in the dead of winter in SA but the tent was like glamping. Just make sure you bring warm clothes for the nights. We got so close to wildlife. It was truly amazing. They have real bathrooms and showers at the camp site. Even the food they made at the campsite was terrific.
        Written 27 August 2020
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        fc
        4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2021 • Family
        Our overnight camping safari was fantastic! We spent so much time in the park and saw amazing animals and sites. Shade catered the trip to exactly what we wanted to do and was a pleasure to spend the trip with. Our camp tine was great too with delicious homemade food and comfortable sleeping. We would highly recommend this experience to everyone!
        Written 26 April 2021
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        Rathile on the go
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2020
        great way to experience a real south african safari!!! We spent 2 days in the pilanesberg with the team at south africa adventures. We opted for the tented camping option. We loved it. Sleeping in tents and siting around a fire in the night with good people is exactly what we wanted. We got to see many animals on the safari in the pilanesberg with our dedicated ranger. The group was small which we also liked. Great value for money. Everything was included from transfers from johannesburg, meals, safari and drinks. Loved every minute of it
        Written 17 July 2020
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        Frankie S
        Alcester, UK1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2023 • Couples
        My partner and I were picked up by Darren from our hotel, and we headed over to the campsite ran by Craig in close proximity to Pilanesberg. The setup was basic with a very rustic feel - it was good for the soul to get immersed in nature and just switch off from our everyday lives. There was also less basic accommodation available, but we wanted the authentic African camping experience.

        Darren also took us to Sterkfontein caves, which was incredible to learn about and explore.

        The entire experience was absolutely one in a million; I can’t thank them enough for a tour that I will never forget. We were made to feel so welcome - I’m definitely planning on returning some day.

        Darren is friendly and professional, with a real fountain of knowledge. Thank you for a brilliant holiday
        Written 9 November 2023
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        Thank you so much for the booking Frankie! So glad you had a good time with Darren. He is a real assest to the team ( although he owns the team haha ). Glad you enjoyed your time at pilanesberg and cradle of humankind with him, hopefully he kept you entertained with all his dad jokes
        Written 4 June 2024
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        mdbt
        Boulogne-Billancourt, France239 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        I had an amazing 2-days adventure in the Pilanesberg. Shade, my guide, took me around all the park, stopping many times to see the wild animals. He was very kind and thoughtful. We saw almost everything and it felt really like a wild adventure.
        The night at the campsite was great, I enjoyed a quiet time around the fire after a delicious barbecue. I felt really spoiled. Norbert was making sure I had everything I needed. I met wonderful people and got to discover a beautiful part of SA !
        Written 31 July 2018
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        LloydAlbin
        Snohomish, WA1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2019
        Darren, the owner drove me around on this safari. Darren is very knowledgeable about the wildlife. While driving with the windows down, Darren will detect their scent before you will, but once he mentions it, you will notice the scent yourself. By the scent, Darren will know what wildlife is in the area. I got to see four of the big five animals, plus many others. The only one I missed but was the leopard, but of course, nothing can every be guaranteed with wildlife in the wild unlike a zoo where it is always guaranteed. Craig who owns the campsite is very friendly and makes a good dinner and breakfast. We had lunch twice in the center of the park. The first day we watched the lionesses catch a warthog from our table overlooking the watering hole. The second day I tried the ostrich burger and found it was very good. I come to South Africa for an annual conference and will Darren's South Africa Adventures for very trip and will be recommending South Africa Adventures to other conference goers.
        Written 14 October 2019
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        Hey Lloyd, Thank you for the feedback. Glad you had a great time. Next time we take you on a crazy adventure on cape town
        Written 17 November 2019
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        Brent K
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2019 • Solo
        Great time with Shade and Derick. They customized the trip to my preferences, which was sincerely appreciated. Good communication and a great time on the game drives. Did both the big group (9 people) tours from 9a-3p as well as more private drives as park opened/closed. Good insight from both gentlemen on the animals in the park and patient with my questions. Would book this again in a heartbeat.
        Written 17 February 2019
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        Nick S
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2018 • Solo
        I had a great time with Darren and Patrick, after being driven to the Pilanesberg by Shade. Herds of elephants, towers of giraffes and much more. Camping at night with beers and card games, and all of these guys made me feel very comfortable and went out of their way to ensure I had a great time. Looking forward to doing more tours with these guys in the future!
        Written 3 December 2018
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        Pieter-jan D
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2018 • Solo
        The only thing I can say is thank you Shade! I took the 2 day tented Pilanesberg safari trip as I am traveling solo and I had a free weekend to spare. Man, it was awesome! I was the only guy on the tour together with my guide Shade. Got picked up at my place and we drove straight to Pilanesberg. We drove around all day and ended the day with a good Braai and some whisky! We had good tents and nice sleep with the sound of Impala's in the background.

        Thank you Shade for the awesome trip!
        Written 18 May 2018
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        Stephen F
        1 contribution
        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023
        Very disappointed. The guide showed up late ina van not in a proper safari vehicle. We spent the first day from 10 am - 3 pm trying to peek out little wndows and sharing a small portal for photos. At 3pm we finally transferred to a safari vehicle operated by a different company. These guides were excellent and we had a very good safari until 7 pm. At 7 pm we met the guy in the van again and he proceeded to leave the park and a half-hour later re-entered the park at an empty park-managed campsite. We had dinner in an empty restaurant with about 1/2 the menu available. No campfire. Then he said he had booked a chalet. We saw it and returned to the hotel.I had expected a "real" safari, camping in the bush, dinner around a camp fire and was aexcirted for months. This trip is not as advertised. The company is just a travel agency booking stuff. You're better off just booking a safari with the park itself.
        Written 25 May 2023
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