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Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours

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Amazing four day safari

This was the second time I booked a 4-day accommodated safari at the Pilanesberg National Park with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
LenaOstermann
Great place to visit, bit of a moody guide

We recently used this company for a one day visit to Pilanesberg. The visit itself was amazing... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sarah3189
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As a responsible tour operator, Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours actively boycotts ALL "commercial" predator breeding and wildlife petting facilities, believing wildlife should be wild and this is what we will show you! We are a dynamic, up-and-coming company specialising in tours and safaris in Pilanesberg National Park since 2007. The proximity of this park to the hub of the Gauteng metropolis makes for an ideal safari and wilderness experience in easy reach for a day or few.
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  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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“day safari” (16 reviews)
“white rhino” (6 reviews)
“national park” (7 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the second time I booked a 4-day accommodated safari at the Pilanesberg National Park with Ryan and his team, and I wouldn't hesitate to book with them again. The first time in 2015 I visited alone and had Ryan himself as guide, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently used this company for a one day visit to Pilanesberg. The visit itself was amazing - really beautiful place and wonderful to see animals in their natural habitat. The company was easy to work with, quick to respond and helpful when we decided...More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Sarah Thanks for taking the time to review Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours. I did write to you directly through TripAdvisor to try and confirm who was your guide but unfortunately havent heard back as yet. Likewise, unfortunately, we can not find you on our...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well in Africa of course you need to do a safari. I was pleased with this one, we were able to see all the big 5, including lions, which I understand are hard to come by.

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear kwalkerward Thanks for the review and glad you got to experience some of Africa's most iconic animals, free, in their natural environment. Congratulations! Best regards Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So many plus and not a single negative about the tour! - the guide: Neil Jacobs was our guide for the day. He has such a strong and wonderful personality and really added to our Safari experience! His stories about the company, discussion on topics...More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Amal and Ammar Thanks for the review! Traffic on rainy days exiting Johannesburg can be a bit of a pain but this is why we depart so early and then of course road conditions won't be ideal to reach the Pilanesberg in 2.5 hours-...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Despite nearly being rained off the fantastic Darryl upton knew the park inside out, taking us to all the best places in the park. We were picked up and driven round the whole day aside from a nice stop for lunch. He really knew his...More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Matt H Thanks for the review. We used to be teased as kids for being bird nerds but it all makes up for it now. So glad your experience was well worth the day spent exploring the Pilanesberg with an expert, private wildlife guide....More

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

Thank you Ryan and Matt, for an amazing safari that I am sure my friend and I will never forget. Although, they went to the wrong address at first, they made up for it by letting us stay in the National Reserve a little longer....More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Dear Jlsimp07 Thanks so much for the review and wonderful to hear from you again! Likewise we had a great day with you and we were fortunate with the great variety we got to see and experience. We remember it as if it was yesterday....More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Thanks for the great safari at Pilanesberg. We really enjoyed the trip. Daryl did a fantastic job and went really out of his way to show us all the good places of the park. That week we were one off the few people that found...More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Dear Jerroen Thanks for the feedback and so great that you all had a wonderful time. We're also really chuffed you got to see the Pilanesberg "ghosts". Many guests have never seen them in over 20 years of visiting the park! All the best and...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We shared two days awesome days with our guide - TJ. We saw four of the big 5 on a single day - missed out on the African buffalo. It was such a great time, the meals and lodging were perfect. But the scenery! and...More

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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Elmarie from the office was fantastic in helping us set up the safari that was right for us and our guide, TJ Prinsloo, was terrific. Of course the animals and birds at Pilanesberg NP itself are also amazing but we felt safe, well looked after...More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Dear SEandRB Thanks so much for your review and we are so glad that you had such a great experience with Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours. We hope to see some of your pictures of birds and wildlife sometime and wish you all the best for...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2017

My third visit to Pilanesberg, and I enjoy it more each time. First visit with Craig (the Scot) as our guide in 2011, then Ryan (the boss) in November 2013 and December 2017, each time with co-workers on the aptly named "accommodated" safari. The park...More

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PilanesbergSafaris, Owner at Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Dear David Once again thank you for choosing Pilanesberg Safaris and Tours for your visit to the Pilanesberg Was excellent to spend time with you and your colleagues again and our sightings will remain with me for a long time to come. All the very...More

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Zach B
28 March 2018|
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Response from Chris C | Reviewed this property |
Try Elmarie Hefer at Pilanesberg Safaris +27 71 896 1435 or email safaris at pilanesbergsafaris
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markapope
3 January 2018|
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Response from PilanesbergSafaris | Property representative |
Hi there and thanks for the question. Typically we find wildlife sightings are great throughout the year however as we move deeper into winter, the temperatures certainly drop whilst rainfall is unlikely. Many smaller... More
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Анна И
8 November 2017|
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Response from PilanesbergSafaris | Property representative |
Hi there and thanks for the question. No specific vaccinations are required to visit the Pilanesberg. The area is malaria free however in order to visit South Africa, certain vaccinations like yellow fever are required if... More
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