Welcome to Pilanesberg National Park


Conceived in the late 1970s as a back-to-nature weekend escape for nearby city dwellers, Pilanesberg remains a haven where lions, buffaloes and day-trippers still roam. In 1979, Operation Genesis reclaimed this area of land from agriculture and released 6000 animals into the new park. Today, all the Big Five are here, as are cheetahs, caracals, African wild dogs, jackals, hyenas, giraffes, hippos, zebras, a wide variety of antelope (including sables, elands and kudus) and 300-plus bird species.

But although the park may appear developed, and even overrun in comparison with some South African wildernesses, leave behind main thoroughfares through the park and you'll likely have any sightings to yourself.


Top experiences in Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park activities

$64.85 Outdoor Activities

Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg

Start your day at about 6am when a qualified safari guide will pick you up. As this is a private safari, your group will be picked up and immediately head to Pilanesberg. It is about a 2.5 hours' drive to Pilanesberg but your guide will make a coffee / breakfast stop half way, in the Hartbeespoort area. Arrive at Pilanesberg National Park at about 9am and the morning game drive will start as soon as all guests had a toilet break and your group's guide finish his / her safety briefing on the open or closed vehicle - depending on which option you chose. At about 12:00 p.m., you will enjoy a lunch at a restaurant next to a watering hole in Pilanesberg. Elephants, giraffes, zebras, warthog, blue wildebeest and many other species are often seen in this location and you might even see them while having your lunch. After lunch, your guide will take you on another game drive before heading back. Depart from Pilanesberg at about 3pm and arrive back in Johannesburg at about 6pm. Choose from a private or group tour (see pricing options for details)

$141.40 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

Pilanesberg game reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province of South Africa, adjacent to Sun City. Pilanesberg National Park is the home of virtually every mammal of Southern Africa. Also home to the Big Five. Come and enjoy a day of Wildlife game viewing in specially adapted open 4x4 safari vehicles. Your guide will drive you through this nature reserve in search of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard). Not only will you search for these animals but also others that make the Pilanesburg their home, including Giraffe, Zebra, Hippo and various Antelope. After lunch, you will enjoy a closed vehilce safari drive in search of any animals that have elduded you on your safari thus far. We depart the National park between 15:00 - 15:30, depening on the game veiwing and return to your hotel in Johannesburg before sunset.

$275.04 Outdoor Activities

Pilanesberg Game Reserve Private Day Tour from Johannesburg

Adjacent to Sun City is the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park - one of the largest in South Africa. The park covers an area of 55 000-hectares and its plains are rich and fertile as they were once part of a now extinct volcanic crater. Majestic hills encircle the park and a large central watering hole is ideal for game viewing. The park is found in the transition zone of the Kalahari and the Lowveld, and therefore both types of vegetation are found. Pilanesberg National Park is home to all of the Big Five and other large game including giraffe, hippo, zebra and crocodile, as well as an extreme diversity of birdlife (over 300 species have been recorded). A visit to the park is always rewarding! There are a number of hides and picnic spots to stop and stretch your legs.Depart Johannesburg in the early morning and transfer to the Pilanesberg National Park. Enjoy brunch before departing on a 2.5 hour open vehicle game drive with a qualified ranger. Afterward, meet up with your touring vehicle and continue on a drive through the park for the remainder of the day.

$187.35 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Tented Pilanesberg safari from Johannesburg

The drive to Pilanesberg National Park takes about 3 hours, you will arrive at the entrance of the park at around 9 a.m. Game viewing starts the moment you enter Pilanesberg, whether you do an open vehicle or closed vehicle safari.A lunch stop is made at about 1 p.m. at a restaurant in the park where you can buy a takeaway or sit down and have a quick bite to eat. The restaurant is situated next to a watering hole where you may spot some of the Big 5.After lunch, head to the camp site to check in and get your camp ready for the evening. Guests can spend some time around the pool, In the evening gather around a camp fire where your guide tells stories of his encounters with the wild animals of Pilanesberg National Park and he prepares a traditional South African barbecue, or braai.The morning of day 2 is started with an early breakfast before the last game drive. The game drive usually end at about noon, you will then head back to Johannesburg.Book a private or group option (see pricing for details)

$205.14 Outdoor Activities

Pilanesberg Game Reserve Full-Day Tour from Johannesburg

Adjacent to Sun City is the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park - one of the largest in South Africa. The park covers an area of 55 000-hectares and its plains are rich and fertile as they were once part of a now extinct volcanic crater. Majestic hills encircle the park and a large central watering hole is ideal for game viewing. The park is found in the transition zone of the Kalahari and the Lowveld, and therefore both types of vegetation are found. Pilanesberg National Park is home to all of the Big Five and other large game including giraffe, hippo, zebra and crocodile, as well as an extreme diversity of birdlife (over 300 species have been recorded). A visit to the park is always rewarding! There are a number of hides and picnic spots to stop and stretch your legs.Depart Johannesburg in the early morning and transfer to the Pilanesberg National Park. Enjoy brunch before departing on a 2.5 hour open vehicle game drive with a qualified ranger. Afterward, meet up with your touring vehicle and continue on a drive through the park for the remainder of the day.

$118.89 Day Trips & Excursions

Pilanesberg National Park Tour from Johannesburg and Sandton

Pilanesberg National Park, a malaria-free, 58,000 hectare park, is the fourth-largest national park in South Africa. It is situated on the eroded remains of a 1.2 billion-year-old extinct volcanic crater, and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) and more than 365 bird species.Transport is in a closed, air-conditioned SUV or minibus.Depart from your Johannesburg or Sandton hotel around 6:30am, then continue via Pretoria to the Northwest Province, where you will arrive at the park around 10am. You will be driven around the park from 10am - 4pm. A light lunch is included before heading out of the park for your hotel. Drop-off will be around 7pm where your tour will end.