Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

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Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
from USD $197.62
Spot the Big 5 at Pilanesberg Game Reserve then relax at the unique Sun City Resort on a packed day trip from Johannesburg. Combine two very different destinations in one tour for a great way to experience what the region has to offer. Travel from Johannesburg to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and enjoy a closed-vehicle game drive, seeking out diverse African wildlife in the 572 km² park, which is not only home to most Southern African species but also home to the Big 5, namely lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. The reserve is also one of the world’s outstanding geological phenomena: a crater of a long-extinct volcano and the result of eruptions some 1 200 million years ago. Your safari is followed by a guided tour of the famous Sun City Resort, a glitzy and lush entertainment complex bordering the park. You will have time to explore Sun City, which is not only a luxury casino and resort but also a flagship structure associated with times during the Apartheid South Africa.
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In Brief

Sandton, South Africa
South Africa
11 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sun City Resort, Rustenburg 0316 South Africa

Tour of Sun City Resort with some free time to explore.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City 0314 South Africa

Enjoy a closed vehicle game drive in Pilanesburg.

Duration: 3 hours


  • Closed vehicle game drive
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entry/Admission - Sun City Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Pilanesberg National Park


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

1: Garden Court Sandton City, Corner of West and, Maude St, Sandown, Sandton, 2196, South Africa
2: Crowne Plaza Johannesburg - the Rosebank, Crn Tyrwhitt&Sturdee Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

Traveler pickup is offered
Should your Hotel not be listed, please contact us so we can confirm if we would be able to pick up and drop off from your hotel.

Should guests meet at the starting point, guests are to contact us 24 hours prior to departure in order for us to provide collection time.

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Sun City is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Johannesburg
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children up to the age of 3 years are required to sit in a car seat. Car seats are subject to availability at the time of booking. Parents are welcome to bring their own car seat
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.54 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Although we didn't get to see all of the big five, we saw plenty of animals right away including wilderbeasts, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, elephants, zebra, etc... Our tour guide was amazing, super informative and very nice. We were picked up on time from our AirBnB in Sandton and the drive was about 2 hours but totally worth it. I definitely recommend this activity.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2018
Words cannot describe how great of a tour this was. My wife and I went in August during our honeymoon off-season tour in Zouth Afrika so our tour guide Mark was able to give us a personal tour. He was funny and quite knowledgeable. We saw all the big game. We could not ask for a better trip. Well worth it for this lifetime of memories.
• Submitted 17 May 2017
We saw a rhino on this trip. Saw many things for the time we had on the tour.
• Submitted 07 Apr 2017
The tour guide was very good and we saw many interesting animals ,She worked with us on what we wanted to see and she was very knowledgeable. The long trip was worth it and she gave a good account of the history of the area.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2016
Perfect trip! Perfect guide! At Pilanesberg the landscape is amazing with a sufficient number of animals. Sun City is an interesting place to see.
• Submitted 18 Aug 2015
Our tour guide Andrew was the best. He was very knowledgeable on history of Pilanesberg, the animals in the reserve, and Sun City. We took a lot of pictures.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2015
Very beautiful place of natural reserved and amazing place of sun city and lost city.. Five stars to our tour guide who is friendly, and helpful..
• Submitted 19 Aug 2014
The tour was great and me and my husband absolutely LOVED our tour guide, Phinneas. He was very professional and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 13 Jun 2014
Excellent tour and fantastic location for a short Safari
• Submitted 11 Dec 2013
Very good driver who also double up as tour guide. He was very keen that we spot all the animals.. He took extra efforts so that we could take good pictures. Thanks to him, we had the best safari
• Submitted 15 Feb 2013
This was a memorable trip that I have already described many times to the envy of my co-workers. Don't forget to watch the antics of the baby elephants.
• Submitted 15 Jun 2012
This trip is definitely worth doing. The guide at the parking was the best ever! The parking itself is full of all animals and we saw all ofthem except Leopards. The drive is not that too hard, the jeeps are big and confortable, and the vires to Die for!
• Submitted 17 Apr 2012
This was a fantastic trip boht the guide and driver were very friendly and very knowledgeable. It was well worth the money and with south africa being a third world country - I would recommend a tour than driving it yourself, we had a police stop and I would not have known what to do
• Submitted 19 Dec 2011
Pilanesberg was very good. If you've done safaris in Tanzania and Kenya you may be a little disappointed, but if you have never seen animals like this close-up, it is superb. Sun City is good if a bit odd. The Las Vegas of Africa, and all that implies. Definitely worth doing.
• Submitted 22 Jan 2010
Although the driver had a breakdown and arrived late to pick us up we had an amazing day, private tour with flexibility and a wonderful tour guide. For the limited time spent in the game reserve we were able to see a large variety of game!
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Great day out, really enjoyed the tour.
• Submitted 28 Dec 2012
This trip was amazing. There were seven of us on the trip so we had a small minibus to drive us up there. The driver pointed out lots of interesting things on the drive. We managed to get a whole safari jeep to ourselves other jeeps were full with 25 people on board (I think other people were jealous). We then went off to sun city and spent a few hours in Valley of Waves. This was an extra £12 and we were only there for two hours but we enjoyed it. A very enjoyable day.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2012
For a first time safari adventure it was great. Driver and guide were entertaining and educational. We didn't see lions but saw all other animals even an elephant as close as 2ms from the truck. We were the only ones on the trip so got more than our moneys worth. Sun City is Vegas in the savannah, not our thing so after a quick bite and walk around we headed off. Photos to come....
• Submitted 05 Jun 2012
great experience
• Submitted 29 Aug 2011
Overall good. Not fantastic, but it was good. Glad I took the time to do it.
• Submitted 12 Jul 2009
Great tour guide, grass was a little high and made it difficult to see the lion etc, but it was still a great day.
• Submitted 20 Apr 2009
A big 13 hour day, half at Sun City and half at Pilansberg Reserve, so from animals to casinos, we were kept interested.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
It was OK.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
Good experience but not value for money
• Submitted 21 Aug 2013

In Brief

Sandton, South Africa
South Africa
11 hours