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The route to Pilanesberg passes through the most scenic areas of the region and passed many of its best known tourist attractions. It takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to get there from Johannesburg and about 2 hours from Pretoria. 

For most of the smaller groups (1 to 5 people), you will ride in a 4x4 SUV, this is the best possible vehicle to use as they have big opening windows and sunroof. The SUV's have a high viewing position and can go to parts of the reserve where ordinary vehicles cannot go. You will spend 6 - 7 hours in the reserve (5 or more of this is spent driving the safari).  This length of time enables you to reach distant parts of the reserve. 

For larger groups you will ride a combination of an air-conditioned mini coach with a 3-hour drive in an open safari vehicle with game ranger. 

You will have a qualified experienced guide with you for the entire safari who knows the reserve and animals and where to find them. Your guides are highly knowledgeable and know how to answer questions and impart knowledge about the region and the animals and South Africa in general.

You will get to the reserve early to catch the wildlife dawn activity. It is also cooler and more enjoyable to drive in the reserve in the early morning. This time of the day as the sun rises gives the best opportunities of seeing the lion, leopard and other predators. Pilanesberg is probably one of the best places left in Africa for seeing the black and white rhino in the wild. But the reserve is also home to hippo, hyena, african buffalo, zebra, warthog, giraffe, impala, kudu, hartebeest, eland and many other species of mammal. There is also a huge variety of Eagles, Vultures, and other bird life. 

After an exciting safari you will finish the day with a delicious brunch at Bakubung Safari Lodge. The open terrace and lawns at Bakubung give unequaled views of the reserve and there is a watering hole right in front where animals come to drink. You are about 10m from the fence and elephants often come right up to it.
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Pilanesberg National Park
Mmilo Tours - Day Tours
Spend an unforgettable day in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a safari trip from Johannesburg. Go on safari drives, spending about 5 hours exploring the property. Watch African wildlife in their natural environment. Eat brunch in the safari lodge, often with wild animals nearby.
  • Full-day safari trip to Pilanesberg Game Reserve from Johannesburg
  • Spend roughly 5 hours on game drives to see the far reaches of the reserve
  • Be on the lookout for the reserve's wildlife, including elephant, rhino, zebra, giraffe and hippo
  • Have a fantastic brunch at Bakubung Safari Lodge's terrace with animals just beyond the fence
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Awesome day at Pilanesberg with Willem!

A great way for any first timer to enjoy the beauty of South Africa. We managed to see the big 5 before 10 a.m and had great fun doing it. I learned a lot about the park and S. Africa during out tour. From pickup...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018
Great one-day safari

We appreciate the speed of response the company answered our emails. Our guide, Willem, was great. He met us at the airport when our flight arrived at 4am. He was very informative about the safari, animals, and country in general. He made an great effort...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 2 July 2018
Private Day Tour pilansberg

Brilliant private tour... Williem was amazing and had all the knowledge we could expect. We even got a brief history of South Africa and the park. The highligh was the baby rhino we spotted... Most memorable... Got 3/5 Big 5 but was an amazing experience....More

Thank Deepak S
Reviewed 22 May 2018
Great daytrip to Pilanesberg

We had a great trip with our knowledable and friendly guide Paul and who managed to find three of the big five for us. We were picked up exactly on time and dropped off as planned. Yet Paul was very flexible and most friendly and...More

Thank KatarinaMacLeod
Reviewed 22 May 2018
We had an excellent safaritrip to Pilanesberg.

I would like to thank Mmilo Tour for great organization and for a great time. All communications went smoothly and they answered emails within an hour. I would especially like to thank our guide Paul that was very competent and nice. We saw many animals...More

Thank Marie W
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Elizabeth B
10 August 2018|
Response from uscweldon | Reviewed this property |
I am not the tour guide operator. However, part of the service is they pick you up at the hotel. The company has guides based out of Pretoria so its easy for them to grab you there instead of Johannesburg.
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