• Duration: 9 Hours
  • Easy
  • Reduced cancellation fees may apply (t&c)

  • Pick up available
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Description

Highlights 

  • Entrance into the Pilanesberg National Park
  • 1 x 2 ½ to 3 Hours Guided Open 4×4 morning safari drive
  • 1 x 2 to 2 ½ Hours Guided afternoon open 4×4 safari drive
  • Light lunch in Pilanesberg 
  • 24 Hour cancellation available  

Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve from Johannesburg for a full-day safari. The tour includes return transportation to the park and two 2.5-hour game drives with a highly qualified ranger in an open vehicle. Search for the big 5 and other animals.

After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg between 06:00 – 06:30, we travel to the Pilanesberg Nature reserve.On arrival your guide will take you on an exciting morning open 4x4 safari vehicle safari drive in search of the Animals that inhabit the National Park. Our guides are knowledgeable and will give you in depth information on the animal you are viewing and try their out-most to find the members of the Big 5.During the heat of the day you will enjoy lunch at one of the many rest camps in the National Park before departing on an afternoon open vehicle safari drive. Our vehicles depart the National Park between 15:30 – 16:00 in order to arrive back in Johannesburg before sunset.

Pilanesberg National Park is South Africa’s fourth largest game park.

It is situated in a crater in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province. This crater is the product of a volcano that erupted many millions of years ago. This extinct volcano has evolved to become one of the most fascinating landscapes for you to visit. By the Genesis project the majority of South Africa’s wildlife is now found in the Pilanesberg game reserve. 

The park covers an area of 55 000 hectares. More than 7000 animals live here in a free and unhindered environment. Pilanesberg is home to all of the BIG 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion) and we guarantee that you will be able to tick off most on your list of game sightings! Other animals that you may encounter are zebra, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, hippo, crocodile, jackal, wild cat, various antelope as well as over 300 bird species the list is endless.

Pilanesberg offers over 200 km of roads for guided or self-drive game viewing. On our tour you enjoy an extensive game drive conducted by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide who will answer all your questions about the fascinating wildlife and environment. Bring your camera to have a permanent record of all the wild animals and the spectacular landscape this National Park has to offer 

Highlights

  • Game drive
  • Pilanesberg national park
  • Chance of seeing the big 5
  • Small group
  • Safari vehicle

Itinerary

Open Vehicle safari drives

After collecting you form your hotel or residence in Johannesburg or Pretoria between 06:00 – 06:30, we travel to the Pilanesberg Nature reserve.

On arrival your guide will take you on an exciting morning open 4x4 safari vehicle safari drive in search of the Animals that inhabit the National Park. Our guides are knowledgeable and will give you in depth information on the animal you are viewing and try their out-most to find the members of the Big 5.

During the heat of the day you will enjoy lunch at one of the many rest camps in the National Park before departing on an afternoon open vehicle safari drive.

Our vehicles depart the National Park between 15:30 – 16:00 in order to arrive back in Johannesburg before sunset.

What's included

  • Collection and drop off from any address in Johannesburg in an Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance into the Pilanesberg National Park
  • 2 ½ to 3 Hours Guided Open 4×4 morning safari drive
  • 2 to 2 ½ Hours Guided afternoon open 4×4 safari drive
  • Light lunch in Pilanesberg 

What's excluded

  • Personal purchases 

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable clothing
  • Walking shoes
  • Hat
  • Warm Jacket
  • Sunscreen

Important information

Group tours

MoAfrika Tours and its service providers offer cost effective group tours and transfers ranging from 2 - 12 persons per vehicle, please do inform us if you would prefer a private tour (additional rates may apply). 

Collection / Drop off

Collection from any Hotel or Address in Johannesburg between 05:30am - 07:00am.

Drop-off at any hotel or address in Johannesburg from 17h30.

Please note

If you plan to fly out of OR Tambo International Airport on the last day of your travels, we suggest reserving a domestic flight that departs no earlier than 19h30 and an international flight that departs no earlier than 21h00. 

Cancellation policy

  • 1 day notice: 100% charge

Reviews!

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Great safari tour and great experience

Great safari tour and great experience. All was organised to detail and the guide did take care of us. He explained a lot about wild life and the African wild animal kingdom

By Nik Lyrakos

Great alternative for those on a short visit in Joburg area

I really enjoyed the full day Pilanesberg safari. The pick-up at the hotel is very convenient and the drive at the park is full of great fun facts that our driver/guide provided. Lunch is also included with the fee; there were different great options from a grilled cheese sandwich to burgers - both with fries and a soft drink. I booked last minute and it all worked out well, no problems or confusions. I would really recommend it for anyone with short time in Joburg.

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By Maria

Guides are amazing!

Lovely day tour to Pilanesberg. Quick and practical for those who are in Johannesburg for a short time. They pick you at your hotel and leave you there at the end. The park is awesome and give you a nice chance of spotting several animals in a couple hours. Guides are amazing

By Everton Miranda

Great Sitings in the Park

We booked a few tours with moafrika tours.I would reccommend the soweto apartheid museum and lunch and we also really enjoyed the planes berg day safari. Moafries tours was a very professional company can defiantly reccommend.

By Erika Potgieter

Perfect day out

First of all everything was very well organized, MoAfrika was very easy to communicate with via email and WhatsApp and were flexible to provide a solution when my online payments did not get through. The pickup was on time and ride to the park was smooth. We did stop which I don't think was necessary but I guess the other people in the group may have been in the car for an hour longer than we were (we were the last to be picked up). Upon arrival at the park we switched to the open safari car and were on our way within 3 minutes! Our ranger (Anton & Son) was very knowledgeable, explained a lot about the behavior of the animals, spoke clearly and loud enough for all in the car to hear (all of this is not a given on any safari...). I especially liked his effort to switch the car engine off at any given opportunity, being able to hear the sounds around you really enhances the experience. I do strongly recommend to take binoculars as many of the sightings will be at a distance and we're not all blessed with ranger eagle eye vision. (Even if it's close you may still want to have a more detailed look at the wounds on a zebra butt.) The lunch was above expectations, there is a menu to choose from which has a wide variety of items. Despite the time of day (not ideal for safari) and quite high grass we still managed to see a wide variety of animals, from what I recall: two leopards(!), 2 black rhinos(!), white rhino, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, wildebeests, impalas, kudus, warthogs, African fish eagle. You'll probably have the best experience if you forget about the (rather random) big-5 and just enjoy whatever nature throws at you. All in all a great day and well worth the price!

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By Voyage85156 Utrecht, The Nethe

Kurztrip Pilanesberg

Es war eine gute Fahrt und wir haben viele Tiere gesehen. Der Guide hatte ein gutes Auge und fand teilweise sehr versteckte Tiere. Wenn man die Zeit hat, würde ich eine Tour empfehlen, die auch Morgen- und Abenddämmerung beinhaltet. Dann sind die Tiere aktiver. Aber das wird wohl nur mit einer Übernachtung im Park möglich sein

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By Harry K

Loved It!!

Lots of animals, loved that we just kept looking!!! This was a great tour well worth the price. Long ride to and back but my great photos was worth it.

By Evelyn182 Davenport, Florida

What an experience

We were picked up on time time at our hotel and driven to the park. We loved how spacious the park was and seeing that the animals were free to roam as they wished. We saw rhinos, elephants, giraffes, hippos, zebras, kids, and so much more but unfortunately we could not find the big cats. It wasn't our guide's fault as we had one guest who was late and delayed the arrival at the park for the whole group. Still, it's a large park and there are no guarantees of what you will see. Our guide was great though and we loved our experience!

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By bjstirling Brandon, Canada

Brilliant day out!

Adamb1110 Oxford, United Kingdom 276 Reviewed 4 weeks ago Brilliant day out! Joined a day tour from Johannesburg for full day, including lunch, in an open vehicle. Picked up at 06:30 from hotel in Sandton and arrived at the reserve just after 9am, this included a 20 minute comfort break en route. Bus was comfortable enough and offered free WiFi for those that needed it. Loaded in to the jeeps when we got there ready to set off on safari for 09:30. The guide, whose name I forget, was great right from the start....funny, engaging and clearly very knowledgeable, how he spots some of these animals in the distance is unbelievable. There were plenty of choices on the set menu for lunch and a free soft drink came with it as well. We were very lucky with the number of different animals we saw and how many of them there were.....obviously not everyone gets that lucky but we saw at least 20 different species including elephants, hippos , black and white rhino, lions, leopards, giraffes and wart hogs. Would highly recommend MoAfrika for one of these tours, reasonably priced and it was a really good day!

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By Adamb1110 Oxford, United Kingd

Good tour,easy to watch animals

I joined with my wife.We were picked up Sandton.About 2hour driveling,we reached The Pilanesberg National Park. We met exllent guide and we enjoyed 1day game safari from am9-pm15.We could watch big 5 without leopard.Especialy,we are happy to watch playing elegant in the pond.

By bluebeetlenobi Japan

Safari so Good

An absolutely outstanding event. We thoroughly enjoyed our guide and the effort he put forth to make our visit worthwhile, exciting, ourstanding, a milestone. The animals were great, the setting wonderful, the lunch good, and the commentary helpful and insightful. I would do this again

By williamg110 Ann Arbor, Michiga

A perfect day at the park!

I very much enjoyed a wonderful day at the nationalpark "Pilanesberg" with the entertaining driver "Dennis" and the very knowledgeable guide "Hermann". I saw and learned a lot on this tour. Thank you! (Only remark i would have: Include the afternoon ride with the open jeep in the total price from the start and don't add a surcharge during the trip)

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By almayn Hamburg, German

The big 5

What an almost wonderful day. Mother nature was not in our favor with the heat on day 1 it was HOT! Day 2 it cooled down and the big 5 was an amazing site to behold. A great day or 2 day visit patience is a virtue. Remember that even though it's a national park it is still the cycle of life. Definitely would recommend a visit if you don't have time to visit Kruger Park.

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By 1bzybea New York City, New Yor

Absolutely superb with outstanding support

This was the first time that I had been on a safari trip and has really given me an appetite for more. The interaction with and support from MoAfrica really went the extra mile. First of all the safari... I chose the Full Day Ultimate package as it seemed to offer the best experience for the price and I was delighted. The online booking process was easy with efficient and swift response. My pick-up time from the friend's address I was staying at in Sandton was 0615-0630hrs and the minibus arrived at 0620hrs. The previous pickups confirmed that their timing was equally accurate. The minibus was clean and the driver helpful and courteous, including telling us that we would have a comfort break after about 1hr20min driving - perfect for a coffee on the way after an early start. On arrival at the Pilanesburg we were met by our vehicles and guides/driver for the day. The safari was brilliant. We saw the Big Five within a couple of hours and even the guides were excited, taking photos themselves on occasion. What you see on the trip is very much down to luck, however we were really lucky on our day. Watching a leopard lunching on its kill from about 10 feet away was incredible. Plenty of non Big Five animals as well and I took lots and lots of photos, with the guides making sure that everyone got the best pictures possible. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of interesting information. The menu choice for lunch was good and a burger and chips was great for me. A lion killing a warthog for its own lunch in front of the eating area made the lunch break all the more memorable. The journey back at the end of the day was fine with a stop-off at a touristy souvenir market for those who had the energy to broach this. Just after I was dropped off at my pick-up address (and tipped the driver) I realised that I had left my wallet in the minibus. Cash, cards, driving licence etc. The reaction from MoAfrica could not have been better. A call to them (at about 7pm) who then called the driver who located my wallet and notified me. I felt relieved straight away. The driver (and MoAfrica) literally went out of their way to return the wallet to my address the following day. Everything from MoAfrica was perfect and my South African friends will be recommending them to others in the future. Value for money, the experience and the service all superb. Thank you!

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By Christopher S London, United K

Absolutely superb with outstanding support

This was the first time that I had been on a safari trip and has really given me an appetite for more. The interaction with and support from MoAfrica really went the extra mile. First of all the safari... I chose the Full Day Ultimate package as it seemed to offer the best experience for the price and I was delighted. The online booking process was easy with efficient and swift response. My pick-up time from the friend's address I was staying at in Sandton was 0615-0630hrs and the minibus arrived at 0620hrs. The previous pickups confirmed that their timing was equally accurate. The minibus was clean and the driver helpful and courteous, including telling us that we would have a comfort break after about 1hr20min driving - perfect for a coffee on the way after an early start. On arrival at the Pilanesburg we were met by our vehicles and guides/driver for the day. The safari was brilliant. We saw the Big Five within a couple of hours and even the guides were excited, taking photos themselves on occasion. What you see on the trip is very much down to luck, however we were really lucky on our day. Watching a leopard lunching on its kill from about 10 feet away was incredible. Plenty of non Big Five animals as well and I took lots and lots of photos, with the guides making sure that everyone got the best pictures possible. Our guide was very knowledgeable and provided lots of interesting information. The menu choice for lunch was good and a burger and chips was great for me. A lion killing a warthog for its own lunch in front of the eating area made the lunch break all the more memorable. The journey back at the end of the day was fine with a stop-off at a touristy souvenir market for those who had the energy to broach this. Just after I was dropped off at my pick-up address (and tipped the driver) I realised that I had left my wallet in the minibus. Cash, cards, driving licence etc. The reaction from MoAfrica could not have been better. A call to them (at about 7pm) who then called the driver who located my wallet and notified me. I felt relieved straight away. The driver (and MoAfrica) literally went out of their way to return the wallet to my address the following day. Everything from MoAfrica was perfect and my South African friends will be recommending them to others in the future. Value for money, the experience and the service all superb. Thank you!

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By Christopher S London, United K

Great one day tour in Pilanesberg

Really enjoyed our one day safari experience at Pilanesberg. We were picked up at 6am from our hotel in Johannesburg and it took 2 1/2 hours to get to the park with a quick toilet/coffee stop. At the park we got in an open vehicle with our guide John who was fantastic. We had lunch at the Zebra crossing. The company give you a limited menu, but you can pay extra for something off the main menu if you prefer. My husband and I had the open vehicle to ourselves for the afternoon drive and learned a lot from John during it. We saw elephants, giraffes, springbok, impala, wilderbeast, rhinos, hippos, warthogs and zebras. We didn’t see any lions or cheetahs as it was 37 degrees and they were hiding in the shade. We were back at our hotel in Sandton for 6pm. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would definitely recommend

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By nicm892016 Ayr, United Kingdom

Amazing Safari

We really had a fantastic tour with Ross, our Park guide. He was super-knowledgeable about the Game Reserve and the animals and was very personable/likable. We got to see a huge variety of animals and were able to take loads of amazing photos. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I was very impressed with the professionalism of your staff. I would certainly highly recommend Moafrika Tours to anyone else considering a trip to Pilanesberg

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By Merrimac, Massachusetts,Unites

Amazingly close encounter with a leopard!

We had an amazing time during this tour. Lavender was amazing during booking and our guide (Mariska? Didn't quite catch the name, sorry) was so knowledgeable and passionate about her job. A little hiccup at pick up left us quite annoyed. But the beauty of the reserve soon left us in awe. We were lucky as a leopard came close to our vehicle to sit in the shade and then went underneath it! That was the highlight of our day! I would strongly recommend Moafrika. They are clearly customer focus as soon after I shared my dissatisfaction about the pickup issue, the founder/CEO himself reached out to us and apologised by us. This type of customer centricity is rare in today's world! Well done, Moafrika Team. See you soon! X x

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By Mi_Chapman Mont Choisy

Very good experience

Very good experience I was picked at my hotel and we collected few other people from different hotels on the way to the Park. Once there we were briefed by an expert guide and we started the safari. The guide/driver was very expert and she explained very well even the smallest things we found on our way, even an elephant poo had some interesting points to show ! We looked for the animals and we were able to see form very short distance elephants with their babies, rhino and baby rhino,zebras,impalas,gnu. Lunch was OK. choice of wraps,sandwiches,rolls,etc with drinks, beer to be paid on your own. In the afternoon we looked for the lions but we were not very lucky, we only saw them through the camera zoom. On the way back we stopped at a nice market to get drinks and refresh. Overall a good experience, it's worth the money spent

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By VirgilioF Savona, Italy

Great One Day Experience

If you don't have enough time to go to Kruger, Pilanesberg is really a great option. Best time to do is June, July, August (during summer due to heat, most animals stay under shadows during day time). The safari duration is enough. If you go in summer, make sure you have plenty sun screen and a hat. If there has been rain, you'll drive in dust, get ready for it. This tour was good, the driver came on time and left on time. He gave us information during our ride. I strongly recommend it.

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By Guzin K Istanbul, Turkey

Amazing experince at the National Park

I managed to get all the required info via mail and decide what was best for me. Team was great and patience to reply back and forth to all my request. I then payed online with a little discount on the rates. That's the best way to do it in my opinion so you don't have to worry about any connection of the portable POS the driver has with him. Driver arrived sharp at the hotel but do not blame them for being late: they have to pick up people in different hotels and not everybody is respectful. Arrived at the park (after 2 stops: 1 for refuelling and 1 at a local fleas market) we've been welcomed by the park ranger that care about us for the full day. It is an experience that you cannot miss and doing with Moafrika Tours makes the tour simple to organize. Overall a good experience and it worths the money

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By AxTheReds Rome, Italy

Easy and Incredible Day trip from Pretoria

I highly recommend MoAfrika Tours for a quick day trip to Pilanesberg National Park from Pretoria or Johannesburg. It was very easy to communicate with them via WhatsApp from the beginning, they were great at answering me promptly. Booking was very easy and they came and picked me up at my hotel in Pretoria early in the morning. We got to Pilanesberg around 9/9:30 and the full-day experience there was incredible. The sights were breathtaking and we saw elephants, lions, hippos, zebra, antelope, springbok, rhinos, and a beautiful leopard very close up. The guide was very knowledgeable and they provided lunch. It was an unforgettable day. After leaving the park, they took me directly to Johannesburg airport for my flight out that evening. It was all seamless and perfectly done.

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By James O Washington DC,District

Spectacular wildlife near Johannesburg

The driver to the park was punctual and safe. The organisation was what we expected. Once at the park we lost no time and our guide was well versed in the wildlife of the park and was keen to help me find birds. We were able to take our time and cover a lot of ground as well. We felt we mostly had the place to ourselves. We got great views of a fair number of species. The meal was simple but very enjoyable !

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By Antony S Geneva, Switzerland

Very nice one day safari out of JB

I was in Johannesburg for a business trip but had one day off and was looking for options to do a one-day safari. While Krüger national park is too far off from JB to visit in one day, I got a recommendation to book a safari at Pilanesberg national park with MoAfrica tours. This turned out to be a good choice. The tour was very well organized, pick-up was right on-time and we overall spent almost 7 hours in the national park and have seen a lot of animals including rhinos, hippos, lions, elephants, gazelles, zebras, giraffes. Our driver was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of interesting infos about the South African fauna. Overall I had a great day full of impressions and can recommend that tour for visitors who don't have enough time to visit Krüger national park.

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By TiloG25

Ultimate safari

Great experience! Picked up at the hotel so I didn't need to worry about getting to an unfamiliar location. The journey up to the park from Johannesburg is interesting and some of the views are really stunning - we could have done with a bit more interaction from the driver to point out points of interest though but it was enjoyable just watching the view. The safari itself starts about 9/9.30. Our guide Ross was very knowledgeable and we saw 2 rhinos at a watering hole within the first minute of entering the park! There are other organised tours in the park but the guides share their "spots" so if someone has seen an elephant further up, they'll tell you as you go past which I thought was really nice. Lunch in the park was amazing with giraffe, warthogs and zebra wandering up to the salt licks that have been put out to attract them. We only saw 3 of the big 5 (elephant, rhino and lion). The cheetahs are notoriously hard to spot and the buffalos must have been having a day off..You'll get lots of opportunities for photos and the driver will wait for everyone to say they are ready to move on which was great. On the way back we stopped at a roadside souvenir place - be prepared to put your best haggling head on. General rule of thumb apparently is to offer a 3rd of the quoted price (I offered half and this was accepted straight away so I realised my error early on!) All in all a great day out - got back in to the hotel about 7.30 with lots of valuable pictures of a once in a lifetime experience.

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By Jo C Reading, United Kingdom

Great Safai Tour near Johannesburg

This tour was the first safari tour for me and they just make it perfect. Regardless that I wasn't able to see all the big five but I know it is all about luck. John the tour guide was very informative and he had a good sense of humor and let me fell the challenge to search for the animals there. It is important to add that they provide a pick up/drop off at the hotel.

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By KarimElbawab

Amazing experience

The Full day Ultimate Safari was one of the best experiences that i had. It is totally recommended to whoever doesn't have more than a day to experience a safari. All the tour was well organized. The people in MoAfrica where very helpful in accepting as in one group even if we contact them at the last minute. A van picked us up from the hotel on time and we had a smooth trip to the National Park. There we were transferred to an open vehicle with an amazing Ranger as a driver/guide. He was very keen to provide as all we needed to feel comfortable, very good and with sense of humor in speaking with everyone from the group but most of an excellent professional. Thanks to him and his knowledge of the savanna we had extraordinary experiences, amazing close encounters with all kind of wild animals and moments that we couldn't believe our eyes on what we were experiencing. Furthermore we had a lunch break provided from the tour with very tasty choices. All the participants of the group where great company and at the end we all felt as close friends. The safari ended in the afternoon and we returned in our hotel with a comfortable van while recalling all the good memories we had. We just look forward to have the chance to do it again! Thank you MoAfrica!

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By konstantinosst Athens, Greece

Awesome Crew - Incredible Tour.

One of our best experiences in South Arica so far, I totally recommend to whoever does not want to have more than on day on Safari. Our guide Wan was very knowledgeable, experienced and funny. We told us about how do the park work, explain about every animal we saw in the path and didn`t stop till we were able to see the lions and we almost saw a cheetahs killing a zebra (but was too far away). I would recommend everyone to do it with MoAfrika Tours. ALso would like to thanks Antony for all his effort on helping us.

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By Rdvelloso Sao Paulo, SP

safari tour at Pilansberg park

Great organization. Pick up from hotel on time as agreed. Confortable transportation to Pilansberg park, very nice driver. Good safari, unfortunately there were not many animals in the park, but we could see 4 of the big five (we missed the buffalo unfortunately)

By PatMainini

Amazing tour

It was a 5 stars service from Mo Africa. From the time i booked online till the full tour ends, I only experienced a professional tour company that knows what they are doing. Everything was just well organized and all the promised was well done. A very high recommended company for all tours in S.A.

By syd_elnassag Las Vegas, Nevada

Yoni N

We saw 4 out of the big 5, but a few dozen other species as well...you start seeing animals right away.

By Yoni N

Great Safari

Very enjoyable safari and very professionally organised. Highly recommended. Just remember to rug up as it can be cold

By 646andrewt Melbourne Australia

Stunning Safari

Awesome day, worths every single cent. Our tour guide, Jo, was fantastic and very helpful. I would recommend it to everyone!

By Pablo W Melbourne, Australia

Nice Trip

We had a amazing experience doing this trip with MoAfrica. Everyone was very professional including the drivers who picked us from the hotel to the tour guide. The guides were highly experienced and had a vast understanding about flora and fauna of the area. They took extra care of all us by providing the blankets as it was quite cold. The guide provided lots of information about the animals and different variety of plants found in the park. He ensured that we witness almost all big 5 animals.

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By Nice Trip

Afrikan Adventures Awaits!

This was my first time in Africa and I was a female traveling alone. I decided to collaborate with MoAfrika company for the entire week. I used the company for the Ultimate Pilanesberg National Park, Cradle of Humankind and the Rhino and Lion park. All three experiences with the company were professional and a wonderful memorable experience. The guides all came to my hotel (The Ascot Hotel) and helped me to feel comfortable. It was all just a great experience as all three excursion were filled with memories that will last a lifetime.

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By Islamarie14 New York City, New

Amazing Experiences

perfect weather. I have seen the 5 top animals, and the people from the company of the Safari were very nice.

By fernandoscdias Sao Paulo, SP

Glad we did it!

This was just a short 2 hour drive from our hotel in Joburg and they even provided transportation and lunch! We saw amazing animals in a natural habitat, which completely shaped our view of the country! Highly recommended.

By mvfamily2015 Midwest

Awesome Day Safari!

I was picked up promptly at my hotel by the driver as well as some other people along the way. We had a total of about of 9 people in our van. We arrived at Pilanesberg a few hours later after a stop at a store for refreshments. It was a beautiful sunny day and only after a few minutes, we say a couple of elephants near the roadway. There were an abundance of animals, springbok, hippos, white rhinos, eland, warthogs, giraffes and the highlight was seeing a leopard in a bush waiting for his lunch. We later saw him stalking some warthogs near a watering hole. Unfortunately the lions proved elusive that day as it was hot and they came out earlier or later in the day. I was able to see them on my next tour of the Rhino and Lion park the following day as well as the Cape Buffalo. I would add that the next time I go, I will spend an overnight in the park so I can get an early start to see all of the Big 5. As this was my first time to Africa with limited time, I was happy to see as much as I did. It was truly a wonderful experience that I will never forget. Thanks, Moafrica!

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By dashinglarry

Nice one day trip

I quite liked it. The tour was well organized and the ride was overall good. They picked me up and dropped me where I stayed in JNB so that’s a bonus :) The only thing is we arrived a little late as had to pick others on the way, but otherwise I was very happy. Got lucky as we got to see 2 leopards which is a rare sighting :)

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By Jitesh_Madhanlal Irving, Texas

Great organisation but no cats

They picked me up in Johannesburg on time at 6am. We stopped at 8am at a petrol station for 30 mins where you could get good food and drink and use toilets. Got to park at 9am and started tour at 9.30am. Our driver, Jo, was great. 10 of us in an open sided vehicle for 3 hours. Had lunch at 12.30pm - was ok, but basic. Went back out again at 1.30pm for another 2 hours and then back in Johannesburg at 6pm. The whole thing was run very professionally. Only reason I give it 4 stars is because we didn't see a single cat - even a tom cat would have done! Saw everything else though. I guess it was because the best times are very early morning when it's cooler (would have to stay in a lodge overnight to do that and they cost bundles, so if you've got the money do that), and late afternoon (to finish at sunset - again would have to stay overnight to do that) but we went out a bit too early in the afternoon when it was still baking. I knew all this before I booked but because the price is better than staying in the park I took a chance hoping for some luck, but it didn't happen, but maybe you will get lucky so try it anyway.

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By DanAndTash London, United King

Wonderful day at Pilanesburg NP

Wonderful day at Pilanesburg NP Ultimate Pilanesberg day trip. The weather was wonderful. Adolph, the driver came to pick me up from the lodge perfect in time 05:15 am. I was the first to be picked up, so, I had a whole sightseeing of entire Johannesburg:-) which was quite interesting. We drove through areas I would never visit....but still, very interesting for a quick sight seeing. With everybody on board we drove towards Piilanesberg with one stop on the way for use restrooms and buying breakfast. At Pilanesberg NP we had to wait a short while for two other guests joining us on our open safari vehicle. We were now guide with 8 guests. Our morning game drive was about 3 hours and the afternoon drive about 2 hours. It was a wonderful day. We saw two lions (though from quite a distance) and a prey (red hartebeest) lying aside the road with two cheetahs behind the bushes. We could see some spots but were still very excited to be near them. We also saw kudu, rhino, elephants, impala, warthog, wildebeest, giraffe, jackal...

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By AandH0728 Almelo, The Netherla

Very nice full day safari experience.

Great environments (Pilanesberg is an old volcano crater) and good sighting opportunities. The guides are well acquainted with the area, and know where to go for the best chances to spot different animals. Even if you don't see the complete Big 5 on command (leopard and buffalo are tricky), other beasts will appear instead...hyenas, hippos, warthogs, ibis, kudu and more - so this is a great wildlife experience! The only negative thing I encountered here was...traffic jams on narrow roads. Sometimes a private vehicle might halt on a narrow path, and simply block the way for everyone else until they've finished taking pictures. Overall, though, this is a great bush wildlife tour

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By Olof T

As good as can be expected for a 1 day safari

I've been on several week-long safaris previously in other parts of Africa, so I have something to compare this 1 day safari against. Obviously, it is not possible to get in one day what you get in a week long safari. The tour company is really at the mercy of the animals who may be elusive, especially the cats, and it does not help that the tour takes place in the hottest part of the day when the animals are seeking shelter from the scorching sun. Having said that, we did manage to see 3 of the big 5, including some lions from a distance. It was more than I expected to see. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly, open to questions, and willing to stop if someone in the group wanted to take pictures. The mid-day lunch at the park restaurant was also better than anticipated. The pick-up and drop-off at the hotel was more-or-less on time. The only critical thing I would say is I did not really appreciate the half-hour stop at a market to do some shopping. But perhaps for some that is the only chance they have to buy local crafts. All-in-all I would rate the experience positively. Treat this safari as something to whet your appetite for a bigger. longer safari in the future. It's a good opportunity to see some wild animals for people who may be on a limited time schedule

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By twicked Zurich, Switzerland

Very good experience

The tour was well organized, the agency was responsive to answer upfront questions about organization etc. Schedule overall respected (pick-up and return time), we spent a bit more time in the park, which i'm not complaining about ;-) The safari experience was great, we saw a lot of wild animal at a quite short distance. Only deception is that we did not see any cats, but we were not at the best season for that (lots of vegetation). Last but not list, the included lunch was better than what we were expecting. One negative point: the driver in charge of hotel-park transfers was driving super fast, a bit scary (understatement).

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By emiliefelin

Stellar safari and fantastic service from MoAfrika!

MoAfrika was extremely helpful in organizing my safari tour, and I'm so glad I chose them as an operator. The hotel pick up was right on time, the driver was friendly and drove safely. The safari guide was top-notch too, and the safari itself was absolutely amazing. Couldn't recommenced this company enough.

By colt_st_george Bali, Indonesia

Stellar safari and fantastic service from MoAfrika!

MoAfrika was extremely helpful in organizing my safari tour, and I'm so glad I chose them as an operator. The hotel pick up was right on time, the driver was friendly and drove safely. The safari guide was top-notch too, and the safari itself was absolutely amazing. Couldn't recommenced this company enough.

By colt_st_george Bali, Indonesia

Stellar safari and fantastic service from MoAfrika!

MoAfrika was extremely helpful in organizing my safari tour, and I'm so glad I chose them as an operator. The hotel pick up was right on time, the driver was friendly and drove safely. The safari guide was top-notch too, and the safari itself was absolutely amazing. Couldn't recommenced this company enough.

By colt_st_george Bali, Indonesia

Big Fun, But No Big 5

Overall this tour was well done. Our group of three was picked up on time bright and early, as promised by our driver Adolf. He was courteous, knowledgeable and professional throughout the whole excursion. Everything was streamlined. You should know that the trip is broken up into two parts. Once you arrive at Pilanesberg, you go on the actual safari with a driver from the park. Moafrika just provides payment for your park entrance and lunch as well as pick-up and drop-off from and to your hotel. So all though we didn’t get to see the big 5 we did see our fare share of giraffes, zebras and elephants. What can I say, you can’t really expect to see every animal on a day tour. We had a great day, and we spent it in the midst of some wonderful back drops and some magnificent creatures. Try this tour out if you only have a limited time for a safari while visiting Johannesburg.

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By Yoyoforever Miami, Florida

Highly recommend upgrade to Two Open Vehicle Rides

Our guide was Herman. I cannot say enough about him, knowledgeable, pleasant and very cheerful. We got to see several animals - warthog, antelope, gazelle, giraffe, wildebeest (yeah Gary!!!) and lionesses lounging in the shade. Hippos in the water, were a bit far off but with binoculars they could be seen. Several people had binoculars and shared, so it was good. We spent extra time gazing at the elephants near the dam, and took some time to get out of the vehicle at a blind to view them playing in the water and then up to the bridge to see them rolling in the mud. I would highly recommend upgrading to an open vehicle tour for the second half. It was so much better than riding in a van for the second trip.

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By doloresg52 Washingtonville, Ne

Great tour

Myself and wife took this tour in March, I thought it was going to go terribly wrong as the direction we were given were wrong, as well as the time we had to be there for...... But once we got settle and onto the jeep we had a great time. Our Guild was really good and tried his hardest to show us the big 5. It wasn't for the lack of trying on his part but we mist the Lions and Rhino's. This didn't spoil the tour in the slightest, we saw every thing else there was to see. Lunch was also provided and a very good lunch it was indeed. If you don't want to do a over night tour this is the one for you. Highly recommended.

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By Kilwhang1973 Aberdeen, United

Excellent value & local knowledge

I only had 2 days to squeeze in sightseeing at the end of a busy work trip to Jo'burg and I was glad I went with MoAfrika. The 1-day full Pillanesberg tour was superb value (a very full day, with two safari drives plus lunch plus pickup from my AirBnB in Boksburg). Qe saw 4 of the Big 5 ([just missed the buffalo) + a leopard stalking zebras & got an immersive experience of this beautiful park. The Cradle of Humankind day trip allowed me to squeeze in another interesting educational site and still make my evening flight the next day. The communication with the company's representatives via their online booking site was quick and informative & helped me make the best decisions for my itinerary. And the local drivers & guides were punctual, friendly, knowledgeable and full of interesting stories about South Africa. Sit close to them, ask lots of questions and tip them well!

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By David L

Excellent! Better than I expected!

I don't know why, but I didn't really expect to see as many animals as I did. I thought it would be like an open air zoo, rather than a large wildlife preserve. If you only have one day and can't take the time to do a proper safari, this is a worthwhile substitute.

By Sarana D

What a tour!

What a great tour conducted by Jock, who talked about his experience dealing with black mambas and other venomous snakes, I was intrigued. Jock also presented the safari in an enthusiastic and knowledgeable manner. I use a wheelchair after a collision with a car, it was with some intrepidation that I went on this tour. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would suggest you speak to MoAfrika Tours prior, they will do their utmost to accomodate you.

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By bincheon Adelaide, Australia

The most amazing experience from start to finish!

The most amazing experience from start to finish! My driver for the day was Dennis, he is the kindest driver! The ride was perfect and on time, plus he’s an awesome person to talk to. This was my first safari and it could not have been any better!! Starting from the nice people to encountering 4 out of the big 5 (leopard not in photos :/ ) and a cheetah. We also came very close to hippos, zebras and giraffes. The lunch was great (I had Boerewors, a South African dish) Definitely worth the money! Big recommendations to everyone!

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By milicajordanov Shanghai, China

The most amazing experience from start to finish!

The most amazing experience from start to finish! My driver for the day was Dennis, he is the kindest driver! The ride was perfect and on time, plus he’s an awesome person to talk to. This was my first safari and it could not have been any better!! Starting from the nice people to encountering 4 out of the big 5 (leopard not in photos :/ ) and a cheetah. We also came very close to hippos, zebras and giraffes. The lunch was great (I had Boerewors, a South African dish) Definitely worth the money! Big recommendations to everyone!

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By milicajordanov Shanghai, China

Great 1 day safari - strong recommendation

I was in Joburg on business but only had 1 day to schedule a safari. Logistics were smooth, well planned and honestly quite easy. Pilanesburg is a gorgeous park, and we saw so many animals and many of them extremely close. This is the perfect park for a 1 day safari and a very good tour company with which to book. On the safari, make sure you dress for the weather - can easily be 10 degrees cooler with the wind blowing on you.

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By sequitur Austin, Texas

On time for pickup + good driv

We depart early in the morning with driver arriving for pickup on time. Good arrangement with the ranger to take us for the drive. Although we didnt manage to see much animal / all bug five. the trip is still ok with their arrangement. Lunch provided is good

By travelforlove77 Penang Island,

Full Day Pilanesberg Safari

We used MoAfrika for our all our tours operating out of Johannesburg. Myself and my sister we always felt safe, and all drivers were professional. 1. Lion Park Great experience, very knowledgeable operators at Lion Park, saw lots of lions, zebra and cheetah; as well as other wild animals. Definitely recommend if you don't have time or funds to do a safari. Great encounter with the lion cubs. Would also recommend going on a weekday instead of weekend if you can. 2. Full Day Soweto and Apartheid with lunch Very informative and powerful tour of Soweto and the Apartheid museum that will leave you speechless. We were also had the privilege to visit Nelson Mandela's house and there opportunity to see Desmond Tutu's house as well. Lunch was by the Soweto towers, our only real South African meal while we were there and it was delicious! Our driver Bo was very kind and accommodating. 3. Elephant Sanctuary Very interactive and education experience with the elephants. We were able to learn about the anatomy of the elephants as well as have an encounter with the animals. If you would like it is possible to also interact with monkeys, we chose not to. Our driver then took us to Wimpy Diner where we were able to order what we wanted, the food was good. Side note- elephant rides were listed as offered at the elephant sanctuary but they are not offered anymore. 4. Full Day Ultimate Pilanesberg Safari All in all a wonderful experience. Saw 3 out of the Big 5 as well as many other animals. Our Safari guide was wonderful, very kind. We went during the fall/winter months and he provided a blankets for those who were cold. Lunch was on a very picturesque terrace, where animals were viewed. Decent menu options, food was good. Choice of drink included. Just a heads up, its going to and from the Safari location. Rest stops were offered.

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By camillebailey1 New York City,

Great experience

First time with MoAfrica and it couldn't be better. The driver was on time and the whole group was very nice! Our guide was always checking out the best spots to go for seeing as much as possible, and the encounter with a Leopard for over 1 hour was just amazing. We saw how this beautiful creature was hunting, eating, cleaning itself and just relaxing in the sun. Priceless! I would definitely book again with MoAfrica in the future

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By Harald B Graz, Austria

Foram impecavelmente profissionais

Quando entramos em contato com a empresa foi nos passado o número de whats app e mantivemos contato o tempo inteiro. Tudo que perguntava a empresa me respondia até altas horas da noite. No dia do passeio foram rigorosamente pontuais chegando adiantados e saindo dentro do cronograma. Houve pontualidade também com a chegada no parque. Nosso motorista, durante todo o trajeto, nos esclareceu dúvidas, foi educado e simpático. Para finalizar a empresa Bakgatla, que fez o safari conosco, foi simplesmente fantástica. O guia era super bem preparado e conseguimos ver animais até mais raros que os Big 5 como Cheeta e o Rinoceronte Negro. Recomendo demais a empresa, tenho certeza que passarão momentos inesquecíveis com eles.

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By profrobsonguru Goiania, GO

A great place to see rhinos!

We had a great experience at Pilanesberg NP recently. We saw a whole lot of animals; giraffes, elephants, steenbok, mongoose, springbok, impala, kudu, rhinos (so many of these), orange billed hornbill, bush buck, hippos, water buck, zebras, warthogs, blue monkeys, and a leopard! We also saw a variety of birds!

By neilmrb2017 Dublin, Ireland

Sunday full-day Pilanesber

Amazing trip, smooth pick up and drop off with the shuttle. Very helpful staff. Great prices for everything

By guym908 London, United Kingdom

Great experience

First time with MoAfrica and it couldn't be better. The driver was on time and the whole group was very nice! Our guide was always checking out the best spots to go for seeing as much as possible, and the encounter with a Leopard for over 1 hour was just amazing. We saw how this beautiful creature was hunting, eating, cleaning itself and just relaxing in the sun. Priceless! I would definitely book again with MoAfrica in the future.

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By Harald B Graz, Austria

Best tour

Highly recommended

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