Pilanesberg National Park Day and overnight Tour

Bakabung Overnight Safaris | One Night Safaris near Johannesburg 2017








Pilanesberg Day Safari Itinerary (Summer Schedule)

  •  10h30 – Meet & greet; drive to Pilanesberg National Park.  
  • 11h30 – Halfway 30-min stop for traditional African crafts  / restroom facilities.  
  • 13h30 – Arrive at Bakabung Bus Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park for a delicious 3 course lunch on the terrace. The waterhole may be provide a preview of the game drive activity.  
  • 16h30 – Depart from Bakabung Safari Lodge for an afternoon safari; hosted by a qualified Pilanesberg national park ranger. He will be armed for your protection!  
  • 19h30 – return to the Bakabung Lodge reception; depart Pilanesberg National Park for Johannesburg.  
  • 21h30 – Arrive at your Hotel in Johannesburg  

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Pilanesberg National Park Day Tour / Bakabung Overnight Safaris near Johannesburg


Johannesburg 09h30 and return 21h00 (Winter months – May to August)10h30 and return 22h00 (Summer – September to April)

Duration: Full Day

COSTS - Safari Vehicle In Planesberg Game Reserve

ZAR R2350 per person (minimum of two guest)

ZAR R3520 for one person which then is a private tour

Day safari tours valid Until December 31, 2017

A Surcharge per way will be added if we have to meet/drop off at O R Tambo/ East Rand area (ZAR 220 per trip)


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Included in your day trip/safari to Pilanesberg:

  • Collection & drop-off service
  • Return transfer to and from Pilanesberg in a air-conditioned sedan or microbus.
  • Stop at traditional African Market.
  • Registered tour guide.
  • 3 Course lunch
  • 3 hour game drive in an open top Safari vehicle
  • 14% government tax 


  • All drinks
  • Entrance Fee at Sun City
  • Curios & any other items not specified

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Updated 7th January 2017.

Pilanesberg National Park is situated in a 1.3 million year old volcano crater and covers 55 000 hectares, or 132 000 acres, of prime Big 5 Game Territory.

This malaria free reserve is also adjacent to Sun City for those who want to stay at the Lost City’s Palace Hotel. Pilanesberg Game reserve is also home to Bakabung Lodge, Ivory Tree, and Tshukudu Lodges.

Pilanesberg National Park is one of the smaller national game reserves where it is a lot easier to spot the Big 5 than other larger reserves such as Kurger National Park. 



You will have an excellent chance to see Big 5 Animals as well as host of the other night creatures, so please do not leave cameras, film, sunglasses, hats and outdoor clothing behind.





This Pilanesberg day Safari, from Johannesburg, is structured to avoid midday heat when wildlife activity and sightings are limited. Clients have the opportunity to have the prime afternoon and early evening game viewing hours in Pilanesberg game reserve.

Nocturnal species, such as Lion, Leopard, and Brown Hyena become active during these hours as well as a host of other wildlife.

Late afternoon game drives are conducted by qualified, and armed, Pilanesberg National Park field guide and ranger. During these 3 hours game drive you will have ample opportunity to spot many of the Pilanesberg game reserve animals. Elephants and Rhinos are the most likely of the big five to see.


You will have an excellent chance to see Big 5 Animals as well as host of the other night creatures, so please do not leave cameras, film, sunglasses, hats and outdoor clothing behind.


The Pilanseberg National Park is a 2 hours scenic drive through the Magaliesberg mountain; only 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Taking a day trip to safari in the Pilanesberg game reserve, or an overnight package to Bakabung, is the best Big 5 destinations close to Johannesburg.

Visiting Pilanesberg Game Reserve for a day trip is ideal for those who have a very busy schedule, and ideal for business executives. An overnight Pilanesberg Tour will provide an opportunity to all visitors to see the different wild animals that roam during the day and night. Accommodation at Bakubung Bush Lodge or one of the other available lodges.

One Night safaris from Johannesburg in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve with Bakubung Bush Lodge as accommodation host.

Over Night Safari Packages in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve near Johannesburg based on Bakubung Bush Lodge or Kwa Maritane. 

Tshukudu, Sun City & Ivory Lodge a personalized quote will be sent  

  • Prices subject to change without prior notice
Pilanesberg safari Leopard
Pilanesberg safari hippo and calf


Two or three (or more) full days, departing at 10h30 on day one and returning at 16h00 on last day. 


  • Return transfers by luxury air-conditioned mini-van or sedan. 
  • One or two nights' luxury accommodation at the Bakubung lodge or Kwa Maritane Game Lodges. 
  • Buffet breakfast and dinner daily. 
  • Traditional outdoor bush barbecue function on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. 
  • Daily three hour sunrise and / or sunset open-top safari game drive.
  • VAT and tourism levy.


  • All drinks and lunches
  • Curio purchases and items of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities.
  • Transfers and entrance fees to Sun City. 


On Wednesday and Saturday evenings (weather permitting) a traditional outdoor bush barbecue under the African sky is enjoyed in the park before returning to the lodge. 

Two day safari omit day 2 below from 15h30 as this is when you will return to Johannesburg from your overnight safari.

Day 1

  • 10h00

Meet & greet you at your guest house. Depart Johannesburg for the Pilanesberg National Park, this is a scenic 2 hour drive, with an en-route refreshment, browse around stop at a traditional African roadside curio & craft market.

  • 13h00

Arrival at the Pilanesberg National Park followed by a full buffet luncheon (own account) at  the luxury Bakubung Bush Lodge whilst we take care of all the guests check-in arrangements. After lunch, guests have free time to relax and explore the lodge before the afternoon game drive.

  • 15h30

It’s safari time!  An afternoon/sunset open-top safari game drive departs the lodge reception area for an outdoor adventure into Africa’s Big Five territory.

  • 18h30

Game drive returns to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious dinner then the remainder of the evening is at the guests leisure, with a possible late night visit (own account) to the Sun City/Lost City entertainment resort, via the lodge scheduled shuttle bus service. 

Day 2

  • 06h30

An early morning wake up call.

  • 07h00

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast overlooking the reserve.

  • 08h00

The morning safari game drive in the pilanseberg park departs from the lodge reception area and heads out in search of Big Five & other wildlife sightings.

  • 11h00

Morning safari game drive returns to bakabung or other lodge.  The rest of the day is at leisure at the lodge, enjoy time relaxing next to the swimming pool, a spa treatment or a siesta in your room. Lunch (own account) can either be a full buffet or a smaller meal chosen from the terrace menu.

  • 15h30

It’s safari time again!  An afternoon/sunset open-top safari game drive departs from the lodge reception area for an outdoor adventure into Africa’s Big Five territory.

  • 18h30

Game drive returns to the lodge. Enjoy a delicious dinner then the remainder of the evening is at the guests leisure. 


Day 3

Time for a little extra sleep, and enjoy breakfast at your leisure. Freshen up and then check out, your luggage can be safely stored at the reception. Guests can enjoy a relaxed lazy day, with luncheon around the lodge swimming pool etc...

  • 14h00

Meet the guide at reception for your return transfer to Johannesburg or to Johannesburg Airport.

  • 16h00

Arrive in Johannesburg.

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