Pilanesberg Package - 2 nights/3 days "Deluxe Safari" Come and join us on a tour to one of the most popular game reserves in South Africa, the Pilanesberg National Park. This reserve is situated in the crater of an extinct volcano that literally blew its top off about 1300 million years ago and is the largest alkaline volcanic crater in the world. The hills of the Pilanesberg seen from the air form an almost perfect circle of concentric rings like the ripples of water in a pond. In 1979 this game reserve saw the largest translocation of game undertaken to date, Operation Genesis, when hundreds of animals were brought to the reserve to restock it. This was the beginning of the Pilanesberg National Park and today it is a well-stocked reserve with more than 7000 head of game showcasing most of the mammal species. South Africa has to offer including the Big 5. Being in a transition zone biome, you can also see our National Animal, the Springbuck at this reserve. It is also popular with birders who can enjoy 350 bird species in the park. Only 2 hours from Johannesburg in our vehicles and Malaria free, the Pilanesberg National Park is ideal as a weekend breakaway and for those that do not have too much time available but would like to experience the wonders of the bushveld and a chance to see the Big 5.
Today you will be collected from your hotel in Johannesburg or from the airport and transferred to the Platinum Province - North West Province. With a population less than that of Johannesburg, the North West province is sparsely populated. The landscape is dominated by igneous earth and provides fertile land for the farmers, yet is a harsh environment for the poorer local communities that do not have irrigation facilities. On route we visit the Chameleon Village for some curio shopping. This market sell hand carved items of stone, semi-precious stones and wood. The traders come from many different African countries, and speak a range of languages such as French, Swahili and Portuguese. We continue on our journey passing the Platinum Mines of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, arriving at Bakubung Bush Lodge which is situated in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. After check in formalities and dinner there is a chance to visit Sun City. Sun City (same setup as Las Vegas) also borders The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is 15 minutes’ drive from the lodge.
After breakfast you depart on a 3 hour open vehicle game drive in The Pilanesberg Game Reserve to search for the big 5. Return to the camp around 11:00. Time to relax at the swimming pool and watch the animals coming down to drink at the waterhole near the lodge. Your next open vehicle game drive is at 17:00 i.e. a sunset game drive and dinner in the bush. Return to the lodge around 20:00.
After breakfast you depart on another 3 hour open vehicle game drive to search for the big 5. On your return to the lodge your driver will meet you and transfer you back to Johannesburg.
Price on Request
3 open vehicle game drives, Transfers from hotel in Johannesburg to Pilanesberg Game Reserve and return to Johannesburg, 2 x breakfasts, 2 x dinners, 2 nights’ accommodation,
Above proposal is subject to availability at time of booking.