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3 Day Pilanesberg Safari

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3 Day Pilanesberg Private Lodge Safari

 

Day 1:  Gauteng – Pilanesberg

We depart Johannesburg around 11h00 to allow us to reach the Lodge around mid-day. Located in the crater of an extinct volcano, Pilanesberg has a unique ecosystem. The complex’s rare rock types were created by ancient volcanic eruptions that eroded to create varied soil types, which in turn leads to the uniquely varied vegetation.

 

We arrive at the lodge in time for lunch. After lunch you can settle in and relax before enjoying afternoon tea and then joining the afternoon game drive. This drive is conducted in the Big 5 Pilanesberg National Park in an open game drive vehicle, allowing you the best possible views and an up close experience with nature.

 

Dinner is a scrumptious affair served under the stars (weather permitting). The lodge boasts an extensive wine list and full bar, which is not included in the price.

 (Lunch & Dinner included)

 

Day 2: Pilanesberg

An early start give us time to have coffee and a snack before we set off on our morning game drive. Early morning is a very good time for game viewing as you may be able to see some nocturnal animals before they call it a night, and also to see lots of diurnal animals starting to get ready for the day.  Pilanesberg is home to a huge variety of animals and some of these include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog, rhino, buffalo, elephant, zebra, wildebeest, springbok and so much more!

 

We return to the lodge for a scrumptious, leisurely breakfast. After breakfast you have time to relax at the lodge’s pool, go for optional spa treatments or read a book before lunch is served around 14h00.

 

The afternoon drive often extends into the early hours of the evening, allowing you the opportunity to spot some of the more nocturnal animals.

 

Dinner is served under the stars, weather permitting. The day ends with discussions around the open fire about what you saw today and the plans for tomorrow.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

 

Day 3: Pilanesberg – Hartbeespoort dam – Gauteng

We rise early, have a quick cup of coffee and a snack and depart on an early morning drive in the hope of finding some of the nocturnal and diurnal animals before they settle down for the day. This is also the most active time for most predators, both big and small.  With the sun slowly climbing higher above the savannah, we experience all that the park has to offer, including the well marketed Big 5 and the incredible wealth of flora, birds and smaller mammals that make the Pilanesberg National Park unique. After our morning drive, we return to the lodge for breakfast.

 

We depart from the lodge around 11h00 and stop en-route at Hartbeespoort Dam for lunch (own expense). Hartbeespoort Dam is a quaint resort town with loads of curio & craft markets. This is the ideal place to do some shopping.

 

The drive back to Johannesburg takes approximately 3 hours you will be back in the mid afternoon. Should you wish to sleep over in Johannesburg on this night, Outlook Lodge (4*) offers great hospitality in close proximity to the airport.

(Breakfast included)

 

 


Safari Options:

Luxury Lodge                                                                                                      

Accommodation is in luxury en-suite rooms. Facilities vary from lodge to lodge. Rooms are fully serviced and guests’ every need is catered to. We make use of different lodges within the Pilanesberg National Park and the lodge used depends on availability.

 

Included:

       Pick up and drop off in Johannesburg/Pretoria

       Return road transfers in a closed, climate controlled vehicle

       Professional drivers/guides (FGASA registered – Field Guides Association of Southern Africa)

       Meals as specified per itinerary

       Game drives in an open safari vehicles

       All entry fees and daily conservation levies

       Accommodation in luxury en-suite rooms

       Bottled mineral water in the transfer vehicle

       Craft market shopping opportunity at Hartbeespoort Dam on the last day

 

Excluded:

       Meals not specified in itinerary

       All drinks at the lodge

       Optional extra activities such as Spa treatments

       Items of a personal nature

Gratuities

 

Notes:

Pilanesberg is in a malaria free zone.

 

All accommodation at Pilanesberg is situated on the fringes of the park and not within the park itself.

 

It is important to note that this is not a private safari and more than likely there will be other guests joining you on the game drive vehicles, air-conditioned mini bus transfer vehicles as well as during mealtimes.

 

Children under the age of 12 are permitted on safari at the sole discretion of the manager or guide. Children under the age of 6 are not permitted on safari and, where possible, a kiddies safari will be arranged between normal safari times. Baby-sitting can be arranged at the lodge at an additional charge.

 

Guests flying out of OR Tambo Airport on the last day are reminded to not book any flights earlier than 17h00 (domestic) or 18h00 (international) in order to give us enough time to get you to the airport. We recommend that you rather stay over in Johannesburg if possible. Since we cannot guarantee our arrival time in Johannesburg on the last day we will not be held responsible for re-imbursements of flight tickets, should we arrive later than expected. Private transfers for guests with early flights can be arranged in advance at an extra charge.

 

 

** Terms & Conditions apply **

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