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Pilanesberg National Park - Affordable Transport from Johannesburg and Pretoria

More affordable transport options:
The reality is that a transfer between Johannesburg & Pretoria to Sun City and Pilanesberg is expensive. It is expensive for the transfer operator as well - fuel, wear and tear, driver, insurance's, overheads and depreciation on vehicles all add up. Just Google it and you will get rates around R1850 to R3100 one way! We get it at R1750 one way and pass that on to you.

There are ways to get to Sun City & Pilanesberg area at a better rate, but it is more "inconvenient". I will pick you up at Sun City or any Lodge or Resort at a time agreed on. Some sites claim there are buses running from Johannesburg airport and Pretoria...they don't know what they are talking about, they stopped in 2003, so avoid picking up info from their sites. They don't live in the area, and you will probably get other wrong info as well.

1. Car rental. I highly recommend this.
1 pax - est @R1600 (car+ acc) plus R2500 trip = R4100 total iso R4500, also save 1 night acc Jo'burg
2 pax - est @R1750 (car+ acc) plus R4000 trip = R5750 total iso R6000, also save 1 night acc Jo'burg

Probably the best option, you are looking at a 2 day rental if you want to do a 1 day trip with me. It also means you have to overnight in the area. The minimum nights on weekends are 2 at the Hotels, Lodges and Resorts, but you can get Saturday as 1 night only at Guest Houses in my Village at R550/single or R700/ double room. I'll book it for you with pleasure if you do a trip with me. A small car will be under R600 for 2 days, and fuel and tolls about R500. This is perfect for business people stuck in Jo'burg for the weekend, and you can stop at De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre on the way back. It is about 15 min out the way, their program starts at 13h30. So instead of paying around R1000pp for doing a day tour, you can pay them direct and get it for about R300pp. Another alternative is stopping at Lesedi Cultural Village that starts at 16h30, about R450pp

2. There is a way to do it by minibus. I have done it from Pretoria to see how it works. It took about 6 hours and was under R150 one way. I didn't feel threatened, but didn't have an expensive camera around my neck, or laptop etc. You could do the Gautrain from Jo'burg to Pretoria. About R50 from Rosebank/Sandton & about R135 from the airport. The taxi rank is about 8 minutes walk from the Pta station. Expect to wait 1 hour for the minibus to fill up, but I went early and had to wait 2 hours plus another hour at Rustenburg. Minibuses from Rustenburg go to Ledig 3 km's from Bakubung, Mogwase 2 km's outside Manyane and Sun Village 1 km outside Sun City. You might get chomped by lions if you try walk to Bakubung or Kwa as you have to go through a bit of the Park... this is now if you get it right to sneak past security :) You can get there, but it is most definitely not advised if you have luggage with you, except if it is basics all fitted in in for example a daypack.


Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Picture Gallery 2011 & after
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004


It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg

Accommodation Specials at Sun City

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R3 750pp - 1 hour, minimum 8 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting.  It's not a Zoo!

History of Pilanesberg National Park

Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged.  Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc


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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office 078 618 8675
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
- Updated May 2013
All Pilanesberg queries -  travelinafrica@gmail.com