National Park - Dawn to Dusk Safari
Prices for Pilanesberg National Park - Rates 1 Nov 08 - 31 Dec 13
I am a small specialist owner/operator based by choice at Mogwase, Pilanesberg.
If you have limited time and want to max it, then have a look, especially if you only have the 1 time in Africa.
I'm the only outside safari operator that does open - close, and that is able to have you at the gate when it opens...it is vital!
If you understand anything, understand that cats sleep in the day, so it pretty much follows that if you don"t find lion before 8h00, then you probably won't during the rest of the day. Even Google and Wiki knows this! It is no use getting here late. Do it properly or otherwise rather go to the Rhino and Lion Park... If you don't fancy getting up at 2h30, look at the split day option below - it just makes sense to overnight the night before at Pilanesberg, and if possible get a late afternoon drive in as well.!
Definite Dates 2013: Most dates not here are available.
Open to Close in the Park; with lunch midday-ish... normally 11 hours viewing; 1 more in summer, 1 less in winter. Please do not mail me and ask me for the schedule - this is it. It totally depends on what the animals allow me to do....
Guest House (en suite) overnight option - split day with 2 x 5 hour drives - see below
My "normal" day tour: 13,5 hours in the park summer, 11,5 hours in winter
Departures Nov - Feb half an hour earlier, May -Aug half an hour later!
Repeat clients get 20% discount, but only for themselves.
Included: Early 3.30am transfer, entrances, guide, 1 Pilanesberg map/person, use of binoculars.
Excluded: All meals and snacks. We normally only stop for lunch at about midday.
If picked up from a Lodge, Hotel or Guest House please remember to ask in advance for a breakfast pack!
Rates 1 Nov 2008 - 31 Dec 2013 pp cash in ZAR on the day, no credit cards
My pp rate for 2 pax from Jo'burg/Pta remain unchanged for a 5th year, but singles increased and the year before last.
The rate for departures from Pilanesberg and Sun City has dropped twice as well, as I'm based at the Park now.
Individual Pilanesberg bookings: If other clients; you will get the 2 person rate, subject to the same transfer
both ways. The only late flight is KLM departing about 23h00 if you want to max your day.
Trips booked: 2,5 hour drive 3,5 hour drive 5 hour drive Dawn to Dusk Persons booking 1 pax & more 1 pax & more 1 pax & more 1 pax 2 & more from Sun City & Lodges R600/p * R800/p * R1 000/p * R2 500/p R2 000/p from Jo'burg/Pretoria Add return transfer 1 - 3 pax at R3 500 R5 000/p R3 000/p
* Extra time on request at R200pp/hour pro rata per 15 min or parts thereof. Shorter morning drives will get a 10 minute free extension, once over the pro rata hourly rate applies from the 1st minute - it is applicable when we exit the gate. 50% of the time you will want to stop for this or that, and you are most welcome to - just pay for that time. If I run late from my side then no charge of course.
All prices (excl transfers) includes a 5% donation to fight Rhino poaching, donated yearly in advance. May I appeal to other operators to do the same, and to clients to use operators that support the Pilanesberg W ildlife Trust? So far there is only 1 other - Jan 2013
Split day option: Pick up Jo'burg 10h00, Pretoria 11h00, arriving PB 13h00, 2 x 5 hour drives, last 5 and 1st 5 hours, then lunch (excl) Depart PB 13h00, back Pretoria 15h00, Jo'burg 15h30. Guest House (en suite): R500 single, R650/room double/twin extra.
Private Pilanesberg trips & groups: 1 - 6 pax
Private Pilanesberg trips: 1 x 5 hour drive Open to Close Family* from Sun City or Lodges R3 000/5h R6 500/day R6 000/day from Johannesburg/Pretoria R7 000/5h R10 000/day R9 500/day Larger group bookings Mail for a quote please, it's more affordable than you expect
* Family of 3 - 7 pax, with some kids under 12, open - close @ R500 less, applies to the full days only
Payment: Jo'burg & Pretoria bookings - non refundable deposit of R1000pp by EFT or Paypal,
balance before drive. Sun City & Pilanesberg bookings - balance in cash before game drive.
More affordable 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, insurances, overheads and depreciation on vehicles all add up. Just Google it and you will get rates around R1750 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 at a time agreed on at Welcome Centre Bay nr 5, or where we agreed on if you have a rental car. Options:
1. Car rental.
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
2. Scheduled Shuttle from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Add R100 - R200 for 2 x taxi rides
1 pax - est @R1750 (shuttle av+ acc) plus R2500 trip = R4250 total iso R4500, also save 1 night acc Jo'burg
2 pax - est @R2250 (shuttle + acc) plus R4000 trip = R6250 iso of R6000, but save 1 night acc Jo'burg
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
Bakubung Bush Lodge
Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park - R3 750pp - 1 hour, minimum 8 pax!
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
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
806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office 078 618 8675
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316 - Updated Feb 2013
All Pilanesberg queries - firstname.lastname@example.org