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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve provided by Wildside Tours and Safaris - Day Tours

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve
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AU$225.81
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100% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
500–1,800 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
10
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Feel the excitement of knowing you are about to take a journey into uncharted areas where it is you and Africa’s most feared creatures by exploring their territory, by their rules. You will be collected from the Hotel by a qualified guide and proceed to the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve that spans an area of 550 square kilometers, the home of the BIG FIVE. Here we will drive around in an open Game Viewer and feel the tension mounting that at any moment just around a corner you could spot a herd of elephant or the king himself the lion or if lucky spot the ever elusive leopard as he lies on a rock or in a tree. The Game drive will last for 6 hours within the reserve and a light lunch at the Pilanesberg Centre will be provided. Duration of the tour is around 12 hours.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 500-1,800 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 500-1,800 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 54591P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • National Park fees
  • Transport from Hotel to Pilanesberg plus return.
  • Lunch within the Reserve.
  • Water.
  • Pictures taken during tour for you and placed onto Dropbox.
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Additional purchases.
Duration
500–1,800 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotels in Sandton area Johannesburg
  • Airports:
  • Tambor Airport, Tambor Costa Rica
  • Lanseria Airport, Lanseria South Africa
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is casual
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • National Park fees
  • Transport from Hotel to Pilanesberg plus return.
  • Lunch within the Reserve.
  • Water.
  • Pictures taken during tour for you and placed onto Dropbox.
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Additional purchases.
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotels in Sandton area Johannesburg
  • Airports:
  • Tambor Airport, Tambor Costa Rica
  • Lanseria Airport, Lanseria South Africa
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
500–1,800 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is casual
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 6 Jul. 2020
A note from Pilanesberg Nature Reserve
Due to the present condition we will be regulating the number of people on the vehicle to 5 pax in line with social distancing.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
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Aaron W
1 contribution
Mar. 2020
We booked a last minute trip to Johannesburg and set up this tour just a few days in advance. Within moments of booking, Tim was in contact to set up timing and provide advice. As soon as he picked us up from our Airbnb at 4am, he had us laughing immediately.

The trip from Joburg to the park was a little over two hours and then the tour began. Tim always gave us the option where we wanted to go and what type of animals we would want to see. The hours flew by as we saw impala, gnu, wildebeest, and several huge elephants, which Tim tracked down throughout the day.

Tim's descriptions of the wildlife and nature in the park were fantastic and we learned a lot. I could not recommend this trip more and would do it over again any day.
Written 2 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
247wildside
Thank you for taking the time to do the review. I truly appreciate it. It was magic being with you all and trust me I tad loads of fun. Hope all your videos came out like you wanted them. It would be my pleasure to take you all out again if you come back to South Africa. Remember once Africa gets into your blood you will always come home. Its getting back to our grass roots and Nature. Thanks again. Cheers Tim
Written 7 May 2020
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Jacques D
1 contribution
Jun. 2021
We could see a lot within only 2 days because Tim knows where to look for animals. Authentic tiny lodge, nice rooms and food. And last but not least: Tim is an excellent driver!
Written 16 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
247wildside
Thank you so much for taking the time to submit a review. We truly appreciate it and it is always a pleasure and my passion to share our beautiful wildlife with clients that land up as friend by the 1st day. Thanks again and hope you enjoyed all the pictures. Wishing you all the very best and have a blessed day. Cheers Tim
Written 17 June 2021
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Dietmar G
Capital Federal District, Argentina3 contributions
Feb. 2019 • Couples
Thank you Tim for sharing your truckload of experience and knowledge on this 2-day tour to the Elephant Encounter and Pilanesberg Nature Reserve with my wife and me! These days were packed with wonderful sightings and experiences. At every time you adapted to our speed and our enjoyment of being in the park with time to get the atmosphere of it instead of rallying to a reported sighting of the "big stuff". We loved to take our time as well for the small (often neglected) things.

Thank you Tim for choosing such a stunning accommodation and preparing a truly mouthwatering dinner barbeque. Thank you for supplying those quantities of catering which could have fed a whole platoon!

Thank you for your careful driving and sharing your track reading abilities with us! Sure, one can take a rental car and go to the Pilanesberg Park by himself, but without your guidance it wouldn't have been half the experience!

At last thank you for your excellent sense of humour which we both loved right from the start!

We hope we can return one day with our kids and book your services again!
Written 25 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Dietmar. Thank you for taking the time to do a review. It was my pleasure to be with you both and was awesome sharing my passion with you. Nature is just such an amazing thing and so many people take it for granted. Hope you loved all the pictures that I took for you, Memories for a life time and that you still have your gratitude rock in the right pocket. :) Hope to see you again soon in this stunning country of ours. Love to all and have a magic day. Cheers Tim
Written 2 March 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

landis c
1 contribution
Feb. 2022
It was the trip of a lifetime. Tim was an outstanding guide and host. Loved the lodge, great staff and outstanding food/drink in a cool atmosphere. Highly recommend
Written 22 February 2022
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247wildside
Hi Landis, Thank you for taking the time to do the review. Much appreciated. It was such a pleasure meeting you all and it was so much fun. Thank you for the compliment and hope you love all the pictures I took for you. Don't forget the gratitude rock should be in your right hand pocket. :) All the very best, Cheers Tim & Elize.
Written 23 February 2022
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Darlene T
1 contribution
Tim is a wonderful guide and I think gets as excited as us experiencing the beauty of South African nature and beauty. We did an overnight safari as well as the Walk with the Lions. Amazing experience!
Written 23 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Darlene, Thank you so much for taking the time to do the review. We truly appreciate it as it goes a long way for us in showing other interested parties our passion for what we do. Thanks again for giving me the privilege of meeting you on a number of occasions now and again soon in the future. Cheers Tim & Elize.
Written 28 November 2021
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J0hnC880
Charlotte, NC19 contributions
Nov. 2021
This tour was great on every level. Tim was super easy to communicate and work with to coordinate the tour. He promptly greeted our group with coffee and muffins, gave an overview of our tour and off we went. Upon arriving at the game reserve we met "Buffalo Soldier" and he and Tim guided us through the reserve in our open air vehicle. Given their experience, they were able to spot all the wildlife and got us up and close (safely of course) while explaining what we were viewing. We were able to really experience the wildlife and the reserve. This is not a quick drive by photo opp. The pace was relaxed and while we covered a lot of ground and saw a lot, it never seemed rushed. Tim always has a funny story and a quick wit at hand to keep the fun going. Tim and Buffalo Soldier were great guides who enjoyed the experience as much as we did and they see it on a regular basis.
Written 16 November 2021
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Hi John, Thank you for taking the time to do the review. We truly appreciate it and it was a pleasure to be with you all and Mother Nature. It was a magic getaway being with such an awesome fun loving group. Wishing you a blessed day. Cheers Tim & Elize.
Written 19 November 2021
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lath0
Klosters, Switzerland99 contributions
Our guide Tim really took the time to make this a great experience. We saw a lot of different animals and after the tour we got some beautiful fotos to remember the good time we had.
Written 11 June 2021
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247wildside
Thank you so much and taking the time to do a review for me. Its always a pleasure to share our beautiful country with guests. Be safe and thank you once again.
Written 13 June 2021
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Joseph R
2 contributions
Nov. 2019
Had a great time. Tim kept me very informed and kept me busy all day.
When I finished the Nature Reserve he gave me the option of adding in the Lion Park which was very nice of him to suggest.
Written 25 November 2019
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Hi Joe, Thank you for taking the time to do a review and giving me the opportunity to take you on tour. It was an awesome day with amazing sightings and its always such a pleasure to share my passion with others. We all need to strive to preserve our wildlife and cherish them so that we will give the future generations the opportunity to witness it as well. Thanks again and have a blessed day. Cheers Tim
Written 27 November 2019
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Safari10367935992
2 contributions
We booked a Tour with Tim because we got a reccommendation from a friend.
The pilanesberg Tour with him was just amazing. At the beginning, he asked us what animals we want to see and he did everything to find the animals for us- and he found them:) Thanks to his good spotting, we saw hippos, rhinos, a cheetah with his Cubs, Elephants and lots of other nice animals. He knows everything about the animals and their behaviour so you can learn a lot from him. In Addition, he is very caring and has a nice humour so you will enjoy the time with him definetely.
So if you want to do a Tour through Pilanesberg, do it with Tim, you will not find someone better.
Written 6 July 2019
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247wildside
Thanks so much for taking the time to do the review and the kind words. I always feel that I am more excited to go out on the tours than my clients as this is a passion that keeps growing and to be able to share this with you make me feel so blessed. It was magic meeting you both and look forward to the next time you visit this stunning Country of ours. Thanks again and have a magic day. Cheers Tim
Written 15 July 2019
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Jamie O
Colchester, UK6 contributions
Jun. 2019 • Friends
My friend and I recently visited Johannesburg on a short business trip and wanted to squeeze in a Safari on our spare day. We found Tim and in hindsight we couldn't of been happier choosing him to take us on our first Safari experience.

Tim, was very responsive when booking the tour and gave us plenty of information to help us choose our best option. Following an early pick up, I'd plan to sleep on the drive up to the park but Tim was so friendly and charismatic that we sat up the whole journey chatting.

It was great getting to learn about South Africa through Tim's eyes, and to get an introduction to the culture long before we even arrived at the park.

Can't say enough good things about Tim during the tour itself. He went above and beyond to make our day as special as possible. Tim takes his own camera to capture a lot of the action so you can see as much as possible with your own eyes as it happens.

I also bought my own camera and Tim always positioned us in the best angles and away from the sun to help me capture some amazing photos of my own.

Tim had a light hearted approach to teaching us about the animals and their behaviour and was a great mix of knowledge and humour that really made the day enjoyable.

There were several moments during the day where we were one of 4-5 cars in the area, and every time we were in the best position of all the vehicles, a true sign that Tim knew his stuff and how the animals are likely to behave.

It truly felt that Tim's primary goal was to give me and my friend and amazing day to remember and he definitely achieved that. Tim is flexible and happy to accommodate to how YOU want your day to go.

I'm planning to return to South Africa next year and will be in touch with Tim again to book a longer Safari in Kruger.

Would recommend to anyone!
Written 26 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
247wildside
Hi Jamie, Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review and the incredibly kind words. It was such a pleasure to be with you both and thanks for making it feel as if we were a bunch of friends on an outing together. It has always been my pleasure to share my passion with people and the excitement and joy you both showed, just made it for me. I love to see people enjoy and respect our Nature and Wildlife the way I do. Thank you both for being such MAGIC friends and allowing me to take you on tour. I would love to assist setting up your next tour for you and getting together, hopefully in the near future. Hope the gratitude rock is in your right hand pocket now. All my very best. Cheers Tim
Written 27 June 2019
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k8lin7
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Incredible day with lions, cheetahs!
WOW! I very much enjoyed this tour and getting so close to the lions for the lion walk. I learned a lot about the c
darlaw134
darlaw134
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Fantastic!
Had a Great experience with the lions and Tim was amazing! He was very nice, informative and took great pictures of
BrendaP969
BrendaP969
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Amazing Tour with Tim!
Such an Awesome experience that I will never forget! You could tell that Tim, our Tour Guide took Great pride and p
Yaelle64
Yaelle64
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Amazing tour with Tim Smith
I did the Elephant encounter with the safari tour and I have to say that it was the best tour I have ever done. I
Floraaa992
Floraaa992
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Unforgettable memory
This is the best Safari I’ve ever done so far!!! Our lovely and professional tour guide Tim is so fun and also frie
AFMarg
AFMarg
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Bucket List: Elephant Encounter !
Myself & two other friends got the chance to do the private tour of The Elephant encounter & mini Safari in mid Jan
Quest440380
Quest440380
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Magic experience, once in a lifetime ...
Our wonderful guide Tim took us for a walk with the lions. It was a once in a liftime experience. He was extremly k
Venera31ai
Venera31ai
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Tim is the best tour Gide!
The best experience ever. Highly recommend! Our Tour Gide was Tim, he is the best. Very knowledgeable about animals
KATIELUDM1
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Tour with Tim
Absolute wonderful tour with Tim. We were able to book the tour super last minute to see elephants and a safari ri
Barbdan211
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Fantastic
Everything!!! Awesome trip walking with the lions and getting info about how they are trying to help the lions. Gre
jan f
jan f
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2 safaris both a trip of a lifetime. First was a 2 day overnight, 3 safaris. Fabulous food and accommodations. 2nd 🐘 an
This is the second tour I have been on with Tim. The first was in September. 2 day 3 part safari. Trip of a lif
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Extraordinary hot air balloon flight.
Tim took us ballooning over the vast land of Africa on Christmas day 2021. What an unforgettable experience ! The
243denises
243denises
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Johannesburg
I’ve done the Lion Walk three times and the monkey sanctuary with Tim and highly recommended using Tim for any adve
KFinn77
KFinn77
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Another great adventure with Tim Smith!
Spent a day visiting the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Center with Tim Smith of Wildside Tours and Safaris. This is my second
Praslin2TE
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Unbelievable!
I particpated in the "Walk with Lions" tour and I cannot state how amazing and trancendent that experience was. The
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