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Wildlife Tours from Johannesburg

By Viator, February 2018

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Exploring South Africa’s national parks and taking a wildlife safari are both easily accessible activities from Johannesburg. Whichever adventure you choose, be on the lookout for all of the Big Five animals (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo). Here are your options for wildlife tours from Johannesburg. 

Pilanesberg National Park 
Enjoy a thrilling African safari experience on a full-day Pilanesberg Nature Reserve tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and have chance to spot Africa’s Big Five from an open-top safari vehicle. As well as elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and water buffaloes, the game reserve is home to giraffes, zebras, warthog, blue wildebeest, and many other animals, so make sure you have your camera ready. Most Pilanesberg safaris also include a visit to the nearby Sun City Resort and Casino.

Kruger National Park
It’s possible to experience South Africa’s oldest national park on a morning game drive or a full-day safari, but to really explore the vast Kruger National Park, you’ll need a multi-day tour. Wildlife hot spots include Blyde River Canyon and the Panorama Route, where possible sightings include roan antelope, zebra, hippopotamus, impala, and of course, the Big Five. 

Elephant Sanctuary
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort Dam, home to a herd of domesticated African elephants. Visitors can participate in interactive workshops, help bathe the elephants, or take an elephant walk through the jungle, all under close supervision from experienced handlers. Book a tour for round-trip transportation.

Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre
You’re guaranteed a big cat sighting at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre in Hartbeespoort Dam. The conservation and breeding program is home to cheetahs and African wild dogs. See Africa's fastest mammal in action during a guided tour of the reserve or join one of the daily feeding round tours. 

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Located in nearby Gauteng province, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve makes a popular choice for a day trip. You’ll spot white lions, spotted hyena, and white rhino on an open vehicle safari, and pay a visit to the animal crèche, hippo pools, and vulture hide.

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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour, Johannesburg, null
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Full-Day Pilanesburg Nature Reserve Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Come and experience the wonders of the Pilanesberg Nature reserve in an open 4x4 Safari vehicle on this 10-hour tour. Have the opportunity to view the big 5 ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.29
Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Pilanesberg National Park from Johannesburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Spend a full day game viewing in Pilanesberg National Park. You have the option of choosing between an Open Game Viewing vehicle and a closed vehicle. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.37
Magaliesburg Balloon Safari from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Magaliesburg Balloon Safari from Johannesburg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

If you’re going to do it, then do it in unassailable style. Quaff champagne as you enjoy what some describe as the closest thing to heaven known to man - the ...  Read more

Location: Magaliesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.21
Kruger National Park Safari from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Balloon Rides
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Kruger National Park Safari from Johannesburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

This one day tour to Kruger National Park departs from Johannesburg in the early morning. After check-in at Kruger National Park, immediately start your day's ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.44
Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip, Johannesburg, Safaris
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Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 32 Reviews

Spot the "Big Five" at Pilanesberg Nature Reserve then relax at the unique Sun City resort on a packed day trip from Johannesburg. Combining two very ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.69
Rhino and Lion Park Guided Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Johannesburg, Day Trips
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Rhino and Lion Park Guided Tour from Johannesburg or Pretoria

Situated in a World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, this 1 200-hectare park is home to over 700 head of game including white rhino, lion, buffalo, ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.37
Pilanesberg National Park Safari from Johannesburg, Johannesburg, Nature & Wildlife
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Pilanesberg National Park Safari from Johannesburg

Depart Johannesburg in an air conditioned Minibus or Sedan. You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the Pilanesberg National Park for a safari. Lunch ...  Read more

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $195.18
Full-Day Big Five Game Drive in Kruger National Park, Kruger National Park, Safaris
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Full-Day Big Five Game Drive in Kruger National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Maximize your chances of seeing some of Africa’s famous Big Five animals, and enjoy a full day of game drives around the incredible Kruger National Park. With ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.21
Kruger National Park Morning Game Drive, Kruger National Park, Safaris
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Kruger National Park Morning Game Drive

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Spend a morning exploring Kruger National Park on a 6-hour game drive, led by a local ranger-guide! As the sun rises over Kruger’s wildlife-rich bush plains, ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.44
Mpumalanga Nature Tour Along Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park, Safaris
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Mpumalanga Nature Tour Along Blyde River Canyon

This panoramic tour of Mpumalanga brings you up-close-and-personal to South Africa’s stunning natural beauty. With your expert guide, travel along the ...  Read more

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.08

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