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Pilanesberg National Park - Dawn to Dusk Safari
Prices for Pilanesberg National Park -  Rates to 30 Nov 2019
I am a small specialist owner/operator based by choice mainly at Mogwase, Pilanesberg.
I moved to a Village right next to Pilanesberg about 10 years ago, as I love what I do. I go into the Park whether I have clients or not, I'm an early riser :)
If you have limited time and want to max it, then have a look, especially if you only have the 1 time in Africa.
After 16 years I still offer open - close, and I'm able to have you at the gate when it opens...and it is pretty vital!

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 to the Park 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.! If you have to pay for your accommodation, you will be able to get a better priced overnight at Pilanesberg. And if work pays, then they will be happy to pay less. Add that a split day fits in perfectly with regards to transfers to ORTambo for departing overseas flights. Just note a split day normally carries an additional entrance fee.
Just a note; a few years ago I've mostly stopped taking pics, as it started feeling like a huge "job" sifting through them, and I really
don't have the time.
I also don't have the time for social media & hanging out on Facebook and Tripadvisor.

2 Jan 2011 - TT, the only surviving female of the Eastern Pride after Barrel was killed by the Central Pride females in 2009, taking out an orphaned Zebra foal @ 11h30 to feed her 2 7 month old cubs. I saw her growing up, and even saw her as a youngster getting kicked in the ribs when she went for a zebra.
why you should go to Pilanesberg with me... !

Definite Dates 2019 & 2020: Most dates not here are available.

My Schedule:
Open to Close in the Park; with lunch midday-ish... normally 11 of 12,5 hours in the Park viewing; 1h more in summer, 1h less in winter. Please do not mail me and ask me for the schedule - this is it. It totally depends on what the animals allows us 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!
Included: Early 3.30am transfer, entrances, a no nonsense experienced guide that has done just under 10 000 hours in Pilanesberg over the last 13 years, use of binoculars.
Excluded: All meals, drinks 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!

Payment: All bookings - Though I have long stated a non refundable deposit of R1000pp by EFT or Paypal if requested, balance before drive, cash in ZAR. I have actually never asked for it except once. However, after 14 years doing Pilanesberg, this is changing as of right now November 2016. I've just had my 3rd cancellation ever - I just don't get cancellations. Clients book me as they have the absolute best experience with me, and they understand that. Now I don't mind a cancellation, but when it seriously inconveniences me, then I do mind. So deposits will be R1000pp, or 50%, or the cost I will incur (as an extra charge )to be able to do the Pilanesberg trip whichever is the highest. Add local bank charges of 2% for cash - no credit cards. International money transfers in ZAR, add R150 per transfer.

Just a word of wisdom here. I don't lock dates till you book, and have always honoured dates once locked. If you then decide to change your flights without asking me first, and I can't help you, you will lose this deposit. I've always been willing to help, and have sorted out over 20 clients over the last 15 years that have had delayed & missed flights at no extra charge, as I could help. In the case above it was the 1st time I wasn't able to do so, and that was also the last time I didn't take a deposit.
So take travel insurance (as you should) to cover this deposit in case your plans change and I can't assist.

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. Add Guest House (en suite): R700 single, R800/room double/twin extra. Note again a split day can carry an additional entrance fee.

Rates up to 30 Nov 2019 cash in ZAR on the day, no credit cards
I don't negotiate on rates, only on schedule. If you want quality, be prepared to pay for it. If you want to save a few Euros, please go with someone else.
There are over 400 Operators that will do you a cheaper rate. Very few of them if any can match me on 12 000h
experience in the Park, "schedule", spotting ability and being able to project where an animal will move to !
Individual Pilanesberg bookings: If other clients; you will get the 2+ person rate, subject to the same transfer/s both ways.

The only late flight is KLM departing about 23h00 if you want to max your day.

5h drive from/at Pilanesberg*
Full day drive from/at Pilanesberg*
From Johannesburg/Pretoria #
Rate in ZA Rand
Rate in ZA Rand
Add return transfer if needed
No Luggage
4000 - 4800
4000 - 4800
4000 - 4800
4000 - 4800

Private drives - R4 500 for 3,5h, R6 000 for 5 h, R9 000 full day. Note I don't do 3 h drives, it's too short. My shortest drives are 4 h in the am, 3,5 h in the pm.

*Add a once off charge, total per drive, not per person: This is what it costs me additional in real costs to pick you up, I'm not charging my time. Pickup from
Manyane, Mogwase or 2nd inside Manyane gate (Bosele gate) - no charge
Bakgatla - R200
Kwa Maritane Lodge/Sun City/Bakubung - R300
Kingdom Resort - R350
Sundown Ranch - R500
Kedar Country Lodge - R750

* Extra time on request at R300pp/hour pro rata per 15 min or parts thereof
, with a minimum of R300/h and a maximum of R900/h. 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. 99% 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. If from both sides we will split the time pro rata.

# Transfers - I do get charged an extra R500-600 per one way transfer by the 2 transfer operators I use for before 7 am and for after 5 pm, so sometimes I will do the transfers myself. If I can't, then you will have to cover this extra charge. I will advise on this when booking.

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, insurance's, overheads and depreciation on vehicles all add up. Just Google it and you will get rates around R2450 to R4300 one way! I have 2 operators giving it to me at R2000 one way and will pass that on to you if you are doing a drive with me, but please keep in mind that this is subject to availability. This is not available to you if you just want a transfer, and their normal individual rates are actually higher. I believe my return transfer rates for up to 4 pax are priced the best, as per this link. Affordable transfers logically books out 1st, and you are most welcome to use the main Operator based at Sun City - - Let me save you the time; OR Tambo to SC one way 2019 - 1 -2 pax @ R3030, plus R260pp for every additional, till 30 Nov 2019

1. Car rental. car 880 for 2 days, fuel R520, tolls R100, accommodation s @R650, d @ R800
1 pax - est @R2150 (car + acc) plus R5500 trip = R7650, also save 1 night acc Jo'burg
2 pax - est @R2300 (car + acc) plus R6600 trip = R8900, also save 1 night acc Jo'burg


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

Working with new pics are just too time consuming, so I only do it when I have free time! June 2019
Picture Gallery up to 2019
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 at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R5 000pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 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

Car Rental

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

Forex Sun City

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 based Tour and Transfer Operators

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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