Pretoria
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  • Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

    1. Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

    After morning pickup from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria, you’ll head out to the Lion Park. Your registered tour guide will take you on a tour through the Lion Park, a natural habitat only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, among other carnivores like the cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. You’ll also make a stop at Cub World, where you can cuddle baby lions. Afterwards, you’ll head in to Pretoria for a city tour. The capital of South Africa, Pretoria is home to a bevy of historic sites. Visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African government, and wander through the beautifully terraced gardens. Then it’s off to the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next on the itinerary is the Paul Kruger House Museum, w...

    Fantastic day with the balance between the historical sites of Pretoria & the amazing animals at the lion park. My guide Thabang from MoAfrika Tours was exceptional and imparted his knowledge of Pretoria & South Africa. Well organised. Pick up & drop off to motel in Pretoria. Comfortable vehicle with wifi.

  • Pilanesberg: Open-Vehicle Safari

    2. Pilanesberg: Open-Vehicle Safari

    Set off on a full-day safari in Pilanesberg National Park. This one-day safari in an open-top jeep will give you the opportunity to not only see, but also to snap close-up shots of some of the most famous inhabitants of the African savanna. The park covers an area of 55,000 hectares. More than 7,000 animals live in the park in a free and unobstructed environment. Pilanesberg is also home to all Big 5 (elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, and lion). Other animals you can find are zebra, giraffe, cheetah, hyena, hippopotamus, crocodile, jackal, wild cat, several antelopes, in addition to more than 300 species of birds; the list is endless. Pilanesberg offers more than 200 kilometers of safari roads and the excursions are guided by experienced guides who are always at your disposal, not only to answer your questions, but more importantly to ensure you have an incredible safari experience.

    From booking to getting dropped off at the end of the day the guide, Alex, was personable, friendly and incredibly knowledgable. I really don’t know what else could’ve been done to improve the experience. He switches languages with ease making sure everyone in the multinational group was kept informed. Thanks again Alex

  • Johannesburg: Private Pilanesberg National Park Safari

    3. Johannesburg: Private Pilanesberg National Park Safari

    Discover the “Big Five” of South Africa on a full-day safari tour of Pilanesberg National Park, just 2 hours from Johannesburg. Located in the Bonjanala region, adjacent to Sun City, Pilanesberg National Park is a 55,000-hectare game reserve, making it the 4th largest in South Africa. Depart from Johannesburg (or Pretoria) at 06:00 for the journey to the northwest province. Upon arrival at the 1,200-million-year old extinct alkaline volcanic crater (one of only 3 in the world) discover the beauty of Pilanesberg reflected in the Mankwe Dam. The area lies in a transition zone between the Kalahari Sandveld and the Lowveld. Due to this transition zone, an overlap of mammals, birds, and vegetation occurs. For instance, the red-eyed bulbul and black-eyed bulbul, which normally occur in separate areas, overlap. Marvel at the syenite koppies, thickly forested ravines, typical bushveld, rolling...

    Jason from Deeprift was our tour guide for the Johannesburg City Tour and the Pilanesberg National Park Full Day Safari. He was punctual, had refreshments readily available, the vehicle was both clean, spacious and his knowledge of the City was exceptional. On both occasions, he was well presented and ensured my colleagues and I was safe and out of harm’s way. The journey to Pilanesberg was the highlight of our trip; which was made that much entertaining by the flexibility of Jason and allowing us the opportunity to navigate and direct where we wanted to go and see - and as such I have absolutely no reservations in recommending Deeprift for your choice of tour guide.

  • Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

    4. Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Full-Day Safari from Johannesburg

    Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a full-day safari from Johannesburg. More than 7000 animals roam freely through Pilanesberg, and the park is home to all of the big five game animals (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos and lions). You may encounter zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, wild cats, various antelopes, as well as over 300 species of bird. On your tour you will enjoy 2 extensive game drives, conducted by an experienced tour guide. After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg between 6:00 AM and 6:30 AM, you will travel to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Upon arrival, your guide will take you on an exciting 2.5-hour morning safari in search of animals that inhabit the park.  During the heat of the day, you will enjoy lunch at one of the many rest camps in the Game Reserve. After lunch, you will depart on another 2.5-hour afte...

    Safari experience is one of the most moments I’ve enjoyed in life. Amazing, incredible to have wild life in front of us. Lifetime to remember for ever.

  • Pretoria: Cullinan Surface Diamond Mine Walking Tour

    5. Pretoria: Cullinan Surface Diamond Mine Walking Tour

    Explore the Cullinan Diamond Mine on a guided surface tour and discover the source of large, high-quality gem diamonds, including Type II stones, as well as being the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds. Cullinan earned its place in history with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3,106 carats, which was cut to form the two most important diamonds in the British Crown Jewels. Many of the world’s most famous diamonds herald from Cullinan, and it continues to produce world-class diamonds under Petra’s stewardship. The Cullinan orebody contains a major diamond resource of 195 Mcts, suggesting a potentially long life for the operation of +50 years. After visiting the mine, you will get the opportunity to visit the Cullinan Diamond Mine market for an unforgettable diamond and jewelry shopping experience.

    Wonderful experience, we enjoyed it alot. Our guide was very helpful, friendly and informative.

  • Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Tour with Carnivore Dinner

    6. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve Tour with Carnivore Dinner

    Discover the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, an established tourist destination in Johannesburg. Located in the northwest of Johannesburg, the park has some of the world's greatest species of wildlife. Join a small guided group tour perfect for families, friends, and adventure-seekers alike and spend 2 hours exploring the reserve. Get a chance to see the white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippopotamus, and other species that roam freely in the park. Come and say hello to the exotic animal species in their naturally enclosed habitats. Take part in a game drive through the park and try to spot lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, and others. With the help of your guide, search for scenic locations for the most incredible views of the reserve. Stopover for dinner at the Carnivore restaurant, the gastronomic destination of choice for tourists. Enjoy a selection of succulent, charcoal-grilled meats...

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What people are saying about Pretoria

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 169 reviews

I had some doubts before the tour, but as soon as I got into the open 4x4, it turned out to be amazing. I saw over 15 animals I think. The ones I remember are rhino, baboon, giraffe, tortoise, elephant, red hartebeest, steenbock, impala, black wildebeest, kudu and zebra. It wasn't just about seeing them but listening to the stories about these wild life. Everything was well-organised and I enjoyed a lot. Thanks.

We had with Alex a brilliant guide. Booked a portuguese tour by accident, however Alex speaks German fluently too. He as a guide made the drive to Pilanesberg to an adventure already. The game drive itself was amazing. Thanks Alex!

Safari experience is one of the most moments I’ve enjoyed in life. Amazing, incredible to have wild life in front of us. Lifetime to remember for ever.

Wonderful experience, we enjoyed it alot. Our guide was very helpful, friendly and informative.

Lions and Cheetahs up close. Very knowledgeable guide.