Going on safari is one of the highlights when visiting South Africa, and Johannesburg safari tours are arguably some of the best in the country. There are several game reserves near Johannesburg that boast incredible wildlife – including the famous Big Five – for travelers to enjoy.
Here we explore some of the best Joburg safari options including a full and half-day safari in Kruger National Park, a safari in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a lion park and even a magical hot air balloon safari! Take your pick from the following amazing options, depending on your preferences.
Make sure that you pack your sunblock, your water bottle and a sun-savvy hat as things are about to get wild!
Know before you book:
- Pack sun-protective gear such as sunglasses, a hat and sunblock
- Depending on the number of participants in your group, you may join another group to fill the tour
- These tours are not wheel-chair friendly
- Discover the magnificence of the Big Five in the African wilderness
- Explore a birder’s paradise with over 370 species of birds to spot
- All transport fees are included in the cost
Get up close and personal with incredible African wildlife on safari. Boasting some of the most diverse and authentic wildlife encounters are the large number of game reserves in Gauteng. Safari in the famous Kruger National Park has a history that extends back as far as the 1920s!
Today, there are a variety of game lodges in Gauteng to suit a wide range of budgets and preferences. From luxury lodges that offer all-inclusive packages, to smaller reserves that offer half-day or full-day experiences. Two popular nature reserves in Gauteng are the Pilanesberg and the Kruger National Park, both which offer unparalleled safari experiences.
If you want a truly spectacular experience, you can also choose to go on a hot air balloon ride. This is an awesome way to scout for wildlife from high up in the air as the early morning sun rises.
If you find yourself in another part of South Africa, but still want to experience the wonder of an African safari – we have just the plan. Check out our deals on safaris near Cape Town.
Johannesburg Safari Prices 2019
If you want to discover what a safari from Johannesburg includes, you can choose from a variety of options depending on your budget. One option is a Kruger National Park full-day tour from as little as $64 USD (R940). Alternatively, you can book a more inclusive, full-day tour in Pilanesberg for $210 USD (R3,080).
The great thing about safari is that you can choose between an option of sessions. Typically, you will have the choice of a morning, afternoon or full-day safari tour. These specifics will be confirmed by the tour provider.
Monday – Sunday: 6:30 am – 6 pm
Best time to go
The best time to go on safari is either early morning or late evening when the air is cool and the animals are not avoiding the heat of the day. It is also more comfortable for guests to go on a safari drive during these times, as midday can get uncomfortably hot.
Safari Game Reserves Near Johannesburg
Everyone’s itinerary and budget is different, which can make it tricky recommending only one of the many tours for a safari in Johannesburg. Here we’ll give the pros and cons of a full-day tour to Pilanesberg Game Reserve (our recommended option). As well as a highlight summary of the lion and safari park half-day tour, Kruger National Park full-day and afternoon safari and a surreal hot air balloon safari.
Full-Day Pilansberg Game Reserve Safari
A full day safari in Pilanesberg Game Reserve promises an incredible and memorable day out in the African wilderness. Enjoy a game drive through an extinct mega volcano and keep your eyes peeled for the iconic Big Five!
If you enjoy bird watching, you are in for an extra-large treat. The Pilansberg Game Reserves boasts over 370 species of birds, so you better clean the lenses of your binoculars and cameras.
Pilanesberg is a short 2,5 hours from the bustling city of Johannesburg, making a safari here a great escape. This tour is focused on providing a hassle-free safari experience and includes all transport logistics and fees in the cost.
Lunch and park fees are also included in the price which means that all there is left for you to do is to kick back, relax, and spot as many animals as possible!
- All transport
- Park fees
- Included activities
- Bottled water
- Drinks and snacks
This full day tour through the Pilanesberg Game Reserve promises to be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Make sure that you charge your cameras the night before, as there will be plenty to see!Check Price & Book
Full-Day Kruger National Park
The full-day Kruger National Park safari tour is a great option for travelers wanting to discover the Big Five on a budget. The experienced guide and tracker are incredible at pointing out hidden animals and sharing golden nuggets of information.
- Full-day open-top vehicle safari tour
- Qualified guide
- Bottle of water
- Pick up and drop off
- Park entrance and conservation fee
- Travel insurance
Kruger Afternoon Sunset Safari
One of the best times to go on a safari game drive is in the late afternoon when the temperatures drop and the wildlife venture out from their shady hideouts. The afternoon sunset safari tour in Kruger National Park shares two of Africa’s marvels with guests – a magnificent sunset and a plethora of biodiversity and wildlife!
- Half-day safari (4-5 hours)
- Qualified guide
- Blankets and rain ponchos
- Bottle of water
- Safari-sighting journal
- Coffee and/or tea
- Park entrance and conservation fee
Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour
If you are sitting in the bustling city of Johannesburg thinking, “which are the closest lodges near me for safari?” then look no further than the Lion and Safari Park! Located a short 60 kilometers away from Johannesburg, the Lion and Safari Park offers a fun and entertaining safari experience for the whole family – without the long drive.
- Pick-up and drop-off from Johannesburg/Pretoria accommodation
- Entrance fee
- Guided safari
- Food and drink
Balloon Safari in Magaliesburg
The early morning balloon safari is an unreal, magical experience that is highly recommended for couples. Enjoy sweeping views of the African landscape from way up high, while floating in a beautiful balloon. Indulge in a delectable champagne breakfast when your feet touch the ground once again (although your heart will still be in the clouds).
- Pick-up and drop-off
- Champagne breakfast
- Hot air balloon safari
- Food and drink – other than specified
- Transportation if you do not choose the option
- A variety of options to choose from
- Pick either a morning, afternoon or full-day tour
- Transport is typically included
- Not wheelchair friendly
- Travel is required
Specification: Best Safari Near Johannesburg 2019 (Game Lodges, Nature Reserves) – Tickets n Tour
Not wheelchair accessible
Bottle of Water, Experienced guide, Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks, Gratuities
|Meals & Drinks|
Hotel pick-up (on select tours)
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