Looking for an interesting safari experience? Try a hot air balloon safari in one of South Africa's most underrated national parks, Pilanesberg. Pilanesberg National Park is the result of a long extinct volcano. The crater, which houses the park, is millions of years old and is very unique in it's makeup. Because of it's location and formation a wide variety of vegetation developed. Consequently, this attracted a wide variety of birds and animal species to which it now calls home. Apart from the BIG 5 you can also find cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, jackal and a diverse number of antelope and bird species.
- Hotel/Airport pick-up and drop-off (Greater Johannesburg area)
- Air conditioned transport
- 3 days, 2 nights camping/safari tent/chalet/luxury lodge
- Variety of guided game drives
- 1x Open vehicle game drive (3x when booking luxury lodge)
- 1x Hot air balloon safari
- Meals as per itinerary (Breakfasts up to R125, Dinners up to R200), all meals in luxury lodge
- Exclusive use of a professional tour guide
- Lunches & drinks
- Items of a personal nature
- Rhino Tracking
- Quad Biking
We depart Johannesburg at 08:00 for the park. The drive is a mere 2.5 hours and on arrival we take 30 minutes to settle in to our accommodation before we go hunting for the big 5! Lunch will be at a picnic spot within the park. We can relax but still enjoy the peacefulness of nature around us. We'll return to camp for a brief rest if the heat of the day is too much before departing for an afternoon drive once again. Dinner this evening will be at the restaurant.
The highlight of the tour starts this morning as we book you onto an early morning hot air balloon ride! What could be better than viewing wildlife while riding high among the clouds? The flight is approximately an hour and on landing, sparkling wine is served. A leisurely game drive is then taken through the park to the game lodge where breakfast is served, after which guests are returned to their chalet. We take some well deserved rest time before a late afternoon game drive or alternatively visit the Sun City Resort (additional cost). Dinner at the restaurant this evening and then lights out!
We like being flexible for our guests. An early morning game drive is ideal today but if you prefer to sleep in we can arrange a mid morning drive instead. We'll grab a well deserved mid morning breakfast upon return to camp. We pack up and clear out of our accommodation and say goodbye as we head back to Johannesburg. Before arriving back we will pop in at one of the various craft markets en route, in case you want a few souvenirs. Tour ends.