Optional DESRIST2023 Group Excursion to the Pilanesberg National Park
A visit to the Pilanesberg National Park and Big 5 Game Reserve. This is South Africa’s 4th largest National Park. The excursion includes:
Bus transfer from the Future Africa Campus in Pretoria to the Pilanesberg National Park near Rustenburg (180km) and return. Including beverages and snacks.
Two x 3-hour game drives on open 4 x 4 game drive vehicle with a professional wildlife tour guide. We hope to spot the Big 5 on this excursion, including lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo.
Lunch includes a beverage and an educational talk by the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust on their efforts to protect the resident rhino population. (Please note: The buffet lunch and educational talk can only be offered if a Minimum of 20 people register and pay for the excursion) If fewer than 20 people register for the excursion we will have lunch at the PIlanesberg Rest Area)
Excursion Date: Saturday, 3 June 2023
Price: R 3750.00 per person
Reservations: Reservations and payments by Friday, 28 April 2023 on the registration site. (The registration website will open mid-February 2023). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org should you require any additional information. (Accompanying persons and children are welcome).
The Pilanesberg National Park and game reserve is located north of Rustenburg in the North-West Province of South Africa. (This is a Malaria Free area). The game reserve is home to the Big Five game animals – including lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopards. The game reserve has an area of 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi) and is the fourth largest national game reserve in South Africa.
The reserve has a rich variety of southern African plant and wildlife including most of the large animal species of southern Africa – such as lions, elephants, black rhinos, white rhinos, Cape buffaloes, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. The reserve is also home to brown hyenas and wild dogs. The Pilanesberg National Park is home to more than 50 species of large mammals and many smaller species. The diversity of birdlife is also excellent with over 360 species having been recorded.
The area lies in the root zone of an extinct volcano, and is defined by alternating ridges and valleys forming concentric rings created by volcanic eruptions some 1,200 million years ago – a geological formation that rises abruptly in the form of hills 300–600 metres (980–1,970 ft) above the surrounding plains.
The Pilanesberg is named for chief Pilane of the Kgafêla people, who ruled from Bogopane, Mmamodimokwana and eventually Mmasebudule during the 1800s. It is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its type in the world, the rare rock types and formations make it a unique geological feature.
Meet at the main entrance to the Future Africa Complex
07:00 – 09:15
Depart by bus from Future Africa and transfer to the Pilanesberg National Park. (180km – Approximately 2 Hrs and 15 Min.)
09:15 – 10:00
Arrive at the Pilanesberg National Park, Bakubung Gate. Transfer from the bus to Game Drive Vehicles
10:00 – 11:30
Game Drive with a Professional Guide in the Pilanesberg National Park (1,5 Hrs)
11:30 – 11:45
Leg stretch – Coffee and Rusks
11:45 – 13:15
Game Drive with a Professional Guide in the Pilanesberg National Park (Continued 1,5 Hr)
Arrive at the Wallows for lunch and an Educational talk by a representative from the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust – “Save our Rhino”
Game Drive with a Professional Guide in the Pilanesberg National Park (Continued 1, 5 Hrs)
16:00 – 16:15
16:15 – 17:45
Game Drive with a Professional Guide in the Pilanesberg National Park (Continued 1,5 Hr).
17:45 – 18:00
Transfer from the Game Drive Vehicles to the bus and return to the Future Africa Campus in Pretoria. Game Drive ends at the Bakubung Gate (Pilanesberg National Park closes at 18:00)
18:00 – 20:15
Depart by bus from Pilanesberg National Park and transfer to Future Africa Campus in Pretoria. (180 km – Approximately 2 Hrs and 15 Min.)
- A warm jacket and a beanie (Average temperatures in May/June vary from 7°C/45°F during early mornings to 23°C/73°F in the afternoons).
- Sunscreen, sunhat, and sunglasses
- Insect repellent (this is not a Malaria Area – there are however other mosquitos and insects)
- Bus transfers from the Future Africa Campus to the Pilanesberg National Park and Return
- Breakfast Muffins (2), Juice and Water (on the bus)
- Pilanesberg National Park Entrance Fees
- 6-Hour Game Drive in 4×4, open Game Drive vehicles with a Professional Guide
- Lunch and one soft drink (A cash bar is available at the lunch venue should you wish to purchase any other beverages) (The details of the lunch menu are provided below)
- Tea/coffee and Rusks during the morning break and bottled water on the vehicle.
- Bottled water on the afternoon game drive.
- Snacks, juice and a bottle of water for the return journey on the bus.
Please note: The buffet lunch and educational talk can only be offered if a Minimum of 20 people register and pay for the excursion) If fewer than 20 people register for the excursion we will have lunch at the Pilanesberg National Park Rest Area.
Wallow Lite Lunch Menu
- Crusty Ciabata loaves
- Variety of freshly prepared Salad Platters
- Tomato, Basil & Parmesan Phyllo Tart
- Chicken Cordon Bleu fillets in creamy wine sauce served with rice and mixed vegetables
- Thai Beef Noodle Stir-fry
- Spinach & Feta Pancake Bake served with parmesan
- Lemon Cheese Cake
- Cheese Platter served with melba & crackers
- Tea and Coffee served with chocolate sweet treat
Additional tours and excursions
Ulysses Travel offer a host of excursions and tours across the country. For more information on their tours visit https://www.ulysses.co.za/tours/The discount code: DESRIST2023 can be applied to any activities booked via their website and will give you a 5% discount on any booking.