Day Trips from Johannesburg to Nelspruit

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  • From Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

    1. From Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

    On this half-day tour, your tour guide will collect you from your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria and take the Lion Park, a natural habitat located not far outside of Johannesburg.  Upon arrival at the Lion Park, you will enjoy 1-hour open vehicle safari drive where you will have the opportunity to view these wonderful animals up close and personal. You will then visit Cub World where you can observe adorable baby lions. There will be a professional photographer who will capture the moments and you have the opportunity to purchase. You will then be driven back to your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria. 

    Great driver. Very friendly. Park was wonderful. Get up close to the big cats. Must do activity if in Johannesburg

  • Lion and Safari Park & Cradle of Humankind Full-Day Tour

    2. Lion and Safari Park & Cradle of Humankind Full-Day Tour

    Discover the Lion and Safari Park, an established tourist destination. The park offers a wealth of exciting activities including a 4x4 game drive for 1.5 hours. You have the opportunity to see a selection of animals including giraffe, ostriches and various other antelope species that roam freely in the park. The Lion and Safari Park is home to a vast selection of indigenous species. The park has a kids play area and food facilities. Amazing photo opportunities await around every corner in the park. Share your memories with friends and family. After visiting the Lion and Safari Park, continue to the Cradle of Humankind Sterkfontein Caves, here you can see the oldest hominid fossils from the cradle which are more than 3 million years old. Visit the exhibition centre, which showcases geological concepts such as cave formations and fossils of early life form. It is highly interactive and ...

    Great experience overall....most of all it was safe....vehicle clean and comfortable....excellent driver and tour guide....pick up on time....we really enjoyed the lions and going to cradle of mankind.

  • From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Full-Day Guided Tour

    3. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula Full-Day Guided Tour

    Get set for a full-day shared or private guided tour around the Cape Peninsula. Visit must-see spots such as Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chap Mans Peak, Simon's Town, the Cape of Good Hope, and so much for. The tour starts off with pickup at Cape Town hotels. The first stop of the tour is Camps Bay, known for its fine white sand, natural rock swimming pools, and views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains. Next, move on along the coastline and find yourself at Hout Bay situated in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula. After, prepare for a beautiful drive in Cape Town similar to a drive along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Spot scenic ocean views as you travel. Then, visit the Cape of Good Hope, the southernmost point of the African Continent. Take a funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse and enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. Later, head to ...

  • Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

    4. 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.

  • Cradle of Humankind: Shared Half-Day Tour

    5. Cradle of Humankind: Shared Half-Day Tour

    Experience the Cradle of Humankind on a half-day tour from Johannesburg. Have the unique opportunity to learn about stones and bones and wine and dine in tranquil surroundings in this region in South Africa, which is approximately 90 minutes' drive from the Johannesburg city Centre. Explore the world’s richest hominin site and home to 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils as well as an area home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of these are rare or endangered. Explore the caves on site including Sterfontein Caves where the 2.3 million year old fossil “Mrs Ples” was uncovered in 1947. Visit Maropeng Visitors Center, an exhibition full of fossils, tools and everything millions of years old. Back in Johannesburg, experience Sandton a well-known area in Gauteng and a main business hub. Sandton is known to be a wealthy and influential area where many of Johannesburg's to...

    Loved the tour. Our guide was like the best. Please get the tour in Portuguese (if you are from a Portuguese speaking country) :)

  • Pilanesberg: Open-Vehicle Safari

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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.

  • Johannesburg: Airport Transfer with City & Soweto Tour

    9. Johannesburg: Airport Transfer with City & Soweto Tour

    Meet your friendly driver at the arrivals halls of the airport then head to Johannesburg. Drive through the south suburbs before arriving in the city, home to an array of tall buildings built during the apartheid. As you explore, learn about the turbulent history of Johannesburg from your guide. Watch the city scenery disappear as you enter the township of Soweto, passing through the impressive power generators that dominate the skyline. Arrive at the famous Hector Pieterson Museum, and discover stories of the youth uprising in 1976. Next, visit the Mandela House Museum and retrace the life of the iconic Nelson Mandela. Hop back into the tour vehicle and begin the return journey to Johannesburg. Drive by the FNB stadium along the way, which hosted the opening and closing matches of the 2010 World Cup finals. At the end of an insightful adventure, enjoy drop-off to your city accommodati...

  • From Johannesburg: Full-Day Kruger National Park Safari

    10. From Johannesburg: Full-Day Kruger National Park Safari

    Following pick-up from your Johannesburg hotel, stop for breakfast in Middleburg before driving another 2 hours for a coffee stop in Nelspruit. From there, head straight to Kruger National Park to discover the Big 5 and other animal species. Depending on what time you arrive and weather conditions, either eat lunch before the afternoon game drive or take your lunch after. Begin your 3-hour drive around the park as you keep an eye out for the famous Big 5 among other unique animals. Following the safari, begin the drive back to Johannesburg.

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What people are saying about Johannesburg

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 497 reviews

Due to COVID we could not pet the lion cubs, we did however enjoy the park. Our 4 year old and 1 year old were very interested and enjoyed riding in the safari bus. Our driver Nick was very helpful and an excellent navigator. We would recommend this tour if you want to get up close and personal with some of the animals at the park. The Lions came right up to the bus!

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!

Great experience overall....most of all it was safe....vehicle clean and comfortable....excellent driver and tour guide....pick up on time....we really enjoyed the lions and going to cradle of mankind.

Great driver. Very friendly. Park was wonderful. Get up close to the big cats. Must do activity if in Johannesburg

Transport arrived on time - lovely driver who explained some of South African culture etc.