Africa & the Middle East Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Pilanesberg or Kruger? Please comment on my itinerary!

Jump to last reply

Hi everyone,

I'll be going to South Africa in early April. I'll be in Pretoria for work and will then have 4-5 days for sightseeing. It's my first time in South Africa, and I know that's not much! So I turn to y'all, the forum experts, for advice.

My main priority is a safari. I've done them before but was never able to make it to Kruger. I'm thinking this is my opportunity - I'd like to do a 3-day tour in and out of Pretoria (I can't drive). But I know that Kruger is extremely far; I've heard it can take as much as 9 hours each way?? Especially if the tour has to pick up others.

So I'm wondering if I should give up on the Kruger idea and aim for Pilanesberg. Is it as spectacular, as full of life? I'm longing to see herds of giraffe and zebra and antelope and elephants, the occasional lion or cheetah, and even rhino, which I've never seen before! Is Pilanesberg comparable to Kruger? (I've heard it's got great birds, which is cool but not my priority)

And in either case, does anyone have recommendations for safari companies they have used??? I'm struggling to identify good ones online. Plus I'll need a company that can pick up/drop off in Pretoria.

Here is the tentative itinerary I've drawn up:

- Day 1: sightseeing in Pretoria
- Day 2 - Day 4: 3-day, 2-night safari to Kruger or Pilanesberg; drop off in Jo'burg; enjoy evening in Jo'burg
Day 5: Sightsee Jo'burg; evening flight home

I know that's cramped. Any comments or suggestions? Thanks so much!

11 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 Help with itinerary
  2. 2 how can I go to Iran ?
  3. 3 Trip Report Chimps, Gorillas and Camels- a Tale of Three Countries
  4. 4 Private Tour Recommendations To Erg Chebbi
  5. 5 Either Masai Mara or Serengeti in May 2015. Can I enjoy due to rains.
  6. 6 Wildlife camps in Kenya and Tanzania
  7. 7 What to bring as gift from U.S. for Moroccan family?
  8. 8 5 months in Africa - advice please?
  9. 9 A month in Africa - how to spend the time
  10. 10 2/3 Months in South/East Africa - Itinerary help please?
  11. 11 How to chose a safari tour company?
  12. 12 Help with Safari in mid range, Stellenbosch,
  13. 13 Need to Chose Camp in Botswana ASAP!
  14. 14 what kind of phone
  15. 15 Small group tours in israel
  16. 16 Where is the Bisotun ?
  17. 17 Trip Report Our hectic trek up Kilimanjaro and animal-filled safari in Tanzania!
  18. 18 Timbavati OR Kalahari
  19. 19 Iran Info, Please
  20. 20 1 month in southern Africa; how long in J'burg??
  21. 21 Safari on a budget!
  22. 22 fez accommodation
  23. 23 Gorilla Trekking with Churchill Safaris
  24. 24 Egypt safe travel
  25. 25 Rwanda for Gorillas....add on Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar?
View next 25 » Back to the top