Johannesburg Safari Day Trips | Best Safari Packages for 2020

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Consistently voted as one of the top safari destinations around the world – South Africa is home to an abundance of wildlife right at your doorstep.

South Africa is an incredibly versatile destination. From cosmopolitan cities to picturesque coastal villages, and a plethora of wildlife. It boasts incredible landscapes that provide dramatic contrasts for its visitors to experience.

Try spot the famous Big 5, along with many other animals, and hundreds of bird species in our selection of reserves near Johannesburg.

South Africa is a world-class safari destination. Perfect for the entire family, magical for romantic honeymooners, and exhilarating for adventurers. Here’s a list of the best Joburg Safari day trips.


  • See the famous Big-5 roaming free
  • A chance to experience the abundant wildlife South Africa has to offer
  • Game drives conducted with a knowledgeable and passionate game ranger

Know before you book:

  • Ensure you bring along sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Bring your camera

A one day safaris from Johannesburg is the quintessential way to spend an extra day around Johannesburg. Treat yourself to the ultimate wildlife adventure – a one day African Safari.

Go on an expedition to view animals in their natural environment in one of South Africa’s most popular nature reserves. Enjoy the phenomenal scenery of animals roaming freely in their natural habitats with a qualified ranger.

Explore and learn about the various animal and plant species that thrive in the park.

Day Trip Safari Prices from Johannesburg

The cost of safaris can start from around $80 USD (R1,400 ZAR) to $180 USD (R3,310 ZAR) per day. This is dependent on the duration of your safari and where you would be going. Also, what you would like to include on your trips, such as lunch or snacks.

Keep in mind ticket prices vary according to high or low seasons, and the influx of visitors during these times.

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Johannesburg Safari Tour Times

The duration and time of your safari will vary depending on whether you opt for a full-day trip or a half-day trip. Also, how far your safari will be from Johannesburg.

For day trips from Johannesburg, pick-ups and drop-offs are usually offered with the package.

Best Time to Go on a Safari Johannesburg day trip

The best time to visit South Africa’s reserves is typically from May to September. This is during the dry season when animals gather in substantial numbers around waterholes and rivers.

During the wet season from October to April, the landscape turns a beautiful green. Its the best time for bird watching, when migratory birds are present.

Johannesburg Safari Day Trip Options

Johannesburg offers the perfect base from which to explore many of South Africa’s popular nature reserves. With wildlife on your doorstep, why not take a drive out of town to world-class reserves and explore nature’s natural beauty?

There are many remarkable safari day trips from Johannesburg, and here is our favorite.

Full-Day Safari to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve from Johannesburg


Enjoy a full-day safari from Johannesburg to the Pilanesberg National Park.

As a Big-5 Reserve 2.5 hours from Johannesburg, it’s the perfect destination for anyone wanting an authentic safari experience.

On your day trip, you will enjoy two game drives in search of animals around the reserve, conducted by a knowledgeable guide. During the heat of the day, guests can enjoy a delightful lunch at one of the lodges.

What we liked: This one day safari is ideal for anyone wanting to experience the abundant wildlife that Pilanesberg has to offer.

  • Two 2.5-hour open vehicle game drives
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Johannesburg
  • Lunch included

  • Extra drinks
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities

Pilanesberg Nature reserve is home to more than 7000 animals, including the famous Big 5, and 360 bird species. Guests can expect a thrilling game viewing in a malaria-free environment.

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Kruger National Park day tours from Johannesburg

Discover the Kruger National Park and its splendors on a full-day safari expedition from Johannesburg. Explore the landscape and spot wildlife around one of Africa’s largest reserves, with a knowledgeable game ranger.

With an abundance of wildlife to see, begin your 3-hour game drive in an open 4×4 safari vehicle.

Get your cameras ready and keep a lookout for the famous Big 5. The park is home to all of them: elephants, buffalos, leopards, lions, and rhinos. Not to mention an abundance of other fauna and flora.

With so much on offer, a full-day Kruger National Park safari will leave you with an unforgettable experience. Capture boastful wildlife photographs and have beautiful African wildlife encounters.

What we liked: Enjoy a full-day safari at renowned Kruger National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for the Big 5 and other unique animals in one of Africa’s largest reserves.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Johannesburg
  • 3-hour game drive

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra beverages

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Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg

If you’re a big cat lover and visiting Johannesburg, look no further than this half-day trip from Johannesburg.

Enjoy a 1-hour spectacular safari inside the Lion Park. You will have the opportunity to see these majestic animals up close and personal. Visit the Cub World, where you can see baby lions playing.

You will have a professional guide to take you around the park. You’ll also observe not only lions but zebras, giraffes, gemsbok, and other animals.

What we liked: This half-day tour is ideal for anyone looking to get up close to one of Africa’s big cats.

  • Half-day tour of Lion Park
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Johannesburg
  • 1-hour open vehicle safari game drive

  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Beverages

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Dinokeng Game Reserve day trip from Johannesburg

Situated on the outskirts north of Pretoria, Dinokeng occupies the glorious free-roaming Big Five game. In addition, you will be able to spot giraffes, brown hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards.

Enjoy a two and a half hour safari on a 4×4 open vehicle as you explore South Africas bushy game reserve. On your safari, you will get to stop over and enjoy some snacks amidst the wildlife and beautiful views of the landscape.

What we liked: This day trip is ideal for anyone looking to get a truly authentic African experience.

  • Lunch, and snacks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Johannesburg
  • 3-hour game drive

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra beverages

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8.8Expert Score
From Johannesburg, there are plenty of safari parks and game reserves all within a four-hour drive of the city. Half-day or full-day trippers can head to these reserves to spot the famous Big Five, countless other animals, and hundreds of bird species. Explore South Africa’s finest selection of safari parks near Johannesburg for a magical day trip.
Value for money
Level of activity
  • Some meals included
  • Game drives with 4x4 open vehicles
  • Game rangers are expert guides
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off in Johannesburg
  • Lunch only provided on selected tours
  • Some park fees are not included

Specification: Johannesburg Safari Day Trips | Best Safari Packages for 2020


Wheelchair accessible


Half-Day, Full-day







Meals & Drinks

meals are provided

Suitable For

Couples, Families, Groups

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  1. Anonymous

    Highly recommend this day trip. The park guides were lovely and funny! Pick up was a bit late but overall things ran on time. Note this has the CLOSED (minibus) option in the afternoon. To receive the OPEN (game viewer) option in the evening, you will need to pay 300 rand which is fine but kinda strange the way the driver calls you out in the middle of the group. This could have been handled more professionally.

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  2. Anonymous

    This day was truly spectacular from start to finish. We were spoilt with animal sightings which were breathtaking and were led by a knowledgeable tour guide; however, in the afternoon we broke down with a tyre puncture in the middle of the bush. Unfortunately and inexplicably, the driver did not have a radio/intercom system in the vehicle and was unable to change the vehicle tyre. The driver had to temporarily abandon us in the bush to seek help. Thankfully he returned with another vehicle and was able to get us safely back to base. However, we did have sympathy for him. The vehicle provided was unfit for purpose and this issue needs to be addressed. I understand that companies have a profit to make but this should not come at the expense of the safety of tourists. This incident aside, the day was incredible with the added experience of being stranded in the bush temporarily…more than we bargained for!

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  3. Anonymous

    It was most amazing tour we have ever done. Seen animals in their own habitat rather than zoo. Our toue guides were very knowledgeable. We learn a lot about different types of animals. Highly recommended.

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  4. Anonymous

    A wonderful time was had by my wife and I during the safari. It was worth the time and money. We saw 4 of 5 of the Big Five, including a leopard. The highlight of the tour was our vehicle being chased by an elephant. Yes it really did happen!!!!

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  5. Anonymous

    In the morning the vehicle safari drive was good. In the afternoon it was not a vehicle safari drive. I was wondering why the morning guide would be over and a different guide, but no one was there. We were guided by a pick-up car from the hotel and its driver. I was expecting a vehicle safari drive. Another group on the same day was a vehicle safari drive with the same guide in the morning and afternoon. Why is this difference? I don't understand. I want half my money back if possible. When you apply for this tour, make sure you have a one-day vehicle safari drive.

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  6. Anonymous

    The guide was nice, the pick up/drop off times was within their window. I personally can’t blame the tour company for the lack of wildlife. There’s a full disclaimer that you may not see all of the Big 5. It was briefed to us upon arrival that the lions don’t come out in the heat and only show up early morning and/or late evening. Keep in mind the tour is from 0900-1500. Driving around for 6 hours becomes boring after awhile and seeing the SAME animals. This tour should really end at noon directly after lunch. All the animals we seen from 9-12 we seen from 1-3 as well. This tour isn’t a must see in my honest opinion. Aware each experience is different and this was mine.

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  7. Anonymous

    We had booked for a one day safari tour with this tour operator through Viator. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to go for the tour. We wrote in and called the tour operator to inform them on the above and we understand verbally that we will be able to utilized the paid fee for the safari tour on another date. Thereafter we wrote in twice to follow up on the status of the open ticket for the paid amount but till-to-date, after 4 days, we have yet to hear from the tour operator. It is quite a let down given that we had duly informed them about the tour cancellation prior to the tour date. Hope the tour operator would get back to us in no time.

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  8. Anonymous

    Absolutely amazing! Certainly ticked off my bucket list. The team are so friendly and helpful and the views from the balloon are breathtaking. Cannot recommend this highly enough.

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  9. Anonymous

    Everyone was very friendly helpful and we had so much to talk about and to see the sights was amazing and our guide knew what he was doing thank you to each and every one it was lovely.

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  10. Anonymous

    The safari was well organised with a superb breakfast at the end of the ride. The pilot took great care to get us safely to the destination.

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  11. Anonymous

    Fantastic experience. This was our first time experiencing a hot air balloon. The captain (Marc) was very adept and explained everything as he went along. I would definitely go again with these folks

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  12. Anonymous

    Willie was awesome! Very informative and was very respectful to our needs for a group of 4.

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  13. Anonymous

    Awesome time with Tristan. He was very patient in driving us unlike others who drove fast which would make spotting the animals impossible. Super awesome time, quite a long drive, but worth it. Highly recommended for day trippers.

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  14. Anonymous

    It was amazing, I get to see zebras, hyenas, lions, elephants, giraffes and few animals more, but it is important to be aware that it is not a zoo and you may not be able to see all animals I did't get to see leopards nor rhinos.

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  15. Anonymous

    The tour guide was great but we did not get to see much, it's better to spend a day there or just going for the day.

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  16. Lisa – United States

    Kathryn was a great enthusiastic guide! Pointed out all the wildlife we could find and was knowledgeable about some plants. She didn't rush us with pictures and let us be amazed by the giraffe and elephants as long as we wanted. Hotel pick up and drop off was very convenient!

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  17. Sandra – South Africa

    Lo mejor de mi viaje a South Africa fue el safari, la Van nos recogió a tiempo el conductor muy amable, nos sentimos muy seguros Cuando llegamos nos presentaron el guía y listos para la aventura Recomiendo altamente el carro abierto tiene mejor vista y se puede sentir los sonidos de los animales Vi todos mi preferidos los elefantes son muy tiernos El guía nos enseñó mucho sobre cada animal regresamos en la tarde felices es una experiencia que vale su precio

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  18. Hanna – South Korea

    I had some doubts before the tour, but as soon as I got into the open 4×4, it turned out to be amazing. I saw over 15 animals I think. The ones I remember are rhino, baboon, giraffe, tortoise, elephant, red hartebeest, steenbock, impala, black wildebeest, kudu and zebra. It wasn't just about seeing them but listening to the stories about these wild life. Everything was well-organised and I enjoyed a lot. Thanks.

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  19. Ivan – United States

    This is a very late review but we took this tour back in August 2019 and it was amazing! We were picked up and dropped off at our AirBnB in Marloth Park. We saw 4/5 of the Big 5 (we saw all 5 the next day with a self drive) but overall was a great experience! The guide was very knowledgable and answered everyone's questions. Would definately recommend to anyone wanting a guided tour for the full safari experience!

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  20. stephen – Ireland

    I came over from ireland i had never been to a lion park before even though i lived in Johannesburg for 19 years .i enjoyed every minute of the tour . The staff are very professional . Our tour guide was Dusty and she was excellent she explained everything about the animals .She is very knowledgeable and i would highly recommend her.we were collected and brought back to our hotel .the driver was excellent and chatted with us on the way also very professional.I definitely would recommend this safari .

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  21. Alexis – South Africa

    Amazing Safari After having an unfortunate event take place during the first week of my time in SA, I booked this tour last minute and it was the best decision I made. My tour guide Emmah who works for MoAfrika was absolutely brilliant, really chatty and friendly and has such a heart. I got to play with Cubs and then into a safari van to visit the lions, wild dogs and cheetahs, we saw them playing, we heard them roar. It was magnificent! Really made the last few days of my holiday one to remember, I cannot thank this company enough. They did everything they could to ensure it was a pleasant day.

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