Johannesburg Safari Adventures – Wildlife Tours Near The City of Gold

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Johannesburg, being South Africa’s largest city, you don’t have to go far to get out on a safari. Most of the safaris depart and/or end in the city of gold.

There are bountiful safari parks and game reserves, including Big 5 game reserves near Johannesburg. Within a few hour’s drive of the city, you will be amidst a plethora of wildlife in one of South Africa’s top reserves.

The iconic Kruger National Park is within a couple of hours from the big city. However, you don’t have to go as far as that for an incredible safari experience. There are some other Big 5 reserves listed closer to Johannesburg, such as the Madikwe Game Reserve, Dinokeng Game Reserve, and Pilanesberg Game Reserve. These game reserves all offer a variety of fauna and flora.

Enjoy a day trip safari near Johannesburg, or look forward to exploring the bushveld for a few days further afield. We do recommend staying at least one night to experience the African bush at night.

Spot the famous Big Five, countless other animals and bird species in these selections of premium South African Safari packages.


  • See the Big five
  • Pick-up and drop-off
  • Open vehicle game drives
  • Professional safari guides

Know before you book:

  • Bring a sun hat and sunscreen
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes
  • Bring your camera

Baby elephant with her mother

When you’re looking to book a safari in one of the game reserves near Johannesburg, you will have an abundance of safari parks and game reserves to choose from. South Africa offers the ultimate wildlife adventure package.

From majestic landscapes to a plethora of wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitats. Explore the panoramic South African landscapes in some of the most popular nature reserves around. Enjoy nature walks and safari drives with an expert guide.

Safaris near Johannesburg Prices

The cost of safaris varies, once again, depending on what package you opt to choose and the duration you are going for. Safaris can start from around $90 USD (R1600) to $1200 USD (R22000).

Your safari prices will depend on what you would like to be included in your packages, such as beverages and snacks. Also, your ticket prices may differ according to what season you would like to visit in. During the high season, ticket prices will be higher than during the low rainy season.

Compare safari prices from different ticket providers below:

Safari in Johannesburg South Africa Tour Times

The duration of your safari will vary. This will depend on whether you choose to go on a safari for half or a full-day or opt for a few night’s stay. Safaris near Johannesburg can be around half an hour’s drive to up to 4 and a half hours.

For most safari tour packages, pick-ups and drop-offs are offered.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

South Africa can be visited throughout the year, but wildlife viewing is best during the dry season (May-September). At the end of the dry season (August-September) is the more popular time for wildlife viewing as water is scarce, and animals can be found near the waterholes.

In the middle of the dry season (June-August) it’s much colder. This sometimes makes early morning and evening game drives in the open vehicles feel a bit chilly.

For bird-watching enthusiasts, it’s best to go during the wet season (October-April), when migratory birds flock together.

Johannesburg Safari Options

Johannesburg offers guests the perfect base from which they can come and go from, and explore South Africa’s most popular game reserves. Let’s take a look at some of the best safaris near Johannesburg for a remarkable experience.

6-Day Luxury Kruger Park Safari


Guests can embark on a 6-day luxury safari in the Kruger National Park. Though the Kruger National Park is a 4 and a half-hour drive away from Johannesburg, it is one of the “must-see” places on a South African bucket list. One of Africa’s largest reserves, guests can expect only the best.

Enjoy a magical African sunset on a 3-hour sunset game drive at Balule Big Reserve. Indulge in a spectacular bush barbecue under the stars at the marula Tree Boma.

On the days to follow, guests can go on a 4-hour Big Five bush walk with a guide. Enjoy 2 days in the Kruger Park, a visit to Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, and enjoy a 3-hour game drive at the Motlala Game Reserve.

What we liked: This safari package is ideal for anyone looking to experience Africa’s largest game reserve in complete luxury.

  • Meals included
  • Entrance and conservation fees
  • Game drives and bush walks
  • Pick-up and drop-off

  • Gratuities
  • Beverages

This tour offers a truly magical experience in South Africa. Enjoy the African bushveld on a nature walk or one of the many game drives through the park and different reserves. You will leave this unforgettable experience with a lifetime of memories.

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2-Day 4-Star Johannesburg Safari Day-trip to Pilanesberg Safari

Take a 2-Day trip to the famous Pilanesberg Game Reserve to explore one of South Africa’s most fascinating landscapes. The driving distance from Johannesburg is around 2-3 hours from the Pilanesberg National Park.

See an abundance of animals totaling around 10 000 animals, including the “Big 5”, hippos, hyenas, cheetahs, wild cats, and much more. Not to mention embarking on an open-vehicle safari for a truly spectacular wildlife viewing.

Guests will enjoy their overnight 4-star accommodation in one of their opulent private lodges. This package includes a splendid day at South Africa’s famous Sun City for a truly unique experience.

Pst… Pilanesberg National Park is situated on an extinct volcano that is one of the world’s largest alkaline ring complexes.

What we liked: This 2-day safari tour is perfect for anyone wanting a luxury experience in South Africa. The ideal safari for honeymooners and romantics a like.

  • 2x open-vehicle safari’s
  • Overnight 4-Star accommodation
  • Entrance into Sun City
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Johannesburg

  • Extra Beverages
  • Gratuities

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve has become one of the most popular game reserves in South Africa, and for a good reason. It’s the perfect destination for any visitor looking for a truly authentic safari experience.

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1-Day Safari Johannesburg in Dinokeng

Embark on a full 7-hour Joburg safari day trip in the Dinokeng Game Reserve. It’s the closest game reserve to Johannesburg and is home to the Big Five.

Guests will enjoy a 2.5-hour safari on a 4X4 open game vehicle. You will be guided by an expert guide. Try and spot a variety of game including buffalo, elephant, rhino, lions, brown hyena, and many bird species.

Along the way, you will stop over and enjoy some snacks and beverages amidst the wildlife. After your spectacular expedition around the reserve, you will be able to enjoy a delicious lunch at the local restaurant.

What we liked: This safari is perfect for anyone looking for a luxury visit to one of South Africa’s premium game reserves.

  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 2.5-hour open safari

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Alcoholic drinks

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8.8Expert Score
The outer edges of Johannesburg offer a vast range of Africa’s most famous animals, just waiting to be observed. Spot the notorious Big 5, and explore South Africa’s indigenous flora and fauna. Opt-in for a half or full-day tour from the city or stay overnight for an unforgettable South African experience.
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 Adventures – Wildlife Tours Near The City of Gold


Wheelchair accessible


+- 2 days


Dependant on tour option



Meals & Drinks

meals are provided


Pick-up and drop-off done

Suitable For

Couples, Healthy persons, Groups

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