SUN CITY RESORT TOUR 

(Full day tour: ± 9 hours) 

Departure time: 7:00 am Daily

 

Sun City Resort is in the Pilanesberg in the North West Province and is one of the most remarkable destinations in Africa and is rated among the world’s most unusually conceived, and most lavish, inland resorts. The vast Sun City Resort complex, nearly 20 km in circumference, is an enormous, opulent extravaganza of luxurious hotels, glittering entertainment centres, restaurants, gaming rooms, shops, discos and extensive, beautifully landscaped grounds.

 


LION PARK TOUR

(Half day tour: ± 5 hours) 

Departure time: As arranged

 

The Lion & Safari Park is a home to over 80 lions including the rare white lions and many other carnivores such as South African cheetahCape wild doghyena and spotted hyenablack-backed jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area. In addition to the animal enclosures the new park has a children’s play area, restaurants, conference facilities and a retail centre within five small domes. 

The Lion Park offers some incredibly unique and exciting interactions with the wildlife and unlike most game parks, The Lion Park is open at night so tourists can enjoy night drives and see how differently the animals behave once the sun has gone down. The Cub World offers the rare opportunity to play, interact, and have your photograph taken with the lion cubs. You can also feed and pet the resident giraffe from an elevated platform, which puts you at eye level with the magnificent creature and guarantees an experience you won’t forget.


 

ELEPHANT SANCTUARY TOUR

(Half day tour: ± 5 hours) 

Departure time: As arranged

 

 

The Elephant Sanctuary  is an elephant sanctuary providing a safe haven and “halfway house” for African elephants. It provides fully guided interactive elephant educational programs covering elephant habits, dynamics, behavior and anatomy. It is surrounded by natural indigenous bush and is home to impala, klipspringer, baboons, porcupine, caracal, leopard, a host of other small mammals, 350 bird species and of course, six magnificent African Elephants. 

The Elephant Sanctuary Group has three operations which is at Hartbeespoort Dam near Pretoria, in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, and in Hazyview near the Kruger Park. The main focus of the sanctuary is to educate visitors about all aspects of elephants and elephant husbandry, with the vision to release elephants into an environment where they can be more independent.Visitors have the opportunity to touch, feed, walk trunk-in-hand with experienced guides.


ANN VAN DYK CHEETAH CENTRE TOUR 

(Half day tour: ± 5 hours) 

Departure time: 6:30 am and11:00 am

 

The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre is a captive breeding facility for South African cheetahs and other animals that is situated in the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range in the North West Province of South Africa. The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre was founded in 1971 by conservationist Ann van Dyk and is situated in Hartbeespoort, in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, about one hour’s drive from Johannesburg. If you appreciate game reserves in Gauteng then a day trip to the centre is well worth the drive, especially if you’re interested in getting to know more about this important cause.

The centre has played a crucial role in the protection of cheetahs in South Africa, and has managed to breed roughly 600 – an astounding achievement considering the cheetah population in South Africa was estimated at 700 when the De Wildt breeding programme first started. In 1986, the centre celebrated its first major success and received international recognition when the cheetah was removed from the South African endangered species list. A number of other creatures are also housed here including African wild dogs, brown hyenas, servals, suni antelopes, riverine rabbits and a population of vultures.


PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK TOUR

(Full day tour: ± 9 hours) 

Departure time: Daily as arranged


Pilanesberg National Park, or Pilanesberg Game Reserve as it is often called, is located in the Bojanala Region, within the North West Province and relatively near Johannesburg. With an area of 550km², it is the fourth largest park in South Africa.

The volcano crater in which the park is situated erupted 1300 million years ago making it the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world.

Some of the most beautiful scenery within the entire park can be viewed in the Mankwe Dam region. The dam is the largest body of water in the game reserve. This makes it the perfect place to spot a wide variety of animals. water-buck, wildebeest, zebra and impala are among the animals that make a stopover on the grassland bordering the dam.

For bird lovers, there is a bird hide very close to the water’s edge. Make sure you take note of the fish eagles, kingfishers and cormorants circling the dam. All of these places provide many a fantastic opportunity to photograph the plentiful array of fauna and flora.


 

THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Departure time: This is an overnight tour therefore everything is scheduled as arranged.

 

The Kruger National Park is one of Africa’s largest game reserves. Its high density of wild animals includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Hundreds of other mammals make their home here, as do diverse bird species such as vultures, eagles and storks. Mountains, bush plains and tropical forests are all part of the landscape.

 

The Kruger National Park lies across the provinces of Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the north of South Africa, just south of Zimbabwe and west of Mozambique. It now forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park – a peace park that links Kruger National Park with game parks in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and fences are already coming down to allow game to freely roam in much the way it would have in the time before man’s intervention. When complete, the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park will extend across 35 000 square kilometres, 58% of it South African, 24% Mozambican and 18% Zimbabwean territory.

 

This is the land of baobabs, fever trees, knob thorns, marula and mopane trees underneath which lurk the Big Five, the Little Five (buffalo weaver, elephant shrew, leopard tortoise, ant lion and rhino beetle), the birding Big Six (ground hornbillkori bustardlappet-faced vulturemartial eaglepel’s fishing owl and saddle-bill stork) and more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve.

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