Sun City and the Pilanesberg

Duration: 6 Days
Tour Type: Self Drive
Departs: Pretoria
Returns: Johannesburg

Enjoy a night in the Jacaranda City of Pretoria before setting off to experience the thrill of Sun City and a perfectly indulgent Safari in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Daily Planner
Day One

On arrival at OR Tambo International airport, collect your hired vehicle and make your way to Illyria Hotel in Pretora.

A magnificent villa with sweeping views across the treetops of the historical Jacaranda City, Pretoria. Set in tranquil gardens, teeming with birds, it is no wonder that Illyria is often referred to as a "little paradise". Upon entering through the wrought iron gates, a fairytale ambience, reflecting the epitome of gracious and romantic living unfolds, complete with white gloved butlers discreetly working their magic to please. Services rendered by your personal butler include organizing historical tours, sports activities, country picnics, individualized shopping outings and transfers to attractions in the city and surrounding areas.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation Illyria House

Unrivalled personalized service, exclusivity and luxury are a given at this intimate haven. Fine antiques, 17th century tapestries, soft classical music and exquisite cuisine have contributed to Illyria's standing as a sought-after oasis of tranquil

Vehicle Classic Sedan
Day Two

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before setting off to Sun City. Located in South Africa's North West Province, but only a 2 hour drive from Pretoria, Sun City is a vibrant mix of entertainment, watersports, golf, gambling and family fun - a lush and tropical fantasyland deep in the African bushveld.

Spend time at The Valley of Waves at Sun City, the most advanced Water Park in South Africa and enjoy hours of entertainment beneath the warm South African sun. A host of watersports and outdoor activities can be enjoyed while at the Sun City Resort. Try Waterskiiing and parasailing on the lake at Waterworld as well as enjoying a sunset cruise. Tennis, squash, horseriding and mountain biking are also all on offer and the resort boasts a series of well laid out jogging trails. Accommodation will be at the Cascades Hotel. Enjoy dinner at the elegant Peninsula restaurant in tranquil surroundings and overlooking cascading water-features.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation The Cascades

The sophisticated and elegant Cascades Hotel is a favourite amongst Sun City regulars and is set in lush tropical gardens with a myriad of water features and tropical birds. The Cascades Hotel provides a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the re

Day Three

Spend the day enjoying the activities on offer.

Enjoy your evening meal at the relaxed Santorini Restaurant which serves sumptuous Mediterranean style meals in its blue and white poolside setting.

Enjoy an evening extravaganza, as well as trying your hand at Blackjack or the Slot machines.

Meals Breakfast
Accommodation The Cascades
Day Four

After a leisurely breakfast make your way to the malaria-free, Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The reserve is situated in the crater of a long extinct volcano, one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. It's rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The Pilanesberg reserve has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites that are scattered throughout the park. The Park ranks among the largest of the national parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets.

The creation of the Pilanesberg National Park is considered one of the most ambitious programes of its kind to be undertaken anywhere in the world. The Operation Genesis, which involved the game-fencing of the reserve and the reintroduction of long-vanished species, began during the late 70's. Today, Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa. It is also home to the Big Five. Accommodation will be at Tshukudu Bush Lodge. The Lodge offers a perfectly indulgent Safari experience, where you will be able to track down the Big Five on game walks or drives.

Meals All Meals
Accommodation Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Built high on a hilltop, Tshukudu offers sweeping views of the Pilanesberg. Accommodation is in one of six luxurious cottages, ensuring personalized service and attention to detail. The cottages are tastefully decorated in an African theme, and each one

Day Five

Enjoy a full day of Game viewing in open vehicles or on a walking safari, accompanied by experienced field guides. Spend time relaxing at the Rock plunge pool. After a late afternoon Game Drive settle down for an evening of fine dining, enjoy food of international standard and African flavor accompanied by wine from their splendid selection. Ponder the silence by a blazing fire before your retire to your luxurious suite.

Accommodation Tshukudu Bush Lodge
Day Six

After an early morning game drive and breakfast, make your way back to Johannesburg's OR Tambo Airport for an onward flight to other thrilling areas of this beautiful country.

Meals Breakfast
Mark Page
  • Game viewing in 4 x 4 open vehicles
  • Mix of entertainment at Sun City - a pure fantasyland
  • Malaria free Pilanesberg Game Reserve
  • Fairytale ambience of your hotel in Pretoria
  • Safari Walks
  • Lush tropical gardens with a myriad of water features and tropical birds
  • View the Big Five
Includes Accommodation, meals and Game Drives in the Pilanesberg, car hire.

Excludes Items of a personal nature.
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