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Pilanesberg National Park

Transfers to Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City
Transfers from OR Tambo, Sandton, Rosebank, Lanseria Airport
  Rates 1 Oct 2016 valid for next 4 months, but subject to availability.
Subject to immediate change when radical fuel increases but will honor quotes already given

Transfers only: charged per vehicle: 2016 - Rates are nett, so not commisionable
Johannesburg, Sandton, Rosebank, Fourways, Randburg, ORTambo Airport - Sun City / Pilanesberg National Park:
Sedan (1 - 3 pax) R2400 one way - Return same or different day @ R3600 - Opel Zafira, can take 3 adults, or 2 adults + 2 kids
Kombi no aircon (4 - 7 pax) R 3 000
- Return same or different day @ R4 500
Rates apply to Sun City Hotels, Kwa Maritane Lodge and Manyane Resort.
Add R100 for each leg if transferring to/from Bakubung/Tshukudu and Ivory Tree Lodge, as well as Bakgatla Resort.
Add R200 for each leg if transferring to/from Shepherds Tree Lodge, as well as Sundown Ranch.

Add R400 for each leg if transferring to/from Black Rhino Lodges, as well as Kedar Country Lodge.
Deduct R100 for each leg if transferring to/from Lanseria Airport.
Deduct R100 for each leg if transferring to/from Pretoria Central, but only R50 if Centurian or Silver Lakes areas.
i.e
Return transfer from Lanseria to Shepherds Tree Lodge to ORTambo for 2 pax will set you back R3500 - R100 Lanseria + 2 x R200 Shepherds = R3800
Return transfer from Pretoria to Sun City to ORTambo for 2 pax will set you back R3500 - R100 Pretoria = R3400
Return transfer from Sandton to Bakubung Lodge to ORTambo for 2 pax will set you back R3500 + 2 x R100 Bakubung = R3700
Additional charges added:
early and late
- R500 one way before 7h00, same charge after 17h00, also 24 and 25 Dec
ORTambo airport pickups @ R100, ORTambo drop offs free. Lanseria airport pick ups free.
Unscheduled stops on the way (coffee, toilet, curios, shopping etc) I will give the 1st 10 minutes and 10 km free, thereafter R180/h pro rata and R6/km
En Route planned stops as below @ R300/stop + R6/km done extra, you pay your own entrance. Based on OR Tambo Airport to Sun City


Why are the rates not just the same? Pretty simple - I'm charging you for what you get. Take a Black Rhino transfer as an example - it is about 40 km past Sun City, so extra x2, so 80 km additional one way. Total time past Sun City till back is about 80 minutes. So if I spend more time and more Km that cost me money, you can pay for it. And if it costs me less, then I"ll pass the benefit on, like with the shorter Pretoria and Lanseria transfers.

If you want to stop off a couple of hours, normally 3 - 3,5, at Lesedi, De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre or the Elephant Sanctuary I will charge an additional flat fee of R300 iso the standard industry rate of between R250/h and R300/hour. I grab my laptop & work, but I do lose about an hour & that is what I charge you for. This is a good option as it is much more affordable than a day tour there, as you pay your own entrance. Other destinations like the Lion Park, Rhino and Lion Park or Cullinan diamond mine are also options, just ask. I'm fine with 10 km out the way, over that please add R6/km as well.


2/2 - I haven't updated the entrance fees below for 2015. Expect 10% on top
En Route stops @ R300/stop + R5/km done extra, you pay your own entrance. Based on 2 pax OR Tambo Airport to Sun City. You can also selfdrive.
Stopover @ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Open 9h00 - 21h00 8h00 - 15h55 Scheduled* Scheduled* Scheduled* Scheduled* 10h00 & 14h00 w 8h00 - 17h00
Start of activities from 9h00 from 8h00 10h00, 14h00 8h30, 13h30 8h00, 10h00, 14h00 11h30, 16h30 10h00 & 12h00 w/e 8h00 - 16h00
Entrance fees pp 200 + 140+60 480 300 & 400 650 460 120 80
Duration - hours 2 4 3 3 2 3 2 1
Driving Time to/from Airports - minutes for average traffic
ORTambo 45 60 100 75 75 60 60 130
Lanseria 15 20 70 40 40 15 70 105

Scheduled* - as per starting time. Booking essential, entry might even be refused if you haven't booked

As Above:

1. Lion Park - http://www.lion-park.com/ near Lanseria & Sandton
2. Rhino and Lion Park - http://www.rhinolion.co.za/ near Lanseria
3. Ukutula Lion Park - http://www.ukutula.com/ near Brits
4. De Wildt Cheetah Centre - http://www.dewildt.co.za/ near Hartebeespoort Dam
5. Elephant Sanctuary - http://www.elephantsanctuary.co.za/hartiesabout.htm near Hartebeespoort Dam
6. Lesedi Cultural Village - http://www.lesedi.com/ between Hartebeespoort Dam & Lanseria/Sandton
7. Cullinan Diamond Mine - www.diamondtourscullinan.co.za near Pretoria
8. Predator Park - www.predatorworld.co.za just outside Sun City & Pilanesberg

I've been asked twice in the last month why Johannesburg to Sun City transfers are so expensive. They are actually not, see below, and my rate is one of the best available. I believe my return rate is unbeatable, but please advise if you find something better. Car rental will probably always be the most affordable option, so either rent a car - otherwise just pay up :)

In 1995 a sedan transfer from Jo'burg to Sun City cost R750 one way, and from the airport operators charged R900. If you were travelwise, you might have negotiated down to the R750, but not less. The standard rate is now R1950 one way. The fuel price in mid 1995 was at R1,82/l., and now July 2013 fuel is at R13,23/l. So though in 17 years transfers increased by 2,6 X, fuel actually increased by 7,2 X...
Another yardstick would be to compare the transfer rate to the accommodation rate at the Palace, most affordable room. In 1995 I believe the rate was about R1600, as I know in 1997 the rate was R1980 as we stayed there - so in 1995 a 1 way transfer was about half of the room rate. Dec 2012 the most affordable Palace room is going at R6570, so a transfer is only about 30% of the room rate. So however you look at it the transfer rates have stayed down. But if you don't like the rate it's easy as you are in charge of your wallet, and you do have the car rental alternative!

Passenger liability insurance used to be carried on my vehicles: Sedans - R 2 Mil & Kombi's - R5 Mil. I now carry an Excess if loss cover of R20 Million instead.

Distances from Sun City: Scheduled Shuttles available normally at a one way charge, R70pp from Bakubung & Kwa by the lodge themselves, or R240pp and up from others with Lengau Tours. I am willing to do local Pilanesberg transfers at a normally more affordable rate, but will only commit if available 72 hours before. My interest is doing tours in the Park, I'm not a driver! If I've transferrred a client to Sun City area, I will of course be willing to do his/her local transfers though if possible, and if booked in advance.

See transfers in the area: take note, this is just a guideline
Bakubung - 10 km's
Kwa Maritane - 10 km's
Tshukudu ( in the Park) - 19 km's
Manyane - 20 km's
Bakgatla - 35 km's
Ivory Tree Lodge - 36 km's
Black Rhino 33 km's + 3 km's in the Park


Pilanesberg Dawn to Dusk Safaris from Johannesburg, Pretoria, Pilanesberg and Sun City

Picture Gallery 2011 & after
Picture Gallery 2010
Picture Gallery 2009
Picture Gallery 2008
Picture Gallery 2007
Picture Gallery 2006
Picture Gallery 2005
Picture Gallery 2004


It's alphabetical - so save us both time.... and if not on here I will put it up!

Accommodation in the Park only: Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation in and around Sun City. Staying Friday or Saturday you have to pay for 2 nights min.

Accommodation Specials at Pilanesberg

Accommodation at Sun City Vacation Club

Airport at Pilanesberg

Animal studies in Pilanesberg

Bakgatla Resort

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Balloon Safaris: In Pilanesberg National Park -  R4 250pp - 1 hour, minimum 4 pax!

Binoculars needed

Bird list

Black Rhino Game Lodge

Buffalo in the Park

Camping - book direct at 014 555 1000, don't be surprised if you hold 15 minutes and then get cut off.

Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Commission offered to booking agents

Condition of the Veld

Dangers in Pilanesberg

Disclosures: About vehicles used for Pilanesberg and other

Directions - see map

Elephant Back safaris in Pilanesberg.

Entrance fee - see gate times

Etiquette in Game Parks like Pilanesberg for self drives

Friends of Pilanesberg Society - Volunteers helping to maintain the Park.

Gate Times for Pilanesberg National Park

Geology of Pilanesberg National Park

Highlights seen in Pilanesberg the last 2 years:
Don't expect something like this or the animals to stand next to the road waiting.  It's not a Zoo!

History of Pilanesberg National Park

Idiot Gallery - Stunts pulled in Pilanesberg National Park by the mentally challenged.  Other tour operators are welcome to contribute - I will give you recognition except if you don't want it!

Ivory Tree Game Lodge

Kids on Safari. In Pilanesberg or other parks

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Manyane Resort

Map and directions to Pilanesberg

Other Parks near Pilanesberg

Other Tour Operators doing Pilanesberg

Packages to Lodges

Picture Gallery -  taken by us over the last 8 years in Pilanesberg.

Pilanesberg National Park vs Kruger National Park.

Reading - other re Pilanesberg.

Safety in Pilanesberg

Shepherd's Tree Game Lodge

Testimonials from clients we have taken to Pilanesberg

Things to do in and around Pilanesberg

Transfers only to Pilanesberg and Sun City - one way: charged per vehicle:

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Veld Condition in the Park

Weather and Climate for Pilanesberg area

What can you hope to see in Pilanesberg?

When to go to Pilanesberg: best time etc


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806 Unit 2, Mogwase, Pilanesberg, Office - Please mail only
PO Box 250 Sun City, 0316
- Updated Oct 2016
All Pilanesberg queries -  travelinafrica@gmail.com