Escape the city

When you think safari in South Africa the first name which comes to mind is the Kruger Park. That makes sense because is the jewel of the country. However, other parks can be fit for your safari dream. It depends on how much time you have and your plans.

If you plan a short stay, the Pilanesberg Park which is located two hours’ drive from Johannesburg is a great alternative for a safari. In addition, the Pilanesberg is close to the tourist complex Sun City with its many attractions…it’s a perfect combination to enjoy a family holiday.

  • Two days of safari in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and a stay in one of the top lodges.
  • Two days of relaxation and fun with the family for memorable experiences in a setting that would remind you of the scenery of an American blockbuster but built in the heart of the African desert!

itinerary-pilanesbergAt the airport you will be welcomed by a guide and will be helped to collect your rental car before heading to the Pilanesberg Park.

If you have time, you can stop at the Cradle of Humankind, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which includes 15 archaeological sites containing the origins of humanity.

Safari at Pilanesberg Park and stay at the Black Rhino Game Lodge

The Black Rhino Game Lodge is a hidden treasure set amongst the trees of an old Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcanic crater that today comprises as one of South Africa’s most exciting Big 5 eco-tourism destinations, the greater Pilanesberg National Park. It is from here, accompanied by your personal game ranger, that you will be able explore a 58 000ha malaria free wildlife wonderland and discover the magic of the African bush.

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The luxury suites are very private with patio doors that open out into the bush, and if you look out quietly, you may see the herds of impalas or a lone elephant walking by. The designer bathrooms open out into your own private outdoor shower, which are perfect to cool down in on a hot day.

Sun City, be prepared for fun and entertainment in family

Lush gardens, tropical birds and water features give The Cascades in Sun City its unique and relaxing atmosphere.This sophisticated, elegant hotel is named after the tumbling streams that flow through the surrounding verdant gardens. The Cascades Hotel is centrally situated within close proximity of the Entertainment Centre and the Gary Player Golf Course which houses the health spa.

The pool area, with its tanning island and a small private beach, has a distinctly tropical feel with umbrellas, swaying palms and rocky water features, an area reminiscent of the azure blue of the tranquil Mediterranean. There are 3 bars offering cocktails, a fresh cup of coffee as well as pre dinner drinks. Alfresco dining takes place along the island promenade and delightful gazebo’s offer shaded areas where guests can relax informally and enjoy a delectable meal.

Cascades Hotel pool at night

The Luxury Family Room at The Cascades offers a spectacular view and ample space for the entire family to enjoy. A setting which will certainly amaze both children and adults.

The main attractions of Sun City available for your pleasure are the Valley of Waves, the Waterworld, Adventure Mountain, children’s pools, water skiing, Jet Skis, boats and catamarans. Have fun !

For the typical family day, we recommend our article: “News from Sun City”.

By Stéphane Rossard

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