Jo’burg, Madikwe and Timbavati
Destinations Destinations
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Safari, Luxury, Family, Conservation, Photography, Birdwatching

Fly into Johannesburg before making the short drive to Pilanesberg National Park. Situated on the remains of an ancient volcano, this fully-fenced national park is home to all of the Big Five and more than 350 bird species, making it an excellent introduction to safari life. Three hours northwest of Pilanesberg is the Madikwe Game Reserve. Sitting on the border with Botswana, this reserve is an excellent place to spot rhinos, as well as other members of the Big Five. From here, fly to Hoedspruit and transfer to Timbavati Game Reserve, which shares borders with the more famous Sabi Sands and Kruger National Parks. All the showstoppers are here, but look out for the incredibly rare white lion. Make sure to take a specialist bush walk a birding tour.

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