South Africa is a blessed country with its diverse wildlife and landscapes. We have an extensive list of non-hunting activities and sightseeing tours. South Africa offers the best of everything, fine wine & dine, great weather, warm hospitality, beaches,mountains, bushveld and everything in between! We specialize in family and couple safaris, bow hunting, rifle hunting as well as dangerous big five safaris.

South Africa is a blessed country with its diverse wildlife and landscapes. We have an extensive list of non-hunting activities and sightseeing tours. South Africa offers the best of everything, fine wine & dine, great weather, warm hospitality, beaches,mountains, bushveld and everything in between! We specialize in family and couple safaris, bow hunting, rifle hunting as well as dangerous big five safaris.

THABAZIMBI

Thabazimbi is an iron mining town in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The town is situated at the feet of the Ysterberg and is surrounded by the Witfonteinrand and Boshofberg with the majestic Kransberg in the background.

The name Thabazimbi means mountain of iron because of the large iron ore reef that was discovered in 1919 by J.H. Williams. The mine boasts one of the largest mining shafts in Africa. More than 2 million tons of ore are mined every year and hauled by train to Mittal’s iron and steel works. The railway line from Rustenburg reached the area in the 1930s and full scale iron and steel production began. The town was proclaimed in 1953.

Some of the best game reserves are located in the area. They offer conducted game drives, excellent accommodation and outstanding cuisine.

PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK

The park ranks among the largest of the national parks in South Africa and covers an area of 137 500 acres.

Pilanesberg is 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 beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam. You can also see the big 5 species in the park.

Scheduled game drives leave every morning and afternoon. Experienced rangers and trackers take you on a discovery tour of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. It’s a 2 hour drive from the lodge in the Thabazimbi area.

Duration: 2hrs 30mins

Rate 2019:

$50 adult, $30 per child under 16

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Guided Hikes

For the intrepid adventurer, experienced Pilanesberg National Park up-close and personal, on foot.

There are a variety of guided hiking trails that one can enjoy within the Park. All of the hiking trails are lead by an experienced, qualified guide, who will share with you their extensive knowledge of the Pilanesberg fauna and flora. Your guide will introduce you to different types of vegetation, insects, birds and the unique overlaps between the Kalahari and the Lowveld. Encountering big game on foot will give you a new appreciation for the size and grace of the African wildlife. Even short hikes and bush walks can give you a different picture of the environment the Big 5 live in. With a bit of luck you may spot some of the predators and other members of the Big 5. The guided hikes are operated 7 days a week, all year round, despite the weather.

  • Distance: The hikes range in distance
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Group size: Minimum of 4 people
  • Age: Minimum age of 16 years
  • Fitness: Average fitness required

Rates until 30 November 2020:

  • 1 - 4 people - $200

  • $50 per additional person

Hot air ballooning in Pilanesberg

Experiencing the Pilanesberg National Park in a hot air balloon is an incredibly tranquil experience.

The balloon travels with the wind so you will experience no turbulences and the only noise you will hear is the occasional firing of the burner. The elevated view from the balloon allows you to appreciate the magnificence of the Pilanesberg Alkaling Ring Complex. The unique geological feature was born from volcanic activity and now forms concentric rings that are characteristic of the park.

  • Sparkling wine after landing
  • Full English breakfast
  • First flight certificate
  • Transfer to your hotel

Hot Air Balloon rides will also give you a different perspective of the herds of antelope, buffalo, and elephants. With a bit of luck you will see some of the predators and other members of the Big 5  such as black and white rhino of lion.

Duration1 hour flight, +/- 5 hours in total

Valid until 30 November 2020

  • $400 per person (1 hour flight)

Marakele National Park – Thabazimbi

The park is characterized by the contrasting majestic mountain, landscapes, grass hills and deep valleys

Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five meter high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found here at Marakele supports 765 plant species. Drive through the park and the beauty of nature. Have a picnic on the spectacular view of the mountain pass. Marakele Predator Park is located just out of Marakele National Park. Currently the park contains both white and tawny colored lions, Tigers, Cheetah, Wild Dogs and Hyena.

WEDNESDAY & SUNDAY @ 12:00

Twice a week our lions, hyena, wild dog, leopard and cheetah get their meals. Come and enjoy this amazing experience

  • 1 hour drive from the lodge in Thabazimbi

Duration: 2 – 3 hours

Rate: $40 per person

Sorizty day spa – Thabazimbi

At Sorizty Day Spa you will experience the appealing combination of True African Nurturing Traditions and a setting of serene ambience

Offering you the best of both worlds as Nature & Culture merge right in the middle of the African bush, leaving you de-stressed through our Decadent Revitalization Spa Packages. Come and enjoy a superb light lunch or something sweet after you pampering morning at our next door neighbor coffee shop.  The Curio shops are filled with colorful African artifacts. The store offers a variety of traditional masks, ethnic bead work, precious stones taken from the African soil and silver set into delicately crafted African jewelry. Coffee shops and restaurants.

  • Thabazimbi day spa pricelist for treatments available on request.
  • 1 hour drive from the lodge in Thabazimbi
Adventures with elephant back safari

Sit atop an elephant while it gracefully and silently takes you on a journey through the African veld

Feel the elephant’s strength as he breaks branches and feeds on the way, or as he powers over hills or through slight dips. Your elephant handler will enlighten you about the fauna and flora in our reserve as well as answer any questions you may have.

Elephants need stimulation, enrichment and the freedom to behave naturally. They need a gentle, minimal amount of exercise per day for their physical and mental health. An elephant can comfortably carry up to 25% of its body weight.

You are likely to encounter Giraffe, Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Kudu, Waterbuck, Impala, Eland, Zebra, Ostriches and other game at close quarters on your walk.

  • 2 hour drive from the lodge in Thabazimbi

Adults: $150 (Interaction and Safari)

Children under the age of 12: $130 (Interaction and Safari)

The Maropeng Visitor Centre

Take a journey through time

Maropeng Visitor Centre 

The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Take a journey through the time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary process that culminated in the world as we know today. See fossils; learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools that are up to one million years old, and much more. The self-guided, interactive tour allows you to take all the time you need to ponder humanity’s fascinating origin story

Sterkfontein Caves

Situated an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world-famous for their fossil finds and are a popular visitor destination. After an extensive facelift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is now home to a top restaurant and conferencing facilities, offering easy access to the caves with modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where globally acclaimed fossils have been discovered.

  • 3 hour drive from the lodges in Thabazimbi

Combination Ticket: $40 per person

aha Lesedi

Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa

Aha Lesedi is located in the heart of the African bush veld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. Discover the fascinating cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, visiting five traditional homesteads inhabited by Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele tribes who live according to tribal folklore and traditions of their ancestors. “Our culture is the light of our nation – whoever walks here amongst our cultures at aha Lesedi and also see the light.”

Cultural Experience

Experience our world famous cultural tour and dance show. There are 2 cultural programs daily:

  • Morning Program – 11:30 – 13:30
  • Afternoon program – 16:30 – 18:30

Cultural experience includes:

  • Video in Amphitheatre
  • Cultural Tour in the villages
  • Cultural Dance

3 hour drive from lodges in Thabazimbi

Adults: $150 (Interaction and Safari)

Children: $60 per person

Explore a World within a city

South Africa’s best resort in home to many thrilling activities with something for everyone to enjoy

Make it a beach day on the palm-fringed shore of the Roaring Lagoon or discover the ruins of a mythical civilization at the Maze of the Lost City. Embark on a Big Five Safari into the heart of the African bush and elephant back Safaris, crocodile sanctuary, or above it, in a hot-air balloon when you stay at Sun City in the Pilanesberg. Improve you golf handicap at two world-class golf courses, or measure your swing against that Ernie Els at the South African Hall of Fame located at Sun Central. Find your groove on the dance floor at Encore, or find your fun at Sun Central where two levels of action-packed, family entertainment venues give you even more great things to do at Sun City.

Sun City

Sun City is internationally renowned as Africa’s premier holiday resort. Sun City offers a myriad of different entertainment and relaxation opportunities.

Activities at Sun City:

  • Crocodile Sanctuary
  • Elephant back Safaris
  • Hot Air Balloon (Required sleep over)
  • Cultural Village
  • Predator World
  • Health Spa (depending on treatment)
  • Butterfly World
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Curio Shop
Explore a World within a city

Sun City day visitors are invited to lose themselves in the Maze of the Lost City!

This beautiful permanent maze, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, is a fun family activity, as well as a great team building exercise. Spanning half an acre in size, Sun City day visitors can access The Maze via 100-meter long suspension bridge via Sun Central. And, if you manage to get to the end, enjoy a sundowner at The Maze Bar which stocks a variety of craft beers on tap.

Explore a World within a city

The Valley of Waves provides one of the best and more popular experiences at Sun City!

As a Sun City day visitor, you have access to the legendary Valley of Waves, Sun City’s famous water park offering family-friendly fun in the sun. With lifeguards on duty and a designated children’s area, Sun City day visitors can enjoy themselves in a safe, controlled environment.

2 hour’s drive from the lodge in Thabazimbi

Rate: $75 per person