Parks and Nature reserves that are closer to home than you think

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There comes a time when we’d like to escape the city and lose ourselves in the tranquility that only nature can provide. However, we do not always have the money to travel for hours and book some fancy lodge. Well, we have discovered some parks and nature reserves that brings nature to the city. If you see a place that tickles your fancy, don’t forget to book your Citiliner ticket and let’s take you there!

Pilanesberg – about 2h 30min from Johannesburg

Relax in one of the luxury lodges and go on a safari either via vehicle or hot air balloon. Because Pilanesberg is situated in a transition zone between the dryness of the Kalahari and he wet Lowveld vegetation, you can expect to see a variety of wildlife.

Welgevonden Game Reserve – about 2h 55min from Johannesburg

Welgevonden means “well found” in Dutch and it certainly is. The reserve comprises of mountainous terrain that forms home of over 50 different mammals. The diversity in habitat attracts a variety of animals from eland to cheetahs and aardvark to aardwolf.

Kololo Game Reserve – about 3h 30min from Johannesburg

Kololo is your perfect malaria free safari destination. A private gate near the reception offers direct access into haven that is Welgevonden Game Reserve. Enjoy a front-row view of the wildlife on your terrace while sipping a cocktail. The restaurant too offers a spectacular view of the Big 5 area.

Phudufudu Tented Camp, Borakalalo Game Reserve – about 2h 45 min from Johannesburg

Phudufudu introduces you to the concept of “glamping”, glamorous camping, with their 4 luxury tents resting on stilts with a wooden deck. Each tent has a double bed with linen, toilet and bath and a fully equipped kitchenette with a bar fridge.

Monate Conservation Lodge near Mookgophong – about 2h 16 min from Johannesburg

Enjoy guided game drives, bush walks and horse safaris a mere 2 hours away from Johannesburg. This lodge is ideal for couples and families looking for a luxury weekend away. Catch a glimpse of the Big 5 and a variety of other animals.

Mabalingwe Nature Reserve, Bela Bela – about 2h 10 min from Johannesburg

Mabalingwe offers a malaria free safari experience nestled in the shadow of the majestic Waterberg Mountains. They believe in providing ‘something for everyone’ with their variety of recreational activities. Enjoy a cocktail with the setting sun for company and listen to the nocturnal calls of the wild.

 Mongena Game lodge, Dinokeng Game Reserve – about 1h 30min from Johannesburg

The eco-friendly lodge is named after the Boekenhout tree which is indigenous to the area. Go on a game drive, guided bush walk or a majestic sunset cruise. This is also a fabulous wedding venue and a relaxing location in which to host your next conference.

Time and the cost of petrol is no excuse to miss out on a luxury weekend getaway. Let our Citiliner bus take you somewhere special at the fraction of the price you’d pay if you had to drive yourself. Book your ticket now.


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