BRIEF HISTORY

Africa Maximum Safaris is a family-run business that caters for the sport hunter visiting Africa and their families as we put a lot of emphasis on family values. For the non-hunting companions, whether family or friends, we offer a host of activities which enable them to do quite a bit other than hunting and experience so much of our beautiful country.

Africa Maximum Safaris is located in the North West Province of South Africa.Our camp is situated on the Magaliesberg mountain range. Much of the province consists of flat areas, scattered trees and grassland. The Magaliesberg mountain range in the northeast extends about 130 km (about 80 miles) from Pretoria to Rustenburg. The camp is only a 2 and a half hour drive from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

Within the Northwest Province with its very diverse topography and habitat, we are able to hunt most of the plains game species available in South Africa. This makes the area very sought-after for game ranching and sport hunters.

The North West Province is a must see destination - one that is diverse and exciting. We offer some of the finest game reserves, cultural sights, archaeological treasures as well as entertainment resorts. The agricultural and mining production in the North West plays a vital role in boosting the South African economy. The principal products are namely gold, platinum, diamonds, maize, beef, game and sunflower seeds. Along with this natural resource of plentiful game species, the Province is very rich in minerals: largest Platinum Mines in the world (producing 92% of the world platinum) and diamonds are found in the area, it’s the largest cattle ranching province in the country and 2nd largest corn and sunflower producing province in South Africa. North West Province is very rich in history from the Anglo Boer War. There are many famous battle sites in the area.

The North West Province of South Africa is bounded on the north by Botswana, on the south by the provinces of Free State and the Northern Cape, and on the northeast and east by the Limpopo Province and Gauteng. The province has several National Parks. The largest, Pilanesberg Game Reserve, is located in the crater of an extinct volcano.

WEATHER

The summer months (August to March) bring brief, refreshing afternoon thunderstorms. The sky is often a array of electrical energy, a bruised sky opened up by flashes of brilliance. Summer temperatures range between 22°C & 34°C (71.6°F & 93.2°F). Winter brings with it dry, sunny days and chilly nights. The average winter (May to July) temperature is 15.5°C (60°F) but can range from an average of 2°C (35.6°F) to 20°C (68°F) in a single day. Effectively forming the southern part of the Kalahari Desert, the North West Province offers almost all year- round sunshine. Do not forget your sun-block and sun hat. Few days will be spent indoors staring at bleak weather! The North West is all about the authentic African bush experience and it is the hot, dry African climate which is truly unique.

ACTIVITIES

HOT AIR BALLOON

Enjoy a wrap-around panorama and the magic of lazily drifting with the wind. Relish fascinating and magnificent sights over the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range and Pilanesberg National Park. Ours is a land with sensational sunrises and sunsets, and unforgiving terrain. Kilometres of panoramic vistas and breathtaking nature can pass under you while suspended in an open basket. Experience beauty and tranquility not known to many.

Africa Maximum Safaris will book you the adventure of a lifetime.

The schedule:

Arrive at pick up location Pilanesberg National Park at 5:30 am. Balloon safari crew will meet clients and transport them to the departure point within the park. The balloon ride is about 1 and a half hour duration.

After set down, you will enjoy a champagne breakfast at Bakabung Game Lodge.

Return to Africa Maximum Safari Camp. Activity depends on weather conditions.

ZIP SLIDE

The zip slide is 280 meters high, two kilometers long, reaches a speed of 140 kilometers per hour and guarantees a four minute unadulterated adrenalin rush. The zip slide adheres to all necessary safety standards. Secured in a harness and suspended below a free running trolley that is attached to a steel cable, one experiences the feeling of flying and acceleration as you descend down the wire. At times 100m high and at other times only 4.5m above the ground. The cable runs from the top of the 280m high koppie (hill) and the other is attached to the top of a mast 2km away. Towards the end of the ride, your decent is slowed as you go uphill, then roll back to the lowest point on the wire where you dismount the ride. Solo and tandem slides are available so this ride has an appeal for even the most amateur adventure junkie.

Unlike many other adventure activities, this experience is open to young ones from the age of 12, making it a fun activity for the whole family.
The start of the zip slide is on the top of a koppie (hill), 5-minutes from Sun City.
Ten riders and six spectators can be accommodated per tour.

Bookings are essential.

PILANESBERG
GAME RESERVE

Pilanesberg National Park is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. The malaria-free Pilanesberg National Game Park is home to South Africa’s Big 5 – Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo.

The beauty of Pilanesberg is reflected in a large central lake, the Mankwe Dam.
Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets.
Pilanesberg National Park accommodates virtually every mammal of Southern Africa.

It is a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic eruptions some 1300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure makes it a unique geological feature. Africa Maximum Safaris offer their clients a full day photographic Safari to this wonderful park.

GOLFING

Clients can enjoy a round of golf after their hunting safari. The world famous Gary Player golf course at Sun City Resort, nestled in between the mountains is the perfect finish to an African Safari.

The club house will rent clubs and they have some of the best caddies to assist you while playing this marvelous course.

Please contact Africa Maximum Safaris to make arrangements and get prices.
Africa Maximum Safaris will make bookings on their clients’ behalf and transport them to and from Sun City (40 minute drive from camp)

SUN CITY

This resort is world famous and an icon in the North West province. Situated next to Pilanesberg Game Reserve nestled in a volcanic crater. This world-class resort is home to one of the leading hotels of the world, The Palace of the Lost City.

The resort offers:

  • The Gary Player Golf Course
  • Crocodile breeding center
  • Valley of waves
  • Casino
  • 5 Star Hotels
  • Water Sports center

We offer clients a full day trip to the resort if they wish to partake in any of the activities offered to day visitors.
Africa Maximum Safaris also do bookings for clients to stay at Sun City Resort after their safari.

Contact us for rates and options to the hotels and activities.

PREDATOR PARK

Clients have the opportunity to visit the Predator Park to interact with the lion cubs, tigers, cheetahs and more. Also see some of the breeding camps. Tours are educational and informative.

DE WILDT CHEETAH
& WILDLIFE

Cheetah Run and 3 hour guided tour
Tuesday and Thursday mornings – starts at 08h00

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons – starts at 13h30; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 08h30 and 13h30; Booking is essential.

CRADLE OF
HUMAN KIND

If archeology interests you this is a worthwhile tour.

Cradle and Sterkfontein Caves
Groundbreaking: Site of dramatic discoveries that changed the way we view humanity and the history of human development.
World-renowned: New scientific exhibition showcases the finds of hominid fossils “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot” The new scientific exhibition centre showcases a reconstruction of a mined cave – versus a pristine cave – cave formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils, among other topics. It describes in detail important finds such as “Mrs Ples”, the “Taung Child” and “Little Foot”, as well as providing information about 9 fossilization, palaeobotany and landscapes. 

Within the caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4- million years, to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1- million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, homo sapiens. 

Archaeological finds within the Cradle of Humankind also include 2-million-year-old stone tools. The oldest recorded, at Swartkrans, near the Sterkfontein Caves, is a collection of 270 burnt bones that reveal how our ancestors learned to master fire more than 1-million years ago – a significant development and an early technological innovation. The ability to do this has taken us from the basic skills needed to keep ourselves warm and to cook our food, to being able to control and harness the power of fire to the extent that we can now create and burn rocket fuel to reach space and beyond.

 

Within the caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4- million years, to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1- million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, homo sapiens.

MAROPENG

Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.

HARTBEESPOORT CABLE WAY

Harties Cableway offers visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas, as well as excellent recreational and educational facilities.

Careful attention to detail, attentive staff and interesting things to see and do await you – an ideal family day trip you'll want to repeat!