Guardian Day Tours and Overland Tours


Need to get out of the hotel for the day:- Scroll through our options for day tours in and around Johannesburg and Pretoria. You can request the tours to be combined.


Pilansberg and/or Sun City tour

This tour will require you to have a full day at your disposal. Depart early in the morning from Johannesburg/Pretoria to Sun City via Hartebeestpoort dam. You can stop for a hearty breakfast at the Hartebeestpoort dam.

Malaria free Pilansberg National Park, adjacent to Sun City, is situated about 190km North West of Johannesburg, in a extinct Volcano in the North West Province. The park offers spectacular landscapes ranging around a central lake. A large variety of mammals, including the big five – Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino & Buffalo – can be seen in the 55 000 hectares of pristine wilderness. 

Sun City has dazzled guests with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded spectaculars for many years. The full variety of entertainment on offer ranges from slots to safaris; the theatre extravaganza to a games arcade for children; horse riding to golf, the Valley of Waves to The Lost City, whatever it is you're looking for, you'll find it at Sun City.

The Valley of Waves

The Valley of Waves is the central feature of the Lost City at Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon, a 6 500-square metre (7560-square yards) wave pool with a palm-fringed beach. Hydraulic mechanisms can generate a 1,8 metre (6 feet 8 inches) wave every 90 seconds. When waves are not generated, a bobbing cycle is generated in a diamond pattern.

The water park has five exhilarating flume rides:

  • Temple of Courage, swimmers drop a heart-stopping 17 meters (57 feet) down a 70-meter (233 feet) chute, hurtle under a bridge and splash into a small pool at the foot of the slide

  • The Tarantula and The Scorpion are body slides

  • The Viper and The Mamba are flume rides where the swimmers float on large inflated tubes.
  • The Lazy River is a gentle tube ride that flows endlessly round a kidney-shaped island. The island offers an ethnic village with a clothing store, a sweet shop and a fast food outlet, as well as a pool and playground for children.

The Royal Bath is the large swimming pool adjacent to an amphitheatre, which can accommodate an audience of over 800 people. On the pool deck the Observatory Bar offers exotic cocktails and is covered by an antique dome.
The Bridge of Time is the route to and from the Valley of Waves, through the magnificent Kong Gates onto the Monkey Spring Plaza. This bridge erupts every hour in a display of volcanic activity.
The Botanical Garden Trails go around and through the different forests surrounding the Valley of Waves, a Rain Forest, Baobab Forest, the Jacaranda and the Tropical Forest, all contain rare plant varieties. The Spider Web Bridge (sway bridge), Adventure Paths, Hidden Cave Water Falls and other exciting walkways are in the Garden.


Lion and Rhino Nature Reserve and/or Wonder Caves

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is a privately owned, non-subsidized game reserve, covering approxmiately 1 200 ha on the typical highveld of Gauteng. The reserve is situated in the "Cradle of Humankind", a declared World Heritage Site, about 40 km north-west of Johannesburg and 60km west of Pretoria. 

Wild life ranging from White Rhinoceros, Black shouldered Kite, Wild Dogs, Ostrich, Cheetah, Blesbok, Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, Nile Crocodile, Impala, Lappetfaced Vulture, Black Eagle, Gemsbok, Hippo and Lion can be viewed in the Reserve. 

Combine the Lion & Rhino Park tour with a visit to the Wonder Caves located inside the Nature Reserve. View the formations of Stalactites & Stalagmites in this natural wonder, dating back 5 million years.

Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi (Sesotho word for light) Cultural village – less than 1 hour's drive from Johannesburg - awaits those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions. 


Here you can view five traditional dwellings, each representing a South African culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele. Each of these families lives here permanently, looking after cows, chickens and tourists, and tours through their homes offer interesting cross-cultural comparisons of the customs and social organisation of the different cultures. 

  The tour is initiated with a multi visual presentation, followed by a guided tour of the Zulu, Basotho, Xhosa and Pedi homesteads. Join in with traditional dancing & singing session. This is followed by a traditional meal.