Set in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of the premiere sites in South Africa to see the “Big 5,” meaning that a safari trek through these vast grounds will bring you in contact with lions, buffalo, rhinoceroses, leopards, and elephants. Not that these are the only animals you'll see: expect zebras, hyenas, wildebeest, and an exceptional number of bird species to round out your foray into the savannah.
The fourth largest park in South Africa, there is plenty of land to cover, although one necessary stop includes the Mankwe Dam, where you can hop out of the Jeep and enjoy views that are unmatched. Then again, why use a Jeep at all when you can literally see the park from the back of an elephant? A few hours on this unique perch may be worth the novelty at a cost of about $45 USD.
If you're looking to enjoy accommodations on the grounds, there are four lodges, all of which will set you back quite a bit more than your usual youth hostel. Then again, you can stay the night at nearby Sun City, a massive resort complex known for its casino, water park, and the longest zipline on Earth. No matter what how you choose to adventure and where you choose to sleep, you'll find that this is not a budget traveler-friendly destination. Still, where else can you see some of the most majestic creatures on Earth from a hot air balloon? In few other places than Pilanesberg; it'll just cost you about $400 USD for an hour in the air. For more information, check out the included park website.