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Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve

The Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, established as part of the provincial government’s investment initiative, is located about 5 miles north of Kwagassa View. Lions and Elephants were introduced to the reserve in 2011 and Buffalo in 2012, joining the White Rhino and Leopards. The grassland is home to a variety of animals including zebra, hyena, giraffe and eland, as well as numerous bird species. Various activities are available including game drives, boat cruises, hot air ballooning, microlights, fishing, horse riding and hiking. Includes Welgedacht Game Reserve housing the Lions, Black Leopard and hyena belonging to the well known "Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson.

Open all hours
Self-drive available on a private route within the Reserve through Dinokeng Junxionso
pre-booking essential

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (Magaliesberg) (GPS S25°40.421' E27°55.423' )
Established in 1971 De Wildt Cheetah Centre has recently had its name changed to The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre as a tribute to the woman who has devoted her life to the survival of the cheetah species

The centre offers a three hour guided wildlife tour during which you will see and learn about cheetah, African wild dog, caracal, African wild cat, vultures and various antelope species. These tours a led by a knowledgeable guide who will present many cheetah and wildlife facts. Tours are given daily, at 8h30 and 13h30 except on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and Sunday mornings where the morning tour starts at 8h00 to inlcude a cheetah run.

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Opening hours
All year

Glen Afric Country Lodge, (Broederstroom, Magaliesberg) (GPS E27,52,17.8' S25,48,49.7' )
Leopards Den, home to the TV Programme "Wild at Heart" 

The reserve itself consists of over 750 hectares of bush veldt and woodland where wild animals roam free, and is home to over 300 species of birds. Glen Afric also has a number of predators from lions, tigers and even a leopard. The Lodge is open to both day visitors and resident guests every day of the year. With an array of activities available from game drives, elephant walks, horse riding and afternoon guided walks with sundowners on Gin and Tonic Hill, or simply sitting on the deck with binoculars watching the wildlife go by.

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Opening hours
All year

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Bronkhorstspruit Dam Nature Reserve (Pretoria) (GPS S25º 556" E28º 41'36.7" )

More than 200 bird species have been sighted in the reserve including the Spike-heeled and Red-Capped Larks, Cisticolas, Pipits, Black Eagle and Orange-throated Longclaws. It is also popular with anglers. Fish species available are Banded Tilapia, Sharp Tooth Catfish, Canary Curper Karp and Bass.

Opening hours
Sept - Apr 07:00 - 18:00
May - Aug 07:00 - 17:00

Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park (Johannesberg) (GPS S25°58’36.0’’ E27°56’ 37.1’’)

The guide will take you on an informative guided tour to see from small to the big crocs of over 5 meters in length. If you are lucky, you will also see a couple of tortoises roaming freely. You will be given the opportunity to hold a baby crocodile as well as a variety of exotic snakes and even a tarantula. Also on display are some of South Africa’s most venomous snakes, including the black and green mamba, boomslang and many more. After the tour you can relax in the tea garden that serves light lunches, while the kids play in the shaded play area. Here you can also experience African Cultural Dancers in the African Boma Theatre (Tues-Sun).

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Opening hours
All year 09:00 - 16:30

Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre (Dullstroom, Mpumalanga)

The centre was established in 1997 with the aim of educating the public in order to promote an awareness of the raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species.

Weather permitting, flights are performed twice daily at 10.30am and again at 2.30pm. Each display is different and they fly up to ten species per day. Experience and Photographic Days are also available.

Photographic Day 7am -12am (week days only), Experience Day 10am-1pm.

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Opening hours
All year 10:00 - 16:00
Pre-booking for Experience & Photographic Days

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Faerie Glen Nature Reserve (Pretoria) (GPS S25º 46.481 E28º 17.484)
(not to be confused with Fairy Glen Private Game Reserve)

'An oasis in urban surroundings'. More than 150 species of birds have been sighted including the European Nightjar, African Black Duck, Brown-backed Honeybird, European Bee-eater, Cape Grassbird, Marsh Warbler, Crimson-breasted Shrike and Village Weaver. Rare birds such as the Corncrake and River Warbler have also been spotted. Although the smaller mammals such as Mongoose, Hedgehogs, Hares, Porcupines, Cape Clawless Otter, Bush Babies and Small Spotted Genets are difficult to spot, there is evidence that they are present.

Opening hours
Sept to April 06:00 to 18:00
May to Aug 06:00 to 18:00

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Groenkloof Nature Reserve (Pretoria) (GPS S25º 47.379 E28º 11.764)

Proclaimed a game sanctuary on 25 February 1895 by President Paul Kruger, Groenkloof was the first official game reserve in Africa. The wildlife on the reserve includes Zebra, Jackal, Duiker, Kudu, Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Red Hartebeest, Ostrich, Giraffe and Sable Antelope. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end. It has dedicated routes for mountain biking, hiking and 4x4 driving, and offers overnight facilities on these trails. There are also motorcar routes in the reserve. Horse-riding trails are available.

Opening hours
Sept to April 05:30 to 19:00
May to Aug 07:00 to 18:00

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve (Johannesburg)

The reserve has around 150 recorded species of birds and around 650 indigenous plants and trees growing in it. The pleasant Bloubosspruit stream ('Blue Bush Stream') meanders its way through the reserve. There are 6 hiking trails in the reserve open all year and guided walks are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month (these guided walks start from Frandaph Drive entrance at 9am May to September and 8am the rest of the year and last for about 3 hours). There are also the remains of a BaTswana village – a replica can be seen – and the walls of a house built in 1850 by one of the early voortrekkers, Sarel Marais,

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Opening hours
All year 07:00 to 18:00.

Kloofendal Nature Reserve (Johannesburg)

Birdwatchers will enjoy the bird hide at the dam, and should look out for Black Sparrow Hawk, Verreaux’s Eagles, Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Peregrine Falcon, Spotted Eagle Owl, Barn Owl and Wailing Cisticola. Small animals, such as Duiker, Mountain Reedbuck, Dassies, Mongoose, Hedgehogs, Black-backed Jackal, Mole Rats and Gerbils can also be seen. This is also the location of one of Johannesburg’s first gold mines, the Confidence Reef Mine, where gold was discovered in 1884. Its remains and old stamp mills can be viewed by special appointment. Guided walks are also provided round the reserve.

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Opening hours
06:00 to 18:00. During winter, the reserve may be closed due to fire hazard so check before visitng.

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Lory Park (Johannnesberg) (GPS South 26º 0'31.7 - East 28º 9'9.6)

A rehabilitation centre and animal sanctuary located just outside Midrand, between Johannesburg and Pretoria. Though the park opened its doors primarily as a bird park, the facility has grown to include more than 100 animal species. Today, the park is home to a variety of cats, reptiles and exotic birds that are either in the process of being rehabilitated or are permanently housed at the centre. Some of the species fall into the park’s CITES I and II (endangered species) breeding programmes; others are too vulnerable to be released into the wild.

Opening hours
All year 10:00 to 16:00.

Lion Park (Johannnesberg) (GPS South 25º 59.664 East 27º 55.88)

Home to more than 85 Lions including Rare White Lions, and many other carnivores such as Cheetah, Wild dog, Hyenas and a variety of Antelope indigenous to Africa. Activities include self drive through the main park, Club Edu Safari (a chance to interact with young lion cubs and to walk around and view other indigenous young animals, such as cheetah, hyena, black leopard and caracal, as well as the ever-popular and rare white lions), Walk with a Cheetah, Guided Game Drive, Night Drive and Boma Meal.

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Opening hours
All year 08:30 to 21:00.

Marievale Bird Sanctuary  (GPS South 26°21'47" East 28°30'22")

The Sanctuary lies in a floodplain outside the small town of Nigel, to the east of Johannesburg. The sanctuary, which has two lakes, a large wetland and Highveld grasslands, supports about 65 waterbird species and more than 3 500 birds, and has 5 hides. Access to the sanctuary is on 12km of rough terrain that is impassable during particularly wet spells. While a visit to the sanctuary is worthwhile at any time of year, the best time to visit is at the beginning of summer, when the grass is short and the birds are breeding. It is one of the few places in Gauteng to see Goliath Heron, Great White Heron, Black Egret, Fulvous Duck and South African Shelduck.

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Opening hours
Oct to Mar 05:30 to 19:30
Apr to Sept 06:30 to 18:00

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Mountain Sanctuary (Magaliesberg) (GPS not recommended use directions)

Klipspringer's, monkeys, jackal, warthog and so much more can be found around the santuary as well as the remarkable beauty of flora, bird and butterfly life, ideal for bird watchers, botanists and hikers. Mountain bike routes have been established for Mountain bike enthusiasts, and there are fresh water pools that you can swim in.

Open all year
pre-booking essential

Mystic Monkey

Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park (GPS South 25º 12.635 East 28º 31.551)

Situated in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, 85km north of Pretoria this is home to one of the largest private primate collections in South Africa, as well as a host of exotic bird species and predators, including White Lions, Bengal Tigers and Cheetahs.

Opening hours
All year 09:00 to 16:00

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National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (Pretoria) (GPS S25°44.349' E28°11.329')

The 85-hectare Zoo in Pretoria houses 3117 specimens of 209 mammal species, 1358 specimens of 202 bird species, 3871 specimens of 190 fish species, 388 specimens of 4 invertebrate species, 309 specimens of 93 reptile species, and 44 specimens of 7 amphibian species. This is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. Pretoria is approximately 6km. An Aquarium and Reptile Park also form part of the Zoo facility in Pretoria. The Aquarium is the largest inland marine aquarium in the country.

Opening hours
All year 08:30 to 17:30

Pilanesberg Game Reserve & National Park 

Covers some 55 000 hectare, is the fourth largest in southern Africa. This malaria-free park is perched on the eroded vestiges of an alkaline volcanic crater. Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species recorded. Pilanesberg accommodates virtually every mammal of southern Africa and is also home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo - Africa's Big Five. There are nearly 200 kilometres of excellent quality roads for either self-drives or guided drives, and professional guides operate within the park. Parks officials will lock the gate at closing time exactly so make sure you are out!

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Open all year
Mar - Apr 06:00 to 18:30
May - Sep 06:3 to 18:00
Oct - Nov 06:00 to 18:30
Nov - Feb 05:30 to 19:00

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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (Krugersdorp) (GPS South 25º58:25.7 East 27º47:33.57)

The reserve now boasts 600 head of game representing 25 different species including white rhino, lions, cheetah, the highly endangered Cape wild dog, bengal tigers, siberian tigers and the extremely rare white lion (one of which was born at the reserve in 1999 as part of the reserve's breeding programme), warthog, and crocodiles. Activities available include Animal Crèche (where you can meet the cubs), Live Snake Shows, Game Drives (day or night), Horse Trails, Reptile Park, Wondercave, Childrens Play Park and Swimming Pool.

Opening hours
All year 08:00 to 15:45

Rietvlei Nature Reserve (Pretoria) (GPS South 25º52'29 East 28º16'34)

About 60km of well-maintained self-drivr tar and dirt roads allow for great game and bird viewing. Look out for cheetah, rhino, leopard, buffalo, blesbok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell’s zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbok, mountain reedbuck, steenbok and grey duiker. Guided night drives – rounded off with a braai under the stars – expose visitors to the delights of nocturnal species such as the brown hyena, black-backed jackal, ant bear, aardwolf, porcupine, springhare and bush pig. Day walks of 10km (four hours), game viewing bus tours, horse trails and a 21km (two-day) overnight hike are also offered.

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Opening hours
Oct to Mar 05:30 to 19:00
Apr to Sept 06:00 to 15:00

Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve (Pretoria) (GPS -25.62083°S 28.37138°E)

The Southern side of the reserve caters for birding and wildlife enthusiasts. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve including some interesting species such as Osprey, Eurasian Reed-Warbler, Purple Heron, Black heron and Hamerkop. Two bird hides are situated on the banks of the Roodeplaat dam and the reserve vegetation is a mix of open savannah veld and dense savannah woodland.

The Northern reserve is primarily for water recreation, i.e. boating, fishing and camping.

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Opening hours
Daily 06:00 to 18:00

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Rust de Winter Nature Reserve (Warmbad, Limpopo) (GPS S25°13' 59.82" E28°30' 35.20" )

The 1,650-ha Nature Reserve, part of Dinokeng Game Reserve, surrounds the 500-ha Rust de Winter Dam, incorporating a wide variety of landscapes and habitats including broad leaved woodland, rocky woodland slopes, mixed woodland, riverine and alluvial acacia veld.

The reserve is a well known birding destinaton with 400 species of birds including numerous varieties of water bird. Game found on the reserve includes kudu, waterbuck, reedbuck, steenbuck, duiker, impala, nylala, warthog, aardvark, bushpig, crocodile and otter.

Open all year.

The Elephant Sanctuary (Hartbeespoort Dam) (GPS South 25º43'11 East 27º48'54)

Is surrounded by natural indigenous bush and is home to impala, klipspringer, baboons, porcupine, caracal, leopard, a host of other small mammals, 350 bird species and, of course, five magnificent African Elephants. The Sanctuary provides a “halfway house” for young African elephants in need of a temporary home. It is the only operation in South Africa that provides for elephants in this way. The sanctuary provides a variety of educational activities for visitors, from grooming to walking trunk in hand with the elephants. The Elephant Sanctuary is next door to Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary.

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Open all year
pre-booking essential

Tswaing Crater (Soshanguve Pretoria) (GPS South 25º40'9 East 28º09'58)

The Twsaing or Soutpan Crater and Museum are fascinating geographical and ecological sites to visit. This is wheree a meteorite half a football field in size slammed into the Earth 220 000 years ago, forming a crater 1.4km (1mi) in diameter and 200m (660ft) deep.and the main attraction, but the variety of habitats are home to an amazing diversity of bird species and is becoming one of the most popular birding venues near Pretoria. Because the reserve is visited often, a checklist of over 320 species of birds has been.
NB. 2 layers of clothing and mosquito repellant recommended as lots of mosquitos.

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USEFUL GUIDES

Opening daily
07:30 to 14:00
Gates close 18:00

The above are provided for information, we do not warrant the quality and standard of any of the destinations, activities, products or services sold by any of the websites we have linked to but hope they may be of use and interest to you when planning your stay.

Photos courtessy of Fiverlocker (Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre), Ryan Kilpatrick (Groenkloof Nature Reserve), Aquila (Lory Park), Derek Keats (Marievale Bird Sanctuary), Ffreakazzoid (National Zoological Gardens), Crystian Cruz (Rhino and Lion Park), Dan Prinsloo (Rust de Winter Reserve)

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