Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Bydisee
    Pretoria, South Africa50 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem on the outskirts of Pretoria
    Peace and quiet on the outskirts of Pretoria. The self-drive option is inexpensive and includes several bird hides, lookouts, picnic spots and even a coffee shop, which we haven’t visited yet. The diversity of wildlife is amazing and you can take pictures of buffalo, rhino, zebra and many more at close range. Definitely worth a visit, especially at sunset.
    Visited January 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • Margritte B
    The Netherlands2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place for a short visit to a parc
    Small jewel in between Pretoria and Johannesburg. So if you don’t have time to drive all the waytonthe bigger parks this one’s offers several animals and very nice views. At the end of the day on our way out we encountered mamma Cheetah with cubs, amazing.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Wikus M
    Port Edward, South Africa21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day outing.
    What a pleasant surprise. We went as family for a picnic and game drive. The roads are well marked and the picnic area is neat and clean. The restrooms at the picnic spot could be better but other than that I cannot fault the reserve. The cheetahs gave us a spectacular show with them just lying next to the road and we could probably get within 20meters from them.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Petal090
    Sydney, Australia357 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out (and picnic/braai) too
    Really enjoyed my day out at Rietvlei and I have recommended it to friend's (especially those with kids). I drove every track and walked the bird hides. I saw and photographed some beautiful birds and saw my first ostriches. The Marais Dam area is an excellent picnic (and braai) spot. Entrance fee is very reasonable. I didn't stop at any of the cafes, so can't comment on those. I thoroughly enjoyed my day (I spent 6 hours), and excellent experience; especially if you need to stay close to either Pretoria or Jo'burg.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written January 4, 2024
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CaliDreamer28
San Diego, CA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I already had booked a trip for Kruger National Park but my housemate connected me to a friend she'd met in a previous trip who lived in Johannesburg area. So I added to visit this city the weeknd before going to Kruger, and what a joyous surprise this game reserve was! She lived in Kempton Park, so this was less than an hour drive away, and I was surprised when the cashier said it was only 60 Rand as the entrance fee!! There weren't that many cars when we went on a cloudy Friday afternoon and it was so relaxing and laid back. Most memorable sightings were buffalos crossing in front of us, zebras to the side of our car (including a baby one!) and rhinos not too far from the road. I saw Big 2 here without even knowing it :)
Written February 5, 2020
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paulmey37
Pretoria, South Africa5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Although everyone says it's very unsafe, we have camped there a couple of times without incident. I like it because it's close by, well maintained and quite inexpensive. Lots of fishing and camping spots with clean ablution blocks close by.
Written February 12, 2020
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MaggiLo
Pretoria, South Africa8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My father's two brothers and their wives were visiting Pretoria and I was looking for a special place to take the septuagenarians and octogenarians. Restaurants are too noisy and costly and they all love nature, so a braai at Rietvlei nature reserve sounded perfect - and it was. I was a bit concerned as they all walk with walking sticks, and although the path from the parking to the picnic spot at Marais dam is well kept and paved, I was concerned they may struggle, but I got them all to the water's edge in good shape. The warden on duty approached me and allowed me to drive in and pick them up after the braai.
Apart from numerous water birds and zebra we spotted red hartebeest, wildebeest and some blesbuck.
It was a perfect day and one of those memories we will all treasure forever.
Written February 25, 2020
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Wikus M
Port Edward, South Africa21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
What a pleasant surprise. We went as family for a picnic and game drive. The roads are well marked and the picnic area is neat and clean. The restrooms at the picnic spot could be better but other than that I cannot fault the reserve. The cheetahs gave us a spectacular show with them just lying next to the road and we could probably get within 20meters from them.
Written August 14, 2023
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Bydisee
Pretoria, South Africa50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Peace and quiet on the outskirts of Pretoria. The self-drive option is inexpensive and includes several bird hides, lookouts, picnic spots and even a coffee shop, which we haven’t visited yet. The diversity of wildlife is amazing and you can take pictures of buffalo, rhino, zebra and many more at close range. Definitely worth a visit, especially at sunset.
Written March 6, 2023
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LaarQ
Pretoria, South Africa45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A magical experience to have a close encounter with nature on your doorstep. Definitely one of Pretoria's best kept secrets. We were lucky to find ourselves in a buffalo traffic jam. You do have to overlook power-lines and housing estates but it is not difficult to rather focus on the Gauteng cloud displays. The old farmstead is being used as a coffee shop. It is beautiful under the huge oak trees but everything is a bit dilapidated and a tad sad. This could also be a true gem.
Written January 3, 2020
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Willem v
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Rietvlei is a true Gem! It is a wonderful way to escape the city living for a few hours in a pristine reserve that is very well managed with good roads. There are various antelope, buffalo, small mammals and loads of birds to be seen. We have always left the reserve feeling very happy and satisfied with what we saw and the experience we had. Highly recommend a trip to Rietvlei Nature Reserve.
Written October 12, 2021
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Shaz_m03
Ireland176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Suitable for the solo traveller, or groups. Sightings are excellent, with a good variety of wildlife. The coffee shop offers basic eats and drinks. Entrance fee is reasonable. The picnic/braai area is stunning - visited previously, and not on my most recent visit, as it is closed due to Covid19 regulations. Really a day well spent.
Written August 22, 2020
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Spent a little over two hours driving through the reserve in the mid morning hours and was pleasantly surprised at just how many animals we were able to o see. We had assumed most would be hiding/sleeping come mid morning but that was not the case. There are dozens upon dozens of zebra and wildebeest to see (including some babies from both groups), ostriches, rhinos, springboks, kudu, etc…

Go on a nice sunny morning with the windows rolled down and you’ll love it. Not to be missed if in Pretoria/JNB!!!
Written December 3, 2021
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Albert
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Treated like a criminal, I have declared I have a handgun and I was told that I cannot enter the Reserve this after I have supported them for many years. I ask for a safe place where I can store the weapon but they had no facility for it. I find this to be pathetic as most other reserves offer a place of safe keeping.
Written November 21, 2022
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