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“Worth seeing if you are near to one of the "big" nature reserves”

Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Ranked #3 of 119 things to do in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

If you cannot get to Kruger National park, Addo elephant park etc--and you are visiting relatives or friends in Gauteng near Johannesburg or Pretoria and you want to see -a bit of Africa--then this is well worth a visit.
You will drive around the reserve ( 4x4 not needed) and there are some points where you can get out your car taking care of any animals nearby. Mostly one sees zebra, blesbok.spingbok,ostrich and Wildebeest--there are Rhino--although ones does not always see them. There is also hippo and crocodile (we never saw them). There is a picnic site near a dam--with a sign warning one of crocodiles,snakes and baboons--and an old farm house which is now a small restaurant. From here one take a tour into the lion reserve (which has to be done in their vehicle). It is an experience of Africa--right near the highway--and yet one is "in the wild"!

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Fun for the whole family. Easy, intermediate and relatively advanced bicycle trails to explore. Very inexpensive when entering by bike.

3  Thank Rochelle K
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Established 1937 originally named Rietvlei Game Reserve, now Rietvlei Nature Reserve, this 3800 hectare Reserve is only a stones through from either Pretoria or Johannesburg, Gauteng. It gives local as well as foreign visitors the opportunity to be out in Nature either on a self drive experience or a hiking trail in the veld with a experienced guide. Except for Elephant & Leopard a wide range of mammal species can be seen in the wild. Rietvlei is also the keen birding paradise with many bird-hides to do spotting from. This is a great opportunity for close-up photography. For the family there is a lovely old coffee shop serving lunch as well as snacks and drinks. At Marias Dam there is beautiful picnic spot with braai (barbecue) facilities as well as clean toilet facilities. For the fisherman daily fishing permits is supplied for fishing in Rietvlei Dam.

3  Thank Flightoftheeagletour
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

If you have little time and still want to experience a real safari, Rietvlei is an absolute recommendation. Also for those living in pretoria, such as ourselves, it's such a treat to go there, enjoy the scenery and the animals and have a picnic at the picnic spot or lunch and drinks at the coffeeshop - the latter is a lovely location: old farmstead transformed into a cosy and mostly outdoor restaurant. If you're lucky some of the old buffalo bulls will come and drink closeby the veranda. A guided drive to the separately enfenced lion area is possible but not very interesting unless it's your only chance in SA to see lions in the 'sort of wild'.

3  Thank Sandra E
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Wide open African space, close to the big cities. Visit during the week, good bird watching. Area is threatende due to housing developments in the reagion.

1  Thank Joerg H
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