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Rietvlei Nature Reserve

See wildebeests and lions in their natural habitat from inside your own car in this vast wildlife reservation. Hike or camp here for a more immersive experience.

Cheetah, wildebeests and hundreds of species of birds roam the 9,390 acres (3,800 hectares) of the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Drive, hike or camp in the extensive park, which contains grassland, hills and densely packed forest.

Around 2,000 animals live in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve, which is one of the largest urban nature reserves in the world. Drive through the park and look for black wildebeest and blesbok, a type of South African antelope. Scan the landscape for anthills.

A lion enclosure separate from the rest of the park lets you see these massive predators in the wild. Go to the reserve’s coffee shop to set up a guided tour of the lion enclosure for a fee.

Bird watchers will enjoy spotting more than 240 species of bird that live in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Head to the wetland areas around the reservoir to see the largest concentration of bird species. Watch the reservoir to see the African fish eagle catch its prey on the surface and look for the colorful purple gallinule along the shoreline.

Hike on one of many trails through the park. Pay to take a guided 2-day trek and stay overnight in huts. Horses are available to ride through the reserve if you book in advance. Tours start at the reserve’s coffee shop.

Drive through the park by night to see some of its rare nocturnal species. Witness aardvarks, hyenas and porcupines prowling the land for food. If you want to stick around until the next morning, set up camp at the reserve’s campsite. You can cook dinner in the barbecue facilities.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is named after the Rietvlei Dam inside of the park, which provides Pretoria nearly a fifth of its water supply. Go freshwater fishing for tilapia, yellowfish and catfish on the reservoir next to the dam.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located 16 miles (26 kilometers) south of Pretoria city center. It is best to reach the park by car, so you can explore the extensive roads on your own. 

The park is open daily and there is an admission fee. All activities involving a guide cost extra.


Guide to Exploring Rietvlei Nature Reserve


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Craigivar Guesthouse

789 hoewe road, Rietvalleirand, Pretoria, Gauteng
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Pretoria, this guesthouse is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Rietvlei Nature Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wingate Park Country Club and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Woodhill Golf Estate are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Phoka House a Nice Country Located House Away From the Busy City £257
    Phoka House a Nice Country Located House Away From the Busy City

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    Mary St, Pretoria, Gauteng
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Pretoria, this romantic holiday home is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Rietvlei Nature Reserve and within 9 miles (15 km) of Woodlands Mall and Wingate Park Country Club. Rietvlei Dam and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve are also within 9 miles (15 km).

      Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel £106
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      Ivory Manor Boutique Hotel

      280 Jochem Street, Rietvalleirand, Pretoria, Gauteng
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Rietvlei Nature Reserve and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wingate Park Country Club and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Woodhill Golf Estate are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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        Jochem Inn

        Jochem Inn

        69 Jochem Street, Rietvalleirand, Pretoria, Gauteng
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the suburbs, this inn is within 3 miles (5 km) of Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Wingate Park Country Club and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Woodhill Golf Estate and Woodlands Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Andante Lodge £42
          Andante Lodge

          Andante Lodge

          733 Piering Rd, Rietvalleirand, Pretoria, Gauteng
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Pretoria, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Wingate Park Country Club and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Woodhill Golf Estate are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Kleineweide Guest House £52
            Kleineweide Guest House

            Kleineweide Guest House

            238 JOCHEM STREET, RIETVALLEIRAND, Pretoria, Gauteng
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within 3 miles (5 km) of Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Wingate Park Country Club and Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve. Woodhill Golf Estate and Woodlands Mall are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              River Meadow Manor £49
              River Meadow Manor

              River Meadow Manor

              No 1 Twin Rivers Estate, Jan Smuts Ave, Irene, Centurion, Gauteng
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Smuts House Museum and Jan Smuts Museum. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

                Twin Rivers Bed and Breakfast £42
                Twin Rivers Bed and Breakfast

                Twin Rivers Bed and Breakfast

                4B Twin Rivers lane, Twin rivers estate, Centurion, Gauteng
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Smuts House Museum and Jan Smuts Museum. Rietvlei Nature Reserve and Centurion Theatre are also within 6 miles (10 km).