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“Great family weekend outing”

Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Ranked #4 of 115 things to do in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
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“Great family weekend outing”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a gem. I've lived in Gauteng all my life and we'd never been here before until today.
It is close to Pretoria (45min from Jhb NW suburbs) but once inside it is hard to imagine that you are in close proximity to a large city. The facilites are immaculate - lots of attention has been paid to upkeep of the bird hides and the roads. The tar roads are exemplary and the dirt roads are excellent.

We were rewarded with lots of great sightings - unfortunately the antelope are a tad skittish and seemed to uniformly congregate well off the roads - except for a special sighting of a herd comprising around 30 buffalo. Winter birdlife is abundant and while I'm sure it is chaotic in summer, there were very few other visitors. The picnic sites are pristine.

For the price - (R45/adult and R30 for kids) I'd be hard pressed to find a day trip of better value. We had a wonderful day and will no doubt return (perhaps earlier to get better photography light - gates open at 06h00 year round.

Visited July 2014
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“Excellent Day”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Easy to see animals- close to town and worth the price of admission. Lots of Zebra- saw many rhinos up close and personal.

Visited June 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Animal lovers...Baby rhinos in the park”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I visited the nature reserve 2 weeks ago upon hearing that there were 3 baby rhinos. It was my first time seeing baby rhinos and it was amazing. Enter through gate 13 and go to the restaurant. We found out from the game rangers that the rhinos do come by for a feeding in the afternoon, as it is winter and they put out additional lucerne for the animals. So we had lunch and at about 3pm saw a little baby rhino trotting along with its mommy. There were 2 adult rhinos who came along at the same time. We got to watch them interact and basically go about in their own environment whilst we stood at the restaurant and watched. It was a beautiful experience. A little while later another mommy and baby pair came along. It is amazing to watch how they react to each other and how protective and territorial the moms can be.

Visited June 2014
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Pretoria, South Africa
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“A touch of the wild close to home.”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is a place you can visit for an hour or the whole day. Close to Pretoria, well priced with a good variety of animals and places to view them. Looking forward to going back.

Visited May 2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“What a pleasure”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Really a fantastic way to wind down the stress of city living and so close to the city. Not even 45 minutes from my house I can go and view wild animals in a wild setting (not a zoo). It's such a pleasure to drive around this nature reserve that we do it now on regular occasions. There is also a nice little restaurant/coffee shop where one can stop as well as a great picnic area next to the dam.

Visited May 2014
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