Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Examine all sorts of exotic animal species at Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Established during the great economic turmoil of the 1930s and sitting at an average elevation of 1,525 m (5,000 ft), the reserve preserves indigenous trees, birds, and mammals. Take a guided tour on the well-maintained roads through the bush landscape to observe different species of hippos, leopards, and zebras. Arrange your visit to Rietvlei Nature Reserve and discover more family-friendly attractions in Pretoria using our Pretoria attractions planner.
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  • While not the largest "safari", this game park offers a beautiful drive within Pretoria. You'll see plenty of animals (though the rhinos have eluded me thus far). There's a café within for when you...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We saw a lot of wildlife, from rhino, zebras, wildebeest to ostriches but the highlight of our morning was probably spotting a jackal sunbathing on a warm rock. Tip: Go early in the morning to miss....  more »
  • A beautiful park in the heart of Gauteng! It’s wonderful to see how well maintained these rare areas of African wilderness are being maintained. The park is impressively WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY and even their bird hides are geared out to support the disabled. It was lovely to visit here! Would definitely recommend it!
  • A nature reserve on your doorstep. Take your family and enjoy what this nature reserve has to offer. Just don't get out your car except in demarcated areas as their are cheetahs and they hunt for themselves. So don't become cheetah bait 😉. This is a photographers paradise so don't forget to take your cameras along. There is a shop on site where you can have a meal or just buy a cool drink.
  • I really loved the environment. You can drive on the roads without the use of a map. The nature reserve is really clean and taken care of. We didint get to see all the animals that they said was there but the zebras really came out to play. There is a really nice picnic spot by the dam which has some fishes.
  • It's a smaller reserve therefore you see more. They have an amazing coffee shop where you can book a 1 hour lion tour, the guide was very informative. You're almost always guaranteed to spot a rhino and if you make your way down to the picnic area's bird hide you'll spot many catfish waiting for you to throw them a piece of bread.
  • The largest nature reserve in a city in the world is always worth a visit. Lots of wildlife including 2 of the big 5 (and lions in a separate camp) and great for birding. All facilities are well maintained and you can have a braai or visit the coffee shop in the reserve.

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