Dinokeng Game Reserve
Size: 18,500 ha / 185 km2
Species Numbers: *40 Mammals *364 Birds *96 Reptiles
Big Five: Yes
The Dinokeng Game Reserve is the first free-roaming Big 5 residential game reserve in Gauteng – and probably in the world – next to an urbanized area. It is a private/public initiative for which planning and development started in the early 2000s. It was officially opened on 22 September 2011 after the introduction of four of the Big 5. The last of the Big 5 to be introduced in late 2012 were the buffalo who have settled in well, with the herd expanding successfully. The reserve now consists of 18,500 hectares of beautiful diverse bushveld with a number of lodges - both catered and self-catering. Expansion is ongoing with the goal of a 100,000 hectare reserve for the future.
The first cheetah cubs were born in 2013 and 2014 saw the birth of the first lion cubs.
The reserve boasts about 30 lodges ranging from camping and caravan facilities to self catering lodges; or tented accommodation and fully catered accommodation. A number of licensed restaurants offer a range of menus catering for young and old.
Travel north on the N1 to Pretoria North, taking the Boekenhoutkloof /Hammanskraal off-ramp. Just over an hour from OR Tambo International and Lanseria airport and approximately 25 minutes from Wonderboom airport.