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Dinokeng Game Reserve

Dinokeng Game Reserve



+27 (0) 12 711 4391



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 72 769 6397


Size:  18,500 ha / 185 km2

Species Numbers:  *40 Mammals        *364 Birds        *96 Reptiles

Big Five:  Yes


  • * Diverse game viewing either from a vehicle or at one of the restaurants overlooking one of the dams
  • * Spectacular sunrises and sunsets
  • * Easily accessible from Johannesburg/Pretoria for a day trip or weekend escape


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.

Helpful Tips:

  • * The park is malaria-free
  • * The new self-drive route opens in December 2014, the first of a series of different routes through the reserve. Booking is essential, a limited number of vehicles will be allowed through the route each day
  • * The first hour in and through the game reserve is free, after that conservation fees apply
  • * There are a full range of activities available from boat cruises to horse riding – see the website for more details