Welcome to DinokengPlace of rivers

Meaning "a place of rivers", Dinokeng is a region in northern Gauteng rich in natural, cultural and historical heritage sites. 

Dinokeng's three major tourist hubs are the historic town of Cullinan, where the world’s largest rough gem-quality diamond was discovered in 1905; the Roodeplaat Dam, a birders paradise; and the Dinokeng Game Reserve, Gauteng's only free-roaming Big Five reserve.

Travellers are invited to come stay and play in Dinokeng, which offers an experience of rolling African bushveld, adventure activities to get your pulse racing, fine dining to satisfy the most particular palate, and a rich and diverse history.

What can undoubtedly be included in Dinokeng's list of “best things” are the many passionate people and enterprising entrepreneurs who live here. Come meet Dinokeng, or host an event here, and experience the region while contributing to the development of the people who live and work here. 

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KwaThabisile Game Lodge

KwaThabisile Game Lodge is located in Leeuwkloof Valley Conservancy which is a 400 hectare game reserve in the Dinokeng Region. The lodge is located 1 hour from Johannesburg and O.R. Tambo International Airport and 30 minutes from Tshwane (Pretoria).  The game lodge is fully self-catering offering a truly distinct out of Africa environment.

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Loodswaai Game Ranch

Loodswaai Game Ranch has a very unique location in that it is situated on the edge of a vast crater that was formed millions of years ago.  The ranch resides on the lush bushveld of the Dinokeng game reserve, just a short distance from the CBD of Pretoria.

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Xombana

Just 30 minutes north of Pretoria in the Dinokeng game reserve is Xombana, a thatched roof haven of peace and tranquillity.

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Phakama Private Game Lodge

Phakama Private Game Lodge offers guests 4-star accommodation in the heart of the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve, less than 50 kilometers north of Pretoria, Gauteng.  This breath-taking reserve is comprises 3000 hectares of malaria free bushveld. There are more than 800 head of game roaming freely in the reserve including the Big 5 (leopard, rhino, buffalo, lion, elephant).

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Jimmy’s Place

Jimmy’s Place is located in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, just outside Pretoria in Gauteng. It’s easily accessible location and tranquil setting make it ideal for an escape from the bustling city, situated just over an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and only 30 minutes’ drive from Pretoria.

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Spas in Dinokeng

They are sprinkled across the region – in the village of Cullinan, round the southern circuit and at exclusive game lodges in the wildlife reserve up north.  They offer the latest in therapies and treatments from both West and East, with the addition of African medicinal knowledge of indigenous plants and remedies.  What’s more, being out of Gauteng’s densely urban areas, they offer ‘back to nature’ benefits absent in a city.

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Blue Cottages Country House

Blue Cottages Country House still has the original farmhouse built in1948 and is nestled at the foot of the Drakensburg mountain range in a 4 acre tropical garden.

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Cullinan Diamond Lodge

The quaint town of Cullinan is at the heart of Dinokeng, Gauteng. This charming place is famous for being the site where the world’s largest rough diamond (3 106-carat) was found in 1905). Named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, who located a rich diamond pipe here in 1902, Cullinan lies about 30km east of Pretoria.

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