Where the wild things are

Lion cubs playing in the Dinokeng Game Reserve

Lion cubs playing in the Dinokeng Game Reserve (Image: Cedric Favero)

Ever wanted to experience a wildlife safari without having to drive for hours or cross provinces to view South Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) roam freely? Well, you don’t have to.

About an hour from OR Tambo International Airport, lies the Dinokeng Game Reserve – the country’s first free-roaming Big Five game reserve adjacent to an urbanised area.

This relatively young reserve opened in late 2011 and is the brainchild of former Gauteng Premier Tokyo Sexwale, who announced plans in 1996 to develop a Big Five game reserve. The aim of the development is to promote tourism, employment, and economic development in poorer communities in the province.

On a game drive in the Dinokeng Game Reserve

On a game drive in the Dinokeng Game Reserve (Image: coffe:in)

The entire reserve covers a total of 18 000ha and is owned by various private tourism companies, landowners and the state, resulting in an array of accommodation options, including game lodges, farm stays, bush camps and chalets.

Choose from day or night game drives, sunset boat cruises, guided bush walks, bush lunch picnics, freshwater fishing and game viewing, all in the company of experienced rangers and guides.

The reserve may only be five years old, but those who have visited are spreading the word about this conveniently located wildlife destination – which is why you should book accommodation and game drives well ahead of your visit. 

The Dinokeng Game Reserve is your window to wildlife and it’s right here in Gauteng province.