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Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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Nelmapious Drive | Centurian, Pretoria, South Africa
+27 12 358 1810
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Always good for a short outing

We visit Rietvlei quite regularly for some photographic exercise. We try to be there as early as... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2017
Michael G
Johannesburg, South Africa
Great family day out

Wonderful day spent at the dam, surrounded by nature, spending time with family. great atmosphere... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Pretoria, South Africa
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Nelmapious Drive | Centurian, Pretoria, South Africa
+27 12 358 1810
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We visit Rietvlei quite regularly for some photographic exercise. We try to be there as early as possible to avoid the crowd and make use of the good light. One of the first stops is the hide at the dam. The fitted it out for...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Wonderful day spent at the dam, surrounded by nature, spending time with family. great atmosphere to relax

Thank bronwynr1
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great place for a quiet weekend drive away from the hustle of the city and close enough without having to drive for hours to get there. Roads are good and the network is fairly extensive. The game is limited but there. We...More

Thank Wade V P
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Excellent day out. Loads to see and plenty of animals about. Zebra, Oryx, Rhino, Springbok to name a few. If your going in a normal car you may want to stick to the tarmac roads but I recommend taking a pickup or 4x4 so you...More

Thank Simon H
Reviewed 9 October 2017

The facility is just off R21 between Pretoria and Johannesburg which made it a great diversion. Entrance fees were reasonable and the reserve is about 20 square kilometers so we spent a couple of hours on our game search. There are blinds which allowed us...More

Thank PhotoCouple
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Visiting Rietvlei never disappoints. It is as stonethrough from Ptretoria and I even sometimes enjoys a worthwhile trip there before work. As birder it is always a pleasant surprise with many species... The small restaurant also offers very tasty light meals at very affordable prices.

Thank JanKotze
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We often visit this place on a weekend, it never disappoints, because we always witness animal and bird viewings and even memorable encounters! Not all Pretoria residents realise this is such a nearby special place to visit - if you want to go for a...More

1  Thank hedihildegardk
Reviewed 3 October 2017

For a reserve to be in the city like this is amazing but I was a bit bored as it was mostly sparse game and vegetation. The bird hides were very peaceful and nice to relax in.

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Visited Rietvlei with family. Plenty of planes game and up in the open Rhinos to see and lions un an inclosed area. The make my day was to see Jabula the main mail lion. He grew up in a friends farm and was relocated to...More

Thank Y3161WMgeorgea
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Always an amazing outing Great picnic area and braai facilities Family friendly Great views of animals and reserve on your way to picnic area Real gem close to home

Thank Janeane P
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