Wildlife wonders in Gauteng
1Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
2Rietvlei Nature Reserve
3Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
Situated to the south of Johannesburg, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve covers some 13 337 hectares of ridges, plains and kloofs that support an array of wild animals – including baboon, cheetah, hyena and antelope. In mid-summer, look out for exquisit grassland flowers.
4The Lion Park, Lanseria
The Dinokeng Tourism Route (just outside Tshwane and Johannesburg) is being transformed into a ‘Big Five’ destination. There are already a number of well-stocked private game reserves where you can see animals like giraffe, kudu, zebra, waterbuck and wildebeest in their natural habitat.
6Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
7Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
8Marievale Bird Sanctuary
9Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve
Enjoy a game drive in this 20 000 hectare reserve that is home to zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, elands, gemsbok, kudu leopard and hyena.
10Heia Safari Ranch
A 650-hectare game ranch nestles at the foot of the Swartkop mountains. Here you can view over 176 species of birds as well as buffalo, hippo, wildebeest, impala and giraffe.