Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Situated in the Cradle of Humankind (just 40 kilometres West of Johannesburg) the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is home to lions, rhinos, cheetah, Nile crocodile and over 600 head of game.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
You’ll find this rehabilitated wetlands reserve to the south of Pretoria. There is a variety of wildlife roaming the grasslands, including buffalo, rhino, hippo and zebra.
Suikerbosrand 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.
The Lion Park, Lanseria
Home to over 80 lions including the famous white lions of Timbavati, the Lion Park in Lanseria also offers up a close-and-personal experience with lion cubs.
The Johannesburg Zoo has not only successfully bred some of the world's rarest animals, it has also introduced a range of visitor programmes that keeps locals and vistors enthralled. This zoo in Johannesburg is a must for all wildlife enthusiasts.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
At the scenic Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, you’ll see the rare Verreaux Black Eagles and other exquisite birdlife, quite apart from the beautifully tended indigenous plants.
Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
Located to the East of Pretoria, this nature reserve has over 170 species of birds. There is also zebra, kudu, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, steenbok and black-backed jackals.
Marievale Bird Sanctuary
About an hour from Johannesburg, in among the remains of old gold mines is a a truly remarkable place to see birds by the thousand. Marievale is well-loved by local birders.
Nooitgedacht 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.
National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria
The days when zoos were merely a glorified list of the odd and exotic held in cages; today zoos play an important role in conservation efforts and the Pretoria Zoo is at the forefront of these efforts, forming part of the National Research Foundation.