Top 10: Wildlife wonders in Gauteng

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. Mother and calf - Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.

1 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.

2 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. more

3 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. more

4 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.

5 Johannesburg Zoo

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. more

6 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. more

7 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. more

8 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. more

9 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.

10 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. more