1Rhino 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.
2Rietvlei 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.
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
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 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
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.
7Roodeplaat 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.
8Marievale 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.
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.