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JJust 22km north of Pretoria, you’ll find the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve Wildlife Sanctuary where you can picnic, go fishing, do some game viewing and finally tick those elusive bird species off your spotting list.
In Gauteng, there’s a constellation of private and public reserves, sanctuaries and wooded hideaways grouped within a destination called Dinokeng. One of the most popular places for a day outing is the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve. Originally an irrigation dam, the abundance of vegetation attracts birds, game and fish.
TThe northern part of the dam is usually visited by anglers who catch bass, carp and kurper, while game viewers head to the quieter south side to see zebra, kudu, waterbuck, impala and blue wildebeest. The reserve also has black-backed jackals that come out in the early morning and late afternoon.