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HHave the perfect picnic, enjoy some cycling and horseback riding, or view wildlife while you explore the Rietvlei Nature Reserve—a natural haven of a dam surrounded by grassland and wooded savannah.

A stone’s throw away from South Africa’s capital, the city of Pretoria in Tshwane Municipality, makes it a popular day trip. Rietvlei is affectionately known as a “haven of nature” by the locals.

Home to the endangered Bankenveld grassland and around 2000 different animals, it is the perfect game-viewing day trip. See rhinos, buffalo, black wildebeest, blesbok, zebras, waterbuck, reedbuck and oribi, and if you are lucky the elusive cheetah.

Did You Know?
WWhile the Rietvlei dam was dug by hand in the 1930s, the nature reserve was only created, proclaimed and opened to the public in 1948 when game was introduced by the then Pretoria City Council.

IIt is also home to around 240 different bird species, in particular those who have aquatic elements in their ecosystems. Do look out for African fish eagles, half-collared and giant kingfishers, and purple gallinules. You’ll also find grassland specials like the grass owl, spike-heeled lark, buffy pipit and orange-throated longclaw. Two dams on the reserve offer bird hides, which provide open-water and wetland habitats.

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