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Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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Address: Nelmapious Drive | Centurian, Pretoria, South Africa
Phone Number: 012 358 1810

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A little piece of paradise in the city

Seemed strange viewing rhinos with pylons and buildings in the background, but what an amazing experience! Tar roads throughout the reserve, a wide variety of animals including... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karen v
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Pretoria, South Africa
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60 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three ladies went for a lunch at Rietvlei Nature Reserve. Whilst the people running the "restaurant" were very pleasant, the food was mediocre, and the surrounds gave rather a run-down feeling. We also rode through the reserve, hoping to get a glimpse of some wild animals, but other than a few "bokkies", and Egyptian Geese, we saw nothing else. It... More 

Thank PatBosman
Rome, Lazio, Italy
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is amazing how close the Rietvlei nature reserve is from Pretoria, and how far you feel when you are in the reserve. Of course the view of the rhinos with housing in the background does not make it as appealing as other reserves. But is it is worth the visit and if you are lucky you can just see... More 

Thank Robin B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seemed strange viewing rhinos with pylons and buildings in the background, but what an amazing experience! Tar roads throughout the reserve, a wide variety of animals including the magnificent rhino, and a fantastic picnic spot overlooking the dam was a lovely end to a great day!

Thank Karen v
Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being close to Pretoria this is ideal for a day's visit. Have a picnic or braai or just drive around. Light meals/refreshments available under old trees. Many wildlife can be seen on short drives. Ideal for a nice "getaway". Recommended for family outings

Thank cpvdm
Pretoria, South Africa
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be warned: Pack your own picnic basket, braai or grab a decent takeaway from a reputable supplier, before you enter the Pretoria: Rietvlei Nature Reserve! In that way you can stay the whole day in the park, watching animals and birds... We had the worst quality of quiche and rubber hamburger patties in the world, at the only coffee shop... More 

Thank vuurvliegie
Pretoria, South Africa
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263 reviews
166 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park has lots of game and there are routes you travel on to see the rhinoceros and various species of game. There is affordable horse riding available at the picnic/braai area. Bird watching at picnic/braai area is good.The restaurant limited but well thought out menu. Food average.

Thank kdgarlipp
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great spot to see a few animals and no need to get out of your car! We saw rhinos in the first 500 meters upon entering, and after that saw ostrich, zebra, wildebeast, and a number of different types of deer. Great little trip.

Thank Frodesen
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Great morning out with plenty of views of the fantastic wildlife on offer in the reserve. Not many places you will be able to visit on your doorstep and within a couple of minutes be parked next to three rhino having breakfast. Magical. A must is visit the coffee shop for breakfast. Peaceful surroundings under the trees, very good service... More 

Thank J6795IZpaulj
Johannesburg, South Africa
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62 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Located just South-East of Pretoria, a nature reserve with plenty of well protected Rhino's, lots of antelope and other game. An ideal Sunday afternoon outing. Have lunch at the restaurant and then take a leisurely drive around for a few hours! You will be amazed at what there is to see!! Highly recommended!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Good Birding Nice for an afternoon visit Always something to see. Coffee Shop needs an upgrade Good to take tourists who want to see nature close to the city.

Thank Steve E

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