Things to do near
Dinokeng Game Reserve
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Rust de Winter (22.7 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Load up the family and take them to visit Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park on your next holiday.
Friendly guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the enclosures where you will learn more about chimpanzees, white lions, tigers, cheetah and 38 playful primate species.
The park is also home to numerous colourful exotic birds and lemurs. The park boasts 50 species of lemurs of which 17 are on the endangered species list including the brown, ring-tailed and ruffed lemurs.
Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park is open 365 days a year from 9am to 4pm. Guided tours usually take two to three hours. Also on offer are informal play sessions, a curio shop, short game drives and school tours.
Cullinan (32 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Just 25 km from Pretoria, you'll find Pebble Rock Golf Club, a challenging 18-hole course.
A well-known feature in the area, the course forms part of the Pebble Rock Village, with the club house forming the focal point. The course offers members, residents and visitors a relaxing game in a wonderful bushveld surrounding. A pro shop is also available to acquire any golfing items if needed.
Roodeplaat (35 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Roodeplaat Nature Reserve is conveniently located close to the city for a day's nature outing. The reserve has two hides overlooking the dam for the avid birdwatcher - you might have to content with some fisherman that do not spot the 'no fishing' sign. The reserve boasts over 250 bird species including the osprey, Eurasian reed-warbler, purple heron, black heron and hamerkop.
Roodeplaat (35 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
The dam was originally named Pienaars Rivier Dam and meant for the water supply to the immediate land owners. It still supplies water but visitors are able to row and fish on the dam. Bass, carp, kurper and barbel can be caught.
Kameeldrift East (37.1 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Bushman's Rock Spa is the most relaxing spa in this area of Pretoria, located on the banks of the Moreletta river, in the heart of the bush.
Enjoy a authentic African calabash massage in the beautiful rooms over looking the river or have a relaxing pedicure outside next to the river while sipping on a refreshing cocktail.
Cullinan (41.1 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Cullinan Tours is a tour operating company based North East of Pretoria in the diamond mining town of Cullinan, providing exclusive surface and underground tours of Cullinan Mine.
Underground tours take about 4 hours. Tours are conducted from Monday to Friday at 10:30, and on Saturday at 7:30. Visitors under 16 years are not allowed underground. Surface tours are conducted 7 days a week, and take about 2 hours. Starting times for Monday to Friday are 10:00, 12:00 and 14:30, and on weekends at 10:00 and 12:00.
Cullinan (41.1 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Cycle back in time to an immaculately restored, yet living and growing community that is as much about the future as the past. Cullinan makes up part of the Dinokeng Region, which is famous for giving visitors the opportunity to see all that Africa has to offer in a day.Cullinan is 30 minutes drive from Tshwane (Pretoria) and less than an hour from Johannesburg. Clusters of original stone miner's cottages, a turn-of-the-century railway station and authentic buildings flank the jacaranda and oak tree lined avenue. The semidetached houses in Oak Avenue are built of local stone in 1904 to provide housing for the mine employees.The Edwardian setting of the Cullinan mining town has a proud involvement in heritage and conservation matters. The Second World War POW's left behind amazing art works and architectural reminders of their stay in Cullinan and the surrounding areas. The largest allied prisoner of war camp in Africa was established here and the graves of 264 Italian prisoners are still preserved.The famous South African architect, Sir Herbert Baker, also left his mark on the village, as he designed the beautiful St George's Anglican stone church in Oak Avenue. Cullinan Mine has always placed a high priority on nature conservation. Cullinan Mine also has its own game farm that conserves numerous plants, animals (including white rhinos), insects and birds.
Cullinan (42 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Giddy up with Cullinan Adventure Outrides. Horses are suitable for beginners to more experienced riders. Rides usually take an hour and a half for a maximum of 10 people.
Book your outrides and stay at Cullinan Backpackers.
Cullinan (42.1 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Cullinan Golf Club offers a good 9-hole course for avid golfers to test their mettle.
The layout of the course has remained very much the same since it's development in 1905. The course has remained a favourite spot among locals. Visitors are welcome and there are carts for hire if required.
Cullinan (42.2 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
GorgeGlide Cullinan provides you with high, fast and exciting zip-line slides that leave you wanting more.
The glides zip across the beautiful Muningy Gorge, and will likely satisfy any adrenalin junkie in pursuit of a high. At the first glide dubbed "The Granny", you'll be treated to a scenic view of the gorge, gliding 260 m at 30 km/h.
Next up is the "Superman" glide, happily given the nickname due to the fact that you actually feel like you're flying. This 570 m monster glide drops the ground beneath your feet as you feel the speed reach up to 75km/h. This is an experience you'll not likely forget.
Galleries and Museums
Silverton (45.8 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
The famous Pioneer Museum in Silverton is a large farm displaying the typical lifestyle of the early settlers. Visitors can witness demonstrations on the techniques early settlers used to ground their wheat, create candles, bake bread and roast coffee, among many other things.
A Cape farmer, David Botha, was the first to settle on the farm in 1846. For many years it was used as a halfway station with coach-houses and stables for travelers. In 1961 it was donated to the municipality of Silverton and in 1975 it was named the Pioneer Museum.
Visitors can browse through the museum's shop, enjoy a picnic, or book out the hall, kitchen and lapas for a private function.
Arcadia (48.9 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Pretoria has a complex and fascinating past. Initially the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Transvaal, it moved on to became one of the three capitals of South Africa and an international symbol of Apartheid.Then the turnabout came in 1994 with the jubilant inauguration of former President Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected President. Suddenly the Union Buildings transformed from a symbol of white, supremacist domination to one of genuine unity in this beautiful and culturally rich city.The Union Buildings still form the official seat of South Africa's government and houses The Presidency as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs. Built at the loftiest point of South Africa's capital city, the elegant buildings preside like an ancient temple adorning and presiding over the city it governs. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the building was completed in 1913. Herbert Baker chose Meintjieskop for the site because it reminded him of the acropolises of Greece and Asia Minor. The overall design is influenced by the neo-classic architecture of the Italian Renaissance as well as Cape Dutch.
Hatfield (49.1 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Situated in the heart of Pretoria is Duncan Yard, a distinctive boutique lifestyle centre and must-do lunch spot. Here visitors amble through quaint stores and eateries along cobbled stone walkways and castle turrets.
The alfresco centre provides a unique shopping experience with over 15 restaurants and shops. Its picturesque location is reminiscent of a rustic Italian village and provides a refreshingly exotic experience.
Renowned for the popular Papa’s Real Food restaurant and the Deli on Duncan’s delectable array of delicacies, Duncan Yard also features an enticing selection of stores offering boutique clothing, jewellery, indoor and outdoor décor, and carpet and florist services. Both the beauty and hair salon are idyllically situated for complete relaxation and pampering.
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday 09:00 – 15:00
Sunday 10:00 – 14:00
Public Holidays 10:00 – 14:00
+27 (0) 12 362 2224 / 4054
Bela Bela (Warmbaths) (49.3 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
Grab your kids for mega wallowing and splashing about at Forever Resorts Warmbaths.
Even if you’re not crazy about family-oriented resorts, a trip to Bela-Bela wouldn’t be complete without a dip in the bubbling hot mineral spring. But if it’s a quiet getaway you’re after be warned – on weekends and school holidays you might be joined by thousands of holiday makers.
The source of the ancient spring gushes out 22 000 litres of water at 52 degrees Celsius every hour. Rich in limestone minerals including calcium carbonate, sodium chloride and other salts, the water is popular for healing treatments.
Apart from the hydro therapy of the Jacuzzi, indoor hydro pools and the main pool, the resort offers cable water skiing, go-karts, mini quads, a fufi-slide, pedal boats, target shooting, 'Monster Web' climbing, putt-putt, kids play park, speed slide, wave pool – the list is endless!
Day visitors are welcome from 07:00 – 17:00
December rates subject to change: adults R130, children 3 – 13 R100.
Silver Lakes Golf Estate (49.3 km from Dinokeng Game Reserve)
If you’re an avid golfer visiting Pretoria, the Silver Lakes Golf Course challenges you to enjoy its championship layout. Designed by Peter Matkovich, it bears the trademark of his exclusive water design.
The Silver Lakes Golf Academy offers you a complete range of golf-related services, regardless of your proficiency level, at a facility comparable to the best in the world. Other sporting activities at your disposal include tennis and squash.
Silver Lakes Estate is justly proud of its indigenous vegetation and natural wetland. Game such as blesbuck, nyala, impala, duiker, kudu and zebra roam freely, inviting you to stroll along the demarcated nature trail. Or you could spend a leisurely hour or two atop the game-viewing platform.
Numerous cycling trails traverse the reserve. In addition, the estate is a bird-lover’s paradise, more than 160 different species having been spotted here. When you’re ready to succumb to relaxation, the Fairways Restaurant offers a wide selection of tasty dishes, and is only a stone’s throw away from the Lodge.