Nature and Game Viewing
Botanical Gardens and Nature
- Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld areas. A breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles can be found nesting on the cliffs alongside the waterfall.
The Garden is also home to an abundance of wildlife. Over 220 birds species recorded on site. There are also a number of reptile and small mammals, including small antelope and jackal, which occur naturally in the Nature Reserve.
- Address: End of Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort
- Tel: 086 100 1278
- Fax: 086 520 7715
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- Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 08h00 to 18h00
- The combined area of the dam and its gardens is over 100 hectares, which is fortunate as this glorious emerald of a park, with its contrasting areas of activity and serenity, draws an inordinate amount of visitors on a daily basis.Located at the northeast side of the park, the dam is a popular destination for energetic canoeists and small-boat enthusiasts. Sailing, canoeing and diving club facilities are housed on its eastern embankment.
The vast green surrounds are equally popular with dog walkers, cyclists and runners, while on weekends the sloped grass embankments are filled with picnickers.
- Address: Olifants Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
- Tel: (011) 782 7064
- Melville Koppies is a Nature Reserve and a Johannesburg City Heritage Site. It is the last conserved remnant of Johannesburg's ridges as they were before the discovery of gold in 1886. The vegetation of the Koppies is entirely indigenous and is a remarkable example of the richness of highveld grasses, flowers, and trees so close to a city centre. These ridges have looked like this for hundreds of years.
- Address: Melville Koppies Central, Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
- Tel: (011) 482 4797
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- Opening hours: There are guided walks and open days on certain days only. Visit their website to view their calendar or contact them by phone or email.
- The garden at Brenthurst Estate is rated as one of the finest in South Africa and can certainly be placed among the great gardens of the world. Its history goes back to the turn of the last century and has many different aspects with individual gardens to offer which have been expertly blended into a harmonious whole. The natural style of gardening is inspired by the wild with the garden being planted as a balanced eco-system and is now a haven for wildlife.
- Tel: (011) 646 4122
- Fax: (011) 646 1529
Game Drive Viewing
The Lion Park is home to over 80 lions including rare white lions and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, hyena, jackal, and a wide variety of antelope. Guests have an opportunity to interact with some of the animals in the Cub World area which has a giraffe feeding platform that puts you at eye level with their tame resident giraffe creating a fun experience for all ages. Then there is the popular cub interaction which allows guests to touch the cubs and take photographs.
- Address: Cnr Malibongwe & R114, Lanseria
- Tel: (011) 691 9905
- Fax: (011) 691 9904
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: Weekdays All Year 08:30-17:00. Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 1 Sep - 30 Apr 08:30-18:00 and Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 1 May - 31 Aug 08:30-17:00.
With over 600 head of game, this is the perfect setting for admiring nature on your doorstep. More than thirty species, including three of the big five (Kruger Lion, White Rhino and Buffalo), can be viewed from open vehicles led by an experienced SATOUR-registered guide. Visitor facilities include barbecue (braai) areas, a kiosk, restaurants, curio shop, swimming pool, children's play park and the Crocodile Pub where visitors can enjoy a quiet sundowner while watching crocodiles at close range. Lion and Tiger Cubs are available in the Animal Crèche to touch and take a photograph with, subject to availability.
- Address: Cradle of Mankind Heritage Site, Kromdraai Conservancy, Kromdraai / Sterkfontein (Acces via R512 or M47)
- Tel: (011) 957 0349 or (011) 957 0106 or (011) 957 0109
- Cell: 082 800 5305
- Fax: (011) 957 0019
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- Opening hours: Main Entrance gate and Hippo Walkway 08h00 - 15h45 (weekdays, weekends and public holidays). Gates Lock at 17h00 (weekdays) and 18h00 (Weekends & public holidays). Lion & Predator Camp 08h30 - 16h00 and lion feeding times are at 13h00.
Visitors are offered many opportunities to experience the wonders of Pilanesberg. There are nearly 200 kilometres of excellent quality roads for either self-drives or guided drives, and professional guides operate within the park. An abundance of wild life proliferate in 580 km of diverse and arresting bushveld terrain including Africa's Big Five . Numerous hides and scenic picnic sites are scattered around the park to enable the tourist to experience out-of-car experiences as well.
- Address: Pilanesberg Game Reserve is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province, adjacent to Sun City.
- Tel: (014) 555 1600
- Fax: (014) 555 5525
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- Opening hours: Gate times - March & April 06h00 - 18h30; May - September 06h30 - 18h00; September & October 06h00 - 18h30; November - February 05h30 - 19h00
Animal and Game Viewing
Croc City Crocodile Farm provides the opportunity to observe one of the world's most spectacular predators at close range. You are also given the chance to hold a hatchling. On display, they have croc hatchlings to large adults of up to five meters in length. The tea garden offers delicious refreshments and in the curio shop you will find a wide variety of souvenirs, as well as vacuum packed crocodile meat.
- Address: Plot 59, R114, Old Pretoria Rd, Nietgedacht, Fourways
- Tel: 083 657 7561 or 083 321 1016
- Fax: 086 672 6719
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- Opening hours: 7 Days a week (including Public Holidays) from 9:00 - 16:30
Visitors can view a great variety of species including lions, tigers, and other big cats, as well as chimpanzees and other primates, hyenas, wolves, wild dogs, otters, birds and reptiles. They also have one of the finest reptile collections in Southern Africa. Regular snake, seal and animal handling demonstrations are given and weekend visitors can enjoy a scenic ferry boat cruise on the dam in the vicinity of the Park. There is also a waterfront tea garden which has the best view of the dam for miles around.
- Address: Eastern shore of the Hartbeespoort Dam on the R511 just before the tunnel and dam wall.
- Telephone: (012) 253 1162
- Fax: (012) 253 0091
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- Opening hours: Open daily and on Public Holidays in summer from 08h00 to 17h30 and in winter from 08h30 to 17h00.
The Elephant Sanctuary provides a “halfway house” for young African elephants in need of a temporary home. It is the only operation in South Africa that provides for elephants in this way. Learn more about elephant habits, behaviour, different personalities and anatomy through up-close and personal interaction. You get an opportunity to touch, feed and even walk trunk-in-hand with these magnificent animals. Short elephant-back rides are also offered.
- Address: R512, The Hartbeespoort Dam Area, Brits
- Tel: (012) 258 0423 or (012) 258 0332
- Cell: 072 806 4165
- Fax: (012) 258 8 0329
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Enjoy a three hour guided wildlife tour led by a knowledgeable guide during which you will see and learn about cheetah, wild dog, caracal, wild cat, vultures and various antelope species. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, the ambassador cheetahs at the Centre are exercised and entails the cheetahs chasing a high speed lure. Visitors are able to witness the cheetah moving at speed and offers some excellent photographic opportunities. Family tours and private tours are also offered.
- Address: Pretoria North Road R513, Entrance number 18, De Wildt, North West, Hartbeespoort