Information Rietvlei Dam Nature Reserve

Rietvlei dam nature reserve is roughly 3,800 hectares in size and is located 18km Southeast of Pretoria. The reserve was proclaimed in 1948 around the Rietvlei and Marais dams. It protects valuable Bankenveld grassland and is home to many of the highveld’s natural wildlife species.

The reserve boasts a very good internal road network, a delightful coffee shop and hosts many activities; from lion tours to hiking, from horse riding to fishing, canoeing and sailing.
Accommodation and event venues are available for booking inside the reserve. Rietvlei is owned and maintained by the City of Tshwane.

Rietvlei is a photographic and wildlife hotspot, close to the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It has to be one of the few places in the world where one can see wild and free African wildlife (including species that are NOT present in Kruger or the Kgalagadi) so close to large international airports.

If you have a day or even a few hours to spare on your trip to Southern Africa then visit Rietvlei!

Rietvlei Gate times for day visitors

Please note that the Angling Gate closes early

Winter – April to August – 6am to 6pm (you may not enter
after 4pm)

Summer – September to March – 5:30am to 7pm (you may not
enter after 5pm)

Rietvlei Tariffs

Adults                                         R59 (Correct as at 1st July, 2018)

Children 0-2                               R0

Children 2-6                               R11

Children 7-17                             R35

Adults 60+ (with proof)             R34

6 month season ticket              R850

6 month season 60+ & kids     R396

Penalties for late exit                R265 (Correct as at 1st October, 2017)


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