The Dinokeng Game Reserve History and Timeline




Release of a male Martial Eagle in November

Continued with EWT cheetah metapopulation project. 

Our female cheetah was relocated and a new female cheetah was introduced (Oct)





3343 vehicles went on the self-drive route for 2015
Self-drive route opened a second section in September
Construction started for a picnic site for day visitors
New Brown Hyena pups were seen end of November
Part of the cheetah metapopulation project of the EWT, some of our Cheetah were relocated and we received 2 male Cheetah
Endangered Blue Crane sighted in the eastern part of the DGR
Martial Eagles bred successfully & reared healthy chicks




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First lion cubs from the DGR's Northern pride born in early October
First phase of the DGR Self-Drive Route under construction - launch date - early December 2014



Three new elephant bulls were released into the reserve and our cheetah gave birth mid year to four cubs. The DGR embarked on the Rhino Rescue Project which entailed the infusion of a substance, harmful to humans, into our rhino horn to safeguard our rhinos. Three new lionesses were introduced to the reserve in October.
Expansion is well under way and 2014 should see the start of the next phase of the reserve which will hopefully increase it by 40 000 hectares as more landowners in the area sign up for the project.


Speed humps were installed on the main through road of the reserve in May. In August the first Buffalo arrived in the reserve and in late September the first two cheetahs were released into the reserve. The first General Manager, Mr. Piet Venter was appointed in September to take over the daily running of the reserve.


The first lion were released into the DGR on 19 September 2011 just prior to the official opening of the DGR by Nomvula Mokonyane at the Ndlovu Gate on 22 September 2011.
In October 2011 the fences between the north and south of the reserve started to come down joining the 18 500 hectares of the reserve. On 26 October 2011, the first free roaming elephant in Gauteng in 100 years were released into the DGR.


2009-2010 In July 2009, the tender for the DGR gate construction was awarded and the gate construction was started along with the planting of the first poles for the Eastern Expansion fencing which would bring the reserve to 18 500 hectares. In October 2009, the EMP for the reserve was completed paving the way for the Protected Areas application, the Fire Protection Association registration and the Threatened and Protected Species introductions.


2007-2008 The Dinokeng Game Reserve Management Association was formed to manage the reserve and the Dinokeng Game Enterprizes (Pty) Ltd to manage the game and this completed the fulfillment of the IPLA (Intellectual Property Licence Agreement) requirements from Government. The IPLA was signed on 29 March 2008. The Southern and Northern portion of the initial 12 500 hectares took down their internal fences, and a fence was erected on both sides of the Rust de Winter road running through the centre of the reserve separating the reserve into two portions temporarily – north and south –until the game reserve gates were completed.
In October 2008, the first white rhino were introduced to the DGR.


2004-2006 Three Land Owners Associations (LOA) were formed. Three separate constitutions were negotiated between Blue IQ and the landowners. Basic concepts and structure of the reserve were negotiated between the LOA’s and Blue IQ, under the guidance and leadership of KWENA consortium, which later formed the Integrated Business Plan (IBP). Landowners began to sign into the project.


Smaller landowners in the Hammanskraal area indicated their willingness to participate in the project. A total revision of the master plan was required, along with a revision of DGR concepts.


Blue IQ appointed KWENA Consortium to provide implementation principles as well as consulting services related to the project implementation. The DGR concept was unsuccessfully “sold” to the large landowners in the northern area of Gauteng.


The concluded Dinokeng Master plan now proposed a wider regional tourism destination development rather than just the biosphere Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR), although the DGR remained as the ‘anchor project’.


The project was amalgamated into the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Investment Programme (SEIIP) and later Blue IQ. The project was dubbed “Dinokeng” (The place of rivers) for first time. Project staff were employed and the master planning begun. 


The IUCN feasibility report - again the intent was to form only a biosphere reserve. The report indicated that there was sufficient financial and socio-economic reason to continue with a reserve, but the cost did not merit forming only a biosphere reserve.



First efforts to form the reserve under the name Amakulu.




NEGI (North East Gauteng Initiative) initially intended only to form a Big 5 game reserve.