Self Drive Route (SDR)

Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) offers day and overnight visitors a unique self drive experience.

The 110km meandering route consists of well maintained tracks. The route is designed to include a rich diversity of bushveld terrain ensuring that visitors have an opportunity to see wild animals in a natural environment. There is an element of adventure in following the map provided and the route itself.

Our SDR is open to the public 7 days a week from 06h00 and visitors must exit before 18h00 when the gates are closed. The furthest point from the gates is about two hours drive.

There are shaded picnic spots with toilet facilities, well placed bird hides and a spectacular lookout point along the route.

Many visitors choose to take a break from driving at the restaurants located along the route. Breakfast or lunch is offered at these restaurants.


There are two sections of the route; Wilderness Way to the East and Paradise Link to the West.


It is possible to encounter animals (typically elephant) at close range whilst on the route and visitors need to respect the animal’s space. It is necessary to remain within in the vehicle unless at a designated stopping point. Passengers are not permitted on the back of open bakkies. 

Visitors will be given contact details of the ranger on duty who is available to assist in the event of any emergency.

What Vehicles are suitable for the SDR?
Although much of the route its suited to conventional sedan vehicles, use of a high clearance vehicle will improve chances of game and bird sightings and will ensure access to all sectors of the SDR.

Access to the SDR

The most popular and convenient access to the DGR is from the N1 taking the Hammanskraal, Boekenhoutskloof offramp. Visitors can commence the SDR via Tau Gate on the Rust de Winter Rd D48 and Ndlovu Gate on the Boekenhoutskloof Rd
Obtaining a day permit to drive the SDR is simple.
Permits are issued on arrival against payment at any of the entrance gates to the Reserve.
Many of the private lodges offer their visitors the convenience of issue permits for the self-drive.
Visitors are given a detailed map of the SDR and are required to keep the permit in their vehicle at all times while on the route. Rangers may ask to see permits and action will be taken against visitors who do not have a valid permit.

Costs of the self- drive:
I. Single Day Permits: R250 per vehicle (with up to ten occupants). Two or Three Day Permit packages are also available at a cost of R380.00 or R450.00 respectively.
II. Day visitors to the Game Reserve are required to pay the once off conservation fee of R40 per adult and R25 per child at the time of buying a permit. Overnight visitors need to pay these fees to the lodge or at the gate on exit.

III. Midweek Pensioners Discount - 50% off on the vehicle 

·    Monday -Thursday

·    Only on the vehicle

·    Must have RSA ID present

·    Age 60 and above

·    One, two or three day permits available

Visitor feedback

Comment from visitors, whether critical or complimentary, is most welcome and is taken seriously. Here is a synopsis of some of the more common remarks:

• Visitors who are used to the larger National Parks enjoy the lower density of traffic and absence of congestion at game sightings together with the adventure of driving along tracks through the bush as opposed to more developed roads. They feel closer to the bush.
• Birders marvel at the number and variety of birds (more than 350 have been identified) within the DGR.
• Some visitors experienced problems with relating the route markings with the maps provided. Attention is being given to eliminating all possible confusion.
• Visitors expect to see some of the Big 5 that are present in the DGR and are disappointed when this does not happen. The Big 5 roam freely and have varied patterns of movement dependent upon the season, the time of year and where they can find food sources. Most of the animals take shelter during the heat of the day.
• It is often said: “You may not have spotted the Big 5 but the Big 5 spotted you”. Regular visitors to the DGR develop a keener sense of observation and of spotting animals in their natural habitat.