Our Story centers around conservation, as a project started through strategic initiatives of Gauteng Provincial Government and the efforts of enthusiastic more than 170 landowners. Together they developed the concept that eco-tourism could become the source for upliftment of rural communities through sustainable employment.
Situated within the boundaries of a large metropolis the Dinokeng Game Reserve has the potential to become a model for future conservation where people and wild animals live in harmony. And it is on the way to prove itself as an example for successful transformation with so far more than 800 permanent jobs created for people living in the adjoining communities.
The name of the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) is derived from the languages of the baTswana and baPedi people who traditionally inhabited the area. Meaning “a place of rivers”, Dinokeng lies in the catchment area of two rivers that flow into the Olifants and Limpopo rivers and on to the Indian Ocean.
The DGR is situated on the north eastern quadrant of the Gauteng Province of South Africa between latitudes 25°40’00”S and 25°10’00”Sand longitudes 28°15’00”E and 28°40’00”E comprising currently 18 500 ha.
The DGR area experiences summer rainfall patterns in the form of thunder storms which can be variable and erratic. Rainfall varies from 350mm to 750mm per season. Temperatures vary between 0° and 40° with a long term daily average of 21°.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve is Malaria-free.
Conservation fees are per person (once off) (As from 15 June 2019)
Tickets are per vehicle (as from 15 June 2019)
A group of individuals with a passion for nature conservation – many of them SANParks Honorary Rangers – have formed this group to support the Dinokeng Game Reserve Management in their endeavours to make the Dinokeng Game Reserve a world class reserve.
In a short space of time this enthusiastic group has established “The Den”, a fully equipped bushveld campsite and conservation training facility, within the DGR. The den is the hub for their activities. Dinokeng Volunteer Rangers have a duty roster to ensure that their members rotate their responsibilities towards the DGR. They spend mostly weekend and holiday time in the Dinokeng Game Reserve (DGR) conducting training courses, promoting conservation and actively patrolling and supporting management on the ground.
Apart from patrolling the Self Drive Route (and enjoying the time in the bush) the DVR play a major role in the reserve’s community upliftment activities. Amongst other they have facilitated practical courses for learners from schools that are close to the DGR.
Interested conservationists are welcome to contact the Sarel Naude – the chairman of DVR at email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 071 895 7737
D’Nokasi Crafters is a collective of creative entrepreneurs from Dinokeng. It sells artwork, home decor items and accessories, specialising in pottery, fabric and wire.
D’Nokasi Crafters is supported by the Dinokeng Game Reserve, which provides the infrastructure for store and workshops. It is situated just outside the Dinokeng Game Reserve’s Tau Gate, and its locally produced, handmade craftwork is popular among visitors and locals.
The items sold at the store are created in a workshop on the same premises as the store. The artists at the workshop also conduct training sessions and upskill community members in activities such as sewing and beadwork, among other things.
D’Nokasi Crafters is open Monday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm, including public holidays. Pop in and unearth stunning, handmade souvenirs.
Members of the DGR management are continuously mentoring members of the D’Nokasi cooperative in areas that are not core skills of the crafters but nevertheless important for a successful business. They bring in their professional experiences in (store) design, exhibition/trade show design and organisation, marketing, business planning etc.
Together with artists and crafters from the surroundings the D’Nokasi Crafters started a weekly weekend market on 1. September 2018, which is intended to develop into an Arts, Crafts and Farmers Market once the season allows for fresh produce.
Dinokeng Game Reserve