At Dinokeng Game Reserve, you’ll experience something truly special. Get ready to feel at one with the bush and explore to your heart’s content. By visiting us, you’re contributing to the future of conservation in Tshwane. It’s a win-win situation: an unforgettable adventure and a chance to support conservation efforts. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s make some memories!.
Explore more than 140kms of winding tracks (most suitable to sedan vehicles). Permits to use the route can be purchased at the gates of the reserve or online. Click for more information.
Let your taste buds have a party with a view at one of the restaurants in the park. You can also purchase delicious game meat & biltong and much needed essentials at Ndlovu Gate Kiosk
Conservation Fees and Permits for the Self-Drive Route can be purchased online. Please see below the following breakdown plus the link to get yours today.
Once off Conservation Fee:
R100 per adult
R50 per child (2-12 years)
R50 Vehicle Entrance Fee
Self-drive Permits (permits are per vehicle)
1 day Permit: R250
2 day Permit: R320
3 day Permit: R380
7 day Permit: R450
Pensioners Permits (Valid Monday to Thursday)
1 day Permit: R125
2 day Permit: R160
3 day Permit: R190
7 day Permit: R225
(The R50 Vehicle Entrance Fee is already included in the self-drive route permit price.)
Self-drive route map guide: R50
Your self-drive route map guide is not your permit. It is a book you can purchase with a detailed map of the self-drive route, with added interesting information on the reserve.
If you are looking for a break from your everyday routine, Dinokeng Game Reserve is the place to be. Just a short 40-minute drive from downtown Pretoria, it’s all about relaxation, adventure, and soaking up nature’s wonders at our amazing Big Five Game Reserve.
Explore along more than 140 kilometers of winding tracks, most of which are suitable for sedans. You can take your time, stopping whenever you want to soak in the atmosphere of this wild and vibrant environment, where animals, creatures, plants, and humans coexist harmoniously.
Get your permits either at the reserve gates or online, and what’s more, the self-drive map guide is available and it’s packed with detailed maps, handy spots to take a breather, grab a bite, or have a picnic. It’s loaded with fascinating tidbits about animals, birds, and plants, perfect for keeping the little ones entertained. Don’t forget to check out the fantastic restaurants scattered along the route, they’re a must-visit!
To ensure a safe and enjoyable elephant viewing experience, please take note of the following guidelines:
Breeding Herds: Exercise caution when approaching elephant breeding herds, especially those with young calves. The matriarch and other mature members can become aggressive if they perceive you as a threat. It’s important to maintain a safe distance and remain inside your vehicle for your own safety.
Musth Bulls: Musth bulls can be identified by a continuous strong-smelling urine stream that stains their penal sheath and hind legs. They also leave a trail of urine as they move, and you may notice thick streaming from their temporal glands, located between the ear holes and eyes. Musth is a period of heightened sexual aggression, and bulls can exhibit aggressive behaviour during this time. It is advisable to keep a safe distance from musth bulls at all times.
General Rules for Wild Elephants:
By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure your safety and the well-being of the elephants. Enjoy your elephant viewing experience responsibly and make lasting memories while respecting these magnificent animals.
Users of the Self Drive Route have a choice of three different Picnic Sites situated along the route. These picnic sites are built and maintained by private landowners who levy no charge for their use but expect visitors to leave the sites in the condition that they would wish to find them. Pack your picnic baskets, food, drinks, fire wood, firelighters, braai tools and chairs. Braai stands, drinking water and clean toilets are provided. As with most picnic sites in game reserves they are not fenced so as to provide a closer bush encounter. Visitors use these facilities at their own risk.
Bayethe is an interesting traditional name. It essentially means “Salute the King” but was also the opening song of the movie Shaka Zulu. This more remote picnic resonates with its name as it is set on a hill and has a panoramic view across the valley. Bayethe is located close to Elephant Water Hole and Ouklip Game Lodge. Here you will find a thatched shelter, facilities to braai with two tables and bunks can accommodate about 16 people. There are flushing toilets for the convenience of visitors. The water is not suitable for drinking.
Dula Nokeng means “sitting by the water”. This picnic site is modern and is set close to the Fischer dam and in the shade of the local bush. It is conveniently close to the main tarred access road of the Reserve known as the Rust De Winter Rd. Dula Nokeng offers excellent facilities that include fresh water, clean toilets and convenient braai stands that cater for small and larger groups. Guests need to bring their own tables and chairs for this site. A key attraction is the Fischer Dam that is a short drive down from the picnic site, the habitat of a wide variety of bird life. Great sunsets over this dam set the scene for a relaxing sundowner and awesome pictures.
As the name suggests this tranquil spacious picnic site is set in the open veld and is located in the South East (close to Arlington Craft Brewery) of the Game Reserve. The site has a rustic appeal and offers fresh drinking water, clean restrooms and washing up facilities and sheltered tables and stools at the five individual braai places. There are welcome play facilities for children to get some exercise after being cooped up in a car for hours. Braai grids are provided.
This bird hide derives its name from letters of the names of the two landowner families that were involved in developing the hide. It is hidden away in the eastern part of the Game Reserve but easy to get to being not far from the Arlington Brewery where refreshments and ablutions are available. Located adjacent to a wetland in open veld the dam at this beautifully constructed hide attracts an interesting variety of birds and mammals. It is a serene place where peace and quiet can be enjoyed whilst you observe nature’s scene unfold. There are no toilet facilities here.
Enhance your nature experience with guided game drives and bush walks. A game drive in an open safari vehicle not only gets you closer – you can smell nature and your sight is increased by the elevated seating position – but it gets enriched by the wealth of knowledge and experience the qualified field guides are sharing.
During your morning coffee with home baked rusks or sundowners in a secluded area in the middle of the bush or on the riverbank, your guide will share legendary tales of mating ostrich and laughing hyena. Guided game drives come with age restrictions for children. Please check details with your chosen operator.
You can’t get more exposure than with a guided bush walk. In very small groups guided by two specially trained guides, it is all about tracking animals and observing them in their natural habitat without them even sensing that you are there. And being on foot gets you so much closer, especially to the small things that otherwise you may just ignore. You learn about tracks and what they tell you, and even if you don’t find the big encounter you may get hooked into e.g. dung beetle activity and how fascinating the small things are, and time flies by.
If you consider a walk be prepared with appropriate footwear and clothing and enough water. A certain level of fitness is required and your medical condition must allow exposure to the sun and temperatures for 3 – 4 hours.
Bush Walks are not suited for children as their size and behaviour may fall into prey patterns of the predators.
Let your taste buds have a party with a view at one of the restaurants in the park. The variety is amazing, and each has his own specific atmosphere. So there is something for everybody’s taste.
Trading hours & trading days
Wednesdays to Fridays: 11:00 – 20:00
Saturdays: 09:00 – 20:00
Sundays: 09:00 – 15:00
Tel: 063 830 5300
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings: Group bookings essential
Breakfast 08:00 – 11:00
Lunch 12:00 – 15:00
Tel: 076 2521 022/ 060 6658 885
Email address: email@example.com
Bookings: Pre-bookings essential for groups bigger than 6
07:00 – 21:00
Tel no: 062 597 9050
Bookings: Pre-bookings only
Trading hours & trading days
Mon-Thu 07h00-16h00 , Fri-Sat 07h00-22h00(including Public holidays & Sun 07h00-14h00
Tel: 010 007 3749
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings: Pre-bookings essential for groups & more than 10 people
Cash and credit card accepted
The Kingfisher Restaurant
Trading hours & trading days
11:30 – 21:00 _ Open Monday to Sunday
Tel: 012 711 8920
Email address: email@example.com
Bookings: Pre-bookings are essential
Guests should advise on if they would like to be seated in the restaurant or outside on the deck, Deck seating is not guaranteed and is dependent on the seating arrangements of the Duty Manager on that specific date.
Trading hours & trading days
Opens 09:00 Mon – Sun
Tel: 072 247 4162
Bookings: Dinner bookings essential
Open weekends and Public Holidays
• Pastries, coffee and tea
• Cheese Tasting
• Cheese & Wine Pairing
Fridays: 12:30 – 14:00 | 14:30 – 16:00 | 16:30 – 18:00
Saturdays: 10:30 – 12:00 | 12:30 – 14:00 | 14:30 – 16:00 | 16:30 – 18:00
Sundays 10:30 – 12:00 | 12:30 – 14:00 | 14:30 – 16:00
7-course tasting menu remains closed until further notice
We are a non-smoking
Tel no: 082 6380 972
Bookings: Pre-bookings mandatory
Restaurant Operating Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday 08H00 – 20H00
Sunday 08H00 – 17H00
Bar Operating Hours:
Wednesday – Saturday 11H00 – 20H00
Sunday 11H00 – 17H00
Tel no: 0103005776
Bookings: Pre-bookings essential
Trading hours & trading days
07h00 – 21h00 Mon-Sun
Tel: 078 960 8300
Bookings: Open for in-house guests only
Trading hours & trading days
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bookings: No pre-bookings required
Your adventure begins at Ndlovu Gate Kiosk. Satisfy your cravings with a steaming cup of coffee, savour the taste of authentic, sustainably sourced game meat, and indulge in mouthwatering biltong. Plus, stock up on all your essential last-minute supplies right here. We’ve got you covered!
The African bush and relaxed atmosphere of the Dinokeng Game Reserve combined with our very professionally managed venues offer the ideal environment for your wedding with the convenience of close proximity to Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Our venues offer diverse options and have wide experience in understanding your needs and to being able to help you plan every detail of the wedding. There are various wedding venues within the DGR that cater for groups from 125 to 250 wedding guests. Although they share the common “in the bush” setting the owners of these venues have created truly amazing facilities to embrace the bush atmosphere that has become a popular choice for such events.
Although the venues may offer less accommodation than the number of guests there is generally alternative accommodation at nearby lodges enabling your guests to linger and stay over to enjoy a little more time in the reserve.
With over 20 years of experience, Kwalata has established itself as a leading bushveld wedding venue. A unique stone and thatch roof church provides a special place for the wedding ceremony. This church can accommodate 250 guests and is judged to be one of the best in South Africa. Lovely gardens around the church make it ideal for photo sessions. A game drive to the veld also provides that once in a lifetime bushveld and sunset photo opportunity! Kwalata has three venues for the marriage ceremony. The Chapel – Stone and thatch, and an open River Church and Tree Church. Capacity - 250 People. Reception facilities include a huge lapa and beautiful thatched restaurant Guest accommodation is available for 70 People and they offer a delightful Honeymoon suite
Whether it is an extravagant reception or something intimate that you require, Mongena Game Lodge goes out of its way to make every bride’s’ dreams come true! We pride ourselves as the ultimate weekend destination for a bush wedding, limiting hosting to only 1 wedding per weekend to ensure exclusivity for the wedding party. Ceremony venue options include the picturesque Chapel – Stone and thatch – the unique water side Fish Eagle boathouse Upperdeck and a riverside bush setting known as Acacia Bush. Capacity - 150 People The most popular settings for your Reception include the thatched and air-conditioned Tshukudu Lapa and the Open air Fish Eagle Boat house Boma Accommodation for up to 59 guests with a very special honeymoon suite
Tshikwalo weddings are intimate and simple, yet extraordinary and unique. We tick every box, from the African bushveld themed venue and decor, mouth-watering catering, to luxury accommodation for all your guests under the African skies. The spectacular views and true African sunsets of the DGR sets the ideal backdrop for bridal photographs taken on the wedding day. A complimentary bridal suite will be booked for the bridal couple for the evening of the wedding, the remaining rooms may be booked by the wedding guests. We have a few memorable settings situated amongst the trees and bush, within walking distance to the main areas of the lodge, as well as the reception area, to choose from. You and your guests will enjoy the splendours of the bush in true African spirit. Our Chef and the team will offer you a variety of menu selections to suit your personal needs and budget. Tshikwalo has a fully licensed bar with an extensive wine list.
Ritsako Game Lodge offers the perfect venue for an exclusive romantic African feel wedding. This newly constructed lodge has the ambiance of a safe self contained village with many resort attractions. Ritsako is luxuriously appointed and is very well equipped to offer peace of mind for the ultimate wedding experience. The primary ceremony venue is the Chapel – Stone and thatch. Capacity of 250 people. Reception options include the Lapa and the large banqueting hall Guest accommodation 75 People – Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering and includes a luxurious honeymoon suite.
Posh Functions is a professional one stop function and events coordinating company, all under one roof and situated at Halfway There Lodge. No matter what you plan to do, they will take total responsibility for all facets of the process thus ensuring a successful and memorable wedding. Halfway There Lodge features a striking banquet hall featuring stone walls a high thatched roof. This is a popular for choice for weddings and can be decorated in whatever them the guests choose. The venue lends itself to exclusive functions. For the wedding ceremony there is a rustic open sided wedding chapel that connects you with the bush environment in an unusual way. Guest Capacity is 200. Receptions are hosted in the banquet hall that features a lovely pool Guest accommodation is available for up to 30 people in the luxury bush facing tented camp and in four chalets. There is also a honeymoon suite