The quaint, historic village of Cullinan, about a 30-minutes drive east of Pretoria, was a pioneering mining settlement that made its name with the discovery in 1905 of the world’s biggest diamond, the 3106-carat Cullinan Diamond. Gauteng welcomed the first visitor to its malaria-free Big Five Dinokeng Game Reserve in 2012. Since then the 18500 ha reserve has grown in stature to provide a free-roaming haven for brown hyena, lion, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, buck, elephant, rhino leopard and myriad bird species, including the endangered blue crane and a breeding pair of martial eagles, Built in 1956, the Roodeplaat Dam lies 22km north-east of Pretoria, where it augments water supply to northern Tshwane via the Montana, Wonderboom and Magaliesberg reservoirs, and provides water direct to the residents of Doornpoort. The dam is a popular destination for birders, cyclists, rowers, boaters and anglers.
Dinokeng Game Reserve Ndlovu Gate