Dinokeng Game Reserve

Dinokeng Game Reserve, Hammanskraal: Hours, Address, Dinokeng Game Reserve Reviews: 4/5

Dinokeng Game Reserve
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Dinokeng Game Reserve is a big 5 game reserve 50km north of Pretoria (30 min drive). The reserve has a variety of accommodation, restaurants and activities to choose from.
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More than 3 hours
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lollyholly374
Johannesburg, South Africa81 contributions
Delightful weekend away!
May 2021 • Couples
60 minutes from Jozi brings you to Dinokeng Game Reserve, we stayed at Kyleu Bush Camp which was wonderful! Bring your own tent, they have lovely ablution facilities on each site which caters for about 8 people. You in the big 5 section with no fences so bring plenty firewood for the evenings.

Self drive around the park, there are plenty of roads to take with picnic spots and restaurants to lunch at. Don’t miss Arlington Brewery, great food and craft ne’er too! Quiet, rustic and just so peaceful, we loved it and will definitely be back!
Written 22 May 2021
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Randburg
Randburg, South Africa297 contributions
Nice half-day outing
Apr 2021 • Family
We spent a nice morning in the reserve. The entrance fee, including an optional map book, was R520 for two adults and two children. This was perhaps a little expensive, but we have not been to Dinokeng before and decided to see whether the fee is worth it.

We found the roads inside the reserve to be accessible for a car with low clearance. However, if you have a car with low clearance stay away from the dirt roads leading into the reserve and rather opt for one of the tarred options like the N1. Roads are well-marked inside the reserve and a map is recommended.

There were a few restaurants and picnic areas which looked nice as well.

The reserve is not the Kruger in terms of number of animals, but well worth a visit if you are already in the area.

Written 5 April 2021
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Jacques B
Pretoria, South Africa119 contributions
Lush green bushveld
Feb 2021
I believe the general entrance and "conservation" fees are much too much for the size of the park. It can easily cost up to R500 for a family of three and then you only entered the park without eating somewhere or buying something to drink. Luckily we stayed at one of the lodges for the weekend so we bought a permit from them for much cheaper and was able to stay longer in the park.

With all the rain lately the bushveld is beautiful and lush, but due to this it is difficult to spot all the animals. One side of the road is much more open and we spotted more animals that side so make sure you do the self-drive on both sides of the road. Just remember, you are in the bush looking for animals. They are not going to come to your vehicle when they spot you so if you don't see all the animals you hope for don't blame the reserve.
Written 1 March 2021
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Jonathan
1 contribution
Please do not waste your time
Dec 2020
A very disappointing day. Bad roads. Worse signage. Confusing road layout. Not a Big 5 animal in sight. Very expensive. Misleading marketing on website. Please do not waste your time and rather visit elsewhere.
Written 29 December 2020
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Brent M
Johannesburg, South Africa54 contributions
Awesome Big 5 Reserve
Dec 2020 • Couples
Just an hour ot so out of Johannesburg, this place has become our reserve of choice for a weekend get away. The costs and type of accommodation vary and meet what ever you are looking for. The self drive roads, all being dirt, force the tourists to drive slowly. As the reserve grows, so they are introducing more game.

What a great place
Written 27 December 2020
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dhewitt58
Springs, South Africa5 contributions
Great viewing at dinokeng
Dec 2020 • Couples
Had a very relaxing visit to Dinokeng, went out early and saw lions and rhino,s. A great experience. Well worth the visit
Written 14 December 2020
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Derek
1 contribution
Disappointing Self Drive
Nov 2020
An expensive trip day self drive for what you think you might get to see.

Two hours into the drive we had seen much more of the common game than the couple on the guided drive.

A very very disappointing day trip indeed. Our group who were to do the same trip three days later cancelled their trip after hearing our experience.
The signages that show the next point is a nice to have but, now, is it the left side roadway forward or the right side roadway forward in the split. There are areas where you find yourself driving the same loop as the signage did not really help matters.

I believe if the big five are advertised then they must be there. I do understand that it may be difficult in thick bush to see anything. Some parts of the roads are so twisty you spend hours concentrating on the driving rather than viewing.

We had to ask myself if there were really any of the big five in the reserve for us to view.

I did enjoy relaxing in the picnic sites even though some were a little neglected.

Never again!
Written 7 December 2020
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Gareth P
21 contributions
Weekend away
Nov 2020 • Couples
A great weekend getaway under 2hrs from JHB. The reserve is fantastic, recommend staying over if possible. We slept over (Ouklip lodge) and got woken up at 3am to lions roaring outside the fence.
Perfect getaway to melt the city living away
Written 8 November 2020
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Willem B
Boksburg, South Africa262 contributions
So, So not great at all.
Sep 2020
We stayed in a lodge inside the park, and opted to do the self drive. As other reviews also stated, i waste of time and petrol. We were out driving for at least 4 hours and not seeing much, a zebra or two, some buck and giraffe. I know its still a young park, but don't charge an arm and a leg for just driving in the bush.
Written 2 November 2020
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Isabella F
2 contributions
Disappointing self-drive experience
Sep 2020 • Couples
We'd decided to spend the day at Dinokeng doing the self-drive route. In the 5 hours spent driving around, we saw very few buck and none of the big 5. We also noticed that all the resorts and lodges appeared to have salt licks, food and water troughs along their fences to draw the animals to their fences - which were unaccessible from the self-drive route. The picnic area was neat but unfenced - strange for a park with the big 5 supposedly running around. The map was absolutely useless and we would have been better off leaving a bread crumb trail to find our way back home rather than using it as a navigation tool. If you're planning a trip, be sure to book a lodge so you get to see the animals and definitely give the self-drive a skip!
Written 28 September 2020
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Thank you, we always value feedback – good or bad. This helps us to constantly improve our offering to our guests. We are sorry that you had a disappointing experience. Game viewing is different with every visit. This can quite often be a simple matter of being at the right place and at the right time. This is a free-roaming reserve and our animals are always on the move especially during this time of the year. A visitor could have an exciting sighting of an Elephant and five minutes later this large creature can disappear into the bush. We often say that “perhaps we did not spot any of the Big 5, but more likely one of the Big 5 spotted us”. Placing of salt licks will be investigated as this is contrary to the policy of this reserve. Our picnic sites are no different from those of other Game Reserves where there are no fences. Over weekends we station a site supervisor at each of these sites. We note the criticism of our Map. A completely new user-friendly map book will be introduced shortly. We do hope that you will visit our beautiful reserve again and enjoy what we have to offer from a different perspective.
Written 5 October 2020
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