Dinokeng Game Reserve
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Arnold M
Durban, South Africa57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We always stay at Dinokeng Reserve and travel daily to Pretoria. The few hours we have each evening break the day away from home and the wildlife is great.

If you don't see any of the Big 5 and complain then you don't understand how lucky you are when you see one.

We always go the Arlington Craft Beer resturant for supper and few beers.

Saw two rhinos and that was the highlight, black jackals, many birds, buck, wildebeest, zebra....

Wonderful stay at Crimson Bush Lodge, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, NO LOAD SHEDDING and friendly staff, super clean and modern
Written 25 January 2024
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Mutsai M
Johannesburg, South Africa48 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One of the most disappointing game drives I’ve been on. Marketed as a Big 5 reserve, your chances of seeing even three of the Big 5 are slim to none. The lodges do game drives in the north where we spent 3 hours looking for 2 lions (which we eventually found), but the Rhinos and Elephants were apparently in the far north. If you do the self drive you will only see the Cheetah and some Rhino, a better bet as the landscape is not as dense. Rather keep driving north to Waterberg
Written 3 January 2024
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Boitshepo B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
I am not satisfied with Dinokeng Game Reserve. I would not recommend it to my worst enemy. Firstly any activities in the reserve are only open to those who book in the resort leaving out those who do not have reservations in expensive places bored and miserable. We were promised many animals such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and elephants to which we saw none of. We only saw zebras, a springbok, an ostrich and donkeys. The place is infested in all types of insects that climbed into our sleeping areas. The camping site Koedoesrus lacks forms of entertainment besides a foot pool and so called jacuzzi. It lacks any precautionary stands should there be rain like there was in the wee hours of the morning this past Saturday. Our tents were left in puddles as we hurried to our cars at 3 AM (we swam in our sleep). One toilet and shower is expected to be shared by a stand that can host approximately 15 other campers. The owners have 2 dogs that sniff around in a way of begging for food and if you give the dogs food they’d come back for more. Check out is at 10AM which is just outrageous. Do not trust any of the advertising without finding out first as this is the mistake that I made once upon a time.
Written 18 December 2023
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helen g
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I have been twice to Dinokeng in the last three years, and on both occasions left wondering if this really IS a Big Five reserve. Hours of driving and the only game we saw was warthog, impala, wildebees and zebra. I'd like to know what the game count for the other large animals is. And the map based on numbers remains ridiculously counterintuitive, despite hundreds of complaints by now.
Written 1 November 2023
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JNinSA
91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I had read many reserved opinions regarding the presence of big 5 animals. To do justice to the park, I can say that we had the closest encounter with an elephant (it passed by the safari bus a couple of cm away). Furthermore we saw lion and buffalos. This was on a game drive of the Mongani lodge.
Written 29 October 2023
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Erik L
Johannesburg, South Africa115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed our discovery of Dinokeng. The park is not too big so we can easily see the diversity of animals and birds.
We appreciated its proximity with major cities.
Written 14 September 2023
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CMobile
Colombo, Sri Lanka76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Really lovely place to visit for some time in the bush. Many private accommodation options to chose from of also good for a day trip. Easy to get to from Joburg - around an hour’s drive to get to Tau gate. Buy the self drive option and get to explore the roads through the bush and lovely picnic spots (covered, clean toilets and an attendant at each). You may not see masses of animals around each corner but we did see a large herd of giraffe and quite a few other animals. The Big Five are a bit elusive and probably need a game drive (you can book there at various places) to see. Book online before going to avoid waiting times at the gates.
Written 10 September 2023
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Rob R
Rehoboth Beach, DE61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We took a tour with DRG Adventures, led by Keal, who was so patient, informative and engaging. It was our final safari of our trip, and it was simply outstanding.
Written 31 July 2023
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Saras Moodley
Johannesburg, South Africa129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Dinokeng is a well maintained and stunning game reserve.
The organisation and ability to see various animals is so pleasing.
It is certainly a great get a away
Written 11 April 2023
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Shaun028
Johannesburg, South Africa9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
It’s advertised as a Big 5 game reserve, however it depends on which side of the reserve you stay. The reserve is divided into north and south. The south side is where you can do self drives and have a number of lodges. These lodges provide game drives but only on the south side as they are not allowed to go to the North where most of the animals are. We were able to see 2 lions and few other species of antelope however we did not see elephant, buffalo, cheetah or leopard. Dinokeng management needs to find a resolution to this to enhance the experience of guests across the park.
Written 19 March 2023
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