Nature & Wildlife Areas in Pretoria

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Nature & Wildlife Areas in Pretoria

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  • Wikus M
    Port Edward, South Africa21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a pleasant surprise. We went as family for a picnic and game drive. The roads are well marked and the picnic area is neat and clean. The restrooms at the picnic spot could be better but other than that I cannot fault the reserve. The cheetahs gave us a spectacular show with them just lying next to the road and we could probably get within 20meters from them.
    Written 14 August 2023
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  • Phila D
    Johannesburg, South Africa1 460 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking trail with great scenery. The place is brilliant to visit.

    Down size are the random people on the trail with speakers and Los music.

    All round the place is great and I shall be back
    Written 15 August 2020
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  • Annari J
    Dhahran96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had the pleasure of celebrating my friend’s birthday at the Klippenbosch Spa last week. We enjoyed seeing some giraffes while driving through the small nature reserve and were welcomed in such a warm and gracious manner by the friendly host Adele and Hantie who is the owner. Hantie has over 40 years experience as physio therapist. While waiting in the cozy living area by the fire place, we were offered something hot to drink. Hantie then personally introduced the staff to us individually by name. This left a lasting impression on me and I loved that she treated them with so much dignity and respect. I felt that this also reflected the mentality and character of the management of the spa. We loved the song the ladies sang in their mother tongue as well as a birthday song specially for my friend. After changing into our robes we were taken to a lovely sun drenched deck enveloped by nature where one sit back in chairs looking out onto the trees. We loved that there were no music and only the singing of birds while getting pampered by the very experienced massage therapists. They are very conscious over the level of massage one prefer (ask you before they start) and made sure to give me a very gentle one due to some ongoing health issues. In between the 4 treatments we were offered a snack platter while sitting in the garden next to the pool. My one friend even fell asleep while getting the facial massage 🙂
    Afterwards we enjoyed a delicious lunch. The butternut soup was the best I have ever tasted and the main course very tasty too.
    I unfortunately forgot a piece of clothing there and was so pleasantly surprised to have the wonderful hostess/manager Adele personally deliver it the next day at the house I’m staying in Pretoria - such a kind and thoughtful gesture.
    This is more than just a spa, it is a connection with nature where one can hang your heart and rest your soul.
    I’ve done a lot of research before booking this spa and it was the only one with no bad reviews. You are not just a number and from what I can tell most of the customers have been there before. It is also the best value for money in terms of the amount of hours of treatment they offer. Just book this place, you will not be dissappointed!!
    Thank you Hantie, Adele and all the wonderful staff for making our spa day so special!!
    We will certainly be back!
    Written 18 June 2024
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  • rubenmuller1959
    Pretoria, South Africa10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well maintained, and in good condition, lots of different birds, Bird food can be purchased at the restaurant, and the views over the small lake, while having a snack at the restaurant is beautiful.
    Written 14 July 2018
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  • Cloete13
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty and enjoyable 4.5km hike - Duiker + Suikerbos route. Felt quite safe, lots of other people waling, quitr a few families.
    Written 8 April 2023
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  • debraduggan
    London, UK3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such an incredible experience to see people who truly love their animals. Not only that but seeing the very rare Zonkey and the magnificent lions and elephants. The guide was phenomenal and I cannot give enough stars
    Written 1 June 2023
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  • Leanne W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I came back from International Primate Rescue last week after spending 3 weeks there and I absolutely loved my experience!

    International Primate Rescue is such an amazing non profit charity, run by Sue Mousley, a warrior in her own right! This amazing human gives her all to ensure these primates have the very best love, care and attention they need to thrive and to live out the rest of their days happily.
    Also, Sophie Finch, a young and dedicated lady who works alongside Sue with the day to day running, the support for volunteering and media outputs.

    I was so fortunate to meet and work alongside IPRs long termers Tina Jenkinson and Lizzy Lorimer - These ladies have been coming and going for many years and leave a piece of their hearts everytime they have to go.

    Most many of these monkeys have been rescued by Sue / IPR and the hundreds of volunteers/carers thoughout the years from some horrendous situations that has ultimately meant that they are unable to be rehabilitated into the wild so now will live out the rest of their days at the rescue centre, being given the best possible love, care and attention 😍

    Daily tasks -
    Our days were spent interacting with the monkeys, giving them clean, warm and enjoyable enclosures to live and sleep in (when I say enclosures, I mean, these guys have the run of the place...)
    The first meal of the day was always completed by members of Sue's staff in the early hours.
    The volunteer's day started at 9am with what was referred to as 'top ups' additional food and fresh water for everyone. Meals were always of a good variety providing balanced and healthy foods, suppliments and engaging choices.

    Once we had completed this, we would then take direction from Sue for our next task, usually to clean enclosures. Providing fresh blankets/straw/grass, Leaving new branches and enrichment activities.
    It was always a pleasure to watch them go into their enclosures, cameras at the ready!
    Twelve until two was our extensive lunch break, plenty of time to relax, eat and regroup, reflecting on our morning and a chance to discuss our afternoon tasts.

    2pm would start with top ups once more, just as before. We would then go on to what ever was needed to be done. Grounds maintenance was also important, especially raking the main walk ways, around the enclosures and beneath tunnels when sometimes food would be dropped.

    THEN, 4pm was treat time! A most enjoyable time not just for the monkeys but for us also! Everyday, a different type of treat, from monkey nuts to the occasional cheese puffs. And they always knew it was 4pm!

    During the whole day there was always opportunity for observations, looking out for the general well being of the monkeys and enclosures.

    5pm was the end to our day but we would take turns to help feed the nocturnal monkeys and have quality time too and also by 6:30, the bowl collection from each enclosure ready to wash and be used the next morning.

    Accommodation -
    Its not the kind of place you need to take a hair dryer and straightners like I did! No, the accommodation is very basic, providing electricity from 5pm until 10pm each day although Sue was always happy to put the generator on throughout the day if anyone needed to wash clothes.
    My advise to anyone would be to take solor powered lights, battery packs ect to be able to charge phones, tablets and laptops throughout the daytime.
    Shower was hot and had good pressure.
    There is a new 4 ring cooker with a good oven and also a microwave.
    There are several bedrooms that sleep between 2 and 4 people at a time with fresh linen and a towel.

    Time off -
    We worked out between ourselves what days off we wanted to ensure we always had 'hands on' at the sanctuary.
    We had opportunities to go and explore parts of Sound Africa. Lots to do and see within a short drive away. Not forgetting the Africa sunsets and rises, truly breath taking.
    Marnie and his wife who live next door and have been in full support of IPR for 28years were always happy to help, arrange and even take you on excursions.
    I was fortunate to visit Krugar National Park for 3 days with their support and I couldn't have felt safer.
    There is a supermarket, a liquor store and a take away just a short taxi drive away, even a KFC!

    Overall this has opened my eyes to a whole new world! If you're the hands on type of person, has a huge heart for the welfare of animals and enjoy getting to know like minded people, this place is for you... I absolutely cannot wait to return.
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Panganai D
    Durban, South Africa3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a serene experince; driving slowly in the game reserve and seeing the animals in their harbitat. I particularly liked the BUffalos and Rhinos and the braai area overlooking the dam
    Written 1 August 2022
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  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A well paved hike that loops from the picnic area around the Wonderboom or "Wonder-tree" all the way to the ruins of Fort Wonderboompoort at the top of the mountain. The hike was about 3km round-trip, water and sunscreen is recommended. The fort was built in the 1890's by the ZAR to defend Pretoria and the views of the city are incredible.
    Written 13 January 2020
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  • VANCOUVER IS. ELES ESCAPE B&B by the SEA
    Nanaimo, Canada263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    YOu know it's Africa when you awake at 02:30 to lions roaring and you smile. Facilities suitable for only 8. Great food by friendly Nik. If you are lucky you will see Kevin Richardson but at the least you will see his famed lion group.
    Written 1 December 2015
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  • marguerite c
    Johannesburg173 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mahala View is close to Pretoria and has a lion camp with 3 very special lions - 2 of them are from an old African lineage and the third is a Barbary lion. They are gorgeous, clearly well looked after and a great treat to see them.
    Leon does a talk about lions (R120) and then a Game Drive around the private reserve in which Mahala View is situated. That's R150. We did the latter but were still able to watch the lion feeding and hear a bit of Leon's talk.
    The drive was fun, though we did not see a lot of animals - a few impala, some gorgeous black impala and some kudu. But we'd already seen the lions and we also saw a fully grown cheetah and 3 young cheetah on a neighbouring Lion and Cheetah sanctuary. Lovely birdlife too and gorgeous sunset on the way back to the camp.
    A nice afternoon out.
    We also stayed the night in the King's View Chalets and were treated to the most amazing chorus of lions from our camp as well as 2 other farms nearby.
    Written 18 June 2018
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