7 Hours
Duration
Birding, Nature
Tour Type
By Vehicle
Travel Method
Minimum Tickets (PAX)4 (Four).

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Tour areaPretoria & Surrounding
Tour timeDay Tour
SnacksFor guests own expense at various stops.
BreakfastGuests are requested to arrange early breakfast or a breakfast pack to take along as we would like to be at the Reserve by 06:00 to get the view of sunrise and perhaps see some of the last of the nocturnal animals and birds.
LunchA lunch will be available at the restaurant during the tour for guests at own expense
Entrance fees to reservesIncluded
Physical fitness requiredModerate
OtherGuests must bring binoculars, photography equipment with charged batteries, bird and animal identification books, comfortable clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, good walking shoes and a hat.
ExtentionThis tour can be extended any of our Soutpansberg tours

Guests will be met at their accommodation with our vehicle to the starting point depending on the destination.

We will visit the Rietvlei Nature Reserve which is to the east of Pretoria, about a half an hour’s drive from Pretoria.

The reserve has large herds of black wildebeest, blesbuck, springbuck, eland, grey duiker and an amazing variety of birds.

This area just outside Pretoria was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve by the then President Paul Kruger of the Zuid Afrikaanse Republiek (later the Transvaal Province and presently the Gauteng Province), but not for conservation purposes. It was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve to legally prevent farmers from freely grazing their cattle in the area.

The reason for this is that the Rietvlei Dam was the only catchment area for fresh drinking water for the growing town of Pretoria and the President required the water to be clean and free of cattle dung.

The reserve was originally named the Maria van Riebeeck Nature Reserve in honour of the first Dutch Settler and Governor of the Cape Colony’s wife, Maria. The name was later changed to the name of the farm Rietvlei on which the dam stands.

Apart from the abundance of wildlife this area has a strong cultural history too with one of the first Pretoria luxury farmhouses now being used as a museum and restaurant. The buildings have been very well preserved and there is an extensive photo gallery of the Rietvlei Dam and the buildings on it which date back to the 1970’s.