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Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Rietvlei Nature Reserve Coordinates 'S25 52 973 E028 15 789

Rietvlei Nature Reserve belongs to the City of Tshwane and came into existence due to a water scheme to supply drinking water for the city of Pretoria. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is, therefore, a fairly large nature reserve in an urban setting and covers about 4 000 hectares. It has survived as a conservation area since 1929.


  • No loud noise is allowed.
  • No picnics are allowed.
  • No hiking is allowed.
  • No dogs are allowed.
  • No group activities are allowed.
  • You may only exit your vehicle at toilet facilities and at the coffee shop.
  • Gate times: 07:00 to 18:00 (winter and summer)
  • Entrance to the nature reserve will only be allowed until one hour before closing time (16:00).
  • Limited number of visitors allowed(100 Vehicles).

Activities and facilities
·         Hiking (day and overnight)
         o   Day hiking: 10 to 15 people for an approximate four-hour trail of ±14 km
         o   Overnight hiking: six to eight people for ±21 km over three days (Friday to Sunday)

·         Game viewing
         o   Game drives with the reserve's vehicles (day and night drives)
         o   Day drives: two-hour drive with the reserve's vehicle. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide and you may use the Tshukudu Lapa until 22:00
        o   Night drives: two-hour drive from 18:00 to 20:00 with the reserve's vehicle. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide and you may use the Tshukudu Lapa until 22:00 (10 to 20 people)
        o   Self-drives

·         Birdwatching
·         Environmental education
         o   Must be booked in advance
         o   Only for children aged 7 to 17, day groups only, two-hour programme, 15 children per guide (10 to 60 children)

·         Picnic area

Marais Dam
        o   Braai facilities are available
        o   Picnic area must be vacated at 18:00 in summer and 17:00 in winter
        o   No functions may be held at the picnic area
Rietvlei Coffee Shop
         o   Braai facilities are available
         o   Function venues (three function venues)
         o   Private restaurant

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         o   Lion tours are presented here
·         Big lapa
         o   Use from 09:00 to 00:00 (50 to 200 guests)
         o   Facilities include braai stands, a kitchen with a stove and a walk-in fridge, bathrooms, a bar area, a small stage, electricity supply and electrical points
          o   We provide ten steel fold-up tables and firewood

·         Small lapa (Tshukudu)
          o   Use from 09:00 to 00:00 (maximum of 50 people)
          o   Facilities include braai stands, a washing-up area, bathrooms, and electricity supply with electrical points
          o   We provide six metal fold-up tables and firewood

·         Lecture hall
          o   Use from 08:00 to 16:00 (maximum of 60 people)
          o   Audio-visual equipment is available

Rietvlei Nature Reserve website notice for time changes on Mondays and Wednesdays:

Please note that until further notice, Rietvlei Nature Reserve will only open for visitors at 11:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays for maintenance purposes.

Day tariff Adults (18 to 59 years) R64,00
  Pensioners (60 years and older with proof thereof) and persons with disabilities R37,00
  Schoolchildren (7 to 17 years) R37,00
  Preschool children (2 to 6 years) R10,00
  Infants (0 to 2 years) Free of charge
Season tickets (only valid for six months, unlimited day entrance) Per adult
Per pensioner, child or person with disability
Brochures (extra brochures are not issued as part of the entrance fee) Per brochure R15,00
Penalty fee for visitors who do not comply with the prescribed reserve hours R320,00
Lecture hall Hire per day R1 500,00
Film recording: any kind of professional filming or photography (guests are still required to pay the normal entrance fee) Rental of terrain per day Refundable damage deposit per booking R2 000,00
R1 000,00
Environmental education Qualified environmental guide R220,00
  Per adult (only for school staff who accompany the group – the first two adults do not pay) R65,00
  Per child (7 to 17 years) R20,00
  Deposit per booking R300,00
Tours: organised group tours with own vehicle Guide per tour R220,00
  An organised group of children (0 to 6 years), per child R11,00
Guided day hike Per person R100,00
  Non-refundable deposit per booking R500,00
Guided overnight hikes Per person R300,00
  Non-refundable deposit per booking or weekend R500,00
Night drives Per person
Non-refundable deposit per booking
Big lapa hire Hire R4 500,00
  Refundable damage deposit R3 000,00
  Entrance fee for guests R20,00
Small (Tshukudu) lapa Hire R1 582,50
  Refundable damage deposit R1 200,00
Bus tours: with own bus Per bus R749,00
Game carcasses: any species except zebra, skinned, dressed and inspected according to health regulations and certified
Zebra, as above

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Rules and regulations

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve's vehicle capacity is 100 vehicles per day, available on a first come, first served basis. Once the nature reserve's vehicle capacity is reached, vehicles from outside the reserve can be allowed in when vehicles from inside leave the reserve.

Please note that you are not allowed to host any functions at the picnic spot. Therefore, the picnic spot is available on a first come, first served basis, and you may not pay upfront for the picnic area.

The speed limit is 30 km/hour. No speeding is allowed.
No driving under the influence.
No flying of drones.
No fishing or swimming.
No firearms allowed.
No pets allowed.
No loud music allowed.

You may leave your vehicle strictly in designated areas only, for example the picnic spot, bird hides and coffee shop.

You may not remove any plant or animal life within the reserve.

You may not drive off of the designated roads into the veld, or on dirt roads that have a "no entry" or "staff only" sign, when viewing animals and taking photos.

The City of Tshwane reserves the right to search any vehicle without furnishing any reasons and without a warrant.
Visiting hours

· Summer (September to March): 06:00 to 18:00. The last visitors must enter before 16:00 and may remain in the reserve until     17:50 because the gate closes at 18:00.
· Winter (April to August): 06:00 to 18:00. The last visitors must enter before 15:00 and may remain in the reserve until 17:50         because the gate closes at 18:00.
· Please note the reserve will be only open at 11:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 May to 31 August for      maintenance purposes. Except if the Monday and Wednesday is a public holiday, then it will open at 06:00.
· Please note the times of the picnic area.
· A maximum of 100 vehicles will be allowed to enter the reserve at a time.
· The fine when you exit the reserve after the prescribed hours is R438.

Friends of Rietvlei Nature Reserve

For more information regarding the Friends of Rietvlei Nature Reserve, please email
Bookings and contact details

All bookings for activities and venues must be made at least two weeks in advance, but there is no need to make a booking or prearrange for normal day visits to the reserve. For more information, please use the following contact details:

·         Tel:            012 358 1811/1812
·         Fax:          086 516 5798
·         Email: (bookings)
·         Address:  Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 Game Reserve Avenue, Irene


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