Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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Rietvlei Nature Reserve is situated to the South East of Pretoria just off the R21 leading to the
Johannesburg International Airport. Rietvlei Nature Reserve developed out of the
Rietvlei Water Scheme, the dam was built in 1934.

The reserve covers an area of 3800 hectare with 30 different species of mammals and more than 187 species
of birds. Gates open at 06h00 on public holidays and weekends and close at 18h00. Along the 30 kilometres
of tar and 10 kilometres of dirt roads that stretch throughout the reserve there are ample opportunities awaiting
the wildlife photographer.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve could supply photographers with some outstanding photographic opportunities,
look out for White Rhinoceros and Burchell's Zebra, they are frequently sighted throughout the park.
Buffalo could be seen in the "early" mornings to the east of the reserve near the river. Birds are plentiful and
could provide perfect opportunities. The reserve provides the city dweller with the ideal place to practice
the art of wildlife photography. Photographers should avoid including the unattractive electricity pylons
that stretch throughout the reserve in their images.

Be on the lookout for the following Mammals:

Be on the lookout for the following Birds:



Burchell's Zebra

Cattle Egret

White Rhinoceros

African Wattled Lapwing


African Fish-Eagle


Rufous-naped Lark


Egyptian Goose

Black-backed Jackal

Black-chested Snake-Eagle

Black Wildebeest

Crowned Lapwing


Northern Black Korhaan

Suricate meerkat

White Stork

Brown Hyaena

Ant-eating Chat

The Rietvlei travel guide provides you with a more comprehensive list of the Fauna and Flora
offered by the reserve. The reserve offers the following activities: Tours, Hiking, Horse Rides and
Night Drives.

Copyright Photographs: Eric Landsberg