Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Tshwane Municipality

Rietvlei Dam is situated to the south east of the city of Pretoria and therefore ideally situated within easy reach of people living in Gauteng. The reserve has been in existence for many years and a number of activities have been developed and catered for during this time, which include hiking, game drives and camping.



Both overnight backpackers and day walkers are catered for in the reserve. The overnight trail covers a distance of about 21km while the day trail varies but is normally about 10km long. The trails are accompanied by a nature conservationist.


Overnight Hut

 Inside the hut


Rhino and other game are often seen while walking


The overnight hut consists of 2 rondavels with beds and mattresses, hot and cold water, limited cooking utensils and firewood. No electricity.


Your guides are all registered with FGASA and are sure to make your hike an interesting occasion with their knowledge of the area and nature. Game species in the reserve are: Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Cheetah, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Zebra, Ostrich, Blesbok, Springbok, Reedbok, Waterbuck, Steenbok, Duiker, Oribi, Jackal, Hyaena etc


A short talk along the way

 Views of the dam are always present


Other Information

Rietvlei has two lapas for functions that can be booked through the reserve office. A picnic site on the banks of the dam is also available for day visitors while a camping area is available for up to sixty people.


The Fish Eagle lapa is suitable for functions of up to 30 people. Booking and payment in advance is essential. No loud music is allowed.


The main Lapa is designed to take 30-200 people. Power points, ice machine, stove, walk-in refrigerator and cushions are provided. Firewood is also supplied.


The Lapa


Horse rides and night drives can also be arranged through the reserve. Angling permits are available from the angling gate 012 345 3917

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

PO Box 1454

Pretoria 0001

Telephone +27 (0) 12 345 2274

Fax +27 (0) 12 345 3928

Footprint Hiking Club

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