09 May DINOKENG – AN OVERLOOKED GEM
A tourism gem that is often overlooked by visitors to Johannesburg or Pretoria is Dinokeng. Within easy reach of urban Gauteng, Dinokeng’s slogan speaks directly to time-pressed tourists: “Africa in one day”.
The 228 000ha Dinokeng region not only offers a game reserve with a wide variety of animals, including the Big 5, but also the Roodeplaat Dam. Surrounded by the Roodeplaat Nature Reserve, the dam presents opportunities for boating, fishing, hiking and game viewing. Its bird watching is particularly renowned, with the chance to catch sight of over 250 species.
It has also built up a reputation for its spa facilities, and wedding and conference venues.
There are now 36 accommodation venues in the reserve, all privately owned and managed, providing self-catering through to full-service facilities. There are also four camping and caravan sites, and the choice of restaurants in the DGR has increased to six. Guided game drives are also offered.
The self-drive route was recently extended by 4km with a section known as the Nakedi Loop, and stretches to 125km covering 60% of the reserve. The route links most of the accommodation and restaurant amenities, the picnic sites and lookout points.
The nearby historic town of Cullinan is the place where the world’s largest diamond – the Cullinan – was discovered, and offers a great mine tour. Old mining houses in the village’s Oak Street have been converted into eateries, décor and antique shops, making for enjoyable browsing, shopping and relaxing over a meal.