About Dinokeng Game Reserve
Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve in Gauteng is near to Johannesburg (90 min drive) and Pretoria (30 min drive) and only an hour away from OR Tambo Airport.
The only Game Reserve in Gauteng where the Big 5 roam freely within the reserve.
A malaria-free area covering approximately 21 000 hectares
Directions to Mongena Game reserve
Dinokeng Game Reserve is located in northern Gauteng, 50km (40 min drive) north of Pretoria and 101km north of Johannesburg (90min drive).
- Take the N1 north to Polokwane from Pretoria.
- Travel for about 32kms
- Take the Hammanskraal/Boekenhoutskloof exit 183 (there is a tollgate on this offramp).
- Turn right after the off ramp onto the R734 and travel across the bridge over the highway.
- Travel for 1 km to the to the Dinokeng Info Office and Reception at Ndlovu Gate.
- If you are going to Mongena Game Lodge then instead of continuing straight along the R734, turn left into Rust de Winter Road which is the first tar road to the left.
- Continue for 10 kms. The entrance to Mongena will be on your left.
Please check your accommodation voucher for the lodge you are going to, to confirm which gate to go through.
Wildlife in Dinokeng Game reserve
Varying terrain and vegetation, ranging from bushveld to grassy floodplains and thornveld. There is a 28 ha lake with surrounding wetlands at Mongena Game Lodge.
Dinokeng is home to lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, cheetah, giraffe, zebra, brown hyena, wildebeest, red hartebeest, tsessebe, eland, kudu, impala, waterbuck, ostrich, jackal, hippo, crocodile, aardwolf, aardvark, hyena, caracal, serval, porcupine, genet and over 300 bird species, including fish eagles, the endangered blue crane and a breeding pair of martial eagles.
Explore around the Dinokeng area
Dinokeng which means "Place of Rivers" lies in the catchment area of the Olifants and Limpopo Rivers and is close to the town of Cullinan.
The surrounding area is rich with historical and cultural sites: battle sites, forts, memorials and graves abound.
Best time to visit Dinokeng
Gauteng is a year round destination but if you prefer to travel when there are fewer crowds in the form of visitors, lower season prices and relatively warm and dry weather, the best time to visit is from March to May (Autumn) and September to November (Spring).
The Gauteng climate is classified as subtropical, with Pretoria typically two degrees warmer than Johannesburg. The summer months (Dec to Feb) are warm and wind free with afternoon thunderstorms and the winter months (June to August) are fairly mild and sunny but can be very chilly at night sometimes reaching O°C.
January is the hottest month with an average temperature of 21°C and the coldest is June at 10°C.
Dinokeng Game Reserve is open from 6am to 6pm.
Ask your reservations consultant about combination options that will fit in with your trip to Dinokeng. There are other Game Reserves within a few hours of Dinokeng, as well as plenty of activity options and team building opportunities.
Conferencing and Team Building
Due to it's proximity to both Joburg and Pretoria, Dinokeng is very popular for 'bush conferencing' and team building. A chance to be with your teams 'in the wild', without the distractions and the pace of modern life you get in a more modern setting.
What Game Lodges are there in Dinokeng?
There are various B&B's and self catering options in Dinokeng. For a 4 star private game lodge experience we recommend Mongena Private Game Lodge.
Mongena Game Lodge Dinokeng
Accommodation in 24 air-conditioned en suite rooms (single, double/twin or family accommodation) positioned in beautiful indigenous landscaped gardens accommodating a total of 60 guests in sharing accommodation close to Pretoria. All chalets are well positioned amidst rolling lawns and indigenous landscaping in close proximity to the Tshukudu breakfast restaurant, Kingfisher a la carte Restaurant, pool and Tshukudu bar area. T