Game Farms Around Johannesburg


You’re never very far away from nature in Joburg. If you’ve been itching to get out and experience the wild outdoors, visit these top game farms on the outskirts of the city. 

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Photo sourced from Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge on Facebook.

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge 

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge is situated in Muldersdrift, near to the Cradle of Humankind. The lodge offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages, including trail runs, cycling, swimming, paddling, fly fishing and game drives. The wildlife here is diverse, spanning over a vast sub-Saharan landscape. You can go on guided wildlife walks or game drives of up to eight people. Make your trip to Cradle Moon worth the while and book an overnight stay at one of their bungalows.

*Under level 3 lockdown restrictions, Cradle Moon Lodge is open to day visitors. Click here to see their full policy on allowing visitors into the lodge during this period.

Details: Plot 59 Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Gauteng | (Tel) (011) 919 5000 / 087 110 1231 | reservations@cradlemoon.co.za

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve 

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is located near Bronkhorstspruit, approximately 90 minutes outside of Johannesburg. Set out in the early morning to take a guided game drive around their farm. There are many mammal species to be spotted along the drive. Keep an eye out for zebras, black and blue wildebeests, blesbucks and red hartebeests among others. You can also do a bit of bird spotting while relaxing at the tranquil Wilge River. The game drive takes approximately two hours, so plan your trip accordingly. If you would like to stay over for the night, book out one of the reserves chalets or mountain huts. They also offer camping options for those who prefer to get right up close with nature.

*Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is currently open to day visitors for self game drives. Keep an eye on their website for updates.

Details: Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, R25, Bronkhorstspruit | (Tel) +27 13 680 1399 / 087 405 3554 | bookings@ezemvelo.co.za

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Photo sourced from Ezemvelo Nature Reserve on Facebook.

Valley Lodge & Spa

If you could use a good pampering on your escape out of the city, book yourself into Valley Lodge and Spa. Located in the serene Magaliesberg, this four star lodge offers a ton of activities to keep you busy. Take a meander through the nature reserve and bird sanctuary to discover a variety of animals and birds. The reserve is home to a number of Burchell’s zebra, impala, rock hyrax (Dassie), vervet Monkeys and Bush babies. Bring along your binoculars to avoid missing these critters among the tall grasses and trees.

*Follow Valley Lodge & Spa on Facebook for updates on their opening dates under level 3 lockdown.

Details: 13 Jennings Street, Magaliesburg | (Tel) +27 14 577 1301 / 05 | reservations@valleylodge.co.za

Rietvlei Nature Reserve 

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is located in Pretoria, but it’s well worth the drive. The reserve is approximately 4000 hectares in size, offering you tons of space to explore the wild outdoors. Come and take a drive through the park to see how many animals you can spot. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is home to a number of mammals, birds and fish as it encloses Rietvlei Dam. Bring your fishing rods along to do a spot of angling if you wish. This is the perfect place to escape from the city for a day, but be sure to head out early as queuing to get into the reserve can get quite backed up.

*Under level 3 lockdown restrictions, Rietvlei Nature Reserve is open for self game drives between 07:00 – 17:00 daily. No visitors will be allowed into the park after 15:00. Follow Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Facebook for updates.

Details: (Tel) 012 358 1811/12 | rietvlein@tshwane.gov.za | 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr, Pretoria, Gauteng.

Photo sourced from Rietvlei Nature Reserve on Facebook.

Looking to spend more time in the outdoors, exploring nature? Check out our list of top nature reserves situated in and around Johannesburg. 

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