Rietvlei Zoo Farm
Rietvlei Zoo Farm in Johannesburg South is the perfect place to get out your fishing gear. This family-friendly venue has tons of outdoor activities to entertain the whole family. Enjoy a braai along the banks of the dam or settle down for a family picnic. The Fun Fishing tackle shop is nearby too, for all your fishing requirements, as well as snacks. All fish are catch and release here. Try your hand at reeling in carp, kurper, bass and barbel at this fantastic fishing spot just outside of the city centre.
Under level 3 lockdown, the fishing area at Rietvlei Zoo Farm is open. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to keep up to date with happenings at the farm as we move into advanced level 3 lockdown.
Details: 101 Swartkoppies Rd, Alberton, Johannesburg South | (Tel) 079 041 1488 | [email protected]
Modderfontein Reserve is an idyllic escape, situated just on the outskirts of the city. Here you can hike, cycle, picnic, braai, go on trail runs and even take a guided wildlife tour. One of the reserve's standout features is its bird life and expansive dam. Take a seat inside one of the many bird watching outlooks or get out your fishing rod to score a great catch. You will need a fishing permit to do so and it is strictly catch and release at the reserve. However the tranquility of the environment here is unrivaled. If you've never been on a fishing expedition at the Modderfontein Reserve, pack up your tackle this weekend and head out for an adventure.
Details: 1 Arden Rd, Modderfontein, Johannesburg | (Tel) 079 519 1589 | [email protected]
Lonehill Nature Reserve
We bet you didn't know that there is a nature reserve in the middle of Lonehill. Roughly 28 km from the Joburg city centre stands a koppie that's rich in natural history. An important historical site and conservation area, the Lonehill Nature Reserve is only open over weekends. Take a hike up the koppie to see fantastic views of the city expanse below. You may also come across a few cheeky dassies or porcupines, so keep a watch out!
Adjacent to the reserve is what's known as Lonehill Park. Here you can cast a line and make a few prize catches. Bring the family along for a stroll in the park or a quiet picnic. This is the perfect place for a relaxing weekend, looking out over the water and taking a breather from the inner city hustle and bustle.
Please contact the reserve to find out whether their fishing area is open in level 3 lockdown, as public parks are not yet permitted to welcome visitors.
Details: Crestwood Drive, Lonehill, Sandton, Johannesburg | (Tel) +27 (0)11 467 2868
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
If you don't mind a bit of a drive out of the city, take a trip to Ezemvelo Nature Reserve. Situated near Bronkhorstspruit, this expansive reserve offers game drives, hikes, mountain biking, running trails and fishing. With a wide variety of plant species, birds and mammals, this reserve feels totally removed from the smoggy city. Come and get your dose of fresh air and sunshine at one of their fishing spots. The dam is filled with carp, catfish and bass, however there is no tackle shop on site, so you must bring your own equipment. The reserve operates under a catch and release policy.
In level 3 lockdown, Ezemvelo Nature Reserve has slowly been welcoming visitors back to explore its natural wonders. There are a couple of rules which apply should you wish to visit, including pre-bookings, a cap on vehicle entries into the reserve and strict hygiene measures. Make your booking by emailing [email protected]
Details: R25, Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng | (Tel) +27 (0) 13 680 1399/ 087 405 3554
Cradlemoon Lakeside Game Lodge
In the mood for a spot of fly fishing? Get you gear packed up for a trip to Cradlemoon Lakeside Game Lodge in Muldersdrift. Their dams are stocked to the brim with an array of local fish species, including the Nile Tilapia, Blue Curper and Largemouth Bass. Come out to test your willpower and skill over a weekend. You must obtain a fishing band from the activity centre before fishing. Bands cost R100 per person. The area is strictly fly fishing and no barbless hooks may be used. Other than that, feel free to sit back, relax and have the time of your life out in the wild outdoors.
In level 3 lockdown, Cradlemoon Lodge is back up and running at near full steam. You are welcome to join them for hiking, mountain biking, self game drives, fly fishing and a number of other activities. The lodge is open from 08:00 on weekdays and from 07:00 on weekends.
Details: Plot 59, Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Gauteng | (Tel) +27 11 919 5000 | [email protected]
Looking for more outdoor adventures just outside the city? Check out our guide to exploring nature in and around Joburg.