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Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Activities and facilities:

Hiking (day and overnight)

  • Day hiking: 10 to 15 people for an approximate four-hour trail of ±14 km
  • Overnight hiking: six to eight people for ±21 km over three days (Friday to Sunday)
  • Game viewing
    Game drives with the reserve’s vehicles (day and night drives)
  • Day drives: two-hour drive with the reserve’s vehicle. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide and you may use the Tshukudu Lapa until 22:00
  • Night drives: two-hour drive from 18:00 to 20:00 with the reserve’s vehicle. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide and you may use the Tshukudu Lapa until 22:00 (10 to 20 people)
  • Self-drives


  • Environmental education
  • Must be booked in advance
  • Only for children aged 7 to 17, day groups only, two-hour programme, 15 children per guide (10 to 60 children)
  • Picnic area

Marais Dam

  • Braai facilities are available
  • Picnic area must be vacated at 18:00 in summer and 17:00 in winter
  • No functions may be held at the picnic area

Big lapa

  • Use from 09:00 to 00:00 (50 to 200 guests)
  • Facilities include braai stands, a kitchen with a stove and a walk-in fridge, bathrooms, a bar area, a small stage, electricity supply and electrical points
  • We provide ten steel fold-up tables and firewood

Small lapa (Tshukudu)

  • Use from 09:00 to 00:00 (maximum of 50 people)
  • Facilities include braai stands, a washing-up area, bathrooms, and electricity supply with electrical points
  • We provide six metal fold-up tables and firewood

Lecture hall

  • Use from 08:00 to 16:00 (maximum of 60 people)
  • Audio-visual equipment is available

Rietvlei Nature Reserve Tarrifs

Item Description Price
Day tariff Adults (18 to 59 years) R 64,00
Pensioners (60 years and older with proof thereof) and persons with disabilities R 37,00
Schoolchildren (7 to 17 years) R 37,00
Preschool children (2 to 6 years) R 10,00
Infants (0 to 2 years) Free of charge
Season tickets (only valid for six months, unlimited day entrance) Per adult
Per pensioner, child or person with disability
R 900,00
R 420,00
Brochures (extra brochures are not issued as part of the entrance fee) Per brochure R 15,00
Penalty fee for visitors who do not comply with the prescribed reserve hours R 320,00
Lecture hall Hire per day R 1 500,00
Film recording: any kind of professional filming or photography (guests are still required to pay the normal entrance fee) Rental of terrain per day Refundable damage deposit per booking R 2 000,00
R 1 000,00
Environmental education Qualified environmental guide R 220,00
Per adult (only for school staff who accompany the group – the first two adults do not pay) R 65,00
Per child (7 to 17 years) R 20,00
Deposit per booking R 300,00
Tours: organised group tours with own vehicle Guide per tour R 220,00
An organised group of children (0 to 6 years), per child R 11,00
Guided day hike Per person R 100,00
Non-refundable deposit per booking R 500,00
Guided overnight hikes Per person R 300,00
Non-refundable deposit per booking or weekend R 500,00
Night drives Per person
Non-refundable deposit per booking
R 240,00
R 800,00
Big lapa hire Hire R 4 500,00
Refundable damage deposit R 3 000,00
Entrance fee for guests R 20,00
Small (Tshukudu) lapa Hire R 1 582,50
Refundable damage deposit R 1 200,00
Bus tours: with own bus Per bus R 749,00
Game carcasses: any species except zebra, skinned, dressed and inspected according to health regulations and certified
Zebra, as above
Per kilogram



Per kilogram

R 28,00



R 12,00

Rules and regulations

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve’s vehicle capacity is 100 vehicles per day, available on a first come, first served basis. Once the nature reserve’s vehicle capacity is reached, vehicles from outside the reserve can be allowed in when vehicles from inside leave the reserve.

Please note that you are not allowed to host any functions at the picnic spot. Therefore, the picnic spot is available on a first come, first served basis, and you may not pay upfront for the picnic area.

The speed limit is 30 km/hour. No speeding is allowed.
No driving under the influence.
No flying of drones.
No fishing or swimming.
No firearms allowed.
No pets allowed.
No loud music allowed.

Visiting hours

  • Summer (September to March): 05:30 to 19:00. The last visitors must enter before 16:00 and may remain in the reserve until 18:50 because the gate closes at 19:00.
  • Winter (April to August): 06:00 to 18:00. The last visitors must enter before 15:00 and may remain in the reserve until 17:50 because the gate closes at 18:00.

Bookings and contact details

All bookings for activities and venues must be made at least two weeks in advance, but there is no need to make a booking or prearrange for normal day visits to the reserve. For more information, please use the following contact details:

Tel:            012 358 1811/1812
Email: (bookings)
Address:  Rietvlei Nature Reserve, 14 Game Reserve Avenue, Irene



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