Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Top choice in Pretoria

This 38-sq-km reserve, 27km south of Pretoria, off Rte 21, is popular with locals who come for fishing in the dam, but is also great for wildlife viewing. Sightings of rhinos are common, often from the grounds of the small tearoom. You'll also spot zebras, various antelopes and perhaps buffaloes.

Activities on offer include guided hikes, night drives and horse riding.