Rietvlei Nature Reserve
The Nature Reserve’s boundary is a mere 850m from Andante Lodge and is about 4000 hectares(40sq km)in size. The reserve is home to about 2000 mammals comprising cheetah, rhino, leopard, buffalo, blesbok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell’s zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbok, mountain reedbuck, steenbok and grey duiker. The ratio of mammals to area means that Rietvlei Nature Reserve is the most densely populated game reserve in Gauteng. The reserve is also visited by approximately 400 species of birds.
There are two dams in the reserve; the Rietvlei and Marais dams.
Rietvlei dam was built during the great depression (from about 1929 to early 1930’s) and was completed in 1934. Feeding the dam is the Sesmyl (Six Mile) Spruit, five fountains (one is located on an adjacent property) and five boreholes. Upstream from Rietvlei dam is the Marais Dam which acts as a sludge dam for the Rietvlei Dam. The Nature Reserve was proclaimed in 1948. Rietvlei dam provides Pretoria with 15% of it’s water.
Game viewing is done either by a guided drive in a safari vehicle (recommended) or by self-driving (limited to designated roads) on about 60km of well-maintained tar and dirt roads.
Andante Lodge has partnered with a safari operator with extensive knowledge of the veld and reserve to offer you the best Rietvlei Nature Reserve experience. However, due to the popularity of this service, booking is essential. Confirm current pricing at our reception.