"Dinokeng" is obtained from the languages of the Bapedi and Batswana tribes who tradisionally dwelled the area. Dinokeng literally means "a place of rivers". Dinokeng lies in an area where two rivers comes together. The river flow into the Olifants and Limpopo rivers and on to the Indian Ocean.
The water in Dinokeng is highly valued - some 240 000ha. The water is dominated by sandy bushveld.
Dinokeng is an ambition of the Gauteng government to improve tourism in the Gauteng area. The Dinokeng Game Reserve is situated in this area as well as the Cullinan and Roodeplaat area.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve is Gauteng’s only game reserve on which the Big Five roam free and fend for themselves naturally. Dinokeng also has a range of wildlife and bird species, including some unique species such as the African finfoot and tinkling cisticola.
The small town of Cullinan is located 30km east of Pretoria along the R513 regional route. It was here that Sir Thomas Cullinan discovered a rich diamond pipe here in 1902 and soon after, the famed Cullinan Diamond, the largest in the world at 3106 carats, was bought by the Transvaal government and presented to King Edward VII.
Roodeplaat is home to a picturesque dam and nature reserve which is popular among water-sport enthusiasts and bird lovers. The residents of Roodeplaat enjoy rowing, boating and angling on the northern end of the dam, with bird and wildlife lovers on the southern end.
Dinokeng South enjoys a moderate climate with hot summer months with most rainfall as thunderstorms in the afternoon and cool to very cold winter months.
Activities and Attractions
Dinokeng has lots to offer both local and international tourists. Aside the free-roaming Game Reserve, there is an abundance of leisure activites to choose from in Dinokeng. With adventure sports, world-class spas and fine dining options, Dinokeng truly offers a unique experience to each and every visitor. Dinokeng also consits of a large number of conferencing venues and teambuilding options.
Dinokeng consists of a variety of activites and attractions for it's visitors:
Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park
Sammy Marks Museum
The Dinokeng Game Reserve
Cullinan Diamond Mine
Hot Air Ballooning over Dinokeng
Willem Prinsloo Museum
- DiamondX Ranch - Experience ranch-style living at this unique Wild West retreat
Visitors looking to spend the night will find guest houses and B&B’s in Dinokeng as well as a number of game lodges in the surrounding areas. For a full list of accommodation in and around the town visit our comprehensive accommodation directory.