Gauteng Tourist AttractionsThe Dinokeng Region
Marketed as the place the world’s largest diamond was discovered because of its proximity to Cullinan, Dinokeng lies about 45 minutes’ north-east of Johannesburg, and a mere 14 minutes from Pretoria / Tshwane.
Referring to an area, rather than a particular town, Dinokeng is part of an initiative by the government to establish a tourist destination close to urban Gauteng that lies roughly in the catchments area of two rivers - the Elands and Pienaars - that subsequently flow into the greater Olifants and Limpopo Rivers.
The land has witnessed a number of different cultures, which together form something of a melting pot of history. The Tswana, Pedi, Afrikaans, Ndebele, English and Tsonga-speaking people have all had significant effects upon the land and rolling grasslands of Dinokeng; and Anglo-Boer War blockhouses, battle sites, cemeteries and forts are all evidence of the conflicts that have left their mark.
There is a lot to do and see in the Dinokeng Region. Three dams lie in the area - Mkhombo, Rust de Winter and Roodeplaat; the historic homes of the Sammy Marks Museum, the village of Rust de Winter, and what remains of the Wallmansthal Mission all reflect the old ways of life; whilst Dinokeng is one of the country’s prime bird watching areas, second only to Ndumo in the St Lucia area in terms of the diversity of species.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve, part of the government’s initiative, is run by a non-profit company and combines about 270 property-owners’ land in what will be a 90 000 hectare game reserve that offers Big Five game viewing, a wealth of archaeological sites that take visitors back to the Stone Age, and a unique cultural experience in the form of art and craft studios for local artisans.
Popular Towns in the Dinokeng Region, Gauteng
Stay? Accommodation Boekenhoutskloof
It is hard to believe that it’s possible to achieve such a complete escape so close to a city, but Boekenhoutskloof is not only malaria-free country, it is true untamed bushveld. Tranquility, mountains, indigenous bush and wild animals make this...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Cullinan
The charming little village of Cullinan that has managed to hold on to much of its mine village character - its historic stone and corrugated iron mine workers’ houses, offices and churches a throwback to the mining times of the early 1900...
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Overnight? Accommodation Hammanskraal
Roughly 30 minutes from Pretoria, virtually on the border with the North West Province, the little town of Hammanskraal lies just off the N1 - the R101 runs directly through it. It’s not a particularly pretty town by any one’s standards. Its neglect...
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Stay? Accommodation Leeuwkloof Valley
Lying with Dinokeng, right on the doorstep of the two large cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria is the Leeuwkloof Valley, home to the Leeuwkloof Valley Conservancy and a number of private lodges, spas and weekend retreats. What makes the valley...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Rayton
Not far from the historical village of Cullinan is the little town of Rayton, another settlement to have evolved from the discovery of diamonds in the area. With the opening of the Premier Mine in the vicinity, many diamond diggers made their...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Roodeplaat
Just south east of Pretoria, in the Dinokeng, you will find the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve - one of several private and public reserves and hideaways in the area - that offers a variety of activities and wildlife. A combination that...
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