Hammanskraal, Northern Gauteng
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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 is a direct result of its being one of the previously disadvantaged areas that suffered most under the marginalisation of apartheid. This shouldn’t deter a visit to Hammanskraal, however, as there are a number of opportunities to stay in accommodation within the townships in Hammanskraal and to experience the warmth and hospitality for which South Africa’s country regions are so famous.
Visitors pass through the little town to visit the number of game lodges, farms and small holdings in the area that provide ample opportunity for Gautengers to experience African bushveld, literally minutes from the city. An added attraction is the Carousel Casino just off the N1 closer to Bela Bela, a little further north of Hammanskraal, that brings a further type of visitor out this way.
To the east of Hammanskraal is the region of Dinokeng, a relatively new tourist region that means “a place of rivers” and refers to the two major rivers, the Olifants and the Limpopo, that run through here. That this is a beautiful part of the country is uncontested. The real draw card is the incredible scenery and the access to a number of game reserves and conservancies, all restocked with game with the potential to form a large Big Five game reserve in future.
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"Dinokeng nature reserve rocks! Its amazing,i enjoy seeing what God has put together his creation is awesum!! Dis place is a must visit great, friendly, warm, ..." - Mmatebogo, Dinokeng game reserve
Featured Attractions in (or near) Hammanskraal
Just north-east of urban Joburg and Tshwane lies the vibrant and warm, big-sky region of Dinokeng, where the world's largest diamond was discovered. Today the area is sparkling with natural, cultural and historical attractions, a place where South Africans and their visitors enjoy the ... more information
Why Dinokeng Game Reserve is such an attraction is because it provides Big 5 game viewing really close to Pretoria - half an hour, or an hour from OR Tambo International Airport. Which means you can simply fall out of the plane and be in the 'bush' pronto. Dinokeng translates ... more information
The Roodeplaat dam was constructed in 1956 and was initially called the 'Pienaars Rivier Dam'. The Dam supplied the surrounding landowners with irrigation and was later developed into a tourism destination. Rich with abundant fish, bird and wildlife, the reserve which lies on the eastern shore of ... more information
The pretty Rust de Winter Nature Reserve lies north east of Hammanskraal and close enough to the N1 and Pretoria to make a weekend of it. Places like Rust de Winter, which is part of the larger still in its development phase (although word has it that rhino have already been spotted) Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve ... more information
One of only four meteorite crater museums in the world (the others are in the US, Germany and France) the Tswaing Crater and its museum lie roughly 40 kilometres north of Pretoria. Not only is the Tswaing crater probably one of the best preserved meteorite craters in the world, but it definitely is the ... more information
Things To Do in Hammanskraal