The name Dinokeng is derived from the languages
of the baTswana and baPedi people who traditionally inhabited the
area. Meaning "a place of rivers", Dinokeng lies in the
catchment area of two rivers that flow into the Olifants and Limpopo
rivers and on to the Indian Ocean. In African culture, river sources
have sacred significance and their confluences are believed to hold
The grassland bushveld habitats of Dinokeng support
an abundance of indigenous wildlife. The region is home to a range
of game including zebra, hyena, giraffe, buffalo and eland across
the five provincial nature reserves of Rust de Winter, Mdlala, Mkhombo,
Leeuwfontein and Roodeplaat and a number of conservancies. The area
will ultimately be restocked with Africa's "Big Five"
- elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros.
Dinokeng is one of South Africa's prime birdwatching
areas, and is second only to Ndumo in the St Lucia area in terms
of its numbers of bird species, making this a twitcher's paradise!
The close proximity of water, grassland and bushveld habitats attract
a wide variety of birds in a relatively small area.The Dinokeng
Big 5 Game Reserve (DB5) is situated in the north-west quadrant
of the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The greater Dinokeng area
covers approximately 281 000 ha of rural land, incorporating Roodeplaat,
Cullinan, Rayton and open bushveld north of the Moloto Road (R573).
Dinokeng is a Blue IQ initiative established by the Gauteng Provincial
Government, with the objective of establishing a premier tourism
destination close to urban Gauteng. The project aims to promote
economic growth, job creation and social upliftment through conserving
and developing the historical, natural and cultural heritage of
the area. As a specific destination the Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve
has been established. There are several self- drive game viewing areas now with access to picnic areas. A conservation fee payable at the entrance to self-drive routes.