We have a great selection of visitor attractions nearby or we can arrange day/week tours outside our area like the big five tours, golf tours etc. Please come to reception and we will be more than happy to help and recommend places of interest.
Nearby Horseback Riding
Esperanza Riding School is a riding school with a difference. They can accommodate anyone at any age who wants to learn how to ride a horse. You can have a fun outing with the whole family, go on an outride and have a picnic.
Oxbow Country Estate was established over the years by entrepreneurs and dynamic life partners Alison and Frank Lovell who are dedicated and committed to ensuring that every fly-fishing excursion is exceptional and memorable.
Wonderland Family Break-away and Fishing is situated on the Eastern Side of Pretoria on the Boschkop Road. They offer fishing in five dams and the Boschkop River. The different species in the dams are; Bass, Carp, Tilapia (Kurper), Barble and Trout in the winter.
This fairly easy trail, 40 kilometres north of Pretoria, is a favourite amongst day walks because of its fascinating geology, history and natural beauty. The 7, 2-kilometre route skirts the rim of the crater, believed to have been formed when an asteroid collided with Earth some 200 000 years ago, then descends to the salt lake at its centre. There are picnic and braai facilities. Mosquitoes can be a nightmare, so wear repellent. Cell 083-505-2271, www.gauteng.net.
Oubaas Trail, Jan Smuts House
This easy, 2, 3-kilometre walk winds through one of Gauteng’s few remaining dolomite grasslands. The trail leads to a memorial on the top of Smuts Koppie. Guided bird watching tours are available on request and there’s a museum and a refreshment kiosk. Tel 012-667-1176, www.smutshouse.co.za.
Wonderboom Nature Reserve
There are a number of loops in this reserve in Pretoria North, named after its magnificent 1 000-year-old fig tree, which is a national monument. Although it’s in a semi-urban setting, there’s a surprising variety of Highveld and bushveld birds. The reserve also has a rich cultural heritage, dating from pre-Iron Age. Much of this can be explored on the main 2, 5 kilometre trail leading to a fort, built just before the outbreak of the Anglo Boer War. Tel 012-440-8316 or 012-341-5204, www.tshwane.gov.za.
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
Although right in the centre of Pretoria East, this reserve is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and perfect for a family outing. The main trail, the four-kilometre Kiepersol Route, winds up a hill, providing beautiful views over the leafy suburbs, which are particularly impressive when the jacarandas bloom in October and November. The birdlife is magnificent and there are numerous picnic spots and a bird-viewing deck along the route. Tel 012-358-1510, www.tshwane.gov.za.
F.R.O.G.S. (For Realisation of Greater Sustainability)
This moderately difficult, eight-kilometre walk near Cullinan (about 50 kilometres from Pretoria) is a treasure trove of magnificent views, Highveld vegetation and fascinating rock formations. There’s also a waterfall and plenty of rock pools in which to cool off as well as picnic and braai facilities... Booking is essential and can be done through Jacana. Tel 0861-522-262, www.jacanacollection.co.za.
This small reserve, also near Cullinan, has a network of roads and tracks for hikers and mountain bikers. While there’s no marked trail, you can make your own fairly easy route of about eight kilometres that offers great game viewing and a pleasant lunch spot overlooking a dam. Cell 082-550-1892, www.somabula.co.za.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve is located at the famous Fountains Valley which is the gateway to the city. This valley in Pretoria was proclaimed a game sanctuary by President Paul Kruger on 25 February 1895, the first game sanctuary in Africa. Its main purpose was to protect the shy and timid oribi, which occurred there, and other game that were being wiped out by hunters.
The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.
Activities include day and overnight hiking and biking trails as well as guided horse trails and night drives to view game. A coffee shop can be found inside the reserve.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
The Rietvlei Nature Reserve is situated 18 km from the centre of Pretoria and 38 km from the OR Tambo International Airport.
Some 1 600 head of game, including cheetah, leopard, buffalo, white rhino, blesbuck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell's zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbuck, mountain reedbuck, steenbuck and grey duiker can be viewed here. Lion have recently been introduced to a separately fenced off area of the reserve. From your own vehicle it is easy to spot these animals on the open plains, and the 60 km of tarred and dirt roads will take you close up.
View elusive nocturnal animals, such as brown hyena, black-backed jackal, ant-bear, aardwolf, porcupine, springhare and bush pig, on a guided night drive
Activities include picnics at the Marais dam, day and overnight hiking and guided horse trails and night drives to view game. Daily bus tours are available for big groups.
Klapperkop Nature Reserve
Johann Rissik Drive, which runs between the R21 highway from OR Tambo and the suburb of Waterkloof in Pretoria East, boasts the most spectacular views over the city while winding through this nature reserve. Along the route picnic spots can be found to enjoy the view of the city amongst the wildlife found in the reserve.
Although small mammals like mongoose, hedgehogs, hares and porcupines are difficult to spot during the day there is evidence that they are present. The bird life is rich and Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Rooihartbees and other game species can be viewed in the reserve.
Within the reserve is Fort Klapperkop which is one of four forts built around Pretoria. It was completed in January 1898. The fort was surrounded by a moat and had a drawbridge, but the moat never contained water as the shale from which it was cut was too porous.
Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary
The sanctuary is located in the suburb of New Muckelneuk near Fountains Circle. Two streams, the Walker and the Argo, feed water into wetland basins of which nine are small perennial dams that attract a multitude of water birds. Bird species include unique birds such as the crowned crane and the blue crane and small mammals can also be seen.
The wide variety of bird and animal life can be observed from the bird hide, guided walks can be arranged and there is an exhibition hall.
Wolwespruit is a mountain bike and trail run park located in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria. Named after the spruit that runs through it, the park's hand crafted single track trails provide a flowing and adrenaline filled adventure for beginner to advanced skilled riders and runners.
Situated just east of Silverlakes in Pretoria. Boschkop MTB offers trail riders over 15km of great single tracks with technical features through rivers and over boardwalks! Suited for beginners & more advanced riders.
If you would like to experience the art of shooting without harming any animal, why not experience clay pigeon shooting in South Africa. Clay pigeon shooting is a lot of fun and no previous experience is required.
Clay Pigeon shooting is very popular amongst the young and old in South Africa. Test your accuracy with a 12-gauge shotgun or a more accurate rifle and try hit the clay disc as it is shot into the air. Ideal for those who like the thrill of firing a weapon at a target, but who don’t like the idea of killing animals for sport, clay pigeon shooting is an easily tailored activity for enthusiasts of all ages.
Leribisi Lodge CC was established in 1996 by Flip and Ria du Plessis with the vision to become the preferred conference, function, wedding, accommodation and training facility in the Gauteng area, serving all our stakeholders.
The name “LERIBISI” comes from the Northern Sotho word that means “OWL”. We like to believe the owls in the area keep watch over us and our guests.
We are able to accommodate up to 54 delegates on a sharing basis of 2 delegates per room or 27 delegates staying single. All our rooms are en-suite with a bath/shower and toilet, coffee/tea-making facilities and television.
We offer a choice of hotel-style rooms), self-catering chalets (3) and 3-bedroom cottages (3), all within walking distance of the main reception area with restaurant/pub and dining room, pool & patio, fireplace, pool table and darts board.