Camp Sites Gauteng, Friday Review

Friday Review | Dinokeng Resort

It’s with pleasure that I welcome my guest blogger to this week’s Friday Review.  Andre Ras is not only an enthusiastic camper but after nine visits to Dinokeng definitely an authority on the Resort. Thank you, Andre, for the review and photos!

By:  Andre Ras

I have seen so many people on so many platforms ask the question … “Does anyone know about a great campsite close to Pretoria?”. The simple answer in my view would be Dinokeng Resort.

Literally 45 minutes out of Pretoria, or an hour out of Centurion on the N1 North, you are sure to find one of the most amazing campsites our beautiful country has to offer. Dinokeng Resort, situated within the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve, offers a true, non-commercial “bushveld” experience. Our first visit to the resort was in December 2016, a mere month after the new owners took over. Already then we felt like this was completely different to other campsites we have visited. Nine visits later, we still cannot get enough of this little piece of heaven, and will soon be making our tenth trip to the resort.

The owners are directly involved with the day-to-day running of the resort and have assembled an amazing management team, who takes unimaginable pride in furthering their success.

Dinokeng Resort offers the following accommodation options:

  • 50 campsites, of which 4 Private Stands have their own ablutions
  • 6 self-catering chalets
  • 4 lodge rooms

There is also a shop which carries the basic everyday necessities, and a lapa where many rugby matches have been watched with a sekelbos fire in the background. You can also enjoy a stunning breakfast by prior arrangement with the management team.

Other amenities at the resort include the following:

  • a swimming pool with two super tubes (rumour has it that a third is on the way)
  • additional swimming pools accessible for lodge guests
  • a heated outdoor swimming pool
  • a heated indoor swimming pool
  • trampolines
  • volleyball court
  • jungle gym
  • and coming soon a race track for toddlers and their bikes

A leisurely stroll down to the riverside, where campers are allowed to fish, makes for a good relaxing experience. You can also opt for a game drive with the Management Team at extra cost, which we have learnt is most definitely worth it. Visiting Arlington Brewery and Cidery which is situated within the Game Reserve will need to be on your to-do-list once you visit the Resort.

Writing this review just makes me want to go camping again, so I guess I will just have to count the days. If you ever feel like a weekend getaway or a long camping holiday … do yourself a favour, visit Dinokeng Resort. It is our home away from home.

Photo Credits:  Andre Ras & Dinokeng Resort Facebook Page

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4 thoughts on “Friday Review | Dinokeng Resort”

  1. We’ve visited the resort on 2 occasions now, once out of season and the other over December. The out of season visit convinced us to book for Dec. Nice and quiet with spotless ablutions. December was busy, as it is over school holidays, only thing to report back was that the ablutions we’re a bit dissapointing. Only cleaned in the morning at roughly 7 and then next day again. Come 11 I found it to be dirty, wet and on some occasions without toilet paper. The newly built showers could also have been planned a bit better, after a shower everything is wet. If you’re resort is busy, like over a December I think it’s essential to clean morning, afternoon and night. Other than that, the pools are nice and the shop has all essentials. When booking, ask for a resort layout, some stands are enormous and other tiny, our neighbours were really lose and sounded like fighting lions at night with the snoring so we found it hard to sleep, but we now have a good idea of which stands to choose,away from the wildlife, sorry I mean snoring.

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    1. Thank you for the feedback Morne! We also did a quick trip to Dinokeng short after the review our guest blogger wrote. I’m going to write a follow-up blog soon. We had a smilar experiance regarding the size of the stands. Luckily we visted early in December and the resort wasn’t that busy yet.

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