Roodeplaat is situated about 22 km east of Pretoria and is known for the Roodeplaat Dam and Nature Reserve – if you travelling to this town, you are most likely going because of these attractions!
While Johannesburg, life in the city is still busy and Roodeplaat is a perfect weekend getaway destination that many city dwellers are seeking. The Reserve offers a variety of activities and wildlife - a combination that is hard to beat so close to a major city.is not quite as congested as
Some may visit Roodepoort Dam as a day trip, arriving early to catch the best of the birds, wildlife and fishing opportunities. Others also arrive early, but choose to instead enjoy a leisurely hike around the dam and a picnic with some of the finest scenery the country has to offer.
There are two sections to the dam and reserve with both sides equally lovely. The northern part of the dam is where all the leisure activities take place. Fishing and canoeing are popular pastimes as are different ball sports. Because this side of the dam is terrific for picnicking, it does tend to be more crowded and noisier than the southern reaches.
Roodeplaat has a number of self-catering, lodge, hotel and Guesthouse establishments situated near the Dam and Reserve.
Things to do and see
- Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
- Buffelsdrift Conservancy / Nature Reserve
- Dinokeng Game Reserve
- D’nokasi Community Crafters
- Pretoria Boeremark, 10 km
- Banting Market Pretoria, 13 km
- Sammy Marks Museum, 11 km
- Drayman’s Brewery & Distillery, 11 km
- Mary Gunn Botanical Library, Brummeria 13 km
- Pebble Rock Golf Club, Cullinan
Roodeplaat receives approximately 697 mm of rain annually with the majority falling during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 24˚C.
There are daily flights into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 62 km away via the R21 and N1 as well as into Lanseria International Airport, approximately 68&nbs;km away via the N14 and N1. Car Hire facilities are available at the airport.
Roodeplaat and its Dam was established in the early 1950’s. The Dam was originally called the 'Pienaars Rivier Dam' when it was constructed in 1956 to supply the surrounding landowners with water.
As time passed, the area was soon recognised as a potential tourist venue.
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