For the Personal Touch
The many aspects of the life of Jan Christiaan Smuts (1870-1950) - statesman, lawyer, botanist, philosopher, farmer and family man - can be seen in this wood and iron house in the country environment of the Field Marshall's farm south of Pretoria. Short walks on the property through the natural bush are also possible. This house reflects the way in which this interesting man and his family lived, with the original furniture and equipment. The grounds, with the lovely koppie covered in indigenous plants that he was so fong of sitting on, is still there and open for you to walk up. The outbuildings and farming equipment is also on show. From there, we go to the Rietvlei Nature Reserve. This small (3800 ha) nature reserve and dam is a beautiful example of the grassland biome and it’s flora and fauna. Herds of antelope roam the plains, including endemic species such as springbok and black wildebeest, as well as the largest, the eland. Rhino and cheetah are also present. We drive through the reserve, enjoying the wildlife, and have a picnic lunch at the reserve picnic site. The timing of this up to you. This reserve offers wonderful birding at the dam, with hides available. Please remember - my speciality is customised tours. I will quote on a customised tour or amend itineraries to suit you.
Your Guide
Smuts House and Rietvlei Nature Reserve Enjoy a quiet day in a wonderful House Museum reflecting a bygane age, and picnic in a nature reserve.
Full Day  From O R Tambo: 55km. Tour Time: 6-8 hours Start time: Before 10h00  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.   Price includes entries, a picnic lunch, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle. Rambling Robin Individualised Private and GroupTours Half Day  This option allows a very brief visit to Smuts House or the Reserve.  From O R Tambo: 55km. Tour Time: 4-5 hours Start time: Before 13h00  Pickup & drop-off:  O R Tambo or Lanseria.  Price includes entries, a picnic lunch, snacks & soft drinks in the vehicle.