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Groenkloof Nature Reserve

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Groenkloof Nature Reserve is located near the famous Fountains Valley. This valley on the southern outskirts of Pretoria was proclaimed a game sanctuary by President Paul Kruger on 25 February 1895, the first 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.

After 1910, portions of the area were rented out for the establishment of commercial plantations for the delivery of wood and the production of paper, both of which were in short supply during the world wars. By the late 1950s, the City Council of Pretoria became the owner of the area.

In 1994, the reserve became the responsibility of the Department of Nature Conservation and preparations started for the re-release of game. Impala, kudu, blue wildebeest and ostrich were eventually re-introduced to the reserve in 1999, and 2002 saw the release of giraffe and red hartebeest.

Currently, big clean-up operations are being run to restore the original woody bush of the area.  

Vegetation 

Groenkloof Nature Reserve features low, broken ridges varying in steepness. The vegetation is semi pen thicket, dominated by a variety of woody species including Acacia caffra, Rhus leptodictya, Combretum molle and Dombeya rotundifolia. The under-storey is dominated by a variety of grasses. 

Wildlife:

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. 

What to do

Groenkloof Nature Reserve offers a large variety of activities for nature lovers just 5 km from the city centre.

Hiking trails:

4,0 km hike (white trail)

3,5 km hike (red trail)

10,5 km hike (yellow trail) 

Horse trails:

Day trail: guided, minimum 4, maximum 6 horses

Weekend trail:Maximum four hours per day

Night drives:

± two-hour drive, including use of the lapa

Mountain bike trail:± 20 km route. Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride

Motorcar route:± 5 km (interpretation route)

4x4 route:± 14 km (interpretation route)

Picnic area:

Exclusively for relaxing after one of the trails (bring your own firewood)

Facilities

Overnight facilities are available for hiking, 4x4 driving and mountain biking. The Bamber Youth Camp accommodates youth groups of up to 60 people. 

On the premises you can also find the Moyo restaurant.

How to get there

Groenkloof Nature Reserve is reached via the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort. Follow the R21 to the Fountains Circle, take the Fountains/Centurion turn-off into Christina de Wit Avenue. About 500 m further, turn left at the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort. Over weekends and on public holidays visitors use the alternative entrance gate 800 m from the Fountains Valley Resort main entrance gate.

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