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Wonderboom Nature Reserve
 
   Wonderboom Nature Reserve

  Coordinates 'S25 41 202 E028 11 384
 
 

 

The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is situated in the northern part of the city and straddles the Magaliesberg Mountains. This 200 ha reserve is famous for its magnificent specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a wild fig called the "Wonderboom".

The fig tree is older than 1 000 years, and legend has it that it grew this big because the chief of an indigenous tribe lies buried beneath its roots. It is recorded that the tree was once big enough to shade 1 000 people at a time, or 22 ox wagons with 20 oxen in front of each! Today it is much smaller – probably because of the devastating fire in 1870 started by a hunting party, or because of a parasitic infestation, which put it in quarantine for 20 years. Over the years the branches have grown longer, hanging lower and lower until they touched the ground, rooted and produced a circle of daughter trees. There are now three circles of daughter trees surrounding the original tree.

Come and see this amazing tree, and take the interpretation trail from our new boardwalk in and around the tree.

Wonderboom Nature Reserve has a large number of dassies (rock hyrax) living in caves overlooking the Apies River. They provide a food source for a breeding pair of black eagles that nest on a rocky ledge nearby and that can often be seen circling above the reserve.

At the top of the Wonderboom Hill are the ruins of the Wonderboom Fort, one of four forts built by the former Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek at the end of the 19th century to defend Pretoria against the British forces. It was never used. It was blown up, probably on the instruction of Prime Minister Jan Smuts, in the early days of the Second World War, lest it be used by anti-government dissidents as a springboard for an attack on the state. At the foot of the hill near the Wonderboom is an important Iron Age site and nearby is one of the best Stone Age sites in the area.

The reserve has picnic facilities.


How to get there?

Drive northwards on Paul Kruger Street (R101) and Mansfield Avenue for about 6 to 7 km from the city centre. Immediately after the road goes through the opening in the Magaliesberg range, turn right onto the M1 and cross the Apies River. The entrance is on the right about 300 m from the R101.

Tariffs


Activity Price (R)
 
Day tariff

Adults (13 years +) 31,00
School children (7 to 12 years) 19,00
Pre-school children (younger than 6 years) 11,00
Pensioners (60 years +) and disabled people 20,00
 
Annual tickets *

Adults (13 years +) 528,00
School children (7 to 12 years) 270,00
Family (max 6 people) 1 584,00
Clubs 3 740,00
Pensioners (60 years +) and disabled people 352,00
 
Guided day hike*

Per person (± four-hour hike) 60,00
Per guide
160,00
Enviromental Education

Guide 160,00
Children (18 years and younger) 35,00
Adults (19 years +) 35,00



 
Enquiries:

Nature Conservation West

Telephone 012 440 8316 or 012 341 5204
Fax: 012 341 0483

Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Gate: 012 543 0918
Management: 012 567 4296
Gate times: 07:00 to 18:00 (entrance to the reserve only until 16:00)
 
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