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Luton Valley Bird Sanctuary

The Luton Valley Bird Sanctuary is situated between Luton Street, Nelmaphius Drive and John Voster Drive in Highveld in the South of Tshwane. This protected area formed part of the large farm of Hugo Nelmaphius and became the property of the van der Byl family in later years. It was sold to Denel and later become the property of Centurion City Council which now forms part of the City of Tshwane. A small unknown tributary enters the area from Luton Street and flows into a dam from where it flows out of the area and joins up with the Hennops River. The dam and surrounding vegetation provides habitat to numerous bird species, small mammals and reptiles.

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Activities and Facilities

Luton Valley Bird Sanctuary offers the following activities for nature lovers:

  • Environmental Education: Programs for groups on request.
  • Hiking Trails: 850m hike on a maintained hiking trail route.
  • Bird watching: While hiking, birdwatchers can enjoy a variety of bird species along the trail as well as at the large dam in the middle of the  nature  area which attracts water birds.
  • Parking facilities are available in Charles De Gaulle Crescent

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Wildlife

A variety of bird species can be seen in this area and when the dam in the reserve is full, an abundance of water birds are present. Small mammals like the Slender Mongoose are still active in the nature area

Vegetation

The area consists of open grassveld with scattered indigenous trees, which is typical of the Highveld vegetation and some wetland vegetation around the tributary and dam.

Visiting hours

  • Summer (September - April): 07:00 - 18:00
  • Winter ( May - August): 07:00 - 17:00

How to get there

The entrance of the reserve is located in Charles De Gaulle Crescent. From Nelmaphius drive turn in to John Voster Drive and at the next junction turn left and then left again into Charles De Gaulle Crescent. The entrance will be on the left hand side. The area is bordered by Luton street to the west and John Vorster Drive to the North. There is only one entrance and it is in Charles de Gaulle Crescent.

Bookings and Contact Numbers

Bookings are only necessary for the guided walks - preferably 4 weeks in advance

Enquiries: Tel: 012 667 1630 Fax:
012 667 1633

 

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