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Wonderboom Nature Reserve
Wonderboom Nature Reserve Coordinates 'S25 41 202 E028 11 384

Wonderboom Nature Reserve is situated in the northern part of Tshwane and straddles the Magaliesberg. This 200-hectare reserve is famous for its magnificent specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a wild fig tree called the "Wonderboom".

The fig tree is older than 1 000 years, and legend has it that it has grown 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 that was started by a hunting party or due to a parasitic infestation, which put the tree under quarantine for 20 years. Over the years the branches have grown longer, hanging lower until they touched the ground, where they rooted and produced a circle of daughter trees. There are now three circles of daughter trees surrounding the original tree.

Activities and facilities

Day tariff Adults (18 – 59 years) R37,00
Pensioners (60 years or older) and people with disabilities R24,00
Schoolchildren (7 – 17 years) R21,00
Preschool children (2 – 6 years) R13,00
Environmental education Guide R203,00
Children (7 to 17 years) R36,00
Guided day hike Per person (± four hours – includes guide) R75,00
Other Large bus (60 passengers) R1 645,00 per bus
Double-decker bus (120 passengers) R3 290,00 per bus
Minibus (15 passengers) R425,00 per bus
Coasters (30 passengers) R825,00 per coaster
Annual tickets Adults (18 years and older) – not exceeding 18 visits per year R321.00
Schoolchildren (7 to 17 years) – not exceeding 15 visits per year R331.00
Preschool children (0 to 6 years) – not exceeding 25 visits per year R331,00
Pensioners (60 years and older) and persons with disabilities R428,00
Wonderboom Lapa Damage deposit R1 060,00
Lapa hire R2 032,00
Lapa hire (maximum of four hours) R171,00 per hour


Bookings and contact details

Bookings are only required for Wonderboom Lapa and if a guide is required for a hiking trail. All bookings should be made two weeks in advance.


Visiting hours

  • Summer (September to April): 07:00 – 19:00
  • Winter (May to August): 07:00 – 18:00

Entrance to the nature reserve will only be allowed until 17:00

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