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Groenkloof Nature Reserve
Groenkloof Nature Reserve Coordinates 'S25 47 379 E028 11 764

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.

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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)

Area

Horse trails:
Weekend trail:
Night drives:
Mountain bike trail:
Motorcar route:
4x4 route:
Picnic area:

Name

Day trail: guided, minimum 4, maximum 6 horses
Maximum four hours per day
± two-hour drive, including use of the lapa
± 20 km route. Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride
± 5 km (interpretation route)
± 14 km (interpretation route)
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.

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.

Entrance fees:

Activity

Motor car route – 5 km
4x4 route – 14 km

Adults (18 years and older) per person
School children (7 to 17 years) per child
Pre school children ( 0 to 6 years ) per child
Pensioners ( 60 years and older) per person
Recovery of 4 x 4 vehicles on route



Day hiking and mountain biking trails

Adults (18 years and older) per person
School children (7 to 17 years) per child
Preschool children ( 0 to 6 years ) per child
Pensioners ( 60 years and older) per person



Monthly Tickets

Adults (18 years and older) per person
School children (7 to 17 years) per child
Preschool children ( 0 to 6 years ) per child
Pensioners ( 60 years and older) per person



Annual tickets

Per person

Overnight hiking trail, mountain bike trail and 4 x 4 trails(max 12 persons, self-catering)


Per person per night
Refundable damage deposit for hut
Day hiking trails per guide extra



Environmental education

Children of school going age
Adult accompanying groups, per adult
Day group per person
Overnight per person



Bamber Group Camp

Per person/child
Adult accompanying groups, per adult
Per guide
Refundable damage deposit
Guided day hike (four hours - including guide)
Day drive with tractor and trailer through Groenkloof Nature Reserve ± two hours Per child



Horse trails (guided )

Day trails: two hours trail with guide 4 to 8 persons
Day trail per hour
City light/moon light trails: 3 hours include guide 4 - 8 persons
Overnight trails: per person per night max four hours per day trail
Pony rides for children ( 10 Minutes)



Night drives

Per person including use of lapa until 23:00


Lapa hiring (during the day)


1 to 15 people
16 to 30 people
31 - 60 people
Refundable damage deposit

 

Price (R)

100,00
100,00

35,00
20,00
10,00
20,00
450,00




     

35,00
20,00
10,00
20,00


 

209,00
143,00
44,00
143,00




770,00




 

70,00
605,00
160,00




30,00
60,00
30,00
75,00 


 

 

55,00
84,00
160,00
1000,00
55,00
30,00




193,00
80,00
175,00
230,00
30,00




  121,00




 

           

704,00
1210,00
1870,00
660,00

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Bookings and contact numbers:

Bookings (four weeks in advance) are only necessary for the overnight facilities and if a guide is required for a hiking trail.
Call 012 440 8316 or 012 341 5204 or 079 498 3647
Fax: 086 210 2955
Email: davidb@tshwane.gov.za (management)
groenkloofnaturereserve@tshwane.gov.za (bookings)

Address: Groenkloof Nature Reserve
PO Box 1454
Pretoria
0001

Visiting hours

  • Summer (September to April): 05:30 to 19:00
  • Winter (May to August): 07:00 to 18:00
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