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Groenkloof Nature Reserve

 History                                                                                                          2015-2016

In the 1820s, Mzilikazi arrived in this beautiful valley, by which time the baKwena had already driven the San people out. He stayed at Meintjieskop while his impis built two of his cities in the area. The women used to fetch water from the Apies River which they called Enzwabuhlungu; this means "something that hurts" which refers to the sharp dolomite rock that used to hurt their feet. The Sotho name is Entsabohloko and it refers to the circumcision rites where the young men of the tribe used to stand in the water during the ceremony. 

On 25 February 1895, President Paul Kruger proclaimed the valley, on the southern outskirts of Pretoria, as a game sanctuary – this was the first game sanctuary on the African continent. Its main purpose was to protect the large herds of animals on the outskirts of town from hunters who were responsible for their demise as well as to protect the shy and timid Oribi which occurred here. 

In 1910, portions of the area were rented out for the establishment of commercial wood plantations because of the wood and paper shortages resulting from the world wars. By the late 1950s, the City Council of Pretoria had become the owner of the area. In 1994 the reserve became the Department of Nature Conservation's responsibility, and preparation for the re-release of game started. In 1999 the impala, kudu, blue wildebeest and ostrich were reintroduced into the reserve, and 2002 saw the release of the giraffe and red hartebeest. The sable were also introduced in to the reserve in 2008.


Just 5km out of the city centre, Groenkloof Nature Reserve offers a variety of activities for nature lovers.  

Hiking trails: 4,5km hike (White trail)

                            3,5km hike (Red trail)

                            10,5 km hike (Yellow trail)

Horse trails: Day trails: 1 - 2 hours

Day / Night drive: ± 2 hour drive including the use of the lapa

Mountain bike trail:   ± 25km trail; single and jeep track is available for

both experienced and novice riders. 

Helmets are compulsory. No helmet, no ride.

4x4 route:   ± 14km (Interpretation route)

Picnic area:  Used exclusively for relaxation after going on one of the trails (Please bring your own braai wood)


Overnight facilities are available for hiking, 4x4 nature trails and mountain biking. The Bamber Youth Camp is available for youth groups of up to 60 persons.


Groenkloof Nature Reserve features low, broken ridges varying in steepness. The vegetation differs from a semi-open thicket; it is 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.


Some of the wildlife that can be seen 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.

How to get there?

The 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 Road. About 500m further, turn left at the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort. During weekends and public holidays, use the alternative entrance gate which is 800m from the Fountains Valley main entrance gate. 

Entrance fees

Day Tariff

Adults (18 years or older)

Pensioners and disabled persons (60 years or older)

School children (7 - 17 years old)

Preschool children (0 - 6 years)

R     38,00

R     22,00

R     22,00

R     11,00

4 X 4 Nature Trail

(excludes day tariff)

Per vehicle

Recovery fee

R     117,00

R   480,00

Overnight Facilities

Overnight hut – Accommodates 12 people (Per person)

                        – Refundable damage deposit


Bamber Youth Camp (Accommodates 30 people)

                                   -  Per child

                                   -  Per adult

                                   -  Refundable damage deposit

R     80,00

R   650,00



R     65,00

R     95,00

R   1000,00

Mountain Bike Hire

Class A: 29er Specialised (2 hours)

Class B: 26er Nomad (2 hours)

(Includes helmets, excludes day tariff)

Refundable damage deposit per mountain bike

Helmets for hire

Bike Rentals: weekdays at the office (07:00-13:00)

R   200,00

R   200,00


R   250,00

R     10,00

Tractor Drive


 Two Hours)

(Only available for youth groups)

Per child

Per guide


R     32,00

R   170,00

Environmental Education


Children (18 years or younger)

Adults (19 years or older)

Overnight per person

R   170,00

R     32,00

R     64,00

R     54,00

Guided Day HikePer person (± 4 hour – includes guide)R     59,00
Night Drive and Use of Lapa until 23:00

Per person (Minimum 10 and maximum 22 persons)


R     125,00



Lapa Hire

  1 - 15 people

16 - 30 people

31 - 60 people

Refundable damage deposit

R   790,00

R   1370,00

R 2020,00

R   700,00

Horse Trail

(Includes Guides)

(Excludes Day Tariff)

No Children under 12 years allowed on outrides

Overnight trails per person per night (Maximum of 4 hours per day)

Day trails per person (2 hours – weekdays only)

Day trail per person  (1 hour)

City light/moonlight trails (3 hours) (4 - 8 persons)

Pony rides for children under 12 years  (10 minutes)

R   245,00


R     129,00

R     91,00

R   206,00

R     38,00

Monthly Tickets

(for day visitors)

Adults (18 years or older)

Pensioners and disabled persons (60 years or older)

School children (7 - 17 years old)

Pre School children (0 - 6 years)

R   220,00

R   155,00

R   155,00

R     48,00

Annual TicketsPer personR   850,00


* Fire Wood (Wattle and Blue-gum if available), 4 - 5kg per bundle – R16,00

Bookings and contact numbers

Bookings are only necessary for the overnight facilities and if a guide is required for a hiking trail; they should be made two weeks in advance.

Tel:(012) 358 1757/1720  Fax: 086 210 2955

E-mail: (Bookings)

Address: Groenkloof Nature Reserve

                PO Box 1454, Pretoria, 0001


Visiting hours

Summer (September - April): 05:30 - 19:00

Winter (May - August): 07:00 - 18:00

(Entrance to the nature reserve will only be allowed until 1 hour before closing time)

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