Observe wildlife and enjoy natural scenery a short distance from the city at Groenkloof Nature Reserve in the Fountains Valley. Established in 1895 to protect "oribi" (a small breed of antelope), the reserve was the first sanctuary in Africa, and nowadays serves as a popular getaway from Pretoria, featuring many successfully reintroduced species, such as blue wildebeests, red hartebeests, impala, kudu, ostriches, giraffes, zebras, and a wide variety of birds. Spanning 600 ha (1,483 ac), the reserve is a known mountain biking destination, with its longest route stretching some 20 km (12 mi). The undulating landscape abounds in a wide variety of woody plant life and grasslands. Use our Pretoria itinerary planner to visit Groenkloof Nature Reserve on your trip to Pretoria, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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We had a wonderful and relaxing time when we visited the nature reserve. They have a lovely, clean play ground for kids, hiking trail and 4x4 trail. If you love hiking, you can check out their... more »
Great hiking trail. Difficult to get information on whether dogs are allowed - rules at the gate however indicate that “no body may bring domestic or wild animals into the reserve” more »
The nature reserve is clean. I think the price is expensive for the place that has minimal activities available. The hike is very nice only one problem with the RED TRAIL hike, the marking is not correct. It takes you onto the yellow trail. The need to put more foot print markings. The YELLOW TRAIL hike is nice but it gets very difficult as you go up the mountain. You may experience slippery path ways and it gets more steep and damp as you go up. Coming down u also need to be careful. Its better to have a hiking stick.
Here you get to experience wild life up close. Take your time and keep an eye out for zebra and giraffe. They're quite tame, and you get pretty close. Obviously they're still wild, so you can't pet them! But seeing them was one of the best experiences for me personally.
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