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The Wonderboom Nature Reserve in the north of Pretoria is part of the scenic Magaliesberg mountain range. This 200ha reserve is named after its magnificent wild fig tree, which is more than 1 000 years old.
The reserve’s natural vegetation on its hilly slopes supports a range of bird and animal life in the heart of the city. Look out for the wheatears, cinnamon-breasted buntings and striped pipits. Shelley's francolin has also been recorded in the reserve. There is a resident pair of Verreauxs' eagles, which feed on the large population of dassies living in rocks and caves that overlook the Apies River. You can also see vervet monkeys, fruit bats and other small mammals.
There are two short walks up the Wonderboom hill. At the top you can see the ruins of the Wonderboom Fort, built at the end of the 19th century to defend Pretoria against the British forces. At the foot of the hill are two adjacent archaeological sites. One is an Iron Age site; the other is one of the best Stone Age sites in the area. There is a shady picnic site with attractive lawns on the lower slopes of the mountain where robins, shrikes, canaries and flycatchers can be seen.