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6km from Pretoria
+27 12 440 8316 www.tshwane.gov.za
Easy to moderate difficulty; Suitable for children
This pretty trail traverses the hilly slopes and grassy plains of Groenkloof Nature Reserve in the Fountains Valley of Pretoria, a few minutes’ drive south of the Pretoria city centre.Groenkloof Nature Reserve is an ideal destination for city-bound nature lovers with well-maintained and clearly marked trails. Maps are available for self-guided hikes. Guided Hikes by Guides but must be booked two weeks in advance.
There are three trails on the reserve: the four-kilometre white trail; the 3,5-kilometre red trail; and the 10,5-kilometre yellow trail. The four-hour yellow trail is a great, scenic route with magnificent views. The trail starts (and ends) at the lapa next to the information office, where there’s a picnic site.
The path initially goes steeply uphill over a somewhat rocky surface and then runs parallel to the Johannesburg-Pretoria road with its concomitant traffic noise. However, after about two kilometres, it turns “inland” towards the interior of the reserve and climbs to the top of the hill, where you’re rewarded with a superb view towards the Voortrekker Monument, Waterkloof Golf Course, University of South Africa campus, the Pretoria central business district and Fort Klapperkop. From here, the trail turns east to give yet more views - this time over the Apies River valley.
There’s a lot of game in the reserve and you’ll probably see giraffe, kudu, impala, zebra and blue wildebeest on the trail. They’re incredibly tame so you can walk right among them and get close-up pictures. The bird life is also impressive, with a great many species identified, including ostrich and various species of eagle, duck, owl, cuckoo, kingfisher, warbler, waxbill, widow, canary, flycatcher, thrush, shrike, etc. There is also a 20-kilometre mountain-bike route, a six-kilometre road for game viewing, a beautiful braai area under the trees and overnight facilities for groups. A visit to the reserve’s Moyo restaurant is also worthwhile.
The Trail is open 365 days per year. Winter Gate times are from 7am to 6pm. Summer Gate times are from 05:30 to 17:00pm. No advance booking is required but there is a small entrance fee.