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Kiepersol Trail

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In Faerie Glen

-25.7747, 28.2913

4km

+27 12 358 1510 goo.gl/yCxkQv

Easy trail; Suitable for children

About

This semi-urban trail in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve lies right in the centre of Pretoria East and yet is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated between Generaal Louis Botha Drive and Lynwood and Atterbury roads, the little natural haven of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is a wonderful spot to bring the family to enjoy large patches of protea, umbrella trees, the abundant birdlife and beautiful views.

The main trail, the Kiepersol route, starts off at the parking lot next to Generaal Louis Botha drive, where there is a parking area and a nice tea room. After crossing the Moreleta stream, it winds up the Faerie Glen hill in the Bronberg Range, providing surprisingly beautiful views over the tree-rich Pretoria East suburbia, which is particularly spectacular in spring when the jacarandas are in bloom. 

As you climb up the cemented path, you leave the traffic behind and the views get better and better. At the top of the hill there is a wonderful 360-degree view of Pretoria, so this makes a good spot for a break. From this vantage point, you follow the crest of the ridge then there’s a rocky descent to the valley floor. The path now takes a winding course along the banks of the Moreleta stream through beautiful patches of flowers and ever-changing scenery.

Although there is nowhere to swim, there are some water crossings, pretty pools and picnic spots, where you can sit and enjoy the birds. The birdlife along the trail is magnificent. About 150 species of birds have been identified in this 128-hectare reserve, including crested barbet, cardinal woodpecker, Burchell’s coucal, cormorants and various species of canary. There are numerous picnic spots and a couple of bird-viewing decks along the route, as well as two other trails in the reserve: the 2,3-kilometre Hadeda route and the 3,2-kilometre Acacia route.

A minimal charge is levied but no advance booking is required. The reserve is open all year round from 6am to 6pm in winter and until 7pm in summer.

This semi-urban trail lies in the heart of Pretoria East and yet is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. In between Generaal Louis Botha, Lynwood and Atterbury Roads lies the little natural haven of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, where you, your family and your dog (on a leash) can enjoy proteas, umbrella trees, abundant bird life and beautiful views.

Though the trail is not clearly signposted, a map is provided at the entrance. To start, the Kiepersol route follows the banks of the Moreleta Spruit, through beautiful flowers and ever-changing scenery. It then winds up the Fairy Glen Hill in the Bronberg Range, providing surprisingly beautiful views over the leafy suburb of Pretoria East, particularly in spring when the Jacaranda trees are in bloom.

The vegetation along the trail – a mix of grassland, sour mixed bushveld and sour bushveld (Acacia veld) - is varied and the birdlife is magnificent. About 150 species of birds have been identified in this 128-hectare reserve, including Crested Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Burchell’s Coucal, cormorants and some canary species.

There are numerous picnic spots and bird-viewing decks along the route, where you can sit down and enjoy a tranquil picnic. For those wanting a longer walk, there is an open-ended trail that starts at the Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve, on Rubenstein Road, and ends at the Faerie Glen.

The trail is open from 6am to 6pm in winter and until 7pm in summer; no booking is required and the cost is minimal. Two other short trails, the Hadeda route (6,2 kilometres) and the Acacia route (4,5 kilometres), are also available.

This semi-urban trail lies right in the centre of Pretoria East and yet is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated between Generaal Louis Botha, Lynwood and Atterbury roads, the little natural haven of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is a wonderful spot to bring the family to enjoy large patches of protea, umbrella trees, the abundant bird life and beautiful views. The main trail, the Kiepersol route, starts off at the parking lot next to Generaal Louis Botha drive. After crossing the Moreleta stream, it winds up the Faerie Glen hill in the Bronberg Range, providing surprisingly beautiful views over the tree-rich Pretoria East suburbia, which is particularly spectacular in spring, when the jacarandas are in bloom.

As you climb up the cement path, you leave the traffic behind and the views get better and better. At the top of the hill, there is a wonderful 360-degree view of Pretoria, so this makes a good spot for a break. From this vantage point, you follow the crest and then there’s a rocky descent to the saddle just below the main Faerie Glen hill. You can walk down slope from here and back to the start along the Hadeda trail, but the main Kiepersol trail rises another 50 metres from the saddle to the highest point in the reserve, from where there are even better views than from the previous look-out point. From here, the path runs gradually downhill until it reaches a beautiful huge bushwillow tree near the foot of the hill - an excellent place to rest and view the valley below. The path now takes a winding course along the banks of the Moreleta stream through beautiful patches of flowers and ever-changing scenery. Although there is nowhere to swim, there are some water-crossings, pretty pools and picnic spots where you can sit and enjoy the birds.

The birdlife along the trail is magnificent. About 150 species of birds have been identified in this 128-hectare reserve, including crested barbet, cardinal woodpecker, Burchell’s coucal, cormorants and various species of canary. There are numerous picnic spots and a couple of bird-viewing decks along the route, as well as two other trails in the reserve: the 2,3-kilometre Hadeda route and the 3,2-kilometre Acacia route. A minimal charge is levied but no advance booking is required. The reserve is open all year round from 6am to 6pm in winter and until 7pm in summer.

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