Norscot Koppies and Kingfisher Nature Reserve

Douglasdale/ Norscot, Johannesburg


This delightful small nature reserve, situated in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg is well worth a visit on one of its open days. The reserve consists of 22ha of rocky outcrops, dense bush, open grassland and some small dams that abound with birdlife. There is a well marked nature trail that takes in the many aspects of the reserve that make it such a special place.

         
 

Open Days: Second and last Sundays of each month (this means if there are 5 Sundays, then the last is the fifth)
All day but we change with summer and winter times.
Summer: September to April 07h30 18h00
Winter: May to August: 08h30 17h00
 

 
One of the dams that attract a diversity of birdlife A bird hide tucked away at the edge of wetland
Rich grassland that support Blesbok and Duiker Rocky Koppies
 
         
 
A tortoise hurries on its way! Toilet facilities
Another hide overlooking one of the lakes Paths are well laid out and maintained
 

For its size the reserve has a wide variety of wildlife including Blesbok, Duiker, Ostrich and a large population of Dassies.

 
         
 
Entrance to the reserve

The entrance to the reserve

 

 

Conclusion

If you have an hour or so to spare during its open times, why not visit Norscot? It really is a lovely little island of nature in the heart of an urban area.

Directions to Norscot

From the N1 highway take the William Nicol offramp. Travel towards Fourways and turn left into Leslie Road. Travel down Leslie following the road downhill until it starts to rise again and the look for Westway Road on your right. Take the road and the entrance to the reserve is at the end of this road.

 

 

Contacts

Johannesburg City Parks

Under whose jurisdiction the reserve falls

+27 (0) 11 712 6600

Norscot Koppies and Kingfisher Nature Reserve Management Committee

Mary Borkett 082 4118197 

                                     mborkett@mweb.co.za                                        


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