Groenkloof Nature Reserve
Fountains Valley, Pretoria/Tshwane
The history of the reserve can be traced back a long time, to 1895 in fact, when President Paul Kruger proclaimed the valley as a game sanctuary, the first on the African continent. In 1994 the reserve became the responsibility of the nature conservation and resorts section of the City Of Tshwane Municipality. In 1999 game was reintroduced into the reserve. This included Impala, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest and Ostrich. These were added to in 2002 by the introduction of Giraffe and Red Hartebeest. Sable antelope were reintroduced in 2003.
The reserve caters for a number of sporting and recreational pursuits including Hiking, Mountain Biking, a Motorcar interpretive route and a 4 x 4 route.
The reserve also has a youth camp that can accommodate 30-50 children.
Certainly worth a visit, especially for a family outing for the day. It is a very popular venue for mountain bikers and the area is ideal for these as a network of sand roads crisscross the reserve. There is a lot of invader species such as Lantana and Black Wattle present but this is being worked on by the authorities.
Bookings and contact numbers
Bookings are only necessary for the overnight facilities
Telephone +27 (0) 12 440 8316/ +27 (0) 12 341 0591
Fax +27 (0) 12 341 0483
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (management)
Address: Groenkloof Nature Reserve, PO Box 1454 Pretoria 0001
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