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Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Pretoria

The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve offers nature lovers a haven with abundant birdlife, hiking trails and scenic views  over Pretoria East.

Pictures by Charl Steenkamp

The Reserve forms part of the Bronberg Conservation area which was declared in 1980 with vegetation that is a transition zone between Bakenveld (grassland) and Sour mixed bushveld (acacia veld).

It covers an area of 128ha, mostly following the Moreleta Spruit while the northern border is formed by a section of the Bronberg Mountains.

Faerie Glen

Activities at Faerie Glen Nature Reserve


This area is a prime hiking and birding destination in Pretoria East and has views over most of the surrounding suburbs from Rhenosterkop.

There are three hiking trails to choose from: Hadeda route: 2,3km, Acacia route: 3,2km and Kiepersol route: 4,2km.

Related article: Faerie Glen Hiking Trails



With more than 150 recorded bird species, it is sure to have bird enthusiasts in their element. The best time for birding is in summer, especially in the morning or late afternoon. There is a bird hide situated along the Moreleta Spruit.

Related article: Bird Watching in Pretoria



Small mammals such as mongoose, hedgehogs, hares, porcupines, cape clawless otter, bush babies and small spotted genets are present but very difficult to spot. In 2014 five zebras, nine red hartebeest and 16 impalas were reintroduced.

Dogs are still allowed in the reserve but must always be kept on a leash.

 Visiting hours

  • Summer ( September – April): 06:00 – 18:00
  • Winter ( May – August): 06:00 – 18:00

Telephone: +27(0)12 358 1510;

Admission Fees
  • Children 0 – 6 years: Free
  • Adults (children 13 years and older): R 16
  • Pensioners 60 years and older: R 6
  • Schoolchildren (7 – 12 years): R 6

Season tickets valid for 6 months

  • Adults (children 13 years and older) R 400
  • Schoolchildren, Pensioners R 250

From the N1, take the Atterbury turn-off to the east. At January Masilela (old Louis Botha Avenue) turn left and follow the directions to the reserve. The reserve will be on your right hand side just after Glenwood Road.

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