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Groenkloof Hiking Trails, Pretoria

Description

Situated in an urban environment the Groenkloof Nature Reserve offers hikers a surprisingly natural atmosphere. There are various trails to choose from that differ in difficulty. Rocky hills can be expected as part of the yellow trail and recommended for the more fit and experienced hiker. Leading towards the top of the hill the yellow trail offers glorious views towards the Voortrekker Monument, Waterkloof golf course, the Unisa campus, the city’s CBD, and Fort Klapperkop.

Along the red and white shorter trails, hikers pass a cave home to the rock hyrax and the boma where game are kept under observation and where the sable antelope are fed. In short this is a self-guided network of circular walks that features a few semi-steep ridges.

Start

The Yellow and White trail starts at the same point about 300meters from the entrance.  The Red trail leads from the White trail.

End

The Yellow and White trails end at their starting point. The Red trail has various routes therefore the trail end will depend on the route chosen.

Distance

White Trail: 4,0 km

Red Trail: 3,5 km

Yellow Trail: 10,5 km

Duration

Depending on the trail chosen duration can vary from 1-5 hours

Rating

Easy to moderate

Permit

N/A

Features

The trail features a few semi-steep ridges and plenty game.

Take with
  • sunglasses
  • good walking shoes
  • insect repellent
  • refreshments and water
  • camera
  • binoculars
Highlights

Enjoy the view from the top of the hill and you can expect to see plenty of game on this route including giraffe, kudu, impale, zebra and blue wildebeest. Bird lovers will be impressed with the rich bird life.

Day Tarrifs

Adult (18 years or older) – R 38

Pensioners and disabled persons (60 years and older) – R 22

School Children (7 – 17 years old) – R 22

Preschool Children (0-6 years) – R 11

Booking

Maps are available for self-guided hikes, but guided hikes can be provided if booked two weeks in advance. Bookings are essential, well in advance for the overnight facilities.

Telephone: +27 (0)12 440 8316 or +27 (0)12 341 0591

groenkloofnaturereserve@tshwane.gov.za

Directions

The Groenkloof Nature Reserve is reached via the Fountains Valley Resort entrance. From the Fountains Circle, take the Fountains/Centurion turn-off into Christina de Wit Road. The entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort is about 500m along the road, on your left. On weekends and public holidays, visitors should use the alternative entrance, which is 800m from the main entrance.

Link: Official Page of Groenkloof Nature Reserve on the City of Tshwane website.

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