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Windy Brow Game Farm and Nature Reserve, Cullinan

Just 5km from the beautiful diamond mining village of Cullinan, and 27km north of Pretoria, the Windy Brow Game Farm and Nature Reserve is an easily accessible day trip or weekend break in Gauteng.

Windy Brow is situated on the Elandsfontein farm and is known for its biodiversity and hiking trails. The three ecosystems of the farm all belong to the Bankenveld biome, which combines montane, bushveld and highveld. Together these ecosystems support a great variety of flora, fauna and bird-life.

Larger game that can be seen on the reserve include giraffe, zebra, gemsbok, blesbok, impala, kudu, red hartebeest, blesbok, mountain reedbuck and waterbuck. Smaller antelope species include duiker and klipsringer, and the reserve supports a population of black-backed jackals.

Hiking trails are graded, clearly demarcated and each geared toward a specific aim such as birding. There are also a number of accommodation options on Windy Brow, geared toward hikers, though Windy Brow also offers game drives and accommodates non-hikers and day visitors. There are also mountain biking trails. Booking is essential.

There is also an education centre at Windy Brow for those wishing to explore the Bankenveld biome more deeply than simply appreciating its beauty.

Getting there: Take the R513 east out of Cullinan.

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