Be advised – Groenkloof is not very secure there has been a number of incidents. Run is groups and be vigilant.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve is located near the famous Fountains Valley. This valley on the southern outskirts of Pretoria was proclaimed a game sanctuary by President Paul Kruger on 25 February 1895, the first in Africa. Its main purpose was to protect the shy and timid oribi, which occurred there, and other game that were being wiped out by hunters.
Groenkloof Nature Reserve features low, broken ridges varying in steepness. The vegetation is semi pen thicket, dominated by a variety of woody species including Acacia caffra, Rhus leptodictya, Combretum molle and Dombeya rotundifolia. The under-storey is dominated by a variety of grasses.
The wildlife on the reserve includes zebra, jackal, duiker, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, blesbuck, red hartebeest, ostrich, giraffe and sable. The rich bird life will keep bird lovers busy for hours on end.
The reserve is open Summer (September to April): 05:30 to 19:00 and Winter (May to August): 07:00 to 18:00
There are 3 main trails:
- 4,0 km hike (white trail)
- 3,5 km hike (red trail)
- 10,5 km hike (yellow trail)
Directions: Groenkloof Nature Reserve is reached via the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort. Follow the R21 to the Fountains Circle, take the Fountains/Centurion turn-off into Christina de Wit Avenue. About 500 m further, turn left at the entrance to the Fountains Valley Resort. Over weekends and on public holidays visitors use the alternative entrance gate 800 m from the Fountains Valley Resort main entrance gate.
Cost: R35 per person
Route difficulty: 7 out of 10 – the route has quite a couple of technical sections and lots of single track.
Safety: 3 out of 10 – the route is not very secure there has been a number of incidents. Run is groups and be vigilant.
Watch out for: Technical downhills and slipping, trail running shoes are highly recommended on this route.