Faerie Glen Nature Reserve was part of the farm Hartbeespoort which belonged to Mr H Struben. On old aerial photographs it is clearly visible that the flood plain was used as farm lands and the rest of the farm for cattle grazing. The Reserve forms part of the Bronberg Conservation area which was declared in 1980. Although the smaller mammals such as mongoose, hedgehogs, hares, porcupines, cape clawless otter, bush babies and small spotted genets are difficult to spot, there is evidence that they are present.
The reserve is open all year round from 6:00am – 18:00pm.
Directions: From the N1, take the Atterbury turn-off to the east. At Genl Louis Botha Avenue turn left and follows the directions to the reserve. The reserve will be on your right hand side just after Glenwood Road.
Cost: R10 per person
Route difficulty: 7 out of 10 – the route has quite a couple of technical sections and lots of single track. Quite a few gnarly uphill and downhill sections with loose rocks.
Safety: 8 out of 10 – the route is very secure but can be a bit isolated at times. Female runners should not run alone.
Watch out for: Technical downhills and slipping, trail running shoes are highly recommended on this route.