Johannesburg

Ezemvelo Nature Reserve ​​​​​​​

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Photo by Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
Not to be confused with the network of safari reserves in KwaZulu Natal, this expansive nature reserve near Bronkhorstspruit east of Pretoria offers mountain biking, hiking, game drives, fishing and bird watching. There is an abundance of interesting game to watch out for including zebras, wildebeest and red hartebeests ​​​​​​and fantastic birdlife.

There are three different hiking trails to choose from which traverse a treed river valley looked over by rocky outcrops. The short Ochna Trail (4km) treads a path through grasslands and up a small koppie, the Protea Trail (14.6km) also covers much grassland and a small steep rocky hill, while the 21km Burkea Trail is a tough walk through grassland and over hills to the far side of the reserve and takes approximately 5 hours to complete. As well as hikers the area is also popular with cyclists and trail runners. Amenities at the main visitor centre area include a swimming pool, shop, braai stands and picnic tables and there is a choice of basic accommodation including chalets, huts and camping.
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Open 07:00-17:00.

Price/Additional Info

Admission to trails costs R75 per person

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