Parks, Sports & Outdoors

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

A nature reserve and heritage site, the Melville Koppies (koppie means small hill in Afrikaans) boast archaeological remains of Stone Age and Iron Age settlements, and great views over the city.

The geology of the koppies goes back three billion years and the area represents the last conserved remnant of Johannesburg's ridges as they were before gold was discovered in 1886. The vegetation here is entirely indigenous and provides an excellent example, close to the city centre, of the richness of highveld grasses, flowers, and trees. The best way to visit is on one of the social guided walking tours which leave every weekend and provide insights into the area’s unique and precious ecosystem.

The Friends of Melville Koppies lead three hour guided walks of the Melville Koppies on Sundays, introducing groups to the flora, fauna, ecology, archaeology and history of this beautiful nature reserve. No booking required just turn up on time as tours leave promptly. Tour costs R50, R30 for kids. Check the annual Melville Koppies walk calendar online here for dates and times of walks.


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Open 08:00–19:00.

Price/Additional Info

Tours cost R50, kids R20.

Events at this venue

Jan 21 2018 - Dec 23 2018Melville Koppies Walks and Hikes

Associated Venues

Melville Koppies guided tour

 Melville Koppies, Melville (Parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Rd, Emmarentia)
Every Sunday


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