Frandaph Avenue, Mondeor South East, Mondeor, 2091, Johannesburg
This Hike is done in partnership with the Hanging out in Pretoria Group.
Lana has arranged with Tony Ferguson - we can join their normal Sunday walk at 8 am. The hike is 7-8 km and lasts 3 - 4 hours. The fee is R30/ person which will be donated to the Friends of the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve.
The 650ha Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, just 11km south of downtown Johannesburg, is an oasis of calm amid the bustle of the city. Among the largest nature reserves in the Johannesburg metropolitan area, Klipriviersberg (Afrikaans for “stone river mountain”) was proclaimed in 1984 to preserve the area’s rich biodiversity and archaeological sites.
The reserve is home to more than 600 plant and 150 bird species. Zebra, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, duiker, springbok and mountain reedbuck roam freely in the reserve.
Unique artefacts and ancient dwellings have been discovered in the reserve. Nineteen stone-walled Iron Age settlements dating from about 1500 have been identified, along with 90 sites that suggest a large pastoral settlement in the area. Excavations have revealed signs of agrarian production, the rearing of cattle and goats, and hunting, while the remains of a village provide evidence of an early Batswana community that lived on the koppies in the area. The ruins of a house, built in 1850 by voortrekker Sarel Marais, are also a point of interest in the reserve.