Gauteng Game and Nature ReservesThe Alice Glockner Nature Reserve
Deep in the heart of the South African province of Gauteng, the Alice Glockner Nature Reserve offers visitors a unique experience of the untouched splendour that defines so much of the continent’s landscape.
Gauteng is the smallest, but wealthiest and most densely populated of the provinces. It is a popular base from which millions of tourists begin their special South African experience. This is, in part, thanks to its being the home of the OR Tambo International Airport. This hubbub makes natural areas, like the Alice Glockner Nature Reserve, all the more precious.
This is a small reserve by comparison to surrounding ones, at a mere 168 hectares. However, these borders are home to an impressive variety of plant and animal species, not least of which is the Heidelberg Copper Butterfly, which is both rare and threatened. Interestingly, this butterfly needs a particular breed of ant in order to survive, and this ant is also found in this reserve, as is the butterfly’s host plant (the Clutia pulchell).
The floral wealth of Alice Glockner is testified to by its complex grassland vegetation, and its supporting no fewer than 16 recorded plants that have significant medicinal value.
There are plenty of resident animals too. These include dassies (rock rabbits), porcupines, black-backed jackals, aardvarks, mongooses, meerkats and more. In addition, there are more than 55 recorded bird species, and others just waiting to be spotted by avid bird watchers or hikers that are traversing the reserve at their own pace.
Those with an interest in the history and heritage of the region will, no doubt, enjoy exploring the old mines and other ruins that are located here.
The Alice Glockner Nature Reserve is situated six kilometres from the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, close to Heidelberg. This town is idyllically nestled at the foot of the Suikerbosrand Mountains and conveniently perched between the epicentres of Johannesburg in Gauteng and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.
Popular Activities near Alice Glockner Nature Reserve
Klipkraal hiking trail
One of the closest routes to Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Klipkraal trails wind across the farms Rietfontein, Hartebeesfontein and Stryfontein, close to Heidelberg. They are run by the owners from whom you will need to get a permit. Overnight in...
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Suikerbosrand hiking trail
Suikerbosrand's major feature is access to the Suikerbosrand Mountain Range, making the hiking terrain fairly hilly and thus taxing. Two day trails, the Cheetah interpretive trail, which is just over 4 km and great for beginners, or the Bokmakiere...
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