Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Gauteng
Boasting idyllic scenery and an abundance of birdlife, The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve in Pretoria is a popular 128ha sanctuary, with an interesting series of nature trails and walks. The reserve transitions between bankenveld (grassland) and sour bushveld (acacia veld), and visitors will delight in observing the national flower the Protea that grows abundantly along the hillsides of the reserve.
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve also forms part of the 8km Moreleta Spruit Nature Trail - the perennial Moreleta Spruit flows through the reserve which accounts for the abundant grassland and rich vegetation you can enjoy here.
Over 150 species of birds call Faerie Glen home and so it is no surprise that Birdwatchers regularly frequent the Reserve. If birding is your thing, out for the European Nightjar, African Black Duck, Brown-backed Honeybird, European Bee-eater, Cape Grassbird, Marsh Warbler, Crimson-breasted Shrike and Village Weaver. If you are lucky, you might get to see some of the rarer species including the Corncrake and River Warbler. In addition to the large variety of birdlife, there are also rare trees and insects that will keep nature-lovers enthralled.
Ardent hikers will appreciate several trails and walks of varying difficulty. With easy-to-follow footpaths and clear signage, hikers are assured of a safe walk, although it is not recommended to visit the reserve alone. Visit the Plumbago Tea Garden which is situated at the entrance of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve for refreshments before or after your hike!
The best time to visit for birdlife viewing is in Summer (September to April) from 06h00 and 19h00.
In Winter (May to August) the reserve closes at 18h00.
Telephone: +27 (0)12 348 1265/6
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Visit the Plumbago Tea Garden which is situated at the entrance of the reserve for refreshments before or after your visit to the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve.