Gauteng Game and Nature ReservesThe Modderfontein Nature Reserve
The Modderfontein Nature Reserve is a stunning spot, and acclaimed for its variety of animal and plant species. At 275 hectares, it is the second-largest private nature reserve in the country, and it makes use of its area to undertake a number of eco-initiatives and awareness campaigns.
Modderfontein Nature Reserve has put the protection of South African species at the top of their list of priorities, testifying to the great value that these have. However, a massive part of the vision of the reserve is to complement these eco-initiatives with recreational activities and educational programmes.
The Modderfontein Nature Reserve boasts a varied landscape that includes rolling green hills, tranquil dams and savannahs that stretch far into the distance. This makes it the habitat of choice for a number of the local species. These include the black-backed jackal, Cape clawless otter, four different kinds of mongoose, and the elusive duiker, amongst others. The spotted-necked otter can also be found here, which is significant as it is a near-threatened species.
But, it is the birdlife here that is especially impressive. There are more than 250 recorded species on the reserve, which is made more remarkable by the fact that this is within an urban setting, which many of these birds usually avoid. Some of these avian residents are the fish eagle, black swan, jackal buzzard, sacred ibis, little grebe, crimson-breasted shrike, various herons, Verreaux’s eagle, long-crested eagle, African spoonbill, fiery-necked nightjar, barn owl, goshawk, marsh owl, blue crane, and plenty of other exciting species.
Visitors to the nature reserve are reminded to bring their binoculars along, as well as a bird identification guide. Thanks to the blue gums and pine trees here (which are all alien species), a number of raptors have been attracted to the reserve. Since this is also a problem, the reserve has to balance its approach. It continues to replace alien vegetation with indigenous varieties, and has to weigh up the effect that this has on such raptor species. This is a huge responsibility that requires professional and sensitive management.
The various trails through this nature reserve are fabulous for hiking and cycling. Whether you are an avid sports enthusiast or a traveller that simply wants to smell the fresh scents of the South African countryside, these trails invite you to explore the region on foot or in the saddle. You can adjust your pace and ensure that you get the most out of your Modderfontein experience. Guided walks are a great way to wander the reserve with the added input of a knowledgeable and experienced person that will add much value to your time here.
Of course, thanks to the mining industry of yesteryear, this area also has a rich heritage and history in Modderfontein. The nature reserve is home to a number of buildings that tell the fascinating story of this area. These include the Modderfontein Dynamite Company Museum and the Stone Barn.
This reserve is only 20 minutes’ drive from the OR Tambo International Airport, as well as Sandton and its many malls and office blocks.
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