Things To Do in BedfordviewGillooly's Farm
Where? Boeing Road West, Bedfordview, Johannesburg
When? Monday to Saturday.
How? Call +27 (0)11 453-8066
How much? Free
Gillooly’s Farm offers a place of serenity and escape, a veritable sanctuary from the non-stop pace of the City of Gold, as Johannesburg is affectionately known. It is in the upmarket town of Bedfordview, which is on the East Rand. This part of Gauteng, South Africa, is known for its industry, commerce and retail facilities. However, as Gillooly’s Farm testifies, it also offers wonderful natural treasures amidst the hubbub.
This retreat covers only 44 hectares, but has become well-known amongst locals and regular visitors alike. It is enjoyed by all for its walking trails, on which you can spot a number of bird species and enjoy the warm South African sun and fresh air. Some of the more than 50 species of birds that can be found here include white stork, white-breasted cormorant, African darter, grey heron, egret, Egyptian goose, reed cormorant, house sparrow, yellow-billed duck, and Cape wagtail.
The man-made lake of Gillooly’s is home to sharptooth catfish, blue kurper and the common carp; adding to the biodiversity and appeal of this natural area.
There are also recreational areas at the farm, which will keep the little ones (and the young at heart) busy while the parents enjoy delicious food and welcome refreshments at the restaurant. The braai area can be utilised by families and friends with prior arrangement, and are the perfect way to pass long summer afternoons with special folk. There are also picnic facilities scattered around the scenic dam.
Gillooly’s Farm is open from Monday to Saturday, and the entrance is free.