Places to visit

Rietfontein Nature Reserve

The pristine 24 hectare bushveld nature reserve stretches over a rocky ridge and forms part of the green belt that runs all the way to Kyalami in the north. The Reserve is home to FreeMe, and is located at 138 Holkam Street, Rietfontein Ridge, Paulshof, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The reserve is open every day from 8am – 5pm and can be accessed via either the main entrance at 138 Holkam Road or via the FreeMe entrance just a little further down the road. Entrance is free, but please note that no dogs are allowed in the reserve. There is an short and relatively easy walking trail in the reserve – suitable for kids – which takes visitors to the top of the ridge with great views of Sandton.

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Friends of Rietfontein is a volunteer body that helps to protect, preserve and promote the Rietfontein Nature Reserve in Paulshof, Johannesburg.

Friends of Rietfontein is made up of members of Joburg City Parks, FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, and the Paulshof Residents Ratepayers Assocation.




Nestled in the foothills of the Moreleta Kloof lies one of Pretoria’s most exquisite gems, the Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.

The approximate 100 ha reserve is home to various small game species including Springbuck, Zebra, Blesbok, Impala, Duiker, Bushbuck and Ostrich. Birdwatchers can enjoy the abundant birdlife. Flowing through the reserve is a tributary of the perennial Moreleta Spruit, which has its origins at Wingate Park Country Club.

Walking routes have been marked out, catering for everyone from the Sunday stroller to avid hikers. The routes vary in length from 1.5 to 3.6 km showcasing all that the reserve has to offer.

The reserve is open daily from 06:00 to 18:00 and entry is free of charge.


Directions: From the N1, take the Rigel Avenue offramp and travel east on Delmas Road. Turn left into Hans Strijdom Avenue at the second intersection. Turn right into Rubenstein and travel until you get to Helios Street. Turn left in Helios Street. Parking is in Helios Street at the entrance to Rademeyers Restaurant.


Co-ordinates :  25°49’1.72″S         28°17’27.61″E



 Bird Watching

The Reserve is made up of a number of different habitats which make for some exiting bird watching.  Grassland habitats make up the bulk of the habitats. The two dams on the reserve  (with bird hides)  provide open water and wetland habitats.  Throughout Rietvlei Nature Reserve are clumps of indigenous trees. Exotic trees are also found  but these are being systematically removed.

60km of well maintained tarred and dirt roads criss-cross the Reserve and allow access to the various habitats. A picnic area at the Marais Dam is the perfect spot for a well deserved afternoon break.

Contact Information

Further information: 012 358 1810/1/2

From the R21 take the IRENE RIETVLEI DAM off-ramp. Drive in an easterly direction, at the first 4-way stop street turn right towards Olifantsfontein and the St Georges Hotel. Drive for 1,5 km, crossing the Sesmylspruit. On the left is a sign indicating RIETVLEI NATURE RESERVE, turn left and follow the road up the hill to the main gate. (Drive past the stone entrance until you get to the offices and entrance gate).



You are invited to come to the Cumberland Bird Sanctuary to enjoy a picnic and relaxing day in the sun. Open day is held on the first Sunday of every month. Gates open from 08:30 – 16:30.

Bring the family for a peaceful walk and/or a picnic! Please bear in mind that Bird Watching requires patience, quietness and a pair of binoculars.


Entrance on Cumberland Ave (between Moray & Angus Rd) Enquiries:  Amanda – 082 903 9848



Modderfontein Reserve seeks not only to protect indigenous fauna and flora in the area, but also to provide an attractive open space within the urban fabric where visitors can come and enjoy its natural beauty without traveling too far from home.

The vision for the Reserve is to create, within an urban setting, a natural open space which is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable.

The 275-hectare private park is the second-largest private park in Gauteng and includes portions of the Modderfontein Spruit, a number of dams, grassland and hills.

The Reserve is operated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust on behalf of Heartland Properties. The Modderfontein Conservation Society have had input into the area for many years now and are assisting with the establishment of the reserve

Modderfontein Reserve
Arden Road (off Ardeer Road)

Tel: +27 79 519 1589
Follow us on twitter:@modderreserve
Facebook: Modderfontein Reserve
Hours of operation:

Summer: 06:00 – 18:00

Winter: 06:00 – 18:00


Conservation Fee:
R30 per adult, R15 per child.



Address: Craighall Road, Victory Park
Telephone: 011 888 4831

One of Johannesburg’s biggest green lungs and an ambler’s paradise, Delta Park offers 104 hectares of grassland and woodland to explore. Thousands of people enjoy the many walking trails, which link three beautiful tree-lined dams.

A comfortable walk around the perimeter of the park takes the better part of a morning, especially if you take the time to study the different plants. If you prefer a longer walk, go right down to the park’s southern border and walk along the Braamfontein Spruit Trail, Johannesburg’s major stream bordering Delta Park.

There is also a sensory trail and bird-viewing hides, and the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary is incorporated into the park. The southeast corner of Delta Park is one of the most tranquil retreats and there are delightful picnic spots.

The spacious park is also the home of the Delta Environmental Centre, where a wide range of fascinating wildlife-related courses are offered to adults and children. There are holiday programmes, aimed at children between the ages of six and 13, on offer. They are facilitated by professional staff. About 20 000 children take part in the programmes every year.

Getting there: There is safe parking at the centre and main entrance, reached via Road No 3 or Road No 5 off Rustenburg Road, Victory Park, or at the corner of Pitcairn Road and Penelope Avenue in Blairgowrie.




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