Modderfontein Nature Reserve is an oasis of natural beauty smack-bang in the middle of an urban setting. Environmentally and user-friendly, you can choose to hike, cycle on one of the mountain bike trails, or just wander through a bird-rich landscape of hills, grasslands and dams.
This 275 hectare area is the second-largest private reserve in Gauteng and has become a haven for birds and small mammals, as well as for city-stressed locals.
Keep your eyes open for over 250 species of birds, including the African Fish Eagle, the Blue Crane and the dazzlingly coloured Crimson-breasted Shrike. If you’re very lucky you might spot otters swimming along the water course.
The Reserve is situated on Arden Road (off Ardeer Road) in Modderfontein, literally five minutes’ drive from Thornhill. Entry fees are payable and there is also an annual rate for regular visitors. Pensioners also receive a special discount. Pack a picnic to eat in the picnic area by the dam in the shade of the trees or visit the Val Bonne Country Estate and enjoy quality dining in beautiful surroundings. If you want to work up a sweat, try one of the mountain bike trails within the reserve.
Modderfontein Conservation Society has a program of walks and talks in the reserve every Tuesday morning and on one Saturday and one Sunday morning each month.