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Guided Walks

The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association organises walks on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The walks depart from the Precinct situated in Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park.

Walks also depart on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

All walkers are led by experienced guides and offer an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn more of the history of the reserve and view the flora and fauna in their natural surroundings. Walks begin at 08:00 from September to April and at 09:00 from May to August.

Note:  All hikers must ensure that they carry sufficient water, even in winter, and they should wear sensible walking shoes.

Bird Walks

On the third Saturday morning of each month visitors can join a “bird walk” and discover some of the bird species that live in and visit the reserve.

These outings are open to all and beginners are especially welcome. Check the calendar of events on the KNRA website as starting times and venues vary from month to month.

Specialist Walks

Specialist walks are held twice a year in autumn and spring (see the KNRA website for all programme dates). These walks are guided by specialists in various fields and will greatly enrich visitors’ knowledge of the wide variety of plants and animals that call the reserve home. Information on the history of the archaeology should be of great interest to all. These walks depart from the Precinct and are approximately three hours in duration.

Enviro Club

The Klipriviersberg Enviro Club offers young people from primary school level upwards the opportunity of physically contributing to the needs of the nature reserve. The group is involved in several important aspects of the reserve, ranging from clean-ups to alien plant removal. A very important aspect of their functions is also to have lots of fun.

Additional Activities

A number of specialised activities are also undertaken throughout the year, including snare hunts, alien vegetation removal and general clean-ups. Minor items of maintenance are also undertaken at the Precinct from time to time.

All interested parties are urged to join in these activities.

History Overview

The Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is renowned for its imposing hills, vast grasslands, unique fauna and flora and its variety of stunning walking trails. But little is known of how historically significant it the whole area is, especially when it concerns the history of Johannesburg.

Stone-age man must have had a presence in the area because artifacts relating to them that have been found in the reserve and this seems to

indicate that they used the reserve as a hunting ground. The Sotho speaking Tswana people lived and farmed in the area from 1400 and after they had abandoned their villages in 1750,  a “voortrekker” farmer named Sarel Marais occupied the land in 1850, when he and his family bought the western section of the farm Rietvlei.

The existence of ruins of the Vierfontein dam that are still evident at Silent Pool is testimony of the important role that this perennial stream may have played as a source of water for early Johannesburg. Also war is no stranger to the reserve because a major part of the battle for Johannesburg in 1900 was fought in and around the Klipriviersberg hills and the remains of the concentration camp cemetery bears testimony to the cruelness of war.

During the late 1970s, residents and others who were acquainted with the area, and who were passionate about the unspoilt beautiful range of hills to the south of Johannesburg, petitioned the then city council to set the area aside as a nature reserve. The council agreed and at a meeting with the residents, asked them to form an association to assist the city council with the management of the reserve.

Thus in October 1981, the Mondeor Koppies Association was established. The committee decided that Klipriviersberg was a more appropriate name for the reserve and in 1984, the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve was officially proclaimed as a nature reserve in accordance with the provincial legislation of the time. The Association followed suit and changed its name to the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Association (KNRA).

A hallmark of the KNRA has been its members’ passion for the Reserve – a passion induced by the unspoilt beauty of the reserve and its wide diversity of natural and historical assets. Over the years, membership has grown to well in excess of 1 000.

The KNRA established the trails in the reserve, trained and provided guides to accompany visitors to the reserve, documented the natural and historical assets, assisted the city council with the management of the reserve, undertook maintenance work and stimulated public awareness by way of lectures and talks, newspaper articles and newsletters. These today remain the core activities of the Association.

The Association

A large membership base is important as it serves to demonstrate to the authorities the support for the Association. The KNRA therefore welcomes new members. Membership is free as income is derived from donations, sponsorships and fund raising activities. There are no commitments to being a member.

It has been said that becoming a member of a conservation organisation, is the best way of supporting conservation generally. You are therefore cordially invited to become a member.