Alice Glockner Nature Reserve

The Alice Glockner Nature Reserve is a relatively small reserve at only 168 hectares but what it lacks in size it makes up for in unspoilt natural beauty and some rare fauna and flora. Located approximately 6km to the south west of Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and near to the town of Heidelberg, this reserve has a unique claim to fame that sets it apart from other reserves in Gauteng province.

It contains several threatened or endangered species including the ice plant (Delsperma macellum) and the Heidelberg copper butterfly (Chrysoritis aureus).

Animals that can be spotted here include duiker, porcupine, aardvark, black-backed jackal, scrub hare, mongoose, meerkat, and rock hyrax. The Alice Glockner Nature Reserve is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, as there are approximately 56 recorded bird species. These include the spotted eagle owl and many as yet unrecorded species. There are also 20 recorded species of reptile and amphibian on the reserve. Old mines and ruins add to the cultural heritage begging to be explored by hikers.

Heidelberg copper butterfly.

Heidelberg copper butterfly.