Located in the suburb of Kloofendal in the Roodepoort area of Johannesburg’s west Rand this 150-hectare ecotourism and cultural heritage park was one of Johannesburg’s first nature reserves and is of high conservation value as it is a transition zone between the Bankenveld, Drakensberg and Savanna ecosystems.
Kloofendal Nature Reserve offers camping Gauteng style and especially caters to families and school groups. It has grown as a popular campsite on the Gauteng map.
There are a number of walking trails of various distances within the reserve that are easy to follow. Small mammals that you might spot while strolling through the reserve include duiker, mountain reedbuck, dassie, mongoose, and hedgehog. Birdwatchers can also view all kinds of birdlife from the reserve’s bird hide which looks onto a dam. It makes for interesting weekend getaways in Gauteng, especially for families with young children that enjoy exploring nature.
Guided nature walks of the reserve are organised by the Friends of Kloofendal, an organisation that is dedicated to the environmental upkeep of the reserve. They also lead guided visits to the historic Confidence Reef Mine which is located within the reserve. One of the oldest mines in the region, gold was discovered here in 1884. The entrance to the old mine tunnel can still be seen and there are also some old stamp mills here that have been preserved.
- Admission is free.
- The reserve is open daily from 6am to 6pm.
Kloofendal Nature Reserve is near Westgate and Clearwater Mall. Take the N1 South towards Roodepoort, exit at 14th Avenue and turn right. Turn right on to Hendrik Potgieter. Turn left on Christiaan de Wet, right into Wilgerood Road, left into Topaz and almost immediately right into Galena. The entrance to the reserve is at the bottom of the hill, on your left.