Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Pretoria

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Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is situated at the western limit of the Bronberg in the east of Pretoria, South Africa. It formerly formed a part of the farm Hartbeespoort 304 which belonged to H. W. Struben. On old aerial photographs it is apparent that the flood plain was utilized for crop fields, while the remainder was used for cattle grazing. The reserve constitutes the western part of the Bronberg conservation area, which was declared in 1980. Its highest point is Renosterkop (1,468 m) in the northern part of the reserve.Animal lifeThough the smaller mammals like mongooses, hedgehogs, hares, porcupines, Cape clawless otters, bushbabies and small-spotted genets are difficult to observe, one may find signs of their presence. In the winter of 2014 larger game was introduced, namely 16 impala, 9 red hartebeest and 5 Burchell's zebra. During late 2014 one common duiker was released in the reserve, the first spotted eagle-owl house was installed, and a first sighting of caracal was made. The leaf-feeding thrip Liothrips tractabilis, introduced from Argentina, was released in the reserve's flood plain in 2014 to combat the invasive pompom weed.
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  • My husband and I stayed in the area of Faerie Glen for two nights and came across the Nature Reserve by chance. It is a wonderful place to watch birds or just have a stroll. Peaceful and with... 
    My husband and I stayed in the area of Faerie Glen for two nights and came across the Nature Reserve by chance. It is a wonderful place to watch birds or just have a stroll. Peaceful and with...  more »
  • I grew up in the 1980s a stones throw from there. There was never a weekend that went by not exploring. There were no fences, just nature so close to civilization. The view from the koppie is... 
    I grew up in the 1980s a stones throw from there. There was never a weekend that went by not exploring. There were no fences, just nature so close to civilization. The view from the koppie is...  more »
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  • Always enjoy my runs during the week here. Nice varying terrain and multiple routes to choose from depending what you like, from the lower flat sections to hiking up to highest point. Good for running, hiking, walking, and taking your dog (just get permit ahead of time).
  • Fantastic nature reserve with a small hill, river and great views. There is wildlife in the form of Zebra, Impala and Red Hartebeest. An entrance fee is required at the gate, and a permit is required for dogs (application process takes approximately 3 days). The hiking trails are not well marked, so study the map at the entrance well!

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