Kloofendal is a cultural heritage and ecotourism facility in the Roodepoort suburb of Kloofendal. The 150ha park was one of the first nature reserves in Joburg and offers urbanites a retreat from city life. The area has a high conservation value, with the natural environment representing a transition zone between the Bankenveld, Drakensberg and Savana ecosystems.
It is about eight kilometres from Soweto, and has the potential for environmental education. There are remains of early gold-mining activities on the site, and the old 1884 Confidence Gold Mine, now a national monument, can be viewed by appointment.
Just 25 kilometres from the city centre, it is home to a number of small mammals such as duiker, mountain reedbuck, dassie, mongoose, hedgehog, black-backed jackal, mole rat, gerbil and more.
There is a stone amphitheatre, walking trails of various distances and a dam with a hide. A map of the reserve is available from the security guard on duty.
The reserve is open every day of the week, including public holidays, from 6am to 6pm. It is fully fenced and a security guard is on duty every day. There are picnic and ablution facilities available in the amphitheatre area.
The park offers various activities, including organised walks and talks, mainly organised by Friends of Kloofendal, a voluntary organisation dedicated to its preservation. For information or to be placed on the Friends of Kloofendal email list to receive information on the events once a month, call Karin Spottiswoode on 011 674 2980 or 072 595 6991.
A part-time, one-year field guide/environmentalist course is also run in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve. Information is available at www.bushveldtrainingadventures.co.za or from Karin Spottiswoode.
Getting there: Take Christiaan de Wet Road from either the north, or Florida in the south. Turn on to Wilgerood Road, left on to Topaz Road and right on to Galena Avenue.
Facilities/features/events: Hiking, fully fenced, concerts, screening, large and small corporate events, weddings, exhibitions, conferences and photography.