Fodor's Expert Review Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Greenside and Emmarentia Ruins

A small nature reserve and heritage site on the southern side of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Melville Koppies has guided ecology walks, and many of the guides are members of the local botanical society and can introduce you to the rich diversity of Highveld flora found here. Bird-watching is also excellent: more than 200 varieties of grassland and Highveld birds recorded, as well as suburban garden species and small mammals. An archaeological site contains a 500-year-old furnace dating from the Iron Age. The reserve is managed by volunteers, and you can take a three-hour tour with them. Don't go alone, as it isn't safe to do so.

Ruins Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge Family

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Johannesburg, Gauteng  2195, South Africa


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Rate Includes: R50 for guided tour; special group tours by prior arrangement

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