Print Rules & Regulations: Modderfontein Reserve

The function of the Modderfontein Nature Reserve is to protect, conserve and control the ecological integrity and sustainability of the area while simultaneously providing a setting for human recreational use and benefit.

To ensure a safe and joyful visit to the reserve, kindly adhere to the following rules and regulations. Transgression of these rules and regulations, as summarized below, may result in prosecution and or penalties.

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  1. CONSERVATION FEES: Daily conservation fees are payable by each visitor
  2. THE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT: Please take careful note of the speed limits applicable in the various areas of the reserve. Note that not all roads are accessible to caravans and/ or vehicles exceeding a certain mass, type or size.
  3. DRIVE SAFELY: General rules of the road apply within the reserve. It is an offence to drive on South African roads without a recognized driver’s license or under the influence of alcohol. Driving or operating any vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner or in a deliberate disregard for the safety of a person, animal or property is a serious offence and can result in a summons being issued Driving a vehicle in a manner that constitutes a nuisance, disturbance, inconvenience or danger to any other person may also be subject to a summons being issued.
  4. ADHERE TO GATE TIMES: Gate times must be strictly adhered to. After hours driving is not allowed and could result in a summons being issued.
  5. DRIVING AREAS: Vehicles must remain on the designated roads at all times and off-road driving or driving on closed or no-entry roads is a serious offence.
  6. WALKING AREAS: Walking trails are provided throughout the reserve and must be adhered to at all times so as to avoid disruption of vegetation and animal communities
  7. FEEDING OF WILDLIFE IS PROHIBITED: The feeding or intentional disturbance of wildlife is a serious offence. By feeding any wildlife you are potentially SIGNING THEIR DEATH WARRANT, AS THEY MAY BECOME DEPENDENT ON HUMANS and can BECOME AGGRESSIVE AND DANGEROUS, and thus HAVE TO BE EXTERMINATED. This includes all bird species.
  8. FLORA & FAUNA: No plant, animal, wildlife or any natural or cultural items may be removed from the park without permission. To cut, damage, destroy or be in possession of any plant or part thereof, including dry wood or firewood is a serious offence. Importing of any specimen of an alien or listed invasive species into the reserve is prohibited
  9. PETS: No pets (dogs, cats, birds or any other) may be brought into the reserve. Transgressors will be dealt with firmly and issued with a summons. Guide dogs for visually impaired guests are one exception, but only in consultation with reserve management and if the owner has obtained the necessary inoculations and permits as ordained by the state veterinary department
  10. LITTER-FREE ZONE: Littering is prohibited. Depositing or leaving of any litter except in receptacles provided for that purpose will result in a fine
  11. DECLARE FIREARMS AT GATE: All firearms/dangerous weapons of any sort, any explosive, trap or poison must be declared upon entry, and may be held for the duration of the visit.
  12. NO KILLING OF ANIMALS: Poaching, killing, injuring and persecution or disturbance of animals is strictly prohibited
  13. FIRE HAZARD: Starting or causing of any fire, whether it be intentional or unintentional, other than with prior consent from reserve management and in a fireplace or container purposely made available, is strictly prohibited and will result in a summons being issued
  14. SMOKING: Please take note of the smoking regulations applicable in the reserve. Smoking may only take place in DESIGNATED SMOKING AREAS and cigarette butts must be disposed of in dustbins distributed throughout the reserve.
  15. BEHAVIOUR: Behaving in an offensive, improper, indecent or disorderly manner including the playing of any radio, compact disc player, music system, musical system or instrument, or in any way cause of any noise in any manner likely to disturb any species or specimen or other person is strictly prohibited and will be fined if not adhered to. The hindering, intimidating or obstructing of an authorized official in the execution if his/her duties or the performance of his/her functions will not be tolerated and is subject to a penalty. Violation, refusal or failure to obey or comply with any prohibition, request or instruction imposed by these regulations or by the management authority or authorized official will result in prosecution
  16. BICYCLES: Please enlighten yourself with the rules and regulations applicable to the use of roller skates, skateboards, bicycles and motorbikes for the reserve. These activities are limited to certain areas and times.
  17. VANDALISM: Buildings and sites of historical and cultural value exist within the reserve and these must be treated with respect at all times. Vandalism of any buildings or infrastructure is strictly prohibited and transgression will result in a summons being issued.
  18. FISHING: Fishing in any of the dams or bodies of water within the reserve is strictly prohibited unless an arrangement has been made with Reserve Management.
  19. SWIMMING: Swimming or wading in any of the dams or bodies of water within the reserve is strictly prohibited unless doing so is necessary to fulfill a prescribed management objective.
  20. BOATS: The use of boats of any kind in any of the dams or bodies of water within the reserve is strictly prohibited unless doing so is necessary to fulfill a prescribed management objective or an agreement has been made with reserve management.
  21. WASHING: Washing of clothes, dishes, or any item (This includes one’s body), in any of the dams or bodies of water within the reserve, is strictly prohibited

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