Initiatives in the Reserve: Community Participation

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Areas within a development district that give it a character of its own become core to development activities that are structured around it.

In Modderfontein, the focus has been on safeguarding the open space that defines the locale as the company approached the planning phase for the area; hence the formalisation of Modderfontein Reserve.

There is a great deal of scope to become involved in hands on conservation work in the Modderfontein Reserve. This may involve building a bird hide, helping with erosion control or simply doing a river clean up. Please contact the reserve manager to become involved.

Recreational activities in the reserve include walking, cycling and picnic areas.


The Reserve has been a popular place to walk for members of the Modderfontein community for many years. The Modderfontein Conservation Society has over the past few years organised regular guided walks on Tuesdays and weekends, at a nominal cost. These are available and need to be pre-booked.
A main 8.3km hiking trail and some smaller trails exist within the reserve, all of which are being marked for visitors.

Contact Robbie Vermont, for details on guided walks through the reserve.


Many keen bird enthusiasts frequent the reserve to spot interesting species such as the Fish Eagles, Long Crested Eagles, Bee eaters and Shrikes. The diverse habitats in the reserve provide for an interesting birding experience.


Bike Trails are constantly being developed and marked. Currently there are four different routes available, all with varying degrees and levels of difficulty and distance, the shortest route being 10km and the longest approximately 40km. The trails are open on Saturdays and Sundays; please attend at the registration table on either day, to purchase either a single entry ticket or a multi-pass.

The usual rules with regard to cycling are mandatory, mainly being that "no helmet, no ride" applies. A full copy of the rules and regulations are posted at the beginning of the trails, please take the time to read and acknowledge same. You need to have your own bicycle and cycling gear. Please stay on the designated paths within the reserve and remember to look out for walkers and wildlife.

For further information contact:
Ricky Tomaselli: or