The Conservation vision for the Modderfontein 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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CONSERVATION FEES: Daily conservation fees are payable by each visitor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
LITTER-FREE ZONE: Littering is prohibited. Depositing or leaving of any litter except in receptacles provided for that purpose will result in a fine
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.
NO KILLING OF ANIMALS: Poaching, killing, injuring and persecution or disturbance of animals is strictly prohibited.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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. Strictly catch and release. Please refer to signage regarding this.
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.
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.
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.
ALCOHOL: The onsite consumption of alcohol is prohibited in the Reserve.
COVID LEVEL 3 REGULATIONS
Modderfontein Reserve – General Arrangements – Level 3
The Modderfontein Reserve is open for all activities including running, cycling, hiking, birdwatching, picnicking and fishing every day from 7 AM to 6 PM including weekends and Public Holidays.
No bookings required and patrons will be served on a first come basis.
All persons must wear a face mask and adhere to all health protocols and social distancing measures when entering a public park, to limit exposure to COVID -19: Provided that a person undertaking vigorous sporting activity is not obliged to wear a face mask, during such activity.
Every person, when attending a gathering and in order to limit exposure to COVID -19 must – maintain a distance of least one and a half metres from each other.
Please note that no Pets are allowed in the Reserve as it is a conservation area.
Family photo shoots and General photo shoots are not allowed at this stage.
The picnic and fishing area is open to the public and is subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measure including the mandatory wearing of face masks. Every person, when attending a gathering and in order to limit exposure to COVID -19 must – maintain a distance of least one and a half metres from each other.
Anyone contravening the regulations will be immediately be asked to leave the premises.
Parkin Area 1 to be used by all picnic and fishing ticked holders. The open area parking at the fishing area only to be used as a drop off zone for fishing equipment. No parking allowed in other areas. Patrons contravening this will not be allowed entry into the Reserve into the future.
Costs for picnic entry is R 30 per adult and R 15 per child under 12. Costs for Fishing is R 100 per adult and R 35 per child under 12.
In order to comply with social distancing protocols, there is a daily maximum of picnic and fishing spots available and this will be allocated on a first come first served basis and entry to the picnic and fishing area will be denied once the maximum capacity has been reached to avoid the area being overcrowded.
Entry tickets to be obtained from the Reserve Gate. Please contact the gate to enquire if space is available prior to arriving. No entry into the picnic area will be allowed without a valid ticket.
Please note that the braai area at the picnic and fishing area will now be available for use and gas braais are also allowed
No onsite consumption of alcohol will be allowed in the Reserve
Please contact the gate on 0813511223 to enquire if space is available prior to arriving. No entry into the picnic and fishing area will be allowed without a valid ticket. Combo tickets for cyclists, hikers and runners that would also like to picnic is available and prices can be obtained from the gate.