One of our members, Peter Roberts, has very kindly sent me detailed information of three walks that he has done recently that I would like to share with you – see below. I have also heard that the Kliprivier Nature Reserve, Mondeor, is now open. If there are any other local hikes that members know of, please let me know so that I can share them with everyone.Many thanksSheila
Fish Eagle Dam at Modderfontien
Peter says he finds this is the best walk because of the serenity, peace, beauty and safety walking along the river from Fish Eagle Dam.
Take the R125 Modderfontein/Edenvale exit from the N3 highway (the one after London Road exit if travelling from the Sandton direction). Follow the Modderfontein double highway past Greenstone Shopping Mall on the right. After a couple of K’s the double highway bends to the right but a side road continues straight ahead. This is the ‘Old Johannesburg Road’. Take this and follow it past housing estates and a shopping centre to the T junction at the very end where there are robots (that are never working). Turn right and follow the road for a short way and then take the turning to the left signed to ‘Pinelands’. The road will take you up a hill and at the first stop street turn left, following the signs to Modderfontein Reserve.
The entrance fee is R30 per adult (pensioners R15). Follow the very rough road (beware of serious speed bumps) and take the first turning to the right to Fish Eagle Dam. Here you can park and sit at one of the lakeside seats and enjoy looking out over a massive dam. Then walk along the river from the dam – as far as you like!
Along the Braamfontein Spruit.
This is very popular.
Go down Conrad Drive in Randburg almost to the intersection with Jan Smuts Avenue. There are robots one intersection before this junction where you turn right and park at the quite large parking area to your left. There is a coffee shop here. Follow the river before you to your right as far as you like! (The river goes through Craighall, Parkhurst and Parktown North – maybe to Braamfontein) – but Peter has only ever walked a few K’s to a small shopping centre where there’s a very popular restaurant, nursery and second-hand bookshop).
Drive down Milner Road from Northcliff Corner Shopping Centre (at the intersection with Beyers Naude). Go through the robots at the intersection with John Adamson and at the first turning past the Engen Garage on your left turn right into 7th Street that soon becomes De La Rey. Drive up the slight hill until you get to Alberts Farm Dam on the left and part on the side of the road. Walk around the dam and as far as you like. (You will come across the graves of the Alberts family who were buried before George Harrison tripped over the rock outcrop and discovered the gold that founded the city).