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The 450ha Wonderboom Nature Reserve is situated on Magaliesberg ridge north of Pretoria and is best known for the single magnificent Wonderboom tree within the reserve, a 1000-year old evergreen wild fig with a vast canopy that stretches roughly 50m across and over 20m in height. The tree has 13 trunks and would be a lot bigger had it not been for a fire that damaged sections of the tree, a parasite infection and at an earlier time when fortune hunters believed the missing Kruger Millions had been buried under its shade. Several trunks were damaged during the frantic digging.
Apart from the tree, there is a blockhouse, a fort and several old buildings erected during the South African War and now lying in ruin. The buildings can be reached along a short, scenic hiking trail established through the reserve that ends at the top of a koppie. A second hiking trail takes visitors to a lovely waterfall on the west perimeter and close to the Apies River. There are two caves in the park, however, only one can be explored. A number of animals reside here and these include zebra, various antelope species, small mammals and a host of reptiles. Over 200 bird species have been spotted here too, the most notable being the black eagle.
Wonderboom Nature Reserve is also the site where several important Iron- and Stone-Age discoveries were made. Pottery shards and tools were found scattered throughout the reserve.
The reserve is open all year round and there is a small entrance fee for day visitors.
The picnic and braai area is directly alongside a children’s play park for families to spend a pleasant day out. While enjoying the peace and quiet, it’s hard to believe that across the road from the reserve is a popular mall!