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Wonderboom Nature Reserve

See a 1,000-year-old tree and the site where Africa’s largest collection of intact stone artifacts were found at this natural and historical reservation.

Explore the 494 acres (200 hectares) of the Wonderboom Nature Reserve to find rich archaeological sites, indigenous animals and one of the most incredible trees in South Africa. Follow one of several hiking trails to discover the reserve’s natural and manmade wonders.

The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is named after the 1,000-year-old tree cluster near its entrance. Called the Wonderboom (“Miracle Tree”), this group of fig trees covers 3.7 acres (1.5 hectares). Walk into the center of the group along a boardwalk to see the mother tree from which all the rest originated. Over 75 feet (23 meters) tall and 18 feet (5.5 meters) wide, this tree is one of the oldest life forms in South Africa. Visit between August and May, when pink fruits hang from the trees.

Climb the hill next to the tree to find the Wonderboom Fort. Built by Dutch settlers, the fort was bombed in the middle of the 20th century. Today it stands surprisingly intact. Walk through the doorways of the brick and stone fortification and look south for a view of Pretoria.

At the bottom of the hill stand two sites that have proven to be extremely valuable to anthropologists. The Stone Age site has produced the largest collection of stone artifacts ever found on the African continent. An Iron Age site is here as well. Visit the site to read about some of the exciting findings made here.

Look for rock hyrax, which are marmot-like mammals, in the caves along the Apies River in the southwest of the reserve. Watch for black eagles, which are often seen gliding above the area looking for prey. Zebra, antelope and monkeys are also common on the reserve.

The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is open daily from early morning until evening. You must pay to enter. Guided tours of the park are available for an extra fee. 

Located 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) north of Pretoria, the Wonderboom Nature Reserve is best accessed by car. Free parking is available across the street at the Wonderboom Junction mall.


Guide to Exploring Wonderboom Nature Reserve


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Purple Olive Guest House
Purple Olive Guest House

Purple Olive Guest House

68 Ray St, Pretoria, Gauteng
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Wonderboom, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and National Library of South Africa. Union Buildings and Church Square are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    The Coral Tree Guest House
    The Coral Tree Guest House

    The Coral Tree Guest House

    102 Blinkblaar Avenue, Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Wonderboom, this bed & breakfast is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and National Library of South Africa. Union Buildings and Church Square are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Green Valley Lodge £33
      Green Valley Lodge

      Green Valley Lodge

      779 8th Avenue, Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Pretoria, this guesthouse is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Union Buildings. UNISA and University of Pretoria are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Bohemian Rhapsody
        Bohemian Rhapsody

        Bohemian Rhapsody

        144 Jan van Riebeeck Street, Pretoria, Gauteng
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Pretoria, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and National Library of South Africa. Church Square and Palace of Justice are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Pretoria North Lodge £38
          Pretoria North Lodge

          Pretoria North Lodge

          93 Ben Viljoen Street, Pretoria North, Pretoria, Gauteng
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Pretoria, this guesthouse is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and within 9 miles (15 km) of UNISA and University of Pretoria. National Library of South Africa and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa are also within 9 miles (15 km).

            Bo Heimia Guesthouse
            Bo Heimia Guesthouse

            Bo Heimia Guesthouse

            227 Heimia Avenue, Wonderboom, Pretoria, Gauteng
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Wonderboom, this guesthouse is within 9 miles (15 km) of Wonderboom Nature Reserve, UNISA and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. National Library of South Africa and Union Buildings are also within 9 miles (15 km).

              The Guest House Corp
              The Guest House Corp

              The Guest House Corp

              501 Suider Street, Pretoria North, Pretoria, Gauteng
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Pretoria, this guesthouse is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and National Library of South Africa. UNISA and University of Pretoria are also within 9 miles (15 km).

                You Will Feel at Home
                You Will Feel at Home

                You Will Feel at Home

                227 Danie Theron St, Pretoria, Gauteng
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Pretoria, this apartment building is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Wonderboom Nature Reserve and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Library of South Africa and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa. Palace of Justice and Old Raadsaal are also within 6 miles (10 km).