Ezemvelo lies beyond the eastern extremity of the Magaliesberg, near Bronkhorstspruit and east of Pretoria. It resorts to the Bankenveld of the Savanna biome. The openness of the grassland facilitates viewing and photography of the abundant game that utilise the nutritious grazing, including giraffe, zebra, eland, black and blue wildebeest, impala, springbuck, kudu, waterbuck and the occasional leopard.
The broad grassland planes on Ezemvelo are interspersed with hills, and covered in plants of the Loskop Mountain Bushveld bio-region. To add further interest to the landscape, relic pockets of Drakensberg plant communities survived in protected localities.
With the proximity of perennial water in the Grootspruit River and the overlapping of the three vegetation types, namely Mountain Bushveld, grassland and Drakensberg, the Reserve is habitat to a variety of wildlife. The abundant dassies (hyrax) that live in rock crevices along the wooded valleys near the river attract predators such as black eagles and wild cats. Watercourses support dragonflies and damselflies, warblers and moorhen, hamerkop, black duck, purple galinule and even the secretive finfoot, while larks, pipits, quails, kestrels, korhaans and even bustards prefer the grassy planes.
Legaes are beautiful small cottages located near the main amenities of the reserve. They comfortably accommodate up to three people at a time. Nestled at the foot of the iron red hill that surrounds the main area, the chalets have a lovely view of the dam and distant grasslands. They are all fully-equipped and have private braai areas mostly situated in the shade of the Wild Saringas growing around the legae.
The family huts are situated at the most northern point of the reserve, 8km into it and away from the reception area, overlooking the beautiful Grootspruit River valley. For those seeking a rustic, secluded and truly natural experience, they are perfect. With lovely braai areas and the ideal view. The huts are basic, powered by solar lights and fitted with gas geysers, a gas fridge and a gas stove. Sleeping four, they are perfect for small family groups.
The hikers’ huts are the ultimate group accommodation. The beautiful location of the huts adds to the atmosphere of unspoilt nature. Situated next to the Grootspruit River at the foot of the valley wall, it is an outstanding spot for groups to relax in the tranquillity of nature. The huts are positioned at the mid-way point of the stunning 21km BurkeaTrail. Each hut sleeps 16 people in a dormitory style arrangement and is perfect for social gatherings.
A lovely shady camping and caravan area is also available. The camp site is located near to the reception and other amenities. In total, there are 50 camp sites of various sizes which operate on a first-come-first-served basis. There are two ablution blocks available for the use of campers. In addition, each site has its own braai facility as well as power points.
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve offers 3 different hiking trails. You will hike through the different habitats of the reserve amongst the game grazing around you.
Recommended gear: Comfortable shoes, water, binoculars, sunscreen, hat, rain jacket or poncho.
- 4 km (1- 1h30).
- Hike through grassland and small koppie.
- Easy, except for a steep part down a koppie.
- 15 km (3h30).
- Hike through grassland, koppie, rocky area and new burnt area.
- Tough, long and Northern part of the reserve on the side of the koppie can be tricky.
- 21km (4h30 – 5h).
- Walk through grassland, koppie, rocky area, edge of rocky koppie and past the river.
- Game drives
- Mountain biking
- Guided walk/ Bird watching
- Putt- putt and volley ball court
- Horse riding (Pre- book)
- Swimming pool
Day trips, weddings, conferences and events are also welcome.