Melville Koppies
Melville Koppies
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This beautiful and educational nature reserve contains an archaeological site, gardens and bird watching.
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5 370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Thanks to the friends of the Koppies, this nature reserve is well conserved and a wonderful place to stroll around. The Koppies is divided in three sections (west, central and east). The east section is the easiest to access. It is also relatively safe there, as the area is fenced between Melville and Emmarentia neighborhoods with many private security guards and companies. However, even here the advice is not to walk around with anything of value.

In the Koppies you can an idea of how the original Joburg landscape once looked like. The high ridges are also good to get a view on the city towards the east.

Gates close at sunset.
If for some reason you did not manage to get out in time, go to the southern gate at Kloof road. The security guard outside has keys and will let you out.
Written 5 February 2022
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Gijsbert H
Johannesburg1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I walk at the East Koppies almost every day. Wonderful place. Thanks to the Friends of Melville Koppies for the tireless and thankless work they do.
Written 20 June 2021
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Sophia W
Johannesburg, South Africa133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The morning hike in the heritage central section is wonderful - exquisite views of Joburg, excellently and lovingly maintained, and good exercise! A wonderful outdoor activity to do with friends.
Written 15 March 2021
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Caroline
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Awesome morning spent at Melville Koppies through the hiking trail. Good to breakaway to an unspoilt environment and plenty points of interest to see along the walk. Definitely recommend 👍
Written 4 October 2020
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Peglegg
Johannesburg, South Africa175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
An early Sunday walk, leaving from Marks Park takes one through the lovely nature reserve and to the site of an Iron Age furnace. An interesting insight into the origin of our city, courtesy of our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, David.
It is an easy walk, about 4km spread over 3 hours, with frequent stops to hear about the history, or snippets about the trees and flowers.
The reserve is managed by a team of volunteers who do a sterling job to maintain the paths and keep the area secure.
This is a must for all Johannesburg residents and any visitor with an interest into the archaeology of our city.
A wonderful morning. Thank you David and Wendy, and your team.
Written 18 August 2019
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Marlene van der Colf
Pretoria, South Africa10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We had a wonderful guided walk at Melville Koppies and were very pleased with the overall upkeep of this beautiful park, as well as the informative guides who took us on our walk. Our children loved learning about the various plants and their uses.
Written 22 July 2019
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michjager
Muscat, Oman18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
I did the 9km (about 3 hours) hike with the Mellville Koppies volunteers today. It costs R60 but the money goes towards the upkeep of the park and salaries for the security officers. It's basically a hike winding around the Mellville Koppies until you get to the top and then a leisurely walk back to your car. It was not difficult at all, but too far to take small children along.
Written 14 April 2019
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Dawn L
24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
We have been wanting to visit Melville Koppies for years and join in one of the guided walks. It was an absolutely amazing walk. Everything was so well organized. A huge crowd joined for the walk but all went smoothly. It was beautiful walking through the 'forests' and seeing the amazing rock formations. A few tough climbs but on the whole a moderate walk. The paths are all very well maintained. We will definitely be joining a walk again.🌻 we definitely recommend this outing.
Written 27 February 2019
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KweqSmanit
Seattle, WA5 417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
I really liked coming out here and walking around and exploring the trails.

There are some really great views of the city from the high points of the East Koppies.The views of the city were great as a storm rolled in right in front of me and the elevation made for a great memory.

It was an easy place to get to and it isn't a strenuous walk.You will see ibis and birds of prey and corvidae and commercial jets off in the distance.

It was peaceful and there are some good picnic spots on the rocks out here too.

It is a good place also to walk your dog.

Written 26 November 2018
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Antonia G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
What a well spent Sunday morning! Our guide Wendy was very charming, witty and knowledgeable about the local plant life and history of the koppies. A must see for parents with kids aged between 8 to 12. I went solo and thoroughly enjoyed the walk sometimes up steep terrain. The breaks in between allow one to catch their breath and just take in the lovely views of the grassland and the city, sounds of the diverse bird life and smells of some of the indigenous plants. Will definitely be back to enjoy and to keep this heritage site alive!
Written 18 November 2018
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