Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The nature reserve opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
The Sunbird Trail starts with a creek crossing at a intersection on the Bloubos Trail
on a westward heading. The beginning ascents are gentle until you reach the first intersection of the Dassie Trail
. From this point, the ascent become more demanding as the trail turns northwest with a generous elevation gain.
You'll reach the second lookout point in the reserve with a view of the surrounding suburbia, as well as a view over the mountainous landscape stretching to the southern end of the reserve before starting a mild descent southward. Toward the end of the trail, your heading will change eastward to the second Dassie Trail
intersection. Once you reach the intersection with the Dassie Trail
, you'll turn north once more toward the Silent Pool, with a final crossing to rejoin the Bloubos Trail
Flora & Fauna
The reserve is home to approximately 215 bird species, which include Barbets, Swifts, Swallows, Crows and Doves, and 9 large mammal species which include Zebras, Black Wildebeest, Blesbok, Springbok and Red Hartebeest. There is also an assortment of insect life, which includes various butterflies, geckos and lizards. Smaller mammals in the reserve include Klip Dassies.