Iphithi Nature Reserve is a 12ha natural area in the heart of the green and leafy residential suburb of Gillitts.
A stream runs through the reserve collecting in a man-made dam in the one large open space of the reserve.
A mix of habitats can be enjoyed, from grassland and thicket, to woodland stream, young forest, and wetland zones. As these habitats continue to be rehabilitated, clearing out alien invasives and other exotics, an ever-increasing diversity of flora and fauna can be seen, from the Iphithi duiker or blue duiker, reedbuck, hedgehog, water mongoose, serval, bushbuck, wild pig, porcupine, a wide variety of birds, butterflies, insects etc. The reserve is well managed by the Gillitts Conservancy.
Pathways through the reserve allow the visitor to enjoy these different habitats close-up, whilst at the same time, minimizing human impact. Ramble along the 2 km path and enjoy nature in a secure and peaceful environment. You may be lucky and come across a dwarf chameleon. The dam area is grassed, creating a tranquil, picturesque spot where visitors can relax, picnic and connect with nature. A little boat on the dam adds to the charm of this reserve.
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