Pretoria / Cullinan
The variety of hiking & mountain bike trails on Windy Brow game farm is a delight for all outdoor enthusiasts, from beginners to the most experienced. The farm used to form part of the bigger farming unit of Elandsfontien where the famous Cullinan Diamond (3106 carats) was discovered.
Special features of the farm are the more than 15 species of game and 150 species of birds present here. The three trail options, which cover various habitat zones, ensure that many game and bird species can be seen. The different zones on the network include the Archaeological site with abundant bird life; the Geological route which goes along and over the Quartzite koppie overlooking the Premier Diamond Mine now known as (Petra Diamond Mine ) and the big hole, and the Ecology route on which most mammal species, including Giraffe, Zebra , Gemsbok & Waterbuck, can be spotted. All trails have been so designed and planned that hikers can choose to walk each route from either direction, providing different visas on every occasion.
From the top of the hills, one has beautiful views of Pretoria. The Premier Diamond Mine now known as (Petra Diamond mine) and the Magaliesberg range. The flora on Windy Brow is remarkable; no fewer than 48 tree species have been identified and marked.
Windy Brow can also be used by school groups and various educational groups for all types of environmental education and outdoor adventures. Activities offered for groups are a climbing wall, eight meters high with four routes. There is also an 8-10-meter abseiling wall, an obstacle course with various activities and obstacles. Guided astronomy walks, nature interpretation, night and day game drives and an indoor environmental classroom are also available.
A new conference centre which overlooks the waterhole where the game converges, called Weavers nest is the perfect location for small conferences, workshops, private functions and weddings for 85 people. Other than a big screen projector, DVD and surround sound are available in the conference room, there is also a big swimming pool, a volleyball court, a big rugby field, and a cricket field. There is a fully equipped kitchen to cater for all functions. Next to the swimming pool are 4 built in braais. Day visitors to Windy Brow could use the facility ONLY when there is no private function in that area.
The unspoiled nature of Windy Brow is so close to the large cities that it will be a delight to all nature lovers.
Choices of trail lengths:
- Archaeology Route – 4.5km – Least climbing
- Geology Route – 3.3km – Shortest with some climbing
- Ecology Route – 5km – Longest with some climbing
Degree of difficulty:
- Easy – average
Day hikers / Cyclists: Lovely picnic area under the trees. Ablution facilities are at Base Camp. Day visitors welcome to use the swimming pool and braai facilities.
Location of trails:
- 27 km from Pretoria
- 4 km outside Cullinan
- Adults – R 85.00 pp.pd for trails & picnic area
- Children U/10 – R 50.00 pp.pd for trails & picnic area
- R55.00 once payable off per reservation