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LONEHILL PARK

The Lonehill Recreational Park has a lot going for it – a beautiful view of the Lonehill Koppie, a dam as the centre piece, well-kept green lawns which are ideal for a picnic in the sun, a well-equipped children’s play area and a great place to walk the dogs.

This is one of the best kept secrets for those who want to take their dog for a walk or are just looking to get some open air. The park surrounds the Lonehill Dam, home to bass, barbell and carp. No fishing is allowed.

One guard is permanently on duty at the dam, and he keeps an eye on mothers and children who come to play at the fenced play park, or walkers who bring their dogs to the dam each day.

There are no braai facilities, everyone picnics here. There are no ablution facilities in the park and parking is limited.

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LONEHILL NATURE RESERVE

Lonehill Nature Reserve is fenced and locked. The reserve is unlocked on weekends, and you can hike to the top where you can picnic, or just lay out a picnic blanket on the surrounding grassy areas.

A walk around the Lonehill reserve might bring you into contact with the local dassies (of which there are quite a few) and porcupines (they only come out at night).

There are beautiful views out over Lonehill from up here. If you sit still you will see birds that include the: black-collared barbet, crested barbet, red-headed finch, African paradise flycatcher, black-headed heron and willow warbler.

The significance of the Lonehill Nature Reserve is that it conserves three stone age furnaces, built around 1600 that were excavated in the 1960s and then covered to protect them. Lonehill is an important Stone Age site. Near the furnace site the original excavation uncovered another site nearby where pottery was obviously made. Both have been closed off as there was no further funding to develop the site, after they were discovered.

The discovery did call a halt to the quarry where the government was mining granite rock around the base of the Koppie, and you will notice a huge mound of square granite blocks there if you look out for it.

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