Places

Place Name Type of Interest / Brief Description Address / Directions
Marievale Good for bird photography with the occasional view
of otters and crabs. There are 5 or so hides along the different roads. The
roads are pretty unkept and heavy duty vehicles do travel them for mining in the area.
Marievale is situated on the east Rand to the
south-east of Johannesburg. Access is easiest from Johannesburg via the N3
towards Heidelberg. Take the R550 (Glenroy/Kliprivier) offramp and turn left.
Follow this road for approximately 20 km to a T-junction and turn right
towards Nigel. Follow this road through Nigel until you see a sign on the
left indicating the sanctuary. The sanctuary is approximately 3 km further on
after passing the SANDF (defence force) base.
Rondebult Bird photography. There are 3 main hides. Good
for morning photography.
Rondebult is a short drive (approx. 25 minutes)
from Johannesburg International Airport and within an hours drive from
Pretoria. The sanctuary is open daily throughout the year from 07h00 to 17h00
and is found by heading south from Johannesburg on the N3 highway. The
sanctuary is well signed posted and after turning left at the R103/R554
(Heidelberg / Alberton road) off-ramp and the sanctuary is on the right hand
side of the road after approximately 9 km. The entrance is directly opposite the junction with the R554 and Forsdick road.
Zonderwater Italian pow cemetery Historic interest.It is enclosed by walls and you can park anywhere under the trees.  Gates should be open by 6.30 as the prisoners set up the chairs/ sound system etc.  The
official ceremony with dignitaries starts at 10.00.  There is also an interesting little museum on site with items made by the POW’s.  There is usually a fly past and they usually have parachutists (weather permitting).There are no refreshments other than taps for drinking water !!! There are toilets on
site.

Cullinan is a short distance further up the
R515 (about 3-5 Km I think) and there are a million coffee shops, eateries
etc.  It also has lovely shots of oldish houses with the flowering
jacarandas (they should be flowering by then).

 

Here are directions to Zonderwater Italian pow cemetery:

Take R21 (OR Tambo road) to PTA – take R25 to Bapsfontein/Bronkhorspruit turnoff.  Follow
this road R25 till you get to R515 for Rayton / Cullinan.  Take this
road and continue towards Cullinan.  YOu will go through Rayton and then not long after you will see a sign on left hand side saying Italian POW cemetery.
Turn right into Zonderwater go through boom, you will see cemetery on left.

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