Emmarentia Residents Association info@era.org.za (000) 111-1111

Melville Koppies hikes/guided walks

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began in 2020, Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and Heritage Site (accessed from Marks Park on Judith Road) has changed what it offers to fit with Covid-19 protocols and with what visitors want.

The site boasts a restored furnace that was used by the first farmers who settled there from about the 1300s and who knew how to extract iron ore from iron-bearing rocks by smelting it in a furnace. At the site of the restored furnace that was excavated by Wits archaeology professor Revil Mason in the 1960s, evidence was also found of settlement by hunter gatherers as long as 500 000 years ago.

Book a guided tour on a Sunday morning (book on 079 532 0083) or be there by 8.30am and learn about those that used to live on the Koppies as well as the interaction between living things.

Or you can self-guide yourself on the heritage trail or test your fitness on the 5km self-guided trail. Or take a map and just meander along the many different paths that criss-cross the Koppies.  

Melville Koppies is also open for school tours – contact wendavid@mweb.co.za or call 079 532 0083.

Melville Koppies is open between 8am and 11.30am every Sunday. Adults R80, children R40; season ticket for a year per adult – R500 (not transferable). Income used for maintenance of the Koppies; R22 000 needs to be raised per month. Security on the Koppies is provided; park in secure parking opposite the entrance at Marks Park in Judith Road, Emmarentia.

Contact wendavid@mweb.co.za or call 079 532 0083 to find out more. Check out www.mk.org.za for more detailed information about the history and what you can see or https://www.facebook.com/melvillekoppies

June 2022

The restored furnace once used by the first farmers who lived on Melville Koppies from the 1300s
Enjoying a walk through the grasslands