Resorts and Nature Reserves

KH Landscape Architects completed landscape master planning for various resorts and nature reserves for the City of Tshwane and City of Johannesburg.

Recreation planning of existing resorts and nature reserves included assessment of the current movement – vehicular and pedestrian – through the resorts and existing positions of facilities and features to determine effective placement of all features and facilities.

Landscape master plans for the resorts and nature reserves provide for access control points, new parking areas, internal roads, visitor areas such as picnic areas and hiking trails. Hiking trails are planned as interactive trails with points of interest marked along the route.

Landscape design of the resorts allowed for additional features such as secure swimming pool areas, private shelters for functions, braai areas, children’s play areas, outdoor concert venues. All resorts and nature reserves also included areas where public-private partnerships can establish kiosks, tea gardens or restaurants could be developed, with architectural guidelines for such interventions.

The master planning included guidelines for streetscape and landscape furniture elements, a planting palette and proposals for architectural guidelines.

Locality: Faerie Glen, Pretoria
Client: City of Tshwane
Budget: Planning only – no construction budget
Completion date: July 2010


Brief description
The appointment was for the planning of new visitor facilities and entrance at the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve in Pretoria. Facilities needed to include an administrative office, restaurant or tea garden, and a lecture facility for school groups.

Various alternative positions for the visitor’s facilities were investigated as part of the ecological assessment of the resort, workshopped with the community and role-players, and submitted for EIA Authorisation. ...

Locality: Soshanguve South
Client: City of Tshwane
Budget: Planning only – no construction budget
Completion date: July 2006


Brief description
The project entailed the planning of a regional recreation resort in Soshanguve South on a site that was selected through a separate feasibility study. An old disused quarry was located on the site and was incorporated into the planning of the resort.

The layout allowed for ecological and recreational components and linked to the Klip-Kruisfontein Node and railway station with pedestrian movement past the resort.

Locality: Derdepoort, Pretoria
Client: City of Tshwane
Budget: Planning only – no construction budget
Completion date: July 2006


Brief description
The project entailed the planning for the upgrading of the existing Derdepoort Metropolitan Recreation Resort, aiming to address some of the congestion issues on important public holidays while providing additional visitor facilities.

Additional children’s play areas, secure swimming pools and water slides, function shelters for private functions, additional braai areas and areas where public-private partnership activities could be situated, were positioned and designed. ...

Locality: Little Falls, Roodepoort, Johannesburg
Client: LIFCO and Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo
Budget: Pro-bono design; implementation budget unconfirmed

Brief description

The Little Falls Ridge is located within the West Rand Ridge Corridor spanning along the Witwatersrand to the Cradle of Human Kind and includes the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens further west of Little Falls.


The project was initiated to provide motivation for the formal promulgation of the Conservation Corridor as a Conservation / Protected Area and the development of recreation initiatives to increase public utilisation of the conservation area in a safe and sustainable manner.