On the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, next to the Monte Casino, and around 28 kilometres from the city centre, is a solitary koppie (little hill). A small area of preserved nature surrounds the koppie, serving as a reminder of how this region used to be before development. Lonehill Nature Reserve initially appears to be little more than a rocky outcrop of sizable stones flanked by some rough veld and plants. the lone natural area amidst a desert of concrete.
The closed and fenced Lonehill Nature Reserve is secure. On the weekends, the reserve is unlocked, allowing you to trek to the summit for a picnic or simply spread a picnic blanket on the nearby grassy areas. If you take a stroll about the Lonehill Reserve, you can run into some of the area’s numerous dassies and porcupines (they only come out at night).
From here, you can have a wonderful perspective of Johannesburg. The black-collared barbet, crested barbet, red-headed sparrow, African paradise flycatcher, black-headed heron, and willow warbler are just a few of the birds you’ll observe if you remain still.
The three stone age furnaces erected around 1600 that were discovered in the 1960s and later covered to preserve them are preserved in the Lonehill Nature Reserve, which is significant for this reason. A significant Stone Age site is Lonehill. The original dig near the furnace site discovered another site nearby where pottery was unmistakably manufactured. After they were found, both were shut down because there was no longer any money available to build the site.
The finding did force the government to stop mining granite stones from the quarry near the Koppie’s base; if you seek for it, you will see a sizable heap of square granite blocks there.