Doing good things for Nylsvley since 1991.


Friends of Nylsvley
have run work parties at Nylsvley since March 1991 and courses since April 1996. Over the years we have financed and helped install the Kingfisher and Dabchick Hides, the Sasol Dragonfly Walkway, the Bittern Bridge and replaced the Jacana Walkway. We’ve rehabilitated the notorious long drop toilets in the campsite, installed an Enviro Loo at Vogelfontein and replaced the lookout tower ladder. The project, celebrating our 20th Anniversary during 2011, was to install a solar pump at one of the distant watering points. When the reserve was without sufficient budget, we financed repairs to the cold rooms and tractors, provided diesel, tools, uniforms and boots for the staff. Our skills saw to the rehabilitation of the watering points within the reserve. We developed the gate brochure in English and Afrikaans, and have been responsible for the signage within the reserve. The current challenges are coal prospecting and proposed platinum mining on the floodplain and the sewage and other effluent running into the Nyl River at Modimolle and Mookgophong.

In September 2013 a devastating fire raged through Nylsvley and neighbouring farms destroying 4 of the 5 hides, the Sasol Dragonfly walkway, enviro loo etc. Friends are involved with the rehabilitation process.

During 2016 the Friends celebrated 25 years of ‘doing good things’ for Nylsvley by donating 2 x 8 seater timber/plastic picnic tables for the Spoonbill Restaurant.

By joining the Friends of Nylsvley you will help us to continue the work towards the security of our water supplies and lobby that all developments around Nylsvley are done in accordance to formal regulations. Members of the Friends receive newsflashes and newsletters and the knowledge that you are helping us to look after the unique biodiversity of the Nyl floodplain. Read More about Friends of Nylsvley…

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Friends of Nylsvley and Nyl floodplain are affiliated to:

  birdlife    wessa  iba

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Important Information
about Nylsvley

Reserve is open daily
September-April : 06h00 – 18h00
May-August : 06h30 – 17h30

Spoonbill Restaurant and Tuck Shop

To book accommodation:
Tel: 015 293 3612 or

GPS: S24ᵒ 39’50.0 E 28ᵒ 39’54.4
Access from R101 between Modimolle and Mookgophong on 8 km of good gravel road.

Information about Nylsvley Nature Reserve:
Tel: 014 743 6925 or 071 057 0828

Hot News


Stemmers Hide is to be replaced by private sponsorship: Grateful thanks to Imerys Refractories South Africa.

Annual General Meeting of Friends of Nylsvley  Saturday 2 June at GEM Village Irene 09h30 for 10h00 Mark Anderson CEO of BirdLife South Africa will be the guest speaker.