Our Artesian spring
The only one in Gauteng. Two slanted rock formations form the spring – the south-facing shale meets the downward-sloping quartz rock from the north, forming an impenetrable basin in which the water forms. It is then forced, under pressure, to the surface.
The farm dates to the 1890s, when, it is thought, Hendrik Abraham Alberts leased 114 acres from the owner of the large farm Waterval. The original farmhouse is long gone, but the family cemetery exists, a lonely, fenced presence in the parkland.
The park is dotted with trees – 70 different species have been identified, 35 indigenous, 35 exotic. In addition, 29 grass species have been found and 78 species of shrubs (18 of which are exotic). Against the odds, rare aloes and ground orchids have managed to survive in the rocky ridges at Alberts Farm.
Small mammals & reptiles have also made Alberts Farm their home - cape clawless otters, yellow mongoose, rodents, small spotted genets, several species of frogs, lizards and snakes.
Varied Bird life
About 139 different bird species have been spotted in the conservancy - ranging from black headed & grey herons to marsh owls, spotted eagle owls, black shouldered kites, occassional king fishers and an array of migratory birds.