5 hiking trails near Johannesburg MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Discover 5 Incredible Hiking Trails near Johannesburg

When it comes to hiking trails, Gauteng in South Africa has a lot to offer. Surprisingly, you can find trails that give you a taste of the wilderness, even though they are close to the bustling city of Johannesburg.

1. Klipriviersberg

Just south of Johannesburg lies Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, a hidden gem suggested by Marion Hüfner. This 680-hectare reserve is a sanctuary teeming with wildlife. With over 150 bird species and 650 indigenous plants and trees, it’s a paradise for nature enthusiasts. Besides its natural beauty, the reserve also holds a rich history waiting to be discovered. Best of all, entrance is absolutely free. You can explore the open veld and koppies by taking advantage of the well-maintained trail network or joining one of the guided walks.

If you’re looking for more amazing trails in the Gauteng area, I reached out to Sue Desmond, hikes organiser for Johannesburg Hiking Club, to get her top trail recommendations near Johannesburg.

Keep in mind that most hikes in Gauteng require an entrance fee since they are typically located on private property. But if you’re willing to pay between R25 to R35, there’s a whole new world waiting for you beyond the walls.

Now, let me tell you about the Uitkyk trail. It’s a challenging nine-kilometer day trail that will take you to the top of the Magaliesberg reserve. The hike involves a steep ascent, but once you reach the summit, you’ll be greeted by the beauty of the indigenous bush, a captivating waterfall, and a stunning view of the Hartbeespoort Dam. It’s definitely worth the effort! Do note that there are no facilities except for toilets at the parking area, so this trail is best suited for experienced hikers. If you’re interested in exploring the Uitkyk trail, you can reach out to Jacana at Tel 0861 522 262 or visit their website at www.jacanacollection.co.za.

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Next up, we have the Hennops trails. These trails offer a variety of options for hikers of all fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, there’s a trail for you. The scenery along the trails is simply breathtaking, with beautiful landscapes and tranquil river crossings. The Hennops trails also provide facilities such as a restaurant, picnic spots, and even braai areas. It’s the perfect place to unwind and connect with nature.

So, if you’re looking for an adventure in Gauteng, these hikes are definitely worth considering. Just remember to bring your hiking boots, pack some snacks, and prepare for a day filled with exploration and wonder. Enjoy the great outdoors!

I’m excited to tell you about one of the most popular hiking spots in Gauteng. It’s located just 39 kilometers from Joburg and 35 kilometers from Pretoria, making it a convenient destination for both cities. The best part is, this place is not only close but also incredibly beautiful, with breathtaking scenery and an abundance of wildlife.

The trail here spans 11.3 kilometers and offers a variety of attractions along the way. You’ll be able to experience the thrill of crossing a suspension bridge, explore the remains of an old mine, and even take a cableway to cross the river. With so much to see and do, it’s no wonder this hike is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts.

Once you’ve finished your hike, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, fire up the braai facilities for a delicious meal, or rent tubes to float down the river and wash away the trail dust. It’s the perfect place for a fun-filled family outing.

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If you’re interested, you can get more information by calling 082 825 9205 or visiting their website at www.hennops.co.za.

4. Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

The rolling hills of the Suikerbosrand are home to an extensive network of hiking trails. Whether you’re new to hiking or an experienced adventurer, you’ll find a trail that suits your level of difficulty. Explore the natural beauty of this reserve and enjoy a day immersed in nature.

If you’re looking for a picturesque adventure near Heidelberg, south of Joburg, then this scenic reserve is perfect for you. It offers a 66-kilometre network of easy day trails, as well as a two- or three-day backpacking option. As you stroll through the rolling hills, keep your eyes peeled for plains game. To top it all off, bring your braai stuff and end the trail in style. You can find more information at Tel 011 439 6300 or on their website at www.footprint.co.za/suikerbosrand.htm.

5. Bergheim Holiday Resort

If you’re captivated by the magnificent setting of the Magaliesberg, look no further than Bergheim Holiday Resort. With several trail options available, you can truly embrace the beauty of this location. The longest hike, which spans eight kilometers, will test your endurance but is absolutely worth it. This hike offers the perfect day outing as you navigate steep climbs and contour around to a stunning gorge. Take a refreshing swim in the rock pools before making your way back. After a challenging hike, you can relax at the farm’s braai and camping facilities or cool off in the large swimming pool. For more information, contact Tel 014 537 2363 or visit www.placesforafrica.com/bergheim.

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