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Suikerbosrand Backpacking

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is a protected area in the Suikerbosrand Range, South Africa. It is one of Gauteng’s premier ecotourism destinations. Set just a short distance from Johannesburg, an hour's drive from Johannesburg International Airport and near the historical town of Heidelberg, this reserve boasts a representative sample of the fauna and flora of the Rocky Highveld Grassland biome. With 134 km² of unspoiled natural environment and a mountain range characterised by meandering twists and turns of hiking trails, the reserve offers an unbelievably refreshing break from the bustling city life. Here, the altitude varies between 1,545 and 1,917m above sea level.

The Suikerbosrand ridge was originally named after sugar cane (probably sorghum) found growing here by the party of general Hendrik Potgieter on 5 June 1836. Later the ridge and consequently the reserve's name became associated with the characteristic Transvaal-Sugar bush (Protea caffra), a dominant vegetation type within the area's limits

Over 200 bird species have been identified in the reserve. For the game enthusiast, the reserve also offers a large range of mammal species including:

  • Aardvark
  • Aardwolf
  • Black-backed Jackal
  • Black Wildebeest
  • Blesbok
  • Brown Hyena
  • Cape Fox
  • Chacma Baboon
  • Common Duiker
  • Common Eland
  • Common Reedbuck
  • Grey Rhebuck
  • Kudu
  • Mountain Reedbuck
  • Oribi
  • Porcupine
  • Red Hartebeest
  • Small-spotted Genet
  • Springbok
  • Steenbok
  • Zebra
Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

The 7.2km crater trail, is one of a few meteorite crater hiking tails in the world, offering a full perspective of the crater's beauty.  

This is an easy walk along the rim of the crater with awesome views, it then dips down into the crater, around the water and back up and out.  The guide was informative and the trails is well signed.

There is a pleasant picnic spot for lunch with clean facilities available.

 

Afrikaland

Afrikaland

Located a resort in the Broederstroom /Pelindaba area.  This day hike takes you up and down hills but walking is easy and the views of the river and surrounding area are beautiful.  There is a swimming pool and picnic area close to the parking lot for a well deserved relax after the hike.

Mahai

Mahai

Base camping with super day hikes, with plenty to choose from makes this an awesome long weekend in the Berg.

 

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve

Easy to moderate terrian.  This reserve offers outstanding views of the surrounding urban landscape, taking you to the hightest point in the area.  Enjoy both highveld and bushveld birds and species found in the reserve.  There is a 10km network of circular trails. Enjoy a picnic lunch after your hike.

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