A quick guide to getting out of Johannesburg
Need a break from the city?
Joburg is one of the greatest cities in the world, there’s no doubt about that. It is an incredibly busy place, though, and we’d be lying if we didn’t say that a quick break from the hustle and bustle doesn’t sound appealing. If you’re looking to escape the city for a day, but don’t want to break the bank, check out our list of places to visit.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Located just 45 minutes outside of the city, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in Gauteng’s natural greenery and take a breather from all the skyscrapers. Plan a picnic, take a hike, go birdwatching, eat at the scenic, pondside restaurant, and marvel at the waterfall and natural flora. The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens never disappoint.
Mountain Sanctuary Park
A two-hour drive from Joburg, the Mountain Sanctuary Park is a privately-owned nature reserve that requires booking. After you’ve got all the admin out of the way, however, one of the best day trips awaits. Leave your car in the parking area, grab your bags and picnic baskets, and embark on one of the many scenic and breath-taking hiking trails. If you’re not up for a hike, have your picnic in the reserve while making use of the many braai facilities and pool.
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Nirox Sculpture Park
Part natural paradise, part outdoor sculpture gallery, the Nirox Sculpture Park is a popular retreat for Joburgers, and for good reason too. A former commercial trout breeding and fishing farm, the Nirox Sculpture Park is now a breath-taking picnic and function destination, with works of art coming in both sculpted and natural form. With a driving time of around one hour, it’s great for day trips.
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The Hartbeespoort Dam is an arch-type dam situated in the North West Province of South Africa. It lies in a valley to the south of the Magaliesberg mountain range and north of the Witwatersberg mountain range. About an hour’s drive from Joburg, visitors can sample the many restaurants, coffee shops, bars and markets in the Hartebeespoort area, book horse rides, visit the Monkey Sanctuary, and of course, take in the beauty of the dam itself. Set a date, grab a few friends or family members and take a trip to Hartebeespoort.
For serious nature lover, a trip to the Magaliesburg comes highly recommended. The drive itself is a beautiful one and takes about an hour if you’re travelling from the city. Once there, expect hikes, mountain biking, horse-riding, canopy tours and much more. This trip is perfect if you’re going with a group of friends or family.
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