A guide to hiking in Joburg
The best hiking and walking trails in and around Johannesburg
by JHBLive Posted: 2018/08/14
While our friends in Cape Town and Durban frequent green, picturesque places like Lion’s Head, Drakensburg and more, let’s not despair. There are a great deal of hikes in and around Johannesburg, you’ve just gotta know where to look!
Check out a few of our favourite walking and hiking trails below.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are home to some truly beautiful sights. They’ve also got a relatively easy-going hiking trail that comes in at around 3.5kms. Most like to start at the waterfall, but doing the hike ‘backwards’ and starting near the bird-watching hut sees you ending off your hike at the brilliantly cool waterfall where you can cool off with a picnic. The botanical gardens restaurant is also great for a post-hike meal. Find out more about the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens here.
Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Jozi’s ‘Jewel of the South’! Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is a short drive from pretty much anywhere in Joburg and is a free series of hikes and walking trails. The reserve is full of birds, dassies, and other wildlife and is a great way to escape the endless concrete of the city. If you’ve never done Klipriviersberg before, try taking the blue trail towards the coffee shop and restaurant at the other end as it’s an easy walk that takes you to most of the points of interest before ending off with a great meal! More information this way.
Hennops Hiking Trail
Photo courtesy of the Hennops website.
One for Pretoria and Jozi-dwellers, the Hennops Hiking Trail prides itself on being a slice of ‘unspoiled nature’. Hennops consists of three trails setting out from the ‘Hadeda Camp’. At the beginning and end of both trails, the route meanders along the Hennops River before veering away into the surrounding mountains. Highlights include the wildlife, points of historical interest, and the river crossings – either by rope bridge or cable car. Check out all the details on their site.
Photo courtesy of the Melville Koppies Facebook page.
Most will know of the Melville Koppies. The nature reserve and Joburg City Heritage Site is the last conserved remnant of Johannesburg's ridges as they were before the discovery of gold in 1886. The Koppies are split up into the East section which is open daily for walks, the West section which is open daily (Although it’ss advisable to walk only on scheduled walks), and the Central section which remains locked and is only accessible via the organised hikes that take place there. Follow the Melville Koppies Facebook page for updates on all of their upcoming hikes and events.
Suikerbosrand is about 145kms from Joburg and is situated in the world-famous heritage site, the Vredefort Dome, which is the result of a meteorite crash some 2000 million years ago. Suikerbosrand is full of history, wildlife, and great hiking trails. There’s also a wonderfully scenic 2-hour drive through the rolling hills of the reserve for those who aren’t all that into hikes. Entrance to the reserve is charged at a per person rate as well as per car, so if you’re planning on going with a group of friends, consider going down in one car to save a little cash. More detail this way.
Photo courtesy of TrailRunner.co.za / Kyle Redelinghuys.
The Uitkyk trail is for the more experienced hikers out there, but overall, it’s considered to be a moderate hike. The trail traverses a variety of woodland, rocky ravines and grassland habitats through the Magaliseberg, offering a spectacular view of the Hartebeespoort Dam. Booking is essential for this hike, and there is a minimum amount of hikers required, so be sure to hit up all your outdoor-sy friends before planning your trip. Check out all the details here.
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