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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

An hour’s drive from Johannesburg, near the town of Heidelberg, lies one of the most idyllic games reserves in Gauteng, the 11 595-hectare Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. The flora and fauna in the reserve are extensive which makes it a popular spot for hiking, cycling and picnicking. The 200 different species of South African birds that have made the reserve their home has made Suikerbosrand a firm favourite with birdwatchers too, earmarking this area as a prime birdwatching spot on the Gauteng map. The Reserve gets its name from the Transvaal suikerbos or sugarbush that is found in abundance here.

Some of the wildlife which can be spotted include zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest mountain reedbuck, common duiker, steenbok, grey duiker, baboon, oribi, blesbok, springbok and kudu. The flora is surprisingly varied and includes a large number of grass species. Open grassland, wooded gorge, acacia woodland, marshland and rare Bankenveld grassland are all part of the reserve’s dense vegetation. A network of 66km of hiking trails has been established, which include a short, 4km interpretive trail (the Cheetah Trail) and a 17km or 10km day visitor trail (Bokmakierie). We will be hiking this 10km trail, but those wishing to complete the full 17km are welcome to do so.

Here are some general rules usually applicable to nature reserves:

  1. Do not pick any plants
  2. Do not disturb the wildlife
  3. Do not walk into or disturb breeding areas
  4. Do not deface any rocks
  5. Keep to the trails – which are very well marked


Good hiking shoes, hat, sun block, at least 2lt of water, snacks



Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

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Includes R10 club fee



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We suggest taking directions as well as the GPS coordinates, as Google Maps/Garmin might lead you astray.

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From Johannesburg, take the N3 highway towards Heidelberg. Take the R550/Alberton Road off-ramp and turn right, across the highway. Turn left to the reserve.

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