Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
Just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and close to the historical town of Heidelberg, is Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, eco-playground for jaded urbanites.
Explore Suikerbosrand’s mountains, kloofs and plains on foot, mountain bike, or by vehicle. If cycling, hiking or driving around is not your thing, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Suikerbosrand Mountains.
Suikerbosrand’s kloofs, ridges and plains support a large variety of plants, birds and animals. Predators prowling the large sanctuary include cheetah, brown hyena and other smaller species. Herbivores include baboon, zebra, oribi, eland, blesbok, springbok, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, kudu and mountain reedbuck, common duiker, grey duiker and steenbok.
Numerous hiking trails offer visitors to get a closer look at the diversity of plant and animal life. Trails vary from a short half-day route to a 6-day hike. The information centre at Diepkloof offers interesting slide or film shows and has several picnic spots. Open daily from 07:00 to 16:30.