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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

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25km from Heidelberg GT

-26.452, 28.2202

 

+27 11 439 6300 www.gauteng.net

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When next you need a quick escape, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve offers a delightful retreat from the bustle of the city. With its dramatic gorges, grasslands, kloofs and many game species, it’s one of Jo’burg’s best kept secrets. 

Just over one hour’s drive from Johannesburg, heading south towards Heidelberg, the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve takes its name from the Transvaal Suikerbos, or sugarbush, which can be found all over the reserve. The reserve is immensely popular with hikers, nature lovers, bird watchers and picnickers. 

This 13 000 hectare reserve encompasses the Suikerbosrand Mountain and preserves an important water catchment area and its indigenous flora and fauna. Its habitats consist of open grassland, wooded gorges, acacia woodland, marshland and rare bankenveld grassland and offer visitors a wide selection of species to view.

Eland, zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, brown hyena, mountain reedbuck, common duiker, steenbok, grey duiker, baboon, oribi, blesbok, springbok, kudu and the cheetah are some of the larger mammals in the reserve.

Visitors can explore the reserve on foot, by mountain bike or by car. The trails are set along birding routes and more than 200 bird species have been recorded in the reserve. Some species to look out for include the secretary bird, the grey-winged and the red-winged francolin and the white-bellied korhaan. There are four trails to choose from when exploring the park on foot. The Cheetah Trail is 4 km long, the Bokmakierie Day Trail is 10 km long and there is a 17 km route for more serious hikers. The Paraplegic Trail is suitable for wheelchairs.

Visitors can drive 60 km of vehicle track and spot for animals. For the energetic, a network of hiking trails meanders through the reserve. Spring and autumn are particularly pleasant for hiking and trekkers can overnight in the newly refurbished self-catering huts.

Accommodation

  • 14 chalets at Protea camp, which can sleep up to 60 people
  • 11 chalets at Kiepersol camp, which can sleep up to 48 people.
  • Kareekloof resort has 240 camping sites (suitable for caravans).

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