Nature & Wildlife Areas in Johannesburg

THE 5 BEST Johannesburg Nature & Wildlife Areas

Nature & Wildlife Areas in Johannesburg

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  • Kennedy Welani T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the BEST park in Johannesburg by far. Beautiful forest with indigenous trees in the middle of the concrete jungle. This is the Lil Eden where I find my center.
    Written 23 January 2024
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  • Colour_me_in
    Johannesburg, South Africa5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply a gem nestled in middle of JHB! Some challenging hike options or more leisurely stroll for first timers with studding views. Open all year, everyday and got to see wildlife (zebra, wildebeest to name a few).
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • elouise36
    Isle of Arran, UK155 contributions
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    A area of stunning natural beauty that I would never have expected to find so close to a city let alone actually "within a suburb" of the city! We were travelling from Soweto and wanted some time out in nature so picked this place for its ease of getting to in combi taxi. We found what was described in a leaflet as the main entrance, but wandered aimlessly up the road, to find out after that access is via another gate down the road (!), so we headed down, found it, and then discovered it was locked! Luckily the phone number was displayed and I got through to a very helpful person, who was eager to help us. She told us the Eastern part of the reserve was open at all times because it is safer (however im now not sure whether she meant western by the time we got there), and gave me detailed instructions on exactly how to find it on foot. We made it! Were so glad as my friend being on the slow side had taken all morning to get ready (Africa time...not always such a bad thing tho!)...and I knew rain was coming.

    We managed to get into the park and head up the reddish coloured soil tracks leading to some of the rocky outcrops "koppies" with stunning (would be on a better day!) views across the whole of the city of Johannesburg. There were many paths to take, and it was lunchtime so we found a sheltered spot as the rain was coming on, as my friend will not eat sandwiches in the rain (!). I could now relate completely to the archaeology of this area, imagining what it was like during neolothic times (we were afterall in a kind of cave....), we could have wondered for hours up here, if it wasnt for the torrential downpour.

    I am so thankful for the telephone operator who helped us find the entrance as it was definately worth the effort, and id love to return to see some of the educational aspects of the site as we didnt have long enough really. We got down the hill, and straight into a combi as the sky opened ;) Couldnt have timed it any better...
    Written 3 July 2018
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  • Love to travel, eat and relax
    Pretoria, South Africa209 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park is small but has a large selection of birds. Walkways are well laid out and cages are easy accessible. A small restaurant is sitauted at the entrace with drinks lights meals and snacks. To realy enjoy the animal behaviour you should spend at least 2 hours in the park. Tickets available at the entrace to the park. Bahrooms are also available in the park.
    Written 7 March 2024
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  • sharmla
    Kempton Park, South Africa270 contributions
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    This is a beautiful, lush, scenic nature reserve.
    Gates open at 7am and close at 6pm.
    Entry if FREE.
    We saw wildebeest, Camera (or human) shy squirrels. A very brave meerkat. The reserve has more animals, but we did not encounter more on our hike. Speaking of hikes, one can choose either, 4.2km or 3km or 2km hike. We started on the 2km but somewhere along the route, we were enthused bu nature and the pleasant company that we ended up joing the 4km trek and eventually hiked 6.2kms; which we accomplished in a modest 2, 15hours.

    There are braai(barbecue) facilities on the reserve, but one must reserve a braai stand in advance telephonically or by email. Good luck with your communication. Their response or lack of response in our case; caused us a 40 minute wait for the Manager on Duty to authorize us acquiring a braai stand, even though we called days ahead and emailed and got no response. Though kudos to the manager, she immediately consented to us braaing.
    Alternatively one can take a picnic basket and just indulge at leisure. There are no restrictions on visitors taking in alcohol either.

    If you are of the lazy visitor type, there is an adorable. quaint tea room. One can buy cool drinks, cakes, tea, coffee, cappuccinos, toasted sandwiches, etc at very reasonable prices. Do tell the waitress if you prefer your coffee strong, mine was a little weak for my liking. (My mistake, I should have alerted the waitress, I like my coffee strong like the African sun)

    Overall it is an exquisite hiking site for a large family outing or with friends.
    There is ample parking, but get there early. We arrived there at 8H30 am and found parking immediately.
    There is manned security at the gate. You sign in and are allowed immediate entry. It is a secure, crime free hiking site.
    Fellow hikers, (even though breathless) are friendly and will greet you, do responding in kind accordingly
    Written 5 February 2018
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  • keith W
    Clevedon, UK24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Miles of Trails best suited in my opinion to beginners and Intermediates. There are trails of various lengths which are difficulty colour coded like ski runs. I would only class myself as intermediate , but tried a few of the Black trails which we not too challenging, The best bits were near the river and the lake. There were even monkeys in one bit ! I hired a bike for ZAR 175 (£9-10?), it was OK apart from the rear tubeless tyre which had to be pumped up and partially lost pressure fairly soon after, so I felt the rim get banged a lot, and the rear end was hanging out more than usual ;-). Glad it wasn't my wheel !. Bike was a bit tired but adequate for these trails.
    Written 27 August 2018
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  • Roy C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an excellent tour of Constitution Hill, Johannesburg & Soweto today. Our tour guide Peter was engaging and provided us with very thorough information on the history of Johannesburg and South Africa in general! Thank you for a great experience!! Diane & Roy
    Written 29 April 2024
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