Are you ready to explore the outdoors and embrace nature’s incredible scenery? It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to hiking, or an experienced outdoor enthusiast, traversing the hiking trails in Johannesburg is a must! Most people wouldn’t consider hiking in Gauteng or Johannesburg to be as magnificent as the coastal cities, but most people could be wrong.
We’ve compiled a list of the 5 best hiking spots that will surprise you with their beauty. Explore the hiking trails in Johannesburg listed below for the most magnificent views.
Hiking Spots Johannesburg
- Amber Close – Kloofendal Nature Reserve
- Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden
- Impala Trail – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
- Modderfontein Nature Reserve
- Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge
1. Amber Close – Kloofendal Nature Reserve
Head out and enjoy the freedom of overlooking 128 hectares of astonishing views. You’ll be able to enjoy a fairly moderate hike in one of Johannesburg’s first nature reserves while embracing the sights and sounds of nature. Reward yourself with delicious food during a picnic or braai once you’ve completed the walking part and done some bird watching in between.
- Length: 5.3km
- Price: Free
2. Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden
If you’re looking for choice when it comes to hiking trails, this is your ideal spot. Choose between various walking and hiking trails in the scenic garden setting. Don’t forget to head to the Witpoortjie Waterfall – regarded by many as Gauteng’s most beautiful waterfall. Rest your legs and enjoy a picnic after your hike while looking up at the cliffs of the Roodekrans Ridge that stand 200 metres high.
- Length: Various lengths with the longest being 3.5km
- Price: R60
3. Impala Trail – Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
The Impala Trail is ideal for beginners at hiking, or those who are looking for a relaxed walk with some family and friends. You’ll be able to see many wildflowers while making your way through the loop. There’s also an opportunity to experience some peace and quiet with nothing but the sight and sounds of a river in the background.
- Length: 5.5km
- Price: Free
4. Modderfontein Nature Reserve
Head to the majestic Modderfontein Nature Reserve for hiking and so much more. Choose between 6 trails to explore while passing by hills, natural springs, and plenty of grasslands. Once you’ve completed your chosen hiking trail, you can head to the Fourways Farmers Market for an afternoon of entertainment, music, and delicious food.
- Length: Various lengths with the longest being 4km
- Price: R30
5. Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge
If you’re looking for a sight with picture-perfect scenery to fill your phone’s gallery, this is the place for you. The setting of the dam wall is enough to make you stop and stare for hours. But before enjoying some relaxation time, challenge yourself along the route where you’re likely to come across some pleasant wildlife. End the day off by digging your toes into the artificial sand of the white beach.
- Length: 10km
- Price: R70
Who said hiking in Johannesburg wasn’t possible? With so many incredible hiking trails to choose from, there’s no reason not to head outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature’s creations. The hiking trails in Johannesburg will take your breath away (if you walk fast enough), but the views are magnificent too. Remember to stay hydrated and use these other tips to keep cool this summer. Add hiking to your list of 7 exciting things to do in Summer and make the most of every day!