Hidden walking gems you must explore in Joburg

Bianca Bolink bagged herself a Thule Urban Glide 2 pram for suggesting her favourite walking spot, Faerie Glen Nature Reserve. Not only is the reserve a special resource within the city limits, her prizes should help make her weekend walks even more adventurous - thanks to the urban glide’s easy to maneuver large 16" rear wheels and swivel front wheel.

The landscape and the view are absolutely breath-taking and we’re always on the lookout for the friendly and inquisitive wildlife around

Bianca Bolink

Whether you’re from the East, West South or North of Joburg, see the following suggestions of great escapes in nature that could be right at your doorstep just waiting to be explored!

In the East: Modderfontein Nature Reserve

Nestled within an urban setting in the East Rand, Modderfontein Nature Reserve is a breath-taking escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Boasting some of the most gorgeous flora and fauna, the scenic views of the park also include rolling green hills, tranquil dams and savannahs that stretch far into the distance. The park is open Tuesday – Sundays and entrance will cost you R30 per adult and R15 per child! Visit www.modderfonteinreserve.co.zafor more info.

In the North: Lonehill Park Dam

One of Northern Johannesburg’s best kept secrets – Lonehill Park offers an incredible view of the Lonehill Koppie, a large dam and well-kept green lawns which are perfect for a family day out in the sun. The park is also dog-friendlyso make sure to take your furry friends along to enjoy this hidden Joburg gem. Entrance into the park is free, however, you can only access to climb the Lonehill Koppie on weekends. Visit lonehill.info/ for more

In the South: Rietvlei Trails

Popular for hosting epic weekend park runs, an array of outdoor activities and great picnics with beautiful views in the South of Joburg, the Trails section of Rietvlei Zoo Farm is a varied escape from the city. Take a quick quiet break in nature and enjoy the tranquil setting that’s surrounded by natural wetlands, large willow and oak trees and beautiful gardens. Rietvlei is open every day from 8am – 5pm and will cost you R30 to enter. Click here for a full list of prices for various activities.

In the West: Kloofendal Nature Reserve

One of the first Nature reserves in Joburg, that’s rich in history, the Kloofendal Nature Reserve is a cultural heritage site every Joburger should explore. The unspoiled terrain makes for a great hike or walk, where you’ll spot various small mammals, a dam, and incredible views of the west of Joburg. This 128-hectare nature reserve is open every day between 6am – 6pm and entrance is free. Click here for more info.

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