Outdoor Adventures in Johannesburg!  

by Pool Builders on 02-16-2011 in Articles

Nowhere does the outdoors better than South Africa and Johannesburg is the perfect base from which to get started. Get out hiking, relax and unwind as you admire the wonderful game, mountains, waterfalls and indigenous vegetation. The trails available are exciting and picturesque from spectacular botanical gardens, bird sanctuaries and nature reserves, to authentic treasure troves of archaeological finds and of course the cherry on the cake, safaris!

Whatever you want from your outdoor adventures be it far flung to around the corner, you'll find it here!

Classic Safari Experience

From Johannesburg, you'll head east via White River and Hazyview to spectacular Mpumalanga and arrive at your safari hotel set in indigenous forests. Your tour will take you through the breath-taking Kruger National Park, unrivalled in its diversity of flora and fauna, while spending the afternoon game viewing in an open safari vehicle. You'll be served wonderful dinners and breakfasts at your lodge, before taking to the Panoramic Route that includes Bourke's Luck Potholes, the Blyde River Canyon, God's Window and Lisbon Waterfalls. With an afternoon to yourself you may want to laze by the pool, have a leisurely lunch or a stroll through the beautiful sub-tropical gardens of the hotel. As the sun sets over Africa, freshen up for dinner where a safari style feast completes the day. Early morning game viewing follows another scrumptious breakfast after which you'll be driven back to Johannesburg via Sabie and over the scenic Long Tom Pass to Lydenburg. There are so many safari's to choose from with as many days and nights as you wish, across various parts of South Africa. Whichever you choose, you can guarantee spectacular sightings of wildlife and scenery.

Wildlife and Cultural Explorer

This 5 day and 4 night tour takes you to the 'Province of the Rising Sun', Mpumalanga, via the historic towns of Witbank, Dullstroom and Lydenburg. You'll travel the Lone Pass, see the Lone Creek waterfalls, pass through canyons and game reserves and national parks. Each night you will stay in a beautiful and equipped safari lodge where you can enjoy a delicious dinner before a good night's sleep. This tour then carries on to Swaziland visiting its capital, Mbabane to see the glass factory and then on to the majestic Ezulwini Valley. You will be able to walk around an original Swazi market, see eagles, crocodiles and pelicans at St Lucia World Heritage site and drive through the sugar plantations along the Indian Ocean. This is a great way to see a large area of the country incorporating long walks, hikes, animal sightings and African culture, all in one trip!

Guateng Hiking Trails

A ninety-minute drive north-west of Johannesburg takes you to the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountains. This area offers fantastic hiking trails with views of interesting rock formations, glistening waterfalls, meandering streams and swathes of extraordinary native vegetation. Book flights to Johannesburg and get ready for some serious exploring!

Hennops Hiking Trail

Hennops hiking trail offers hikers one of the few unspoilt natural areas near the Hartbeespoort Dam. There are two trails you can follow together for a two day hike or individually, starting from one of two base camps; namely The Krokodilberg trail and The Zebra trail. At the beginning and end of both trails, the route meanders along the shimmering Hennops River before changing direction into the surrounding magical mountains. The Krokodilberg trail on the first day is 12 km long and the second day Zebra trail is 6 km long. There are two base camps called Loerie and Hadeda both of which are on the banks of the Hennops River. Take a lovely dip in one of the rock pools! The Loerie camp has a big swimming pool where hikers can refresh themselves and cool down after a good day's walk. The Hennops Hiking trail offers mesmerising scenery along the river, gorges and plateaus.

Alberts Farm

Alberts Farm may not be known by many Johannesburg residents but it certainly has a number of good points that should be taken into account when looking for a place to walk on a weekend afternoon in Johannesburg. The area has 90hectares of small rocky ridges and rolling grasslands stretching down to the wetland area along the Montgomery Spruit (stream). This is a great walk for all the family and perfect for dog walking, kite flying and stream swimming while the more enthusiastic walker can explore the stream right to where it meets the Braamfontein Spruit.

Sandspruit Hiking Trail

The Sandspruit (Sand stream) is on the southern slopes of the Witwatersrand, in the wilds of Johannesburg. A tributary rises near Death Bend, flows past Killarney Mall, through the golf course and James and Ethel Grey Park, between the Melrose Arch and into Sandton at Innesfree Park. It eventually joins the Braamfontein Spruit to flow into the Jukskei River and eventually into Hartebeestpoort Dam. The entire river is a hiking trail but it is necessary to get gate keys for access at certain points along the trail. The trail is perfect for a four walks through peaceful surroundings where you can hear the sound of running water, see amazing rock formations, bank erosion, native undergrowth as well as a gaggle of wildlife from Egyptian geese, ducks, guinea fowl, and occasionally a rare sighting of a monitor lizard!

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