Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

About an hours drive from Johannesburg and close to the town of Heidelberg you will find the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. The reserve is named after the Transvaal Suikerbos, (Protea Caffra), which outnumbers all plants and vegetation in the 11,595 hectare reserve. Ranging from 1,545m to 1,917m above sea level, the main feature of the reserve that forms its backbone is the Suikerbosrand Mountain Range.

The mountains, valleys and grassy plains together with the extensive flora and fauna make the reserve an excellent destination for hiking, cycling and picnicking. A network of backpacking hiking trails which covers 66 kilometres, has been established, as well as a short, 4km long interpretive trail called the Cheetah Trail. When setting out on foot it is advisable to get an early start, especially in summer as the area can be very hot at midday and is subject to violent thunder storms in the afternoons. The best time to hike in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is Spring and Autumn. Be prepared for extremes of weather whatever time of the year you do the hike. And for those who prefer the comfort and security of a motor vehicle, there is also a 60km long motor vehicle route. While in the reserve visitors should keep their eyes open for Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Brown Hyena Mountain Reedbuck, Steenbok, Grey and Common Duiker, Baboon, Blesbok, Springbok, Kudu and Cheetah. Approximately 200 birds have made the reserve their home which has made Suikerbosrand a firm favourite with the birders too.

The flora and fauna is varied and includes a large number of grass species. Trees in the reserve include the white stinkwood, highveld cabbage tree, ouhout, sweet thorn, and the common guarrie. Wild flowers include the agapanthus, disseldoring, wild sweet pea, Orange River lily, and the large witchweed.

Whichever way you choose to explore Suikerbosrand, on foot, mountain bike or by vehicle, it will definitely be worth the effort. An experience to remember!

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Hoep-Hoep Farmstay

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heidelberg

8.4km East of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Nestled at the foot of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve your hosts Slappie and Margaret du Plessis look forward to welcome you to Hoep-Hoep Farmstay. Situated only 5km from the picturesque town of Heidelberg...

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Sleeps: 28 in 10 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Bri-Shel Manor B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heidelberg

14.0km East of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Situated in Heidelberg, Bri-Shel Manor is an unique 4 star establishment offering luxurious accommodation fully equipped with free wifi, amenities, dstv, splendid linen, aircon and electric under blankets.

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The Prince & the Pauper

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Alberton

21.2km North West of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Welcome to The Prince & the Pauper in Alberton. This Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House has coffee and tea facilities, DStv, Air-conditioned/heater in all 5 rooms, with en-suite bathrooms (shower only) and are serviced daily.

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Towers Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Germiston

22.2km North West of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Towers Lodge is situated in Elspark, on the border of Germiston & Boksburg, in a safe, up market suburb next to the N17 highway. 18 Luxury rooms sleep two or three. We also have 1 wheelchair friendly room. Tea and coffee in each room...

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Sleeps: 92 in 16 units/rooms
From R 390,00
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Snel Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Alberton

23.3km North West of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Our Lodge is a well established guest lodge (since 1995) situated on the boarder of Meyersdal and Brackenhurst in Hennie Alberts Street and comprises of 15 units main en-suite. You have a choice of a unit with a bath and shower or ...

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Angelica Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Boksburg

23.8km North of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Angelica Guest House is situated in Boksburg about 13kms from OR Thambo Airport.

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Marle' Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Alberton

24.0km North West of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Marle' Lodge has 11 double en-suite rooms all beautifully finished in matching African theme. Two of the rooms have an inter-leading door to cater for families who wish to stay together. All rooms have 53 cm colour TVs with dstv. Five of...

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Erica Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Alberton

24.2km North West of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Erica Lodge is a well established Guest house situated in Alberton. We are 5 min from Alrode, Wadeville and Rand Airport. Easy access to N3 Freeway and 15 min from OR Tambo International Airport. We are also a 20 minute drive from exciting tourist...

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Yesterday Today Tomorrow Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Heidelberg

24.3km East of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

Sleep peacefully and safely in the neat one-bedroom/single bathroom thatched stone house (sleeps 4), which has a lounge and a fully fitted kitchen or in one of two thatched cottages (sleep 2 per cottage), each with their own bathroom. All accomm...

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Sleeps: 36 in 17 units/rooms

La Palma Guest House & Conference Venue

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Alberton

24.5km North West of center of Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve

La Palma Guest House and Conference Venue is situated at 9 Jack Hindon avenue, Alberante Ext, Alberton, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa. We are offering 8 Luxury en-suite rooms and 9 Standard en-suite rooms. One of the luxury rooms is also a...

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