Smilin’ Thru Nature Reserve
For a pretty chilled hike head to the Smilin’ Thru Nature Reserve where you can get lost in the beauty of nature and the flora of the Vaal Triangle. For those who would like to stay overnight, there are thatched roof huts, breakfast buffets and a big swimming pool.
R500, Parys, 9585 | +27 72 223 5404
One of the country’s most renowned hiking trails would be the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. The route covers over 66 km of walking. Bring a pair of binocs and compliment your stroll by some bird watching along the way. Trails can be shortened to suit your needs – to as little as 1 km. Be sure to bring an ample amount of drinking water… seeing as we live in Africa, after all.
Savannah Wildlife Preserve
Are you in the mood for 25 ha of pure paradise”? Then head to the Savannah Wildlife Preserve with its over 300 species of birds, 40 km of trails (in total), and soccer pitch – if you have any energy after your walk, that is. Savannah Wildlife Preserve is located just outside of Parys, an hour and a half’s drive from Jozi.
65 Woolridge, Parys, 9585 | +27 74 155 5777
Whether you are in the mood for an hour’s walk, a good 10 km hike or a weekend away, head to the Vredefort Dome. Thanks to a massive meteorite that hit Southern Africa, we now have one of the most interesting hiking spots in the world. It’s so incredible that celebrities come hang out in its undergrowth to escape the limelight. As with all hikes, be sure to bring a back pack, an emergency first aid kit, sunscreen and lots of liquids. Cellphone reception bails in and out at the dome.
Check Google Maps for directions to the Vrede Fort Crater.
By Shawn Greyling
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