Outdoor Fun & Activities In Johannesburg

When it’s nice and sunny outside, surely the last thing you want to do is spend the day indoors! Grab your caps, sunscreen and sunnies and explore all the outdoor adventures and activities the city of Johannesburg has to offer. 

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Nature Reserves
Game Drives
Hiking Trails
Adventure Activities
Water Parks

Nature Reserves

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

This reserve and heritage site is made up of highveld grasses, trees and flowers, which include gladiolus, orchid and proteas. It is divided into many various sections, namely North, East, South And West, but access to the Central area of the reserve is limited to organised tours and hikes. However, East is open daily for walks and West is open daily for scheduled walks.

Visit the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve.

Rietfontein Nature Reserve

The 24-hectare bushveld and rocky ridge Rietfontein Nature Reserve offers visitors interesting walking trails, picnic spots and lovely day outings. This reserve mainly features flora and bird life, but a lucky few may be privileged enough to spot some buck. It’s the ideal place if you’re looking to stretch those legs, crush those stepping goals and get a bit of fresh air.

Visit Rietfontein Nature Reserve.

Modderfontein Reserve

The Modderfontein Reserve is the second largest privately owned reserve in Gauteng, aimed to preserve the local plant and wildlife of the area. Visitors will be able to enjoy the grassland and hill surroundings, abundance of animals including buck, jackals and eagles and even settle down for a picnic. But if you prefer ready-made food, they have a café on site. The reserve also offers functions, cycling, Parkruns and guided walks.

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Game Drives

Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

From day and night game drives to touring the Wondercave, you’ll have the opportunity to reconnect with nature at the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle of Humankind. Game drives are roughly two-and-a-half hours long, taking place six days a week. Three of the Big Five are residents here — the lion, white rhino and buffalo.

Visit the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve.

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge offers a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages, including trail runs, cycling, swimming, paddling, fly fishing and game drives. The wildlife here spans over a vast sub-Saharan landscape. You can go on guided wildlife walks or game drives of up to eight people.

Visit Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge. 

Lion & Safari Park

Not too far from the city is the Lion & Safari Park in Harties. Here, you can enjoy a guided mini-tour (one-and-a-half hours), where you’ll spot powerful predators or enjoy a self-drive with your own vehicle, allowing you to take your time and admire nature at your own pace.

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Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve

Hiking Trails

The Wilds Nature Reserve

Situated right within the heart of Houghton, the Wilds Nature Reserve is one of our top spots for for a lovely day out and about in nature. Here, visitors can just plenty of hiking and dog walking at the dog park. Keep an eye out for the variety of small wildlife that call this area home and be sure to stop and admire the flora and fauna along the way.

Visit the Wilds Nature Reserve.

Klipsrivierberg Nature Reserve

Located 10km from Johannesburg centre, 5km from bustling Soweto and 25km from Sandton, is the Klipsrivierberg Nature Reserve, also known as the Jewel of the South. It is the largest proclaimed nature reserve in the Johannesburg Metropolitan area. Hiking is the main attraction and activity here. And if you love bird watching, you’re in for a treat! Approximately 230 bird species have been identified here.

Visit the Klipsrivierberg Nature Reserve. 

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

For beautiful and scenic hikes, nesting Verreaux Eagles and magnificent waterfalls, be sure to visit Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Emmarentia. This nature reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including over 240 bird species. And in case you didn’t know, this place has been voted the best place to get back to nature in Gauteng .

Visit Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. 

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Adventure Activities

Soweto Towers

For an adrenaline rush like no other, visit the Soweto Towers and enjoy a few of their adventurous activities, ranging from base jumping and bungee jumping to freefalls, paintball and much more. Other than seeing amazing views of Jozi from the top of these cooling towers, this is just the place to conquer your fear of heights and have a competitive yet thrilling time with your friends.

Visit Soweto Towers.


How does zip lining from tree top to tree top sound? Like loads of fun and an adventure that you don’t want to miss? Then be sure to visit Acrobranch for the day for some zip lining and obstacle fun that’s perfect for both young and old that’s a couple of metres off the ground. There are many various branches around the country, so be sure to visit their website to find your nearest one.

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BattleZone Paintball

Get geared up, locked and loaded and head out to BattleZone Paintball! Here, visitors can spend the afternoon challenging their friends to a competitive and thrilling game of paintball or lasertag. This is a great entertainment option if you’re looking for an exciting birthday party idea, looking for a fun adventure for stag parties, or just for a great day out having a ball (literally and figuratively).

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Water Parks

Happy Island Waterworld

For a water park that’s sure to ensure you make a splash, Happy Island Waterworld offers visitors a wide variety of thrilling and exciting water rides and slides, including a few that are a first on the Africa continent! There’s something for all ages, from slow and lazy to adrenaline-packed and oh-so daring. And if the little ones are to young to go on the bigger adventures, not to worry, there’s plenty to keep them entertained.

Visit Happy Island Water World. 

Wild Waters

Everyone knows this one! Yes, Wild Waters is this around and open for business! This is definitely the destination to chase away the Boredom Blues. Other than all the exciting or slow water features, rides and slides, there are also jungle gyms, sandpits, braai areas, volleyball facilities and even a putt-putt course, ensuring that there’s something for all ages.

Visit Wild Waters.

StokeCity Adventure Park

Offering visitors a wide variety of cool adventures, challenges and thrilling water sports, StokeCity Adventure Park provides plenty of outdoor excitement for waterspout junkies, beginners, fitness enthusiasts and those looking for a fun day out in the sun.

Visit StokeCity Adventure Park.

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