Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is one of Gauteng 's premier tourists destinations. Set just a short distance from Joburg, and near the historical town of Heidelberg , this reserve boasts a representative sample of the fauna and flora of the Rocky Highveld Grassland biome. It is aptly named after the Transvaal-Sugar bush (Protea caffra), one of the dominant types of vegetation within its borders. With over 12 000 ha of unspoiled natural environment and a mountain range characterised by meandering twists and turns of hiking trails, the reserve offers an unbelievably refreshing break from the bustling city life.
Over 200 bird species have been identified in the reserve. For the game enthusiast, the reserve also offers a large range of mammal species including: Eland, Zebra, Oribi, Grey Rhebuck, Steenbok, Kudu, Black Wildebeest Springbuck, Common Duiker, Red Hartebeests, Blesbok Common Reedbuck, Mountain Reedbuck, Brown Hyena, Black backed jackal, Baboon, Aardwolf, Small spotted genet, Porcupine, Cape Fox, Aardvark.
Bokmakierie trail, which stretches between 10km and 17km
The Cheetah trail, which is approximately 4,5km.
Self-guided overnight trails collectively spans over 60km, covering a large section of the reserve.
The Toktokkie trial (with 700 meters) for the disabled is situated near the office complex.
The Picnic site has braai facilities, clean running water and toilets.
There are six self-catering overnights huts, located at strategic points of the trail networks. Each hut can accommodate a maximum of 10 people and is equipped with solar panel for lights, showers, 10 mattresses, enviroloo toilets, braai facilities, hot and cold water, a kettle, bucket, 2 pots and an axe.
New visitor facilities are currently being developed on the reserve:
Self-catering chalets at the Kiepersol and Protea areas
An Environmental Education facility for learners and Educators at Outhout
A Conference centre at the Diepkloof site.
Booking can be arranged for organised groups such as schools, youth clubs or societies. Bookings must be made in advance.
Ten self-catering units can accommodate 60 people comfortably. These units serve as budget accommodation for family breakaways.
A beautiful thatched fully equipped chalet on stilts situated in a very quite part of the reserve can accommodate 4 adult and 2 children in self-catering style.
A 7km hiking trail with two bird hides provides ample opportunity to keen bird watchers to spot some of the unique species that occur in the area.