Gilloolys Farm, Linksfield Ridge, Harvey Park
Linksfield Ridge is a series of beautiful koppies that offers a bush walk without leaving Johannesburg
Running in an East – West line around 4km long, Linksfield Ridge has spectacular views north towards the Magalisberg and Pretoria, as well as to the South. It is the ridge line one sees on the right hand side driving from Johannesburg airport towards Joburg CBD.
The Ridge is Orange Grove Quartzite and the vegetation is the central variation of Brakenveld with some sheltered spots containing Southern Bushveld shrubs. One can enjoy the contrast between the North facing slopes, with their higher density of trees & shrubs, and the south facing slopes with its grasslands, aloes & Proteas. The summer months produce some lovely orchids, Ledabourias and other wild flowers that thrive after the frequent winter veld fires.
The western section of the ridge is a nature reserve donated to the city in 1960 by Sydney Harvey when he died aged 92. It still bears his name although there is no boundary between it and the rest of the ridge so do not be confused by the different names on maps.
In common with other urban parks and recreational areas, there is always possibility of security problems. As long as you walk in a group there should be no problems. My advice is that hikers using Linksfield Ridge area should walk in groups of a minimum of four adults which should include at least one adult male. All valuables should be left at home and the walks should only take place during daylight hours. Johannesburg City Parks and Ekurhuleni Parks do their best to ensure the safety of walkers but the onus must at all times be on the hiker to ensure his or her own safety. Walking with dogs is a good idea.
Johannesburg City Parks
Under whose jurisdiction most of the trail falls
+27 (0) 11 712 6664
Dee Daniel (phone office hours) + 27(0) 11 712 6604 Fax +27 (0) 11 712 6764
For Gilloolys Farm
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
Department Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (Metro Parks)
Leonie Snyman Tel. 456-0262 Fax. 452-4891
For further information about the Harvey Nature Reserve and Linksfield Ridge
Contact Tara Baum
011 616 4841
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