Sugarbush Day Trail

West Rand, Johannesburg

Day trails close to or within city boundaries are becoming more and more popular among hikers. Both Johannesburg and Pretoria have some extraordinarily beautiful areas awaiting the inquisitive boots of hikers. The Sugarbush Trail with its proximity to Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens is one such trail. 


The trail begins from safe parking in a pleasure centre on Robert Broom Drive.


Following the trail you climb over some rocky outcrops before navigating a valley forested with hundreds of Sugarbush (Protea Caffra)


A final climb takes you to the edge of the escarpment offering stunning views towards the distant Magaliesberg Mountains


You now follow this edge in a south easterly direction until descend to an old mine shaft. It is important to note that the shaft could be unstable and therefore it is off limits to hikers


The trail now ascends steeply away from the mine along a rugged path and brings beautiful panoramic vistas into view


The trail hugs the edge for a fair distance before turning to descend back to the starting point



This 8km trail is relatively easy although there is little shade from the sun. The trail is mostly on private land with sections in nature reserve. It must be stressed that old mine workings can be extremely dangerous and children should be kept under supervision at all times.






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