Under Level 3 restrictions it is allowed to go hiking, so long as you do not leave the province and are on trails within the assigned exercise hours of 06:00 and 18:00 only. You may only hike with people from your own household and if you are not wearing a mask you will be refused access to trails. Hikers are asked to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines and maintain good hygiene by washing hands regularly with sanitisers and coughing and sneezing into elbows or tissues.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Cradle Moon's dam and trails are open at Level 3 for all cycling, running, hiking and swimming activities.
Plot 59 Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift. Find out more here.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: The trails are open at Level 3 strictly by prior appointment only, picnic sites remain closed. Hikers and trail runners must book and pay for their visit in advance by email at email@example.com
R513 Yellow board no. 78E, Farm Schietfontein Portion 19, Schietfontein, De Wildt. Find out more here.
There are three different hiking trails to choose from which traverse a treed river valley looked over by rocky outcrops. The short Ochna Trail (4km) treads a path through grasslands and up a small koppie, the Protea Trail (14.6km) also covers much grassland and a small steep rocky hill, while the 21km Burkea Trail is a tough walk through grassland and over hills to the far side of the reserve and takes approximately 5 hours to complete.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: The reserve is open for hiking, mountain biking, trail running and self drive excursions at Level 3. Only 50 entrance permits (one permit per car) will be issued per day and the reserve will only be open on Saturday and Sunday. Picnic areas, the shop and swimming pool remain closed. Permits will only be issued in advance! To book your visit email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrance on 493 Elandsfontein (105.30 km). Find out more here.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Hennops Hiking Trail is open daily under Level 3. Note the last entrance to the trails is at 13:00. Picnic sites remain closed.
Entrance off the R511 (10km south of the R105 junction). Find out more here.
Klipriviersberg (closed at Level 3)This extensive nature reserve covers more than 600 hectares and is a popular city escape in south Joburg. Blesbok, zebra and other game roam the hillsides of the ‘rock river mountain’ and there are various signposted hiking ranging from 3km to 9km. The circular 8km Dassie Trail starts at the Silent Pools entrance and winds its way to the top of the hill, or take the slightly shorter and flatter Bloubos trail that follows the river. Neighbouring the reserve is Thaba Trails (101 Klip River Dr, Mulbarton), a dedicated mountain biking area that opens on weekends with a 6km, 15km or 30km biking trail to choose from.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Note that at Level 3 lockdown only the Thaba Trails section is open to the public.
Entrance at Silent Pools, Frandaph Dr, Mondeor. Find out more here.
Melville Koppies (closed at Level 3)A nature reserve and heritage site, the Melville Koppies boast archaeological remains of Stone Age and Iron Age settlements, and great views over the downtown skyline. The best way to visit is on one of the Sunday morning three-hour guided hikes, which alternate between a 4km guided walk and a more challenging 10km hike, which both take in the area’s unique fauna and geology.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Unfortunately the Melville Koppies is not open to the public at lockdown Level 3.
Cnr Judith Rd and Orange Rd, Melville. Find out more here.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Picnic areas remain closed under Level 3 while all hiking and cycling trails are now open for exercise.
Entrance on Arden Rd (off Ardeer Rd), Modderfontein. Find out more here.
Rustig Hiking Trails
This historic family farm sits right below the craggy foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range and is popular with day visitors who come to hike the Rustig trails which climb their way up the crags to offer some spectacular views across northern Gauteng. There's a choice of easier trails ranging from three to five kilometres and a more challenging full day 13 kilometre trail which will take your right up to the top of the mountain. The trails pass through various terrain taking in grasslands, cave entrances and rocky outcrops with rewarding views down into the valley below.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: The trails are open to the public under Level 3.
Portian 91, Plaas Hartebeesfontein, Hekpoort. Find out more here.
Sable Ranch Hiking Trail
Spread across the lower slopes of the foothills of the Magaliesberg, this large game farm also offers game hunting and 4x4 trails. If you want to tackle the full 12km hike come on a Sunday as on other days there may be hunting taking place on the upper slopes meaning the top of the trail is closed to hikers and you will only manage a 6km loop. The trail starts by meandering through farmland (look out for the albino wildebeest) before making a steeper incline up a winding rocky path quickly revealing sweeping views. This is one of the few hiking trails that allows you to bring dogs (they must be on a lead). This is also a Park Run venue and you can join in a 5km park run trail on weekends.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: The trails are open to the public under Level 3. It is worth calling ahead to check if there hunting will be taking place on the day you plan to visit.
Sable Ranch, on the R96 just before Hekpoort. Find out more here.
Suikerbosrand (closed at Level 3)
On the southern border of Gauteng Province, this vast 19,000 hectare nature reserve is also an important area of archaeological research with the remnants of an ancient pre-colonial Tswana city recently discovered in the area. Named after the sugarbush (suikerbos), the reserve hosts meandering hiking trails that snake over the Suikerbosrand mountain range as well as a 60km tarred self-drive / cycling route that traverses the rolling hills taking in several dams and birding hides.
Day hikers can choose from the 11km Bokmakiere trail (make sure to leave very early, the area gets very hot around midday), the easy 4.5km Cheetah trail or the wheelchair-accessible 1km Toktokkie trail. The reserve is also popular for its overnight and multiple day hiking trails which make use of remote hikers cottages scattered through the reserve. Overnight trails should be tackled in a group (maximum ten hikers).
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Unfortunately the reserve is currently closed to visitors under Level 3 restrictions.
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Heidelberg Road, R550 off N3, Nigel. Find out more here.
Tswaing Meteor Crater (closed at Level 3)
1.8 kilometers wide, the Tswaing Crater north of Pretoria was formed more than 200,000 years ago when a meteor smashed into the earth. At the centre of the crater is a small lake and from the parking entrance a 7.5km trail will take you to the crater rim and down to the edge of the lake and back up again.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: As a Distong Museum site, Tswaing Meteor Crater is closed at Level 3
Soutpan Rd (M35), Soshanguve.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens (closed at Level 3)One of Joburg’s most beautiful and well-maintained parks, head here for a wide variety of unusual flora, excellent birdwatching (look out for the black Verreaux’s eagles), a waterfall and other natural delights. There are various easy walking routes which wind their way through the gardens, the longest of which is a 3.5km nature trail which takes you up to the top of the Witpoortjie waterfall.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS: Sadly under Level 3 all South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) parks are closed to the public including the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.
Malcolm Rd, Roodepoort. Find out more here.