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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Suikerbosrand natuur-reservaat

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Mocking Cliff-Chat in Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

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Gauteng

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is located near Heidelberg and is less than an hours drive from Johannesburg. At 11,595 hectares in extent it is one of the largest nature reserve in the province of Gauteng.

The reserve is named after the Suikerbos (Sugarbush) which is a common plant in the reserve.

Most of the reserve is covered in hills which offer attractive views. The south-eastern border of the reserve is flatter and is where one is more likely to encounter game. The reserve is stocked with various mammals including Black Wildebeest, Burchell's Zebra, Mountain Reedback, Red Hartebeest, Steenbok, Baboon, Kudu, Springbok and Blesbok. Over 200 species have been recorded.

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve is popular with mountain bikers and hikers who are prepared to take on the seemingly never-ending hills.

There is limited chalet accommodation in the reserve and day visitors are welcome.

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Above - Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Above - Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

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