What nature lovers can enjoy in and around Gauteng

Posted on 11 June 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

The Gauteng province is known for its urban vibrancy and persistent bustle. However, it has a lesser-known aspect which offers a refreshing contrast.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens (Picture: Getaway Gallery)

In and around Gauteng, one finds various spots where the beauty and tranquility of nature can be enjoyed. Whether it’s a refreshing hike or a relaxing picnic in nature, there are a couple of things which nature lovers can enjoy in Gauteng. These are some of them:

Dinokeng Game Reserve

Located just outside Pretoria, the Dinokeng Game Reserve promises sightings of the Big Five as well as other animal species. It offers the opportunity to enjoy a wildlife experience without heading too far away from the city. The reserve is the ideal place to appreciate the beauty of nature. It is perfect for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake is a firm favourite amongst nature lovers. The public park boasts well-maintained walkways and a beautiful lake. It is the ideal place to enjoy a refreshing walk in nature, or even a lovely picnic.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa

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The popular Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens offer 300 hectares of lushness and serenity. Over 600 plant species form a backdrop of various hiking trails. There are also 220 bird species, as well as reptiles and some other small mammals. The gardens are perfect for animal lovers and those who appreciate admiring the breathtaking beauty of nature.

The Wilds Nature Reserve

Located on the outskirts of Houghton, The Wilds Nature Reserve boasts calming natural beauty. The 16-hectare nature reserve offers exceptional hillside views and evergreen freshness. There are numerous hiking trails and walking routes. Moreover, the green manicured lawns are the perfect place to sit and enjoy a picnic or some nature journaling.

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