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      Less than an hour's drive from Johannesburg, in the heartland of the country's industrial and business centre, you will find the unique opportunity to visit a virtually unspoilt haven of natural beauty.

      With a variety of activities to choose from, Suikerbosrand’s ridges, valleys and plains can be explored on foot, bicycle, or by vehicle.

      Cycling is allowed only on the 60km circular tourist route.

      To view the hiking trails, including the overnight hiking trail network, change the activity type on your map screen to "hiking".

      Visit the links below for more information on each activity type.

      A long-lost ancient Tswana city
      Roughly built stone structures can be seen on several locations throughout the reserve. Pottery designs and other objects such as copper ornaments, iron spears, iron rods and hoes, indicate that the inhabitants of the area were Sotho-Tswana. The village layout and social organization is characteristic of Sotho-Tswana settlements throughout Gauteng. Judging by the dated architectural styles that were common at Suikerbosrand, it's estimated that the builders of the stone walled structures occupied this area from the fifteenth century AD until the second half of the 1800s. The biggest cluster of circles on the reserve form part of a much larger settlement, with what appears to be a royal kraal with commanding views of the surrounding area. Using recent laser technology (LiDAR), researchers were able to recreate the remains of the city. The evidence gathered by researchers from WITS university suggests that the area was certainly large enough to be called a city measuring nearly 10km (6.2 miles) long and about 2km wide.

      Diepkloof Farm Museum
      The Diepkloof Farm Museum offers a first-hand experience of activities found on a typical South African farm of the 19th century It is a live and functional farm museum situated on the original site amidst tranquil natural beauty. Attractions include a modern information centre with a small museum and archaeological exhibition which portrays Diepkloof's history from prehistoric times to 1900. Historic elements such as two period-correct restored residences, a farm school constructed on its original foundation, hand stacked stone walls, agricultural lands, an herb garden with more than 40 varieties of herbs, 150-year-old pear trees, a "kapstyl" house, a wagon shed and a smithy. Demonstrations of traditional activities can be arranged on request. These include processing of skins and hides, distilling mampoer, playing clay stick, making soap and candles, milking cows, making butter and baking bread. Curriculum orientated farm programmes for learners including learners with special needs are offered.

      The Blockhouses on the reserve
      No official history of the blockhouses on the eastern side of the reserve can be traced. According to "Heidelbergers of the Boer War" by I. Uys, the blockhouses on the eastern side of Suikerbosrand probably form part of the British network built to entrap Boer commandos. Hendrik Potgieter and his party visited the Heidelberg district for the first time in 1836. They named the ridge Suikerbosrand. The first commando in the district was established in 1837, under the combined leadership of Hendrik Potgieter and Piet Uys. A small, informal town was established and when Heinrich Ueckerman visited the town, he named it Heidelberg, after his university town in Germany. After October 1899, Boer Commandos from all over the country crossed the borders of the old Transvaal and one of history's most bloody wars began. When the British troops first arrived in Heidelberg on 23 June 1900, the Heidelberg Commando took position in the ridges north of the town, possibly the "Suikerbosrand". However, the bombs were falling dangerously near the town and General Piet Viljoen surrendered to save it.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Shuttleable: YES
      Land Status: Provincial Park
      Land Manager: Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
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      Access Info:
      The Diepkloof Visitors Centre offers information, maps, booking and payment for overnight huts. Picnic, braai and children's play park facilities. Suikerbosrand diorama and display of Highveld ecosystems.
      See the General Information Brochure link below for more information on activities and tariffs.

      Daily entrance fees are payable by each visitor at the gate/visitor’s centre.
      Please take careful note of the speed limits applicable in the various areas of the reserve. Generally
      the speed limit is 50km/h.
      General rules of the road apply within the reserve. It is an offence to drive on South African roads
      without a recognized driver’s license or under the influence of alcohol. Driving or operating any
      vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner or in a deliberate disregard for the safety of a person,
      animal or property is a serious offence and can result in a summons being issued. Driving a vehicle in
      a manner that constitutes a nuisance, disturbance, inconvenience or danger to any other person
      may also be subject to a summons being issued.
      Gate times (7:00 -18:00) must be strictly adhered to. After hours driving is not allowed and could
      result in a summons being issued.
      Vehicles must remain on the designated roads at all times and off-road driving or driving on closed
      or no-entry roads is a serious offence.
      Walking trails are provided throughout the reserve and must be adhered to at all times so as to
      avoid disruption of vegetation and animal communities.
      Cycling is only permitted on the tarred tourist route, or otherwise demarcated areas. No off-road
      cycling is allowed on the hiking routes. Escorting cyclists with a vehicle is Not Permitted. This blocks
      the road for other motorists, and is also a slow-moving hazard for vehicles (and other cyclists)
      coming up from behind on one of the many blind corners.
      Running in the reserve is not permitted, unless for approved events or in areas marked out by
      management of the reserve for that purpose.
      The feeding or intentional disturbance of wildlife is a serious offence. By feeding any wildlife you are
      bird species.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Dec 29, 2020
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      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
      Total Distance
      75 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      32 miles
      Total Descent
      9,396 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,167 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      6,243 ft
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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike1045 miles3,970 ft19 miles1,168 ft
      E-Bike942 miles3,947 ft19 miles1,168 ft
      Hike2375 miles9,396 ft32 miles1,168 ft
      Trail Running819 miles2,001 ft6 miles1,089 ft
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