Conserve. Connect. Inspire.

The Friends of Suikerbosrand work to sustain the vitality of the Suikerbosrand Game Reserve; by respecting its spirit, highlighting its long history of human habitation, celebrating its cultural heritage and museum, protecting its biodiversity and promoting it as a place for all to enjoy safe outdoor activities and have transformative nature experiences.

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Named after the sugarbush ‐ Protea caffra ‐ the reserve covers an area of 19 000 ha. including extensions and is characterised by meandering hiking trails, scenic vistas, historic farmhouses, pre-colonial stone circles and a rich variety of animal and plant species.


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We love our community! We like to talk about things that are happening at Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve and in the local community. We would like for you to share your photos and want to hear about your good times at the reserve.

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Explore Suikerbosrand’s ridges, valleys and plains on foot, bicycle, or by vehicle. If hiking, cycling, or driving around is not your thing, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Suikerbosrand.

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Planting & other projects

Restore the medicinal garden as an educational resource.

Planting days are regularly planned by the Friends Of Suikerbosrand.

Assistance is also needed with upgrading the educational signage.

We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join as contributing(time or financial) or associate members(one survey a year is all we ask) in promoting and preserving our Suikerbosrand.

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Stargazing Weekend

Escape the bright city lights that make viewing stars difficult. Suikerbosrand offers premium dark skies for stargazing close to Jo’burg. Join the Wits Planetarium for a tour of the Universe by telescope and the naked eye. Includes campfire, potjie and option to stay overnight.

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From Johannesburg, take the N3 highway towards Heidelberg. Take the R550 (Kliprivier/Lenasia) off-ramp and turn right, across the highway. After 13.5km turn left to the reserve (large silver Suikerbosrand sign).
Spend a day here, hike overnight or book available accommodation.

It is advisable to bring water bottles and food.

Only card payments accepted at gate - no cash transactions

For a full list of activities, animals, hiking trails, overnight facilities, entrance fees and park rules:

Visiting Hours:
Week days: 07:00 - 16:00 (exit by 18:00)
Weekends: 06:00 - 16:00 (exit by 18:00)
Earlier time on weekends on trial basis

Contact Reserve: + 27 11 439 6300 |

Entrance: R45/Adult, R35/Pensioner or Child (3-11 years)
Vehicles: R35/Car, R45/Combi (<14 seats), R55/Minibus (15-30 seats), R85/Bus (>30 seats)

Season Tickets: R305/Adult, R130/Pensioner or Child (3-11 years)- valid for 6 months, includes vehicle fee.

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Open under current lockdown regulations.

Holhoek picnic site and overnight huts are closed.

Braai facilities near main parking lot are open.

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Season Tickets

Avoid congestion at the gate by purchasing a Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve season ticket. Reduced admittance fee. Valid for 6 months. Vehicle fee included.

Blue wildebeest animals at Suikerbosrand