The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Suikerbosrand natuur-reservaat

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, Chacma 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.

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Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Above - Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Above - Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


Mammals of Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Aardwolf

Antbear / Aardvark

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat

Blesbok

Brown Hyena

Cape Fox

Cape Porcupine

Chacma Baboon

Cheetah

Common Duiker

Eland

Grey Rhebuck

Kudu

Leopard

Mountain Reedbuck

Oribi

Red Hartebeest

Reedbuck

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

Serval

South African Hedgehog

Springbok

Springhare

Steenbok

Suricate

Yellow Mongoose


References and further reading

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 171

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 145

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 59

The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng - Author: Etienne Marais and Faansie Peacock - Published: 2008 - Page: 231

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 163

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 70

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 64

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 104

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 118

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 102

Go Birding in the Transvaal - Author: Brendan Ryan and John Isom - Published: 1990 - Page: 23

Country Life - Issue 253 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 52

Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Published: 2015 - Page: 132

Birding Hotspots - Author: Trevor Hardaker - Published: 2007 - Page: 27

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 63

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 110

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