Nature Reserves and Parks in Gauteng

Day trips » Nature reserves/Parks

Living in a bustling city like Johannesburg can get one feeling quite drained by the end of each week. A great option is to take the kids out for the day to a park, nature reserve or botanical garden. Youíll find so many of these oases right here in the concrete jungle. Whether itís for a hike, a picnic or to view some animals, a day trip in nature is all you need to revitalize yourself after a long week!

Modderfontein Nature Reserve
East Rand / Ekurhuleni
Guided walk through Modderfontein Nature Reserve with a knowledgeable guide.
From 8 yrs old
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Pretoria / Tshwane
Nature reserve with dam, hiking trails, bird watching, game viewing & fresh water fishing
Pretoria National Botanical Garden
Pretoria / Tshwane
Botanical gardens in Pretoria for family outings, picnics,
All ages
Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
Johannesburg
Back to nature walks through indigenous grass and shrubs. Kids and parents can take guided tours or just wander around. See the Iron Age furnace or 40
From 6 yrs - All ages
South African National Parks
Johannesburg
PEAP - Public Education and Awareness Project. We take displays to schools and shopping centres
All ages
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
West Rand
Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld
All ages
Hyundai Mushroom Farm Park
Johannesburg
Park, day trips, family outings, picnics, Hyundai hot air balloon
All ages
Alberts Farm
Johannesburg
Alberts farm Conservancy for walks in nature, hiking, orienteering in Albertskroon, Northcliff.
All ages
Bordeaux Bike Park
Johannesburg
Bike park for little kids, party venue
From 4 yrs - All ages
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
Pretoria / Tshwane
Game drives, putt putt, fuffy slide, fishing, guided walks, bird and game watching, educational programs and camping facilities
All ages
Delta Environmental Centre
Johannesburg
Environmental centre for curriculum-linked outings, talks, school programmes & accredited teacher training
All ages
Friends of Kloofendal Nature Reserve
West Rand
Nature walks, walking trails, guided tours, bird hide, geological site, picnic concerts,first Witwatersrand gold mine
All ages
Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve Reviews
Johannesburg
Nature rambles through an area of grasslands and wooded hills with wildlife only 10km from the heart of Joburg.
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa / Pretoria Zoo
Pretoria / Tshwane
This is the largest zoo in SA w/ Aquarium & Reptile Park, holiday programs, tours, camping, birthday parties, tractor train rides etc.
Smuts House Museum
Pretoria / Tshwane
A museum peaceful surroundings with family friendly restaurant, nature trail and caravan park
All ages
Johannesburg Zoo
Johannesburg
day and night tours, children's farmyard, tractor rides, kids party venue, school tours and more
All ages

How to use the nature reserves and parks day trips directory?


You may search by suburb by clicking on the drop-down list above. Click on the suburb you wish to search in and see what comes up. Better yet, scroll down through the list of nature reserves and parks in Gauteng and surrounding provinces not too far away. Click on the blue name of the company to get more information about what they offer as well as their contact details. Be sure to note what their days of operation are to avoid disappointment.

Itís like a mini holiday!


Most South Africans are at least a bit outdoorsy. Itís in our genes to escape into nature, making the most of our beautiful weather. Kids absolutely love the fresh air, not to mention the added bonus of spending quality time with their parents and family. Picnic baskets packed, comfortable clothes and sunscreen on, get those kids into the car and get moving!

Reptile parks, zoos and environmental centres


Most zoos and venues allow some interaction with the animals in a safe environment. Farm settings are also an advantage to animal outings so you can bring a picnic and make a day of it. Sanctuaries usually have guided tours and structured walk-abouts to educate visitors about the animals they have. The Johannesburg Zoo has guided day and night tours as well as plenty of animals to see. Reptile parks offer demonstrations and tours to educate visitors about reptiles and other animals. These zoos and venues often have a nice play area for the kids and can be used for kidís parties too. Youíll find more animal themed kids party venues listed on our site too.

Nature reserves and city parks


Back to nature walks through indigenous grass and shrubs. Guided hikes and tours of Modderfontein, Kliprivier and Melville Koppies are interesting and fun, not to mention a sure way to get the kids off their devices for a few hours. Be sure to check which days the guided tours are on and what you need to do to book your spot.

Abundance of wildlife?


The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens has been voted as the best picnic spot for 5 years in a row. It boasts over 220 bird species as well as reptiles, small mammals such as antelope and jackal and over 600 naturally occurring plant species. A breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. An outcomes-based schools' environmental education programme running in the Garden caters for school groups.

Animal school outings and zoos


Perfect school outing venues for kids of all ages, animal outing venues offer a great experience for children. The Johannesburg Zoo offers educational school tours and demonstrations as well as different displays from time to time so keep checking on them for something new. The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa or Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in the country. They boast the largest number of animals and offer various tours including aquatic, holiday programs, night tours and even a mobile zoo. Check out these and other amazing zoos in Jozi.

Begin your search


If youíve landed on this page through an internet search engine, then youíre probable looking for nature reserves, parks and zoos for day trips in Gauteng. Scroll down the companies listed on this page to find a place you think is interesting. You may also find other day trip venues and places of interest by clicking on the day trips tab. There are many subcategories created to make your search of places to visit in Gauteng easier so have a look through. Remember to review a place that youíve visited, whether it was a good or bad experience, tell us what you think.

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