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Riverside Loop



4.0 mile 6.5 kilometer loop
98% Runnable


Ascent: 259' 79 m
Descent: -258' -79 m
High: 5,319' 1,621 m
Low: 5,099' 1,554 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)


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The jewel of southern Johannesburg.

South African Hiker

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The nature reserve opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.


A hidden jewel in the heart of southern Johannesburg with running and hiking trails to accommodate every level of fitness.

Need to Know

Take enough water as the sun and ascents can leave you parched.


The start of the run is southbound and covered with tree tops as it follows along the Klip River on the Bloubos Trail, but opens up into a bushveld environment after roughly a kilometer. The trail will take you past some Rondawels which was constructed in the early 1850's, and toward a historic landmark, the Marais Farmstead, located in the southern section of the reserve.

From there, the trail will take you westward on the Gifbol Trail, to your first river crossing at a bridge constructed from gum-poles. From this point, the path ventures north on the Dassie Trail, toward the Silent Pool where you'll cross the river again to meet the Bloubos Trail.

The trail has a fairly flat surface with easy running and gentle ascents and descents. Both the ascents and descents are on well maintained paths with steps etched into the path.

Flora & Fauna

The reserve is home to approximately 215 bird species, which include barbets, swifts, swallows, crows and doves as well as
nine large mammal species which include zebras, black wildebeest, blesbok, springbok and red hartebeest. There is also an assortment of insect life, which includes various butterflies, geckos and lizards. Smaller mammals in the reserve include Klip Dassies.

History & Background

The trail will take you past the ruins of Rondawels and the Marais Homestead which was constructed in the 1850's, as well as a burial plot with graves from the 1960's.

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Land Manager: Johannesburg City Parks

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Aug 21, 2016
Nicky Meredith
Runnable section, with pretty views of the river. Spotted dassies and mongoose along the trail! 6.2mi — 1h 19m

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Gum-pole river crossing bridge.
Oct 23, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A tranquil view down by the Klip River.
Oct 23, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A view from the Dassie Trail.
Nov 13, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
Rondawel constructed in the early 1850'
Oct 23, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A view from the western path of the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Oct 23, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
Klipriviersberg Silent Pool
Nov 13, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA


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