In fact, Joburg claims to be one of the most wooded cities in the world, making it more of an urban jungle than a concrete one.
There's even research to suggest that backpacking outdoors without access to technology demonstrated improved ability in creativity and problem solving. Now who doesn't need a little boost in these areas?
- Melville Koppies is a city heritage site and the last conserved ridge in Johannesburg (the rest have all been plundered for gold)
- The Hennops Hiking Trail is available in two options: the Zebra Trail takes about 2 hours and the Krokodilberg Trail takes about five hours and ends with a pulley-system cable car.
- Emmarentia Dam and the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens are all beautiful natural spaces that are perfect for walking and close by.
- Cradle of Humankind, Suikerbosrand and Magaliesberg are a little further out, but the views worth driving out for.
- Sometimes, we can't get into nature, but the Maboneng Precinct, Newtown and Braamfontein are all great place to explore in the Joburg CBD on the weekend when the roads are quiet, you can take in the public art works and feel the wonderful street-side vibe.