It was probably not my best decision to take the kids hiking in Johannesburg at Rietfontein and insisting to hike to the top with them. Rietfontein’s hike is about 2,2km with a moderate first 1km but then over some treacherous terrain up a koppie – and I had to carry the little one the last 1km up the koppie…

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.”

Mary Davis

The hiking trail is clearly marked at Rietfontein and if you are lucky you will spot a small buck or 2 during your hike. The view towards Woodmead and Sunninghill on the first half will be worth the hike. The 360 degree view from the koppie over Kyalalami, Fourways, Woodmead, Sunninghill and Petervale is definitely worth the effort.

You have 3 options to get to and from the top on this hiking trail in Johannesburg:

  • The trail to the left on the far side from the entrance that is more even but over quite a bit of loose gravel. It is still good exercise, but doesn’t have panoramic views.
  • The trail on the right of the entrance gate which is more scenic, but also has 2 sections where you will have to clamber a little more carefully over rocks that crumble under your shoes.
  • The secret from the lawn that passes to the left of the house passed a living quarter area which is very short but with only a short hill.

Where is Rietfontein?

Hiking in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg is amazing – and who would’ve guessed that there is such a little jewel in the middle of a residential area? Rietfontein is on Estelle road in Paulshof. You can’t miss it, it is right at the T-junction before driving to the German club to the left.

What you need to know about Rietfontein

  • Entrance is free
  • They have security guards patrolling with dogs
  • You park your car inside the fenced reserve

Mary Davis


Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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