JCI Geological Trail

Hiking Trails / Walks & Hiking in or near Roodepoort, West Rand in Gauteng, South Africa.

Things To Do in RoodepoortJCI Geological Trail

Hiking Trails Walks & Hiking West Rand

Where? Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, End of Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort

How? Call 086 100 1278

How much? Free

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Roodepoort, in Gauteng

The JCI Geological Trail is one of the self-guided trails of the ever-popular Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. This is a verdant, scenic part of the Gauteng Province; a place of tranquillity and escape. These gardens are often the sanctuary of those simply looking to regroup and connect with the natural splendour of South Africa.

The JCI Geological Trail showcases the dense bushveld, winding streams, and towering mountains of Gauteng, particularly part of the Witwatersrand. It was created in 1997, with the help of the Geological Society of South Africa and financial assistance from JCI Limited, with the aim of showcasing some of the world’s most significant rock formations. Interestingly, these are also acclaimed as being some of the oldest formations in existence.

However, this trail is not only reserved for those with a vested interest in geology. Rather, it is a scenic and rewarding trail for young and old alike. It starts at the base of the Witpoortjie Waterfall and covers a circular route that extends some 3.5 kilometres. The trail includes the Orange Grove Quartzite, which is estimated to be 2 950-million years old, as well as the fault line. The hike takes about 2.5 hours to complete if some rest stops are taken into account.

Along the way, hikers should keep an eye out for the many bird species, as well as the mountain reedbuck. The abundance of floral species makes for breath-taking scenery, and includes the Wild Pear and Wild Medlar.

Visitors planning to undertake the JCI Geological Trail at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens are advised to walk in groups and take plenty of potable water along. In addition, it should be born in mind that there are no refuse facilities along the trail, so all waste needs to be taken along and disposed of at home.

Always wear a high-factor sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion when on a hike.

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