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Dassie Trail

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An easy trail for beginners with a lookout point.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

5,328' 1,624 m

High

5,198' 1,584 m

Low

142' 43 m

Up

120' 37 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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

Description

The Dassie Trail starts at the northern entrance on the western side of the Silent Pool. After a tiny crossing at the start of the Bloubos Trail, you'll be on the western side of the reserve hiking in a southward direction. The Dassie Trail crosses an intersection with the Sunbird Trail, and passes along the front of the Dassie Trail Lookout with a very gentle ascent. Once the trail turns west, you'll reach the starting point to ascend the lookout point. A short but taxing ascent to the lookout point along the Dassie Trail Lookout Spur will give you a bird's eye view of the entire reserve. From there, the trail heads northbound and ends with the intersection at the Sunbird Trail.

Flora & Fauna

The reserve is home to approximately 215 bird species, which include Barbet's, Swifts, Swallows, Crows and Doves, and 9 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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Johannesburg City Parks

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Photos

A view from the Dassie Trail.
Nov 13, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A tranquil view down by the Klip River.
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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