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Sunbird Trail

Very Difficult

Trail

2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
Very Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 672' 205 m
Descent: -576' -176 m
High: 5,749' 1,752 m
Low: 5,179' 1,579 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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A demanding trail with a lookout point.

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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

Description

The Sunbird Trail starts with a creek crossing at a intersection on the Bloubos Trail on a westward heading. The beginning ascents are gentle until you reach the first intersection of the Dassie Trail. From this point, the ascent become more demanding as the trail turns northwest with a generous elevation gain.

You'll reach the second lookout point in the reserve with a view of the surrounding suburbia, as well as a view over the mountainous landscape stretching to the southern end of the reserve before starting a mild descent southward. Toward the end of the trail, your heading will change eastward to the second Dassie Trail intersection. Once you reach the intersection with the Dassie Trail, you'll turn north once more toward the Silent Pool, with a final crossing to rejoin the Bloubos Trail starting point.

Flora & Fauna

The reserve is home to approximately 215 bird species, which include Barbets, 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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A view from the western path of the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Oct 22, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A view from the Sunbird Trail ascent.
Nov 13, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A view from the Sunbird Trail descent.
Nov 13, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA
A view of suburbia from the Sunbird Trail.
Nov 13, 2017 near Johanne…, ZA

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