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Heidelberg Tourism Information

Situated just 40 kms southeast of Johannesburg along the N3 Highway that leads to Durban lies the small historic town of Heidelberg. The town is situated below the hills of the 13300 ha Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, which has some excellent hiking trails, where one can expect see baboon and a number of antelope.

During the first War of Independence Heidelberg served as the capital of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek from 1880 to 1883 under the triumverate of Paul Kruger, P.Joubert and MW Pretorius. Heidelberg was laid out around a trading store in 1862 and named after the German town. It sits at the crossroads of two old wagon trails, that from Pretoria to Bloemfontein and the trail from Potchefstroom and Durban. The old railway station, built in 1895, has now been converted into motor museum. The town's architecture is Victorian, and there are many fine examples to be seen including the Heidelberg Club, built in 1892. The Diepkloof Farm Museum located in Suikerbosrand includes the original farmhouse built in 1850.

Here are 10 things to see or do in Heidelberg, located in the Sedibeng/Southern Gauteng region:

1. Heidelberg Mall: Shop, dine, and catch a movie at this modern shopping center offering a range of stores and entertainment options.

2. Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve: Explore nearby trails for hiking, birdwatching, and enjoying scenic views of the surrounding landscapes.

3. Heidelberg Heritage Museum: Discover local history and artifacts that highlight the town's heritage and cultural significance.

4. Klipkraal Hiking Trail: Embark on a hiking adventure in the scenic hills and valleys surrounding Heidelberg, offering breathtaking vistas.

5. Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve: Visit this nearby reserve for picnicking, birdwatching, and enjoying the tranquil natural surroundings.

6. Diepkloof Farm Museum: Experience rural farm life at this historical museum, showcasing traditional farming equipment and practices.

7. Suikerbosrand Provincial Nature Reserve: Explore further into this expansive reserve for wildlife viewing, picnicking, and enjoying outdoor activities.

8. Outdoor Markets: Attend local markets like the Heidelberg Farmers Market for fresh produce, crafts, and local products.

9. Heidelberg Kloof Nature Reserve: Hike through this reserve to see waterfalls, indigenous flora, and abundant birdlife.

10. Anglo-Boer War Sites: Visit historical sites and battlefields in the area, such as the Heidelberg Concentration Camp Cemetery and memorials.

These activities offer a mix of natural beauty, historical exploration, outdoor adventures, and cultural experiences for visitors to Heidelberg and its surroundings in Southern Gauteng.