Urban Exploration

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Some days you just need to get away from it all but don’t have the time or budget for a break out of town.
Explore the local opportunities that abound to maintain sanity, urban trails, botanical gardens, local hikes, and climbing walls. All accessible and worthy of effort, cities and small towns can be filled with adventure. Look at the local Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg and consider how many of the paddlers compete in major events such as the Duzi. Then look at the cyclists and nearby trails and consider how many of the people you see ultimately compete in major events.


If you do not have a fear of heights consider swopping gym for a session on a climbing wall.
Love history, our country is steeped in it and opportunities to visit battlefields and spend hours exploring are within a few hours from major cities.
Then look at the bike parks in the cities, take the family and relax and play together.
I won’t even touch on the trails that a city that Cape Town has to offer but Johannesburg has numerous opportunities starting with the Melville Koppies, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens and Klipriviersberg. That’s without going further to Suikersbosrand or Hennops. Oh and don’t forget Delta Park.


Then locally the Wilds also has a quirky charm to it, take a picnic and the kids and explore the artwork of James Delaney the artist responsible for numerous cut out animals and birds that populate the grounds.
Look for urban meetups and Facebook groups and join them, it’s great to spend time with like-minded people and spend quality time with them.
Then there is always the opportunity of exploring the inner city, or old abandoned buildings either with a tour guide or as part of a heritage or photographic group. In most of our cities, it’s advised that you do not do this alone. The other day I even found a Facebook page dedicated to abandoned swimming pools.
Whatever you set out to do, you will be more invigorated and meet like-minded people, try it!

About the Author

Glyn Demmer

My first 4x4 was a Nissan Hardbody thereafter I started travelling all over the country. In 1992 we held a big 4x4 day with hundreds of Nissan families, and then the 4x4 bug really bit. A friend Monty Brett and I started running 4x4 courses at the Hennops Off-road Trail just outside of Johannesburg. At first we offered day-and-a-half courses that started on Friday afternoon and finished on Saturday afternoon. Hannes Grobler the Rally Ace regularly assisted, and we reached a nice balance between our two styles and our skills.

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