The beautiful Braamfontein Spruit is Johannesburg’s best-kept secret. Stretching along 37km of municipal parkland and greenbelts, it is the largest urban forest in the world.
Originating in downtown Braamfontein, the Spruit wends its way through the city suburbs – feeding into the Emmarentia and Westene Dams en route – until it reaches Lonehill, where it joins the Jukskei River (a tributary of the Limpopo River).
The Spruit belongs to the city of Johannesburg and access is open and free for all residents and it’s the foundation of the Jozi Trails network. From the daily commuters who take its pathways to work, to the kids who kick balls there after school, and the families and friends who gather on its grass lands at weekends, the “Spruit” is a go-to place for hikers and mountain bikers, strollers and trail runners, birdwatchers and dog walkers and everybody else who loves to get outdoors and spend time in Jozi’s very own inner city green space!
There are a network of singletrack mountain bike trails along the entire length of the Spruit, as well as onto adjoining parklands. Trail users should always be situationally aware and preferably ride in Groups, especially on more isolated parts of the Spruit.
Most of the Spruit and the adjacent trails are on land managed by Johannesburg City Parks and the trails are maintained by Jozi Trails in collaboration with City Parks.
Jozi Trails is a non-profit partnership, with the Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), to uplift the trail network along Johannesburg’s beautiful ‘ green lung’ – the Braamfontein Spruit.