Northcliff Hill

At 1807 metres, the ridge is the second highest point in Johannesburg and offers superb views of the sky, city and suburbs

At 1807 metres, the ridge is the second highest point in Johannesburg and offers superb views of the sky, city and suburbs (Image: DazMSmith)

Experience a breathtaking view of Johannesburg on the second highest point in the city, Northcliff Hill. The Central Business District can be seen on one side and the northern suburbs on the other. The sky is expansive and the affluent suburbs of Northcliff filled with spacious mansions sprawls below you from this most majestic vantage point. This is one of the Johannesburg attractions that you must experience for yourself.

Northcliff Hill is also known as Aasvoëlkop (Vulture Ridge) as the cliffs here were predominantly inhabited by these birds of prey before the area surrounding the hill was urbanised. The hill is believed to have been populated by humans for over 250,000 years. At 1807 metres, the ridge is the second highest point in Johannesburg, being one metre lower than Observatory Ridge, however both offer visitors an entirely different view of the region and are remarkable points of interest in Johannesburg tourism.

You can choose to park your car at the bottom of the hill and take a strenuous hike up to the top of the hill or alternatively take the easier route and drive to the top.

The affluent suburbs of Northcliff filled with spacious mansions seen sprawled below

The affluent suburbs of Northcliff filled with spacious mansions seen sprawled below (Image: YM Resourcer)

Directions

From the Johannesburg CBD, take the De Villiers Graaff motorway /M1, off ramp on Barry Hertzog Avenue. Merge onto Empire Road Ramp and turn left onto Judith Road. After 1.6lm turn right onto Beyers Naude Drive. After 3.5km, turn left onto Frederick Drive, turn left onto Hearn Drive. After 550m, turn right onto Joseph Avenue.