North West Province DestinationsMaanhaarrand, Bojanala Region
The unusual name of Maanhaarrand originates from the ridge formed behind the village by the Magaliesberg Mountains, which resemble a lion’s mane. This mountain range forms an idyllic backdrop to the tiny rural village, which is nestled deep within its foothills, in the heart of South Africa’s North West Province. So, because it is secluded in the Bojanala region, this is one of the South African havens of peace and tranquillity; a genuine escape from the chaos of urban living.
Maanhaarrand is a visual extravaganza for those who love the natural splendour of this country, as well as its fauna and flora. Archaeologists have long been fascinated in the region, thanks to the fossilised remains of ancient species that can be found here, both human and animal.
The mountains are perfect for walking and cycling, and offer a number of trails for those wanting to breathe in the fresh air and feel the African sun on their backs.
Thanks to its position, this is the popular weekend getaway of choice for those from both Rustenburg and places all over Gauteng. These ones can spend their time in Maanhaarrand relaxing to the soundtrack of the birds, or they can go bird-watching, fishing, hiking, or horse riding.