Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, North West Province
The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve set in the hills above the town of Rustenburg, spans some forty-square kilometres of the Magaliesberg offering towering quartzite peaks and grassy vleis that allow visitors incredible views and some impressive hikes.
Perfect for weekend hiking because of the easy access from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is littered with beautiful rock formations, streams that wend their way through valleys that give rise to a unique lush vegetation completely different from the surrounding veld or the rugged cliffs that are perfect for predators like the Cape vulture and Martial eagle.
Kgaswane is famous for its breeding herd of sable antelope in particular, but there is a large population of other antelope like the grey duiker, kudu, oribi, zebra and waterbuck. As a result there are a small number of predators as well and the caracal, black-backed jackal and leopard have all been sighted within the Kgaswane mountain reserve.
There are several day hikes or biking trails that are by far the best ways in which to explore Kgaswane Mountain Reserve. The 5 kilometre Peglarae trail is fairly steep but includes most of the reserve’s highlights, whilst the 2 kilometre Vlei ramble is shorter and ends at a viewing hut on the vlei.
Overnight hikes follow the Rustenburg hiking trail, with accommodation in basic huts that include cooking utensils and firewood (winter can get really cold). The Baviaanskrans Route, though almost 20 kilometres in length, is worth doing for the waterfall view and the Garden of Remembrance that are included on the trail.
Kgaswane Mountain Reserve