Kgaswane a hidden gem
Rustenburg – The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is tucked away in the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg, some 10km from Rustenburg’s CBD.
Kgaswane is the perfect destination for hiking because of its amazing rock formations and streams that wind their way through the valleys, giving rise to a unique and lush vegetation.
“The reserve, 54 years in existence, hosts more than 600 plant species and the wildlife includes the sable, rock rabbits, oribi, and eagles,” ecologist at North West Parks Board Pieter Nel said. There are 320 bird species at the reserve – an enthralling statistic for those who enjoy bird viewing. Visitors have also cited predators such as caracals, black-backed jackals, and leopards.
Originally established on Rietvallei Farm, which once belonged to President Paul Kruger, the reserve has gradually expanded over the years and now covers some 5,300 hectares. Vegetation comprising grassland, mixed woodland, and even scattered pockets of fynbos thrive in this tranquil tourist attraction. More than 100 tree and bush species grow in this mountain reserve as well as several rare South African plants.
Kgaswane has a large wetland that crosses the central part of the reserve. It was designated as a protected UNESCO Ramsar site in 2019, which identifies wetlands of international importance, particularly those providing wildfowl habitat. Those who have visited the reserve say the 5km Peglerae hiking trail is the best way to explore Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.
Daytime visitors can enjoy the reserve and access to its facilities at R40 per adult, R20 for children (aged 2 to 12), R20 for pensioners, and an additional R20 to enter with your vehicle.
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