Kgaswane Mountain Nature Reserve, North West
Did you know?
The Magaliesberg mountains in which the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is situated are 100 times older than Everest.
Just an hour and a half from either Johannesburg or Pretoria is the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.
It used to be called the Rustenburg Nature Reserve, and is found just south of that town. Over the years it has become a sought-after hiking destination – set as it is in the beautiful and ancient Magaliesberg mountains.
Apart from its considerable scenic charm and size (over 5 000 hectares), the reserve practically guarantees sightings of charismatic and endangered sable antelopes with their curved scimitar horns and their proud mien.
And there can hardly be a more appropriate place to make their acquaintance, since this species was 1st described to science in this region, among the Magaliesberg mountains, by hunter Captain William Cornwallis Harris in 1838.
Sable continue to thrive here, but the reserve is home to more than a dozen other kinds of mammals. You may also see kudu, grey duiker, bushbuck, waterbuck, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, springbok, impala, oribi and klipspringer, along with zebra.
Predators include jackal, caracal and the seldom-seen leopard.
You’re in the mountain grassland biome, but you’ll also find an enormous wetland here (also called a vlei), which forms part of the headwaters of the Hex River.
At Kgaswane Mountain Reserve you get the chance to enjoy animals and nature without a vehicle, if you’d prefer.
You can bring your own mountain bike, while there are also 2-night hiking trails taking you to decent little hikers’ huts. For day hikers, there is a 5km trail through the most scenic sections of the park, and a 2km trail popular with birders.
Birdwatching offers the chance to see around 320 species, including spectacular specimens like Cape vultures (there is a colony on the property), and Verreaux’s and martial eagles.
Chances are also good you’ll see paradise flycatchers.
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Who to contact
Kgaswane Mountain Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)14 533 2050
Fax: +27 (0)14 533 0397