Now discover the most beautiful Magaliesburg waterfall ever
“This Magaliesburg waterfall, Castle Gorge is a hidden gem for hikers, featuring a beautiful waterfall, crystal clear pools and weathered rock formations that are great for swimming and photographing. There are also a few good trad climbs for die-hard climbers.” ~ The Mountain Club of South Africa
Castle Gorge located in the Magaliesburg Mountain Range was on my bucket list for sometime before I made it a reality. Consequently when it became a reality, it far surpassed any of my expectations (which just by the way were gigantic)! Finally, with a great group of friends, we made the trek…
It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Joburg / Pretoria, but worth every second spent travelling. After all you will be transported to a world of idyllic rock-pools, waterfalls and nature!
Initially, we found the hike relatively strenuous. As a matter of fact a steep incline will start you off, as you climb the the mountain range. No doubt it is a cardio blast! Then once atop the Magaliesburg Mountain Range pay careful attention as you meander towards the rock-pools. If you miss the markings, you may miss the rock-pools. At the same time to reach the waterfall be prepared to do some boulder climbing and jumping. You will be rewarded with fascinating rock formations before you reach the turquoise ‘pond’ and cascading waterfall.
However on arrival the swim was worth every single aching muscle, scratch and bump! Remember to pack yourself a picnic to enjoy lounging around for a few hours before you take the hike back. We also ensure we pack a swimming pool floater to heighten the swim beneath the falls.
Who knew there was such picturesque beauty close to the concrete jungle of Joburg.
About booking this Magaliesburg waterfall
If you leave early enough it is ideal for a day out from Joburg or alternatively to book as a weekend getaway. Please note permits need to be arranged through JHB hiking club well in advance as it is often booked out. As a result only limited permit holders are allowed in at a given time for conserving purposes.
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!