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“No water, no hike”, well that’s my motto anyway!

Who ever would have thought that Rustenburg, once a grim battlefield between the British and Boers would retain an idyllic hide-away of rock pools. Seven of us started out at midday, in the middle of summer in the extreme north west heat of Magaliesburg (not very clever for seasoned hikers).

Trudging slowly along the mountain’s rocky slopes was unquestionably worth it as we descended the gorge and were greeted by blue terraced rock pools. The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve offers a unique experience with views of quartzite rock, an array of birdlife and wildlife. It certainly is a place of extraordinary beauty, although accommodation is very rustic and basic. (To explore the mountain range and all it offers, it is compulsory that one stays within the reserve). 

I definitely rate this as a top South African rock pool hike, equivalent to the likes of the Drakensberg and the Cape trails!!

For more info / for bookings visit Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

Tourism North West Province




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