Summit Trail

Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

Rustenburg, North West Province


The majestic Magaliesberg mountains is home to Kgaswane Mountain Reserve. The Magaliesberg range predates the African continent and was home to the very first humans. The reserve is about an hour and a half from Johannesburg by car. The Summit trail is a two day backpack trail and covers a distance of just over twenty five kilometres with the chance of seeing the rare and shy Sable antelope, Zebra and many other game species.

     

The Basecamp

The Witkruiskrans basecamp is situated about 500metres from the parking area and therefore hikers need to arrive in daylight. The gates to the park close at 7pm and this is strictly adhered too.

The basecamp accommodates twelve people and has beds, mattresses and standard ablutions. It also has a covered social/dinning area. The braai area is not under cover so it is advisable to take cooking facilities with you.

 

The Witkruiskrans Base Camp

     
 

The trail starts ascending the mountains almost immediately. Some parts are very steep and can be difficult going especially in heat. It is advisable to get an early start, especially during summer months.

     

The views on reaching the top are quite spectacular.

 
     
 

There are some interesting rock formations to be seen and it is interesting to ponder that they have been around longer than the human race.

     

A well deserved rest at the beacon before the final stretch to the overnight camp.

 
     
 

Naga Camp is a welcome sight after a long and hot day hiking.

     

Sitting on some nearby rocks overlooking an African scene of Zebra grazing in the distance, awaiting the sunset, one can reflect on a similar vista that has not changed over millions of years.

 
     
 

Just after the start of the second day of the trail, one encounters some more rock formations that would do credit to any sculpture collection.

The trail then descends into a beautiful kloof with welcome relief from the searing heat of the sun.

     

Millions of years of erosion has left resting place for the tired hiker.

 
Water cascading over rocks has a soothing effect
     
 

Tierkloof Waterfall is one of the most spectacular settings to be seen on any trail. Time should be allowed for a swim and relaxation at this beautiful spot.

     

The cool inviting water shouts 'welcome' to the aching hiker!

 
     
 

From Tierkloof the trail once more ascends steeply to the heights and to another beacon before eventually descending steeply through a kloof back to basecamp and the end of the trail.

Conclusion

The trail has many things to recommend it, including spectacular views, diverse animal life and interesting rock formations. However the trail requires a fair degree of fitness and if done during the summer months, because of the heat, an early start is essentual.

Bookings

Bookings for the trails at Kgaswane Nature Reserve are made through

The Reservations Officer

Kgaswane Nature Reserve

PO Box 20382, Protea Park, 0305, South Africa

Telephone +27 (0) 14 533 2050 Fax +27 (0) 14 533 0397

e-mail marcusl@mweb.co.za


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