The Reserve is a place of special beauty, an escape into a mountain range of great natural appeal and an ideal destination to take tourists or out of town visitors for a day outing. Day visitors are welcome to enjoy the self drive route on tarred roads which links a number of picnic sites and view points.
The principal vlei which traverses the central portion of the reserve is the largest of its kind in the Magaliesberg and is an important catchment area at the headwaters of the Hex River.
The reserve hosts a population of over 800 antelope, including klipspringer, grey duiker, bushbuck, kudu, oribi, mountain reedbuck, impala, red hartebeest, zebra, springbok, steenbok, sable antelope and waterbuck. The reserve is famous for the breeding herd of sable antelope which are particularly well suited to the environment. Small numbers of predators, including caracal, aardwolf, black-backed jackal and leopard also occur.
Varied birdlife of over 320 species have been recorded including a breeding colony of cape vultures. Nesting pairs of martial and black eagles are also of great interest. Hiking Trails
The Summit Route is 25,3 km and, for the first time, includes Natural Pools in which swimming is permitted.
The Baviaanskrans Route is 19,5 km and includes the Waterfall View and the Garden of Remembrance. The trails have amenities to accommodate 12 hikers.
The Peglarae Trail is a day excursion of approximately 5,5 km over fairly steep and rocky terrain.
The shorter Vlei ramble, just 2 km, takes visitors to a viewing hut on the vlei - a favourite spot for the many birders who enjoy the reserve.Location
Situated above the town of Rustenburg across a varied habitat of quartzite mountain peaks and vleis on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg.
Access to the reserve is via Boekenhout Road travelling west out of Rustenburg, following signs to the main entrance gate.Contact
Tel: + 27 (0)14 533 2050
Fax: + 27 (0)14 533 0397