Mountain Sanctuary Park in 2020 Trek , Camping , Biking

 Mountain Sanctuary Park in 2020




Description

Mountain Sanctuary Park is a 1000 hectare privately owned nature reserve situated 90km from Pretoria and 110km from Johannesburg, Gauteng. The reserve is fantastic for picnics, hikes, and splashing about in the pristine mountain pools.

The reserve is home to a wide variety of protected wildlife such as duiker, impala, zebra, baboon, brown hyena, klipspringer, jackal, leopard, and many more.

The camp has a swimming pool, and the office sells refreshments and charcoal for braais. Climbers are welcome to bring their own climbing gear. There are no bolted routes for sport climbers. The reserve hosts the Magalies Monster mountain bike race in May each year.



Day visitors

Day visitors are welcome in the reserve daily, provided there is space. Only 180 people are allowed into the reserve each day, including people staying at the accommodation and campsites. Day visitors are welcome to make use of the swimming pool and picnic area.

Facilities

• Lapa and function venue • Braai facility • Swimming pool • Picnic area • Restaurant
Activities

• Mountain bike trails • Nature walks • Swimming • Rock climbing • Abseiling

Activities

• Mountain bike trails • Nature walks • Swimming • Rock climbing • Abseiling


Mountain Bike Trails


The Magaliesberg has a wide variety of dirt roads, ranging from easy terrain (such as the Barnardsvlei Road) to the physically demanding Breed's Neck Mountain Pass, which rises from an altitude 1360m in the north to 1670m at the crest before dropping down to 1440m when it joins the R24 in the south. From the crest of the pass it loses 120m in the first 1.1 Km - that's a stiff return ride! The Barnard's road, on the other hand, has a low-point of 1200m and a maximum altitude of 1330m - a total elevation difference of 100m over a distance 11.5 Km - an easy ride in anyone's language.

Relaxing

Mountain Sanctuary Park is one of the quietest, most peaceful places in South Africa. this is the perfect place to enjoy nature at its best and escape the hustle and bustle of every day life.

Nature walks



Mountain Sanctuary Park boasts a wide variety of animals, birds and creatures - all indigenous to the Magaliesberg. Ask for a spotting list at the office, then take a walk and see what you can spot.

Swimming



Not only is there a beautiful swimming pool near the campsite (but far away enough for people to play without disturbing campers in their siesta), but there are also several natural rock-pools scattered around the park in which you can enjoy a refreshing swim.

Walking trails



We have hiking trails that vary form 15 minutes walk to 8 hours, depending on how far you want to go, crystal clear mountain pools can be seen on all the trails. you are not restricted by guiding hikes, a map is explained to you on arrival, so take your time, enjoy and experience the mountains in their untouched state

Rock climbing



For those with a head for heights we have a number of climbs on our property (Bring your own kit). Nothing is bolted, so you need to be a trad climber to climb here. If you'd like to try your hand and have never done this, feel free to look at )ur links page for a reputable climbing guide.

Abseiling



While we don't offer abseiling as a guided activity (it takes proper training and qualifications to do this), there are a number of abseil sites on the property. You'll need to bring your own gear, or you can look for a guide on our links page.


ROUTE MAP





Note: This map IS to scale. Click on map for a larger version.

For those who prefer to use GPS, however we do not reccommend that you do !! (in Degrees, Minutes and Seconds) is at:
25° 50'.09.42" S (25° 50' 10" S)
27° 28'.33.40" E (027° 28' 33" E)

Please note: A gps is not recommended rather follow the directions.

Recommended Route: (This route is tarred for all but the last 2.5 km)

Take the R512 (past Lanseria).

At the Broederstroom T-junction turn LEFT.

After Pecanwood turn RIGHT at the SUN-CITY / BRITS turn-off.
At the T-junction turn RIGHT towards BRITS / SUN CITY.
At the 4-way stop (ENGEN on right) turn LEFT towards SUN CITY.
Follow this road for about 38km past Majakaneng, Mooinooi and Buffelspoort.
After Buffelspoort turn LEFT at the 3-way stop.
After about 10km turn LEFT towards MAANHAARRAND.
Follow the MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY PARK SIGNS.
Alternate Route: (Not recommended. It crosses Breedt's Neck Pass which is seldom in good condition,and requires a 4x4 vehicle.
From Krugersdorp / Magaliesburg take the R24 towards Rustenburg.
Take the MAANHAARRAND turn-off to the RIGHT.
Cross Breedt's Neck Pass. Be Careful!
Just after the small shop on the right turn RIGHT.
Follow the MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY PARK SIGNS.
If you do not have a 4x4 continue past the Mountain Sanctuary sign and Maanhaaarand turn off and continue on the R24 to Rustenburg.
You will pass the Olifantsnek dam on your right hand side, one then goes through a small Neck and past the Hunters rest hotel on the left hand side.
After the Hunters rest hotel one will come to a large traffic circle and a Mountain Sanctuary Park sign. Turn right the sign is Oorsak.
At the next three way stop turn right again there wiil be a Mountain Sanctuary Park sign on the left. Continue with that road until you get to the Mountain Sanctuary Park sign, turn right and you almost there.

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