Things to do near
Mziki Nature Reserve
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Bojanala Region (9 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve is a popular angling spot in the North West Province of South Africa, but also offers great birding, hiking trails and a lovely outdoor atmosphere that is a welcome break from the busy life in Johannesburg.
The dam's fish species includes yellowfish and an abundance of carp. Over 340 bird species have also been recorded in the dam area and in the reserve. Various game and small mammals populate this reserve.
Mooinooi (41.2 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
9/18 hole golf course with restaurant and Clubhouse. Rated the top 9 hole golf course in South Africa
Rustenburg (41.5 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is a place of special beauty, an escape into a mountain range of great natural appeal and an ideal destination for a days outing.There is a self drive route on tarred roads which link a number of picnic sites and view points.It is also a great place to walk and enjoy the wildlife - and especially the resident sable antelope.Twitchers will have much to twitch about with over 320 species having been recorded including a breeding colony of cape vultures. Nesting pairs of martial and black eagles are also of great interest.Walking on the wild side The reserve caters for a wide range of interests and is famous as a hiking destination. Two trails are open to the public.These overnight trails are extremely popular and early booking is essential.The Summit Route is 25,3km and, for the first time, includes the Natural Pools in which swimming is permitted.The Baviaanskrans Route is 19,5km 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 5,5km over fairly steep and rocky terrain.The shorter Vlei Ramble, just 2km, takes visitors to a viewing hut on the vlei - a favourite spot for the many birders who enjoy the reserve.Need to know? Gate Times05:30 - 19:00 Summer06:00 - 18:30 Winter
Brits (41.6 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Brits Flying Club is one of South Africa’s oldest flying clubs, nurturing a number of brilliant aviators with Springbok colours since 1952. Additional facilities include a restaurant, a bar, ablutions and accommodation.
Sports Stadiums Clubs
Rustenburg (42.3 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
The recently built Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in the North West Province is a multi-purpose venue that played host to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Improvements to the stadium have increased the seating capacity to 40,000 and provisioned it with state-of-the-art electronic scoreboards and floodlights.
The stadium is named after the Royal Bafokeng community, a group who manage the world’s richest platinum mines and who exclusively funded the sports grounds in the North West Province.
Rustenburg lies on the edge of the Magaliesberg Wilderness area and is not too far from the awesome Madikwe Game Reserve, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and glitzy Palace of the Lost City - a great escape for revellers and gamblers.
Rustenburg (43 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
18-hole parkland golf course with bentgrass greens.
Buffelspoort (43.5 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Buffelspoort Dam is located on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg, and provides a beautiful spot for fishing.
A lovely clean dam for fishing and skiing, Buffelspoort Dam is most commonly known as a great place to hook large carp. The dam is best fished with a boat.
Sun City (43.6 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Well known as the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, Gary Player Golf Course provides golfers an exceptional course with multiple tees, so both novices and skilled players can enjoy a game.
Fast paced greens, imaginatively placed bunkers, varying elevations and water hazards will ensure your skill will be put to the test. Open 7 days a week, golfers can make use of the available pro shop, putting greens, and spa. If you're staying at Sun City, then a trip to Gary Player Golf Course is certainly a must.
Four By Four Trails
Rustenburg (44.2 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Die Slote is a well-enjoyed 4x4 trail located 30 km from Rustenberg en route to Derby. The exact GPS coordinates are unknown so please call beforehand for directions. This is a bush route and great fun for the whole family. The relatively easy trail is graded from 3 to 4. The trail is 6 to 8 km long and takes about 1 to 2 hours to complete. This self-drive trail permits soft 4x4 vehicles without a low range gear. Quads are permitted.
Sun City (44.8 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Lost City Golf Club is a Gary Player design, featuring splendid surroundings on this beautifully made 18-hole course.
Rated among the best in the country, the club's signature 13th hole features a water hazard full of live Nile crocodiles. Multiple tees will provide appropriate challenges for all golf skills.
Rustenburg (48.9 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
The Baviaanskrans Route is a 19 km hiking trail which starts off at the southern section of the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.
Hikers begin the route at Avon More camp, starting an uphill climb to the garden of remembrance. The route then follows a stream to the tierkloof waterfall. The trail continues to rock pools; a perfect spot to rest and cool off. The trail joins the Summit Route for a steep climb to the beacon at bakenkop. The path then follows a steep descent down the eastern side of the mountain to Explorers camp.
The following morning, hikers will start with a short climb and then an easy walk across the entrance road and then down the mountain side to a small stream. From there the trail climbs again to the mountain summit. The trail continues on the summit with spectacular views, until a very steep descent to the bottom of the mountain, bending back to Avon More camp.
Contact the reserve office for enquiries and bookings.
Rustenburg (48.9 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Summit Route is a 25 km hiking trail within the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.
The first camp is called Naga camp, located on the western ridge of the reserve. The trails starts off with a climb onto the western ridge, up to the summit. From there, the trail descends into a ravine, featuring lovely rock pools where hikers can cool down and enjoy a swim. From the pools, the trail follows another steep incline to the Bakenkop beacon, then descends down to Witkruiskrans camp.
The following morning, the trail starts with a 2 hour climb, then follows the perimeter of the reserve, eventually reaching Naga camp. Wildlife can be spotted along this route.
The hiking trail can be started at any of the two overnight camps, but starting at Naga camp is recommended. Contact the reservations officer for enquiries and bookings.
Rustenburg (49 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
The Peglarae Trail is a day hike route which starts at the visitors centre of the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.
The trail starts off with a steep climb to the summit of the mountain, then follows the ridge before looping back to the visitor centre. The trail is approximately 5 km long and comes with a booklet (available at reception) which points out interesting facts and beautiful views.
Rustenburg (49.2 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Vleiramble is a short 2 km trail that starts at the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve visitors centre.
The trail leads to the viewing huts and back. This is a popular trail with birding enthusiasts and day visitors.
Magaliesburg (49.8 km from Mziki Nature Reserve)
Be daring - zip over the cliffs of the Ysterhout Kloof on a wire! The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is a unique eco-adventure that takes clients on a 2,5 hour tour down the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, set in the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains.
Eleven platforms have been built against the cliffs and rock faces of the kloof and are joined by long steel cables that clients slide along to reach the next platform. Much like a "foefie" slide, the canopy tour essentially involves zigzagging down the kloof while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology. Two trained canopy guides assure the safety of each participant while describing interesting facts about the indigenous plants, bird life, ecology and geology of the area.