Posted by: gypsytales | January 21, 2009

Rustig Hiking Trail – Magaliesburg

 

Panoramic View at Rustig

Panoramic View at Rustig

 

 

 

Please note that these trails and the Backpackers Lodge were closed in April of 2009. The new owners have turned it into a private cattle farm with a strictly no public policy. Please see comment below post.

 

 

Rustig Hiking Trail – Magaliesburg

 

This is one of my favourite day hike routes near Gauteng.  It’s a scenic drive of about an hour if you are travelling from the Randburg, Cresta, Roodepoort side.

 

There are three, well-marked, circular routes of 5km, 7/8km and 10km.  On one occasion we walked the 5km route with my niece (9) and nephew (7) and comfortably completed it in within 2 hours. 

Need a bath?

Need a bath?

 

 

The terrain varies, depending on your choice of trail and ranges from easy to moderately difficult, but then again I guess that all depends on your fitness levels at the time.

Starting the climb

Starting the climb

 

 

The main reception includes a delightful restaurant in fresh colours and simple décor.  Take in uninterrupted views while enjoying a drink from their licensed bar.  Relax with a book in either the comfy wingbacks or curl up on the couches and take time to chat with friends.

 

The terraced gardens include lemon trees, daisies and colourful annuals and there’s plenty of secure parking under the shade of mature trees.  How about a dip in the swimming pool after returning from your walk?  Umbrellas shade outdoor benches and tables that are dotted around the pool. 

Daisies

Daisies

Gardens and pool

Gardens and pool

 

 

And of course for entertainment, there’s Stormer, an adventurous Labrador cross Cocker Spaniel.  After puncturing far too many balls, Stormer resorted to plucking the lemons off the tree and energetically dives into the swimming pool to retrieve them. 

 

Rustig windmill

Rustig windmill

 

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Responses

  1. Great place indeed!

  2. Hi there,

    Please note that these trails and the Backpackers Lodge were closed in April of 2009. The new owners have turned it into a private cattle farm with a strictly no public policy.


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