Mountain Sanctuary Park
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 25 49.235 E 027 27.637 | elevation 1,339 m/4,393 ft

Mountain Sanctuary Park is a 10 square kilometer nature reserve in the Magaliesberg Mountains with scenic hiking trails, rock formations, and crystal clear mountain streams that you can drink from and natural pools that you can swim in. It is one of the most beautiful parks in the area and popular with weekend visitors from both Pretoria and Joburg, being just 100 km and 120 km from each, respectively. In addition to the baboons that roam through the main camp, the wildlife in the nature reserve includes klipspringer, duiker, roebuck, impala, zebra, hyena, warthog, jackal and leopards.

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Hiking on the trails throughout the park to view the wildlife or the below points of interest within the park is a popular activity for many guests. The trails range from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Swimming is possible in any of the numerous pools throughout the nature reserve. There is a pleasing man-made swimming pool overlooking the valley near the main camp. But a 30 minutes walk on the trails from the main camp to the West Pools is where you will find a host of private natural stream-fed pools surrounded by rock walls. If you are up for more of a swim you can head 30 minutes in the other direction from the main camp toward the big swimming pools, which are a bit larger but also offer private swimming in natural pools.

South of the main camp about 45 minutes walk are a couple unique rock formations that are worth checking out, including the Twins and Table Top Rock.

Mountain Sanctuary Park

The main camp is simple, but has camping and caravan sites, log cabins and stone chalets spread over a large area.

The camping and caravan sites (wkday: R40, wkend: R60) have water taps, electricity (R10/day), and braai pits (bring your own wood or buy it at the main camp office) with bathroom and shower facilities in a central building. The log cabins (wkday: s R300, d R600, R250/additional person, wkend: s R350, d R700, R300/additional person) sleep up to six people in two bedrooms and an upstairs loft. There is a full kitchen, indoor fireplace and braai pit outside. The stone chalets (wkday: s R250, d R500, R200/additional person, wkend: s R300, d R600, R250/additional person) sleep up to four people in two bedrooms with a full kitchen, indoor fireplace and braai pit outside. Both the log cabins and the stone chalets require a minimum of two nights stay over the weekend with a minimum of two people. Bedding and towels are not included in the above prices (extra R50-100/unit) and if needed, should be arranged with the office when booking.