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Hiking in Rustenburg – Vlei Ramble Hiking Trail

Vlei Ramble Hiking Trail in the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve


The Vlei Ramble hiking trail gives a quick glimpse of what the rest of the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve has to offer. With open fields and wetlands, it’s a nice hike for a Sunday afternoon – perfectly suited to birdwatchers and leisure hikers.


  • Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is home to over 250 bird species.
  • Be sure to keep you camera at the ready – the Cape Vulture is especially a sight to see.
  • Be on the look-out for zebras and sables.

This trail wets your appetite for the longer 2-day hikes also found at the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.

Directions to the Vlei Ramble Hiking Trail, Rustenburg

The Vlei Ramble Hiking Trail is the shortest of the four hiking trails found at the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.


Start at the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve visitor’s centre


Walk to the Vlei and return back to the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve visitor’s centre


2 kms


Short hike – 30 minutes to an hour


Easy walk to the Ramble Wetlands

Permit / Entrance

Pay Entrance Fee at gate of Kgaswane Mountain Reserve.


  • Make sure to go to the birdwatcher’s hut located near the Vlei / Wetland to see different types of birds coming to the area.
  • At the Kgaswane Reserve you’ll find picnic spots – perfect for relaxing and bird watching.
  • Braai facilities and ablution blocks are available near the visitor’s centre.

With a bit of luck, you can expect to see a variety of buck and many bird species.  The sight of the Magaliesberg & the view of Rustenburg is breathtaking!

What to Take

You will need the following:

  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • sturdy hiking shoes & socks
  • plasters for those blisters
  • insect repellent
  • refreshments & water
  • camera
  • binoculars & checklist for the birdwatchers

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