Eagle Cove Hiking Trail
The Eagle cove hiking trail is situated in the Magaliesberg mountains not far from Rustenburg, North West Province less than two hours drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. The trail caters for day visitors as well as those wishing to spend the night and walk the full trail. The trail offers a surprisingly large variety of terrain to walk through and the flora is also exceptional.
The overnight facilities are excellent and include showers, flush toilets, covered Braai area, boma and bunk beds and mattresses for 20 people. Cars may only be left at the parking area provided. There is a 2km walk from the parking area to Eagle Cove hut and hikers must allow sufficient time to reach the hut by 18h00. Transport can be arranged at extra charge, to take the hikers to the hut.
The hiking trails cover the rugged area of Rotsboom and Hamerkop kloofs. The area is very rugged and offer some exciting and challenging walking. The combined route of 1 and 3 is 12Km long while route 2 is 6Km long.
Fauna of the Magaliesberg
The Magaliesberg mountain range is home to a surprisingly large variety of bird and animal life. Among the animals that inhabit the area are Common Duiker, Grey Reebok, Mountain Reebok, Dassies, Baboons and Vervet Monkeys. Leopard are also present but are rarely seen. The area is home to a large variety of snakes including several poisonous species, however these rarely present any problems for hikers. More than 300 species of birds can be seen by hikers in the Magaliesberg and include the Black Eagle and the Cape Vulture.
The Eagle Cove hiking trail is well worth doing. It is worth taking Friday afternoon off to arrive in time to reach the hikers hut before the deadline of 6pm. The accommodation is excellent and the trails well marked. It is also nice to find a trail that is "on the doorstep" of Gauteng.
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